Classical Tahoe 2018 Festival Season July 20 – August 12

Classical Tahoe

A World Premiere, Expanded Orchestra and Community-based Music Institute

Classical Tahoe celebrates its 7th season of bringing outstanding orchestral music to the Lake Tahoe region in a 12-concert series held July 20 to August 12, 2018. The festival is proud to continue its tradition of engaging soloists of international stature to join superb orchestral musicians invited from some of the most prominent orchestras in the United States; the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphonies of San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Toronto, Vancouver, Leipzig Gewandhaus and other exceptional orchestras.

In 2018 Classical Tahoe presents the world premiere of “Double Concerto for Violin and Cello” by award-winning composer and musician Chris Brubeck, featuring world-renowned artists Jaime Laredo, violin and Sharon Robinson, cello. An expanded orchestra in this  7th season allows the festival to offer larger symphonic repertoire, ranging from Brahms Symphony No. 2 to a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s birthday anniversary with the suite from the ballet Fancy Free.

“This season we celebrate the best of orchestral music with the most expansive repertoire we have ever programmed,” noted Maestro Revzen. Ekaterina Semanchuk, Russian mezzo-soprano noted for her successful roles at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and venues around the world, presents opera arias of Verdi, Donizetti and Saint Saens as well as Chausson’s Poeme de l’amour et de la mer.  Cuban-Spanish pianist Leonel Morales, a noted interpreter of Chopin and Beethoven, is soloist with the orchestra for Chopin’s Concerto No. 1.

True to the mission of inspiring active participation in the arts and fostering community engagement and enrichment, Classical Tahoe is proud to announce a multi-generational Music Institute Grant from the Firefly Scientists’ Foundation. Karen Craig, executive director, says, “This grant enables the festival to present classes, concerts and outreach events specifically tailored to encourage music engagement in all ages and at all abilities. We are delighted that Classical Tahoe is becoming a destination for lovers of classical music.”

Special Events 2018
July 8:  White Nights Gala
July 20:  Simone Dinnerstein and Simon Dinnerstein: A conversation and performance on the mysteries of art and family – Nevada Museum of Art
August 12:  The Brubeck Brothers Quartet in Concert

Classical Tahoe Repertoire 2018
Week 1:  July 27 – 31
July 27: “Made in America
Copland: Suite from Billy the Kid
Torke: Bright Blue Music
Bernstein: Suite from Fancy Free

July 28: “French Romance
Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun)
Debussy: Première Rhapsodie
Daniel Gilbert, clarinet
Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 2
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1
Leonel Morales, piano

July 29: Chamber Concert Matinee
Hermann: Capriccio No. 1 for 3 violins, Op.2
Poulenc: Sonata for Horn, Trumpet, and Trombone
Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
Brahms: Trio in a minor for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 114

July 31: Chamber Concert
Beethoven: Quintet in E-Flat major, Op. 16 for Piano and Winds
Schubert: String Quartet No. 14, “Death and the Maiden”

Week 2:  August 3 – 11
August 3: “From the Opera House to the Concert Pavilion”
Rossini: Overture to Guillaume Tell (William Tell)
Verdi: Aria “O don Fatale” from Il Trovatore
Donizetti: Aria “O Mio Fernando” from La Favorita
Saint Saens: “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix” from Samson et Dalila
Ekaterina Semanchuk, mezzo-soprano
Brahms: Symphony No. 2

August 4: “Russian and French Nights”
Balakirev: Overture on Three Russian Folk Themes
Chausson: Poème de l’amour et de la mer (Poem of love and the sea)
Ekaterina Semenchuk, mezzo-soprano
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, “Little Russian”

August 5: “All About Bernstein”
Two Family Concerts with Community Music Makers Fair

August 7: Chamber Concert
Mozart: String Quintet No. 4 in G minor
Piazzola: Libertango
Dvôrák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, “American”

August 10: “7th Season Celebration”
Bach: Concerto for 2 violins in D minor
Jaime Laredo and Laura Hamilton, violins
Dvôrák: Silent Woods for cello and orchestra
Sharon Robinson, cello
Stravinsky: Concerto in D for String Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

August 11: “East meets West”
Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride
Janáček: A Far Cry, Idyll Suite for String Orchestra
Kodály: Dances of Marosszék
Brubeck: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello
Jaime Laredo, violin – Sharon Robinson, cello

**Please note: repertoire and soloists subject to change.

Concerts begin at 7 pm at the Classical Tahoe Pavilion at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. Ticket prices are $25, $55, $85 and $120. Chamber music concerts are $30. Student tickets are offered at a 50 percent discount off regular ticket pricing. Season subscriptions go on sale March 15. Single tickets go on sale April 1. For tickets and more information visit online at or call 775-298-0245.

About Classical Tahoe
Each summer, Classical Tahoe brings together America’s leading classical musicians for a three-week festival on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nev. Under the direction of Maestro Joel Revzen, the Classical Tahoe orchestra includes virtuoso musicians from orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Reno Phil, and others.  They perform classical orchestral masterpieces as well as commissioning new works and highlighting lesser-known world composers. Now in its 7th season, Classical Tahoe’s 11-concert series delights audiences with its superb musicians, educational programs, an intimate concert pavilion and majestic setting.  Learn more at or follow up on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. 

Whittier Trust is a proud sponsor of Classical Tahoe’s 2018 concert season, along with Lexus | Dolan Lexus of Reno. Classical Tahoe is made possible, in part, through a generous donation from the Carol Franc Buck Foundation, and the Music Institute through a generous donation from the Firefly Scientists’ Foundation. The world premiere of Brubeck’s “Double Concerto for Violin and Cello” is made possible by Linda and Richard Offerdahl. Performances July 20, 27, 28 and 31 are part of the 22nd Artown festival held annually from July 1-31.

2018 Partners
Sierra Nevada College, Nevada Museum of Art, Nevada Arts Council, Artown, Reno Phil, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, Tahoe Fund, Tahoe Luxury Properties, Whole Foods, Ashley Quinn CPAs, North Lake Tahoe, RSCVA and Tahoe Quarterly.


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