The Reno Philharmonic Association’s Free Family Concert and Youth Orchestra Fall Showcase puts the organization’s music education program center stage November 15 at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, in Reno.
Part of the Reno Philharmonics’ education and outreach initiatives, the Free Family Concert is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, November 15 at the Pioneer Center.
It’s a continuation of the celebration of Nevada’s sesquicentennial with works by Nevadan composers Sean Shepherd and David Bugli’s arrangement of “Home Means Nevada.” Admission to the Family Concert is free due to support from the Nell J. Redfield Foundation.
“The Free Family Concert gives everyone the opportunity to experience the Reno Philharmonic,” Amy Heald, education director for the Reno Philharmonic Association, said.
“For young children who have expressed an interest in music, it serves as an introduction to the concert experience in a setting where parents don’t have to worry about them being noisy or disruptive. We want families to attend and bring their children, tweens or teens to experience an orchestral performance in a theater setting. In fact, many of our youth performers were first exposed to this art form through a concert just like this. Our goal is to help make arts accessible and what better way than with a free youth concert,” Heald concluded.
Following the Family Concert, the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra presents the 2014 Fall Showcase at 7 p.m. The evening features the Youth Symphony Orchestra, Youth Concert Orchestra and Youth Strings Orchestra performing works from Frozen’s “Let It Go” to Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. Tickets are on sale now for $10 or just $5 for students under 18.
The goal of the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (RPYO) is to provide an exceptional experience for students to learn, share and enjoy music performances and to benefit the community. More than 220 talented young musicians are involved in the three orchestras, some traveling more than 100 miles to attend weekly rehearsals. With funds for music education in public schools continuing to decrease, the Reno Philharmonic Association is committed to growing and enhancing programs like these to give all youth access to music education.
The Reno Philharmonic is northern Nevada’s largest performing arts organization. Beginning its 46th season, the orchestra, led by music director Laura Jackson, is comprised of more than 80 professional musicians who perform more than 30 concerts annually throughout the Reno, Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe region. Musicians of the professional orchestra, youth orchestras, various ensembles and education programs offer more than 60 performances each year, playing to more than 50,000 people. The flagship of the Reno Philharmonic concert offering is a six-concert classical music series, Classix, performed on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.
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