2020-21 Season: “Emerge”


Reno Chamber Orchestra responds to Coronavirus

The RCO players, staff and board collaborated to plan a 2020-21 season with concerts scheduled through June 2021. The season includes two concerts that were originally scheduled for March and April 2020, and four new programs.

We continue to adjust these plans, while still planning a full 2021-22 concert season. Recent progress with vaccinations leads us to be hopeful that full chamber orchestras and large audiences may return by the fall.

Our RCO team remains committed to creating memorable, intimate, and safe musical experiences. Please watch your email, visit our website, or follow us on Facebook for more details as we finish our Music Director search, maintain the festival’s momentum, and enter a new chapter of live, inspiring classical music.


October 17 & 18, 2020

“Viva la Musica”

With limited, socially distanced seating



Conner Gray Covington, Music Director finalist
Blake Pouliot, violin


BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F minor Op. 95 ‘Serioso’
PIAZZOLLA (Arr. Desyatnikov): Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
T.J. COLE: Death of the Poet

DVORAK: Serenade for Strings

Originally scheduled for March 2020, this program marked the RCO’s triumphant return to performing for live audiences. A small, socially-distanced audience joined us for this full-length concert. Conducted by Music Director finalist Conner Gray Covington,  the program included a dazzling performance by guest soloist (and NCMF favorite) Blake Pouliot.

A professional video of this concert will be released for free on YouTube at a later date.

,November 2020 *Postponed*

“Taking Liberties”

Ticket holders will be contacted about the rescheduled dates.


Kelly Kuo, Music Director finalist
Bion Tsang, cello

To be announced


Music Director Finalist Kelly Kuo remains flexible and optimistic after the postponement of this program in March and in November. Details about the new dates and program will be shared as soon as they are available.


January 30 & 31, 2021

“A Place of Refuge”

Rei Hotoda, visiting conductor
Molly Carr, viola; Anna Petrova, piano; Jeannie Psomas, clarinet

Program includes:
TURINA: Scene Andalouse
LASCURAIN: Novel Voices Double Concerto (2018)
BRUCH: Double Concerto in E minor, Op. 88 (1912)
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4 “Italian”

The RCO is delighted to welcome back renowned violist and Reno native Molly Carr! She and her duo partner, pianist Anna Petrova, bring a world premier arrangement for orchestra of a work written for the pair. Their work in refugee camps across the world inspired this beautiful work. Principal Clarinetist Jeannie Psomas is also featured in Bruch’s romantic double concerto. Concluding the concert is Mendelssohn’s famed Italian symphony, celebrating the lively atmosphere of the country in a work he called “the jolliest piece I have ever done.”

March 6 & 7, 2021

“Leading the Way”


Demarre McGill, flute; Jessica Choe, piano

Program includes:
DVORAK: Serenade for Wind Instruments, Op. 44
SCHULHOFF: Double Concerto for Flute, Piano, and Orchestra (1927)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Serenade for Strings

On the heels of the RCO’s immensely popular Four Seasons program without conductor in 2018, the orchestra once again takes the lead! One of the greatest works for wind instruments opens the program, with Principal Oboe Rong-Huey Liu leading from her instrument. To close, Concertmaster Ruth Lenz and the RCO strings take a tour de force in Tchaikovsky’s powerful Serenade for Strings. In between, a rare 20th century masterpiece for chamber orchestra brings two guest soloists: pianist Jessica Choe and flutist Demarre McGill, who has built a reputation as an international soloist since first taking the spotlight with the Chicago Symphony at age 15.

      April 3 & 4, 2021

      “Rising Up”

      [Conductor TBA]
      James Winn
      , piano

      Program includes:
      MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 22, K. 482
      MOZART: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551

          June 12 & 13, 2021


          [Conductor TBA]
          Damien Geter, bass-baritone; Soon Cho, mezzo-soprano; James Brown, Stage Director

          Program includes:
          BERNSTEIN: Trouble in Tahiti (2009 orchestration)
          COPLAND: Appalachian Spring – Ballet for 13 Instruments