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Reno Phil Travels to Elko to Celebrate the American West



The Reno Phil celebrates the American West with a special performance in Elko, NV. The concert will feature a newly commissioned work Transcend by Grammy-nominated composer, Zhou Tian, inspired by the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, on May 4,at 7:30 p.m. at the Elko Convention Center.


“We cannot wait to share new understandings of just how incredible this achievement was!” Music Director and Conductor, Laura Jackson said. “This project shows such a significant connection into Nevada’s history, being that the Transcontinental Railroad gave life to the City of Elko.”

Zhou Tian has been invited by the Reno Phil to create a unique piece of music to celebrate both the Reno Phil’s 50th milestone anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The orchestra will also be performing the New World Symphony, a piece written by Czech composer, Dvorak, that was named during the 1890s while exploring the U.S. and Home Means Nevada. The Elko High School Choraliers will open the concert.

After the performance in Elko, 12 orchestras across the country whose cities and states were connected by the railroad will perform the new piece. “The Transcontinental Railroad connected our country 150 years ago and we love how Transcend will connect them in a musical way again today,” said Jackson. 

Since the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads linked the East and West coast, it connected the nation and gave new life and excitement to the city of Elko.

Tickets on sale now, starting at $20 for general admission and doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Visit www.renophil.com or call (775) 323-6393 to purchase tickets, view available seating, and see a list of participating orchestras.

About the Reno Phil

The Reno Phil is northern Nevada’s largest performing arts organization. Celebrating its 50thyear 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.

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