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2009 Nevada Chamber Music Festival presented by Reno Chamber Orchestra Dec. 28-31



The Reno Chamber Orchestra presents the sixth annual Nevada Chamber Music Festival Dec. 28-31, featuring renowned musicians performing the masterworks of chamber music.

Among the acclaimed performers taking part in the eight-concert Festival will be:

• Festival artistic director and violist Theodore Kuchar
• Grammy Award-nominated violinist James Buswell
• Cellist Wendy Warner, internationally renowned recording artist
• Robert Vernon, long-time principal violist of the Cleveland Orchestra
• Several musicians from the Reno Chamber Orchestra–violinist Ruth Lenz, cellist John Lenz, bassist Scott Faulkner, and pianist James Winn

The Festival will include a special afternoon concert for families and a lively New Year’s Eve celebration. Concerts will take place at South Reno United Methodist Church and the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nightingale Concert Hall.

Festival passes (transferable and good for all eight concerts) and individual concert tickets are both available. New subscribers receive substantial discounts on Festival passes, and everyone 18 years of age and younger (and all full-time students) can attend any of the concerts for $5. Tickets and more information, including details on all the festival performers, are available at the Reno Chamber Orchestra office, (775) 348-9413, or at the festival Web site.

The Nevada Chamber Music Festival has attracted increasingly large and enthusiastic audiences since it made its debut in 2004. One critic has written “Kuchar’s collection of exceptional musicians playing exceptional music brought forth a collection of stellar performances worthy of any of the world’s great centers of culture,” and referred to one concert as “electrifying and edifying listening.” The Festival has won international acclaim from publications such as The Strad, a prestigious British magazine for string instrument players.

Theodore Kuchar, Reno Chamber Orchestra music director and the Festival’s artistic director, said, “The Nevada Chamber Music Festival is very similar to The Australian Festival of Chamber Music, which I started some 16 years ago and which has become the pre-eminent chamber music festival in the southern hemisphere. We attract internationally renowned performers by scheduling the Nevada Chamber Music Festival in late December, when most musicians aren’t otherwise engaged. Audience members are also often vacationing for the holidays during this time and have the opportunity to attend.”

Scott Faulkner, RCO executive director, said “We at the Reno Chamber Orchestra are proud to be presenting the Nevada Chamber Music Festival. The incredible caliber of music making, critics’ reviews, and audience feedback suggest that our festival is well on its way to becoming one of the most important chamber music festivals in the world.”

Founded in 1974, the Reno Chamber Orchestra provides the highest quality performances of repertoire written for smaller orchestra and for chamber ensembles.

Find out more at www.RenoChamberOrchestra.org/ncmf.

The musicians
• Theodore Kuchar, NCMF artistic director and violist
• James Buswell, Grammy Award-nominated violinist
• Ya-Fei Chuang, piano faculty, Boston Conservatory
• Ellen dePasquale, former associate concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra
• Scott Faulkner, principal bassist, Reno Philharmonic; bassist, RCO
• Amy Lee, associate concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra
• John Lenz, professor of music (emeritus), UNR; principal hornist, RCO and Reno Philharmonic
• Ruth Lenz, acting concertmaster, RCO and Reno Philharmonic
• Ronald Leonard, former principal cellist, Los Angeles Philharmonic
• Meng-Chieh Liu, Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning pianist
• Alena Ondrisikova, solo violist, Janacek Philharmonic (Czech Republic)
• Carol Ou, music faculty, New England Conservatory
• Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, assistant professor of music, UNR; former concertmaster, San Antonio Symphony
• Robert Vernon, principal violist, Cleveland Orchestra
• Wendy Warner, internationally renowned cellist
• Orion Weiss, internationally acclaimed concert pianist
• James Winn, professor of music, UNR; former principal pianist, New York City Ballet

The concerts
Monday, Dec. 28, 7 p.m.
Masterworks Concert #1
Nightingale Concert Hall
Music by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2 p.m.
Family Concert
Nightingale Concert Hall
“The Day it Snowed Tortillas”

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 7 p.m.
Masterworks Concert #2
South Reno United Methodist Church
Music by Turina, Brahms, and Suk

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 12 noon
“Lunch with Beethoven and Brahms”
South Reno United Methodist Church

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2 p.m.
Afternoon Sonatas #1
South Reno United Methodist Church
Music by Ysaye, Martinu, Rachmaninov, and Mendelssohn

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 7 p.m.
Masterworks Concert #3
South Reno United Methodist Church
Music by Dvorak, Goetz, Respighi, and Schumann

Thursday, Dec. 31, 2 p.m.
Afternoon Sonatas #2 “Violin Showcase”
Nightingale Concert Hall
Music by Schulhoff, Strauss, and Busoni

Thursday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m.
Masterworks Concert #4 “New Year’s Eve Celebration”
Nightingale Concert Hall
Music by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Martinu, and Faure

Programs and artists subject to change.

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