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Teenaged violin virtuoso Shannon Lee performs with Reno Chamber Orchestra


Shannon Lee (Photo by Shawn Northcutt)

SUBMITTED NEWS RELEASE Teenaged violin virtuoso Shannon Lee will perform with the Reno Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 31 at 2:00 p.m. at Nightingale Concert Hall on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Ms. Lee will perform Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Maestro Theodore Kuchar and the Orchestra, in concerts that will also feature Mozart’s Symphony No. 31, “Paris,” and the Sinfonietta La Jolla by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (775) 348-9413 or at RenoChamberOrchestra.org. Discounted tickets are available for seniors and groups of four or more, and everyone eighteen and younger can attend for $5.

Canadian-born violinist Shannon Lee made a stunning orchestral debut at the age of twelve with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the summer of 2005. In November 2007, she made her European debut with the Nuremberg Philharmonic, and has since performed concerts throughout the United States and abroad. At the age of 14, she made her acclaimed debut recording, a collection of nineteenth and twentieth century violin showpieces, for Telarc International. Ms. Lee began studying the violin at the age of four. Multiple local awards and prizes followed, and at the age of eleven she won her first national award: top prize among bowed instruments in the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Biennial National Solo Competition’s junior division. Subsequent awards have included first place in the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition and Silver Medal in the Stulberg International String Competition. She is currently a freshman at Columbia College in New York. More information on Ms. Lee is available at her website, shannonleeviolin.com.

Theodore Kuchar is one of the most prolifically recorded conductors of his generation, with over 100 CDs to his credit. Along with his positions as Music Director and Conductor of the Reno Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of the RCO’s Nevada Chamber Music Festival, he also serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Fresno Philharmonic, Principal Conductor of the Janacek Philharmonic (of Ostrava, Czech Republic), and Resident Conductor at the Kent Blossom Music Festival, the educational institution and summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra.

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 music among audiences diverse in age, backgrounds and interests throughout the region. Along with its regular season of concerts, the RCO presents the annual Nevada Chamber Music Festival in December. More information on the RCO can be found at RenoChamberOrchestra.org.

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