The Reno Phil is celebrating the inspiring leadership and incredible talent of Music Director and Conductor, Laura Jackson, in honor of her 10-year anniversary with the organization. Jackson will be performing the first piece she ever conducted at the Reno Phil at the second performance of the Classix Series: Captivating Characters, on November 3rd from 7:30pm-10pm and on the 4th from 4pm-6pm.
After nine years of innovative programming and passionate community engagement, her tenth season coincides with the Reno Phil’s 50th Anniversary celebration performances and concludes with a newly commissioned orchestral work inspired by the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Jackson’s enthusiasm for music ignites the room in any performance, which is why she is such a popular figure with the Reno-Tahoe community.
“I have been privileged with the opportunity to conduct internationally, but always love coming back and conducting the orchestra that makes me feel most at home,” said Jackson.
Laura Jackson takes pride in being the first female music director and conductor of the Reno Phil. As women are still challenged to make progress in the primarily male world of music, being a woman conductor in the industry is a great honor. Laura is a pioneer and inspiration for other women to find their way to leadership in music.
“I have had so many magical moments as the conductor for the Reno Phil, it fills my heart with gratitude to see our audience continue to grow and our education programs continue to expand and serve.” said Jackson. “I am so excited for all of the captivating performances we have planned in my 10th season! It’s truly a blessing to be able to work with such talented musicians and passionate community members. I am so honored to be a part of the Reno community.”
About the Reno Phil
The Reno Phil is northern Nevada’s largest performing arts organization. Celebrating its 50th year 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.
About Laura Jackson
Jackson’s passion and drive have helped the Reno Phil reach new heights with cutting edge composer projects, vibrant performances of traditional repertoire, and collaborations that captivate the enthusiasm of the local community as well as the symphonic industry nation-wide. At 11 years old, Laura was introduced to the violin and developed a strong connection with the instrument. She was an avid player, but overuse made her unable to perform and she had to let go of her dreams of playing professionally, but she never let this stop her from dedicating her life to music. She began to teach music classes, and in 1997 she had her first opportunity to conduct a professional orchestra in Boston. The rest is history!
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