Keeping it classy |

Keeping it classy

Special to Lake Tahoe Action
Award-winning pianist Joyce Yang will be featured during week one of Classical Tahoe this year.
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For its fifth season this summer, Classical Tahoe, formerly known as Lake Tahoe SummerFest, brings together 40 nationally recognized musicians to Lake Tahoe for a three-week festival which began July 26 and will run through Aug. 13.

Under the direction of Conductor and Artistic Director Joel Revzen, the 11-concert series is designed to support Tahoe’s cultural growth while bringing together an all-star assembly of musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, LA Phil, Reno Phil and other exceptional orchestras throughout the world.

“For this special 5th anniversary season, Classical Tahoe highlights famous fifths, including Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s powerful 5th Symphony,” Revzen said. “We’ll also feature selections that make this season our most varied, from Handel and Vivaldi to Stravinsky and Brubeck.

“All of this — plus intimate and engaging ‘Meet the Music’ concerts where we will shine a spotlight on our extraordinary musicians in chamber concerts — give a unique opportunity to experience close-up exceptional classical music.”

The name evolution from Lake Tahoe SummerFest to Classical Tahoe was completed to highlight the true focus and caliber of music performances this festival is noted for.

The name Classical Tahoe combines the two main stars of the festival: the extraordinary classical musicians with the unmatched beauty of Lake Tahoe.

“This year we are thrilled to celebrate our fifth season. When we took a close look at the festival and what really makes it stand out, the name Classical Tahoe seemed the perfect description,” board chair Marna Broida said. “Combine our world-renowned musicians with the undeniable beauty of the Tahoe Basin and you have a classical music festival destined to become a magnet for music lovers from around the globe.”

Whittier Trust’s Reno-Tahoe and San Francisco offices are proud sponsors of Classical Tahoe’s 2016 concert season.


The three-week concert series begins with award-winning pianist Joyce Yang performing Schumann’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.

Also featured are Handel’s beloved Water Music; Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante featuring Daniel Khalikov and Anton Jivaev; and works by Stravinsky, Kodaly, Brahms and more.

Classical Tahoe makes its Reno debut at the Artown festival on July 31 at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch, in Reno.

Week two features internationally acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova joining the orchestra for performances of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5.

Additional works include Stravinsky’s dramatic The Soldier’s Tale with Davis Gaines, Phantom of the Opera star, as the narrator; Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra featuring Billy Hunter; and Brubeck’s Danza del Soul, all designed to showcase the virtuosity of the Classical Tahoe musicians.

The Finding Mozart Family Concert, a free family concert underwritten by The Firefly Scientists’ Foundation, ends the week.

Grammy award-winning guest conductor JoAnn Falletta and Metropolitan Opera superstar soprano Lisette Oropesa join the Classical Tahoe orchestra for the final weekend, performing the music of Rossini, Verdi, Dvorak and Mendelssohn.

The festival concludes with Maestro Revzen and the musicians performing Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 5.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are held at the Festival Pavilion at Sierra Nevada College and at the Cornerstone Church, both located in Incline Village.

Full Orchestra ticket prices are $25, $50, $75 and $100. Season Subscribers get all 11 concerts for the price of six concerts. Meet the Musicians chamber concerts are $30 general admission. Student tickets are offered at a 50 percent discount off regular ticket pricing.

This article was provided on behalf of Classical Tahoe. Visit or call 775-298-0245 for tickets and to learn more.

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