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Chamber music featured

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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. The Reno Chamber Orchestra will present the Nevada Chamber Music Festival Dec. 28-31 in Reno. Performing in the 2004 festival are, from left, violinist Ellen dePasquale, violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, pianist Sergei Babayan, violist Theodore Kuchar, and cellist Alexander Ivashkin.

The Reno Chamber Orchestra will present the second annual Nevada Chamber Music Festival, featuring world-renowned musicians performing the masterworks of the chamber music literature, Dec. 28 through 31. The festival’s eight concerts will be presented at South Reno Baptist Church, on South McCarran Boulevard in Reno, and at Nightingale Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Tickets are $40 for evening performances and $15 for afternoon performances, with discounts available for seniors and students. There is also a discount of more than 20 percent when festival passes for the entire eight-concert series are purchased. Tickets are available through the Chamber Orchestra office, (775) 348-9413.

Among the festival’s concerts are a performance acknowledging Mozart’s 150th birthday at 3 p.m. Dec. 30; a family concert that same day at noon; an all-Bach concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 29; and a lively New Year’s Eve celebration starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 31.

The performers include:

n James Buswell, Grammy-nominated violinist and frequent performer with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

n Martin Chalifour, principal concertmaster, Los Angeles Philharmonic.

n Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, concertmaster, San Antonio Symphony.

n Desmond Hoebig, principal cellist, Cleveland Orchestra.

n Ronald Leonard, former principal cellist, Los Angeles Philharmonic.

n Robert Vernon, principal violist, Cleveland Orchestra.

n the Reno Chamber Orchestra’s own John Lenz, Ruth Lenz, Scott Faulkner and James Winn.

The Nevada Chamber Music Festival was conceived by Theodore Kuchar, RCO music director and the festival’s artistic director, to emulate the success of his Australian Festival of Chamber Music, which in the course of its 15 years has become the pre-eminent chamber music festival in the southern hemisphere. The remarkable roster of musicians that the NCMF has been able to attract is partly attributable to the fact that there are few musical activities scheduled during the Christmas-New Year’s period.

Scott Faulkner, RCO executive director and festival bassist, said “As there is no concert series like this anywhere during the holidays, we believe that our festival will soon become one of the major chamber music festivals in the country.”

Founded in 1974, the Reno Chamber Orchestra provides the highest quality performances of repertoire written for smaller orchestra. It works to instill and promote the appreciation of chamber orchestra music among audiences diverse in age, backgrounds and interests throughout the region. Visit the RCO at

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