2020-21 Season: “Emerge”

October 17 & 18, 2020

“Viva la Musica”

Individual tickets are not available for this performance. Limited seating will be available.



Conner Gray Covington, Music Director finalist
Blake Pouliot, violin

 Program includes:


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

The first of our programs postponed from the spring features finalist Conner Gray Covington, with guest soloist (and Nevada Chamber Music Festival favorite) Blake Pouliot. 

November 21 & 22, 2020

“Taking Liberties”

Individual tickets are not available for this performance. Limited seating will be available.


Kelly Kuo, Music Director finalist
Bion Tsang, cello

Program Includes:
TAN DUN: Crouching Tiger Concerto (Bion Tsang, cello)
SCHUBERT: Death and the Maiden


Music Director Finalist Kelly Kuo returns to Reno after the postponement of this program in March. Thankfully he is able to be joined again by soloist Bion Tsang for Shostakovich’s powerful first cello concerto. 

Beethoven was still young and coming to terms with humanity- and his own hearing loss- while writing his second symphony. He used the opportunity to begin pushing traditions, foreshadowing his groundbreaking later symphonies. Shostakovich- long threatened by the cultural terror of Stalin- was more free to express himself by the concerto’s writing in 1959. The result is a capstone for the cello as an instrument, bringing triumph and inspiration to all audiences.

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