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Reno Chamber Orchestra presents Nevada Chamber Music Festival December 28-31



NCMF_logo_1The Reno Chamber Orchestra presents the sixth annual Nevada Chamber Music Festival December 28-31, 2009, featuring renowned musicians performing the masterworks of chamber music.

Among the acclaimed performers taking part in the seven-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 seven concerts) and individual concert tickets are both available. New subscribers receive substantial discounts on Festival passes, and everyone eighteen years of age and younger 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 website, RenoChamberOrchestra.org/ncmf.

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 sixteen 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.

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