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Reno Phil’s 50th Season Ends with Premiere Performance Commissioned by Grammy-Nominated Composer Zhou Tian


Reno Phil will celebrate its 50th anniversary season finale with a gift to the city of Reno. The Reno Phil has commissioned a piece inspired by the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad written by Grammy-nominated composer, Zhou Tian. The “Classix Series: Requiem” world-premiere performances will be on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 at 4:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.  


“The Transcontinental Railroad was seminal to the creation of Reno,” said Tim Young, President and CEO of the Reno Phil. “In our 50th anniversary season, we wanted to commission a piece of new orchestral music that would be impactful to our community and intimately tied to the Biggest Little City.” 

This Classix Series performance begins with Richard Strauss’s “Travel Fever and Waltz,” followed by Zhou Tian’s commissioned piece, and completing with Mozart’s “Requiem,” a remarkable piece about profound transformation featuring the Reno Phil Chorus and guest vocalists. 

“These are works that show off the technical talent and melodic beauty of the Reno Phil and celebrate a new chapter in the orchestra’s history,” said Musical Director and Conductor Laura Jackson. 


Inspired by the completion of the railroad which gave birth to the city of Reno, Tian’s piece, “Transcend,” is a multi-movement orchestral piece written in commemoration of the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad and will make its world premiere on the occasion of the Reno Phil’s 50th anniversary season finale.  

Completed in 1869, the Transcontinental Railroad effectively linked the United States from east to west for the first time. After this world premiere is performed by the Reno Phil, it will travel across the country to be performed by 12 other symphonies whose cities and states are connected by the railroad. 


“I am excited that 12 other professional orchestras joined the commissioning consortium led by the Reno Phil and will perform ‘Transcend’ in the future,” said Grammy-nominated composer, Zhou Tian. “I’ve been going through videos of those orchestras and their music directors to learn their performance style and sound.” 

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are on sale now starting at $29 and vary depending on seat preference.  

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

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. 

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