Restoring Gershwin’s Vision: The Way We Were
Reno Phil’s 50th Anniversary celebration continues with Music Director and Conductor, Laura Jackson, the Reno Phil chorus, and the orchestra. They will lead the audience into the launch of the Classix Series: The Way We Were, celebrating works from the legendary American composer, George Gershwin, on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 30 at 4 p.m. at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.
“We have a dynamite piano soloist, Alessio Bax, joining us. He perfectly captures the lyricism of Gershwin’s melodic writing and also the rhythmic jazziness of the rhythmic character in his music,” said Jackson. “We tip our hat back to the way we were as we look toward the future with modern composer Zhou Tian. Tian’s unique piece is based on an ancient Chinese proverb, that it takes a thousand years of prayers to make one genuinely beautiful relationship.”
The Reno Phil will perform two works from Gershwin that were showcased at the Reno Phil’s very first concert in 1969, including a test performance of the new Critical Edition of Gershwin’s Concerto in F in partnership with the University of Michigan’s Gershwin Initiative. The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition is a project of the American Music Institute at U-M in partnership with the families of George and Ira Gershwin.
Remarkably, musicologists have never edited Gershwin’s music and the scores of so many of their iconic works contain errors and inconsistencies that have never been corrected. The new editions that come out of this project will create the first-ever performance materials to accurately reflect the musical vision of the Gershwin brothers.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $29, depending on seat preference. Visit www.RenoPhil.com or call (775) 323-6393 to purchase tickets.
About the Reno Phil
The Reno Phil is northern Nevada’s largest performing arts organization. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, 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-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. To learn more about the Reno Philharmonic and its events, and to discover all that the Reno Phil offers, visit RenoPhil.com. For more information about Reno Philharmonic Association, please visit renophil.com.