Chamber Orchestra schedules concerts
March 8, 2006
The Reno Chamber Orchestra will present the final two concerts of its 2005-2006 season at 8 p.m. March 25 and 2 p.m. March 26 at the University of Nevada, Reno, Nightingale Concert Hall.
The orchestra’s music director, Theodore Kuchar, will lead a program featuring Gabriel Fauré’s Pavane and Serenade No. 1 by Johannes Brahms. Violinist Helen Kim, winner of RCO’s 2006 College Concerto Competition, will be featured as soloist in Piotr Tchaikovsky’s famous Violin Concerto. Tickets and more information are available by calling (775) 348-9413 or by visiting the RCO’s Web site at http://www.RenoChamberOrchestra.org.
Kim, 17, attends the University of Southern California. While a Nevada high school student, she regularly performed with both the Reno Chamber Orchestra and Reno Philharmonic. Kim has participated in and won numerous competitions, most recently the American Strings Teachers Association competition and the Burbank Philharmonic competition. In January 2006 she was the first-prize winner of the Reno Chamber Orchestra’s annual College Concerto Competition, in which young performers compete for prize money and for the chance to perform with the Chamber Orchestra. Sponsored by The Bretzlaff Foundation, the competition is open to students attending Nevada universities or Nevada residents attending college out-of-state.
Kuchar’s new recording of the complete symphonies of Danish composer Carl Nielsen – featuring the Janacek Orchestra of Ostrava, Czech Republic, where he serves as music director – has just been released on the Brilliant Classics label. This set brings to nearly 90 the number of recordings that Kuchar, the most recorded conductor of his generation, has made. Along with his position with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Kuchar serves as artistic director of the RCO’s Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Conductor Laureate of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Artistic Director of The Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Resident Conductor of Kent/Blossom Music, and Music Director of the Boulder Philharmonic and Fresno Philharmonic Orchestras.
The Bretzlaff Foundation has provided funding for these concerts and for the RCO’s College Concerto Competition. Additional funding for these concerts has been provided by The Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation.
This program has been funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. These concerts have also been made possible by the support of the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission.
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The Reno Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1974, 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.