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Violinist Joan Kwuon to perform with Reno Chamber Orchestra Feb. 19, 20



RENO, Nev. — Renowned violinist Joan Kwuon will perform with the Reno Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. at UNR’s Nightingale Concert Hall.

Kwuon, who has been praised by the New York Times for her “fiery, intensely musical and impassioned playing,” will perform the First Violin Concertos by Mozart and Sergei Prokofiev with the Reno Chamber Orchestra. Theodore Kuchar will conduct the program, which also includes two pieces by American composer Charles Ives, the Overture and March “1776” and Central Park in the Dark, and the Symphony No. 88 by Haydn.

Ticket prices for adults range from $20 to $40, and everyone 18 and younger (and all full-time students) can attend for $5.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (775) 348-9413 or at RenoChamberOrchestra.org.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Joan Kwuon made her Tanglewood Music Festival debut at the special invitation of Sir André Previn. She made her first Reno appearance in December 2010 at the RCO’s Nevada Chamber Music Festival. Among other recent highlights are 2010-11 debuts in the Czech Republic, Turkey, and Mexico, and a United States tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in which she performed Mozart Violin Concertos as part of a celebration of Mozart’s 250th birthday.

Kwuon has performed with orchestras throughout the world, and has been a guest artist at numerous international chamber music festivals. She has collaborated with artists including Cho-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, the Juilliard String Quartet, and Tony Bennett. Her musicianship has been recognized by media ranging from The Today Show and CBS News to Lifetime Television and National Public Radio. She has taught at the Juilliard School, and is currently on the faculty at The Cleveland Institute of Music and The Bowdoin International Music Festival.

Theodore Kuchar has recently been awarded the position of artistic director of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela. In his eighth season as music director of the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and his seventh as artistic director of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Mr. Kuchar is the most recorded conductor of his generation, with over 100 compact discs to his credit. Along with his posts in Reno and Venezuela, he currently serves as music director of the Fresno Philharmonic and the Janácek Philharmonic (Ostrava, Czech Republic), resident conductor of Kent/Blossom Music, and conductor emeritus of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

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