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Former Youth Symphony Orchestra member returns as guest soloist


The Reno Phil welcomes back a former concertmaster of the Youth Symphony Orchestra, Oliver Leitner, as the orchestra’s celebrated Davidson Fellow in the second Classix Series of the season, “Enigma Variations” on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10 at 4:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.


Reno native, Oliver Leitner, will perform Chausson’s rhapsodic Poème, an exquisite, lyrical showcase for the violin. This is a traditional piece that has always been played on piano, but has set stage with the Reno Phil and will come to life within the orchestra.


“We are so thrilled to welcome back Oliver Leitner,” said Laura Jackson, Music Director and Conductor. “He has grown up with us at the Reno Phil and I was so taken by the lyrical singing quality in his sound and in the way that he makes music.”

This concert will showcase a musical language that take the audience back to an earlier time period set in Germany with Haydn’s Symphony No. 49, a prime musical manifestation of the Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress) “La Passion.” Following this piece is one of classical music’s unsolved mysteries, Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.” The audience will dive into a haunting and dramatic theme that transpires into an “enigma” from Elgar’s references that music lovers muse over.

“What stuck out to me about Haydn’s Symphony was the kind of drama he inserts right from the very beginning,” said Jackson.

Doors open at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $29, depending on seating preference. Visit www.RenoPhil.com or call (775) 323-6393 to purchase tickets and to view available seating.

Guest artist Oliver Leitner is sponsored by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development; Chausson’s Poème is sponsored by Chris and Parky May; and Elgar’s Enigma Variations is sponsored by Cecilia Lee.

About the Reno Phil

The Reno Phil is northern Nevada’s largest performing arts organization. Celebrating its 51st year, the orchestra, led by Music Director Laura Jackson, is composed 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 Phil and its events, and to discover all that the Reno Phil offers, visit RenoPhil.com. 

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