2020-21 Season: “Emerge”

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October 17 & 18, 2020

“Cheerful and Thankful”

 

Conner Gray Covington, Music Director finalist
Blake Pouliot, violin

Program includes:
LIGETI: Romanian Concerto
BARBER: Violin Concerto, Op. 14
T.J. COLE: Death of the Poet

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale”

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. 

As the first planned program for the Reno Chamber Orchestra since January, the choice of Beethoven’s joyous Pastorale symphony will make a perfect close. The “cheerful and thankful feelings” Beethoven conveys in a lively dance will help us celebrate the chance to join together again through music. 

*Ticket holders for the April 2020 concert are automatically credited equivalent seats for the new October dates of this performance.

November 21 & 22, 2020

“Taking Liberties”

 

Kelly Kuo, Music Director finalist
Bion Tsang, cello

Program includes:
KEVIN LAU: Artemis
SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Concerto No. 1B
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2, Op. 36

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.

 *Ticket holders for the March 2020 concert are automatically credited equivalent seats for the new November dates of this performance.

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”

 

[Unconducted]
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

          “Reflections”

          [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