Classical Tahoe Festival & Music Institute

10th Anniversary

July 30 - August 15, 2021

Each summer, Classical Tahoe brings together America’s leading classical musicians for a three-week festival of orchestra concerts on the campus of Sierra Nevada University in Incline Village, Nev.

The Classical Tahoe Orchestra includes virtuoso musicians from orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, LA Phil, and others. Highlights include world premieres by Aldo López Gavilán and Chris Brubeck, along with performances of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland and more.  Classical Tahoe’s 10-concert series delights audiences with its superb musicians, an intimate pop-up concert pavilion, educational programs, and majestic setting. The Classical Tahoe Music Institute and the Brubeck Jazz Summit engage musicians and audiences of all ages and abilities.

2020 Community Report

Classical Tahoe on PBS Reno

In Summer 2020, Classical Tahoe pivoted from an Orchestra Festival to a Chamber Music Series despite the challenges of the pandemic and the loss of Maestro Joel Revzen.


PBS Reno brings viewers 6 episodes of performances, musician interviews, and behind the scenes glimpses from the three-week Chamber Music Series.

Watch Episodes Here

Episode 1 Bruch: Selections from Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 83
      Gilles Vonsattel, Désirée Elsevier, Daniel Gilbert
Works for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano by Mahler and Heggie
      Frederica Von Stade, Jake Heggie, Érik Gratton
Zabel: Fantasy on Themes from Gounod’s Faust, Op. 12, for solo harp
      Emmanuel Ceysson
Saint-Saëns: Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 65
      Gilles Vonsattel, Guy Piddington, Daniel Khalikov, Sarah Vonsattel,
      Désirée Elsevier, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Timothy Dilenschneider

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Episode 2 Beethoven: Serenade in D Major, Op. 25
      Érik Gratton, Laura Hamilton, Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss
Schubert: Ständchen
     Donna Lee, Nicholas Phan
Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 1 in c minor, Op. 15
     Gilles Vonsattel, Sarah Vonsattel, Désirée Elsevier,
     Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir
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Episode 3 Mozart: Quintet for Horn and Strings in E-flat Major, K. 407
      David Cooper, Simon James, Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss,
      Laura Hamilton, Peter Wyrick
French Pieces for Flute and Harp: Works by Debussy and Faure
      Emmanuel Ceysson, Érik Gratton
Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20
      David Chan, Laura Hamilton, Maria Schleuning, Catherine Ro,
      Milan Milisavljevic, Katie Kadarauch, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir,
      Mariko Wyrick
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Episode 4 Mozart: Quartet for Oboe and Strings in F Major, K. 370
      Nathan Hughes, Kristi Helberg, Désirée Elsevier, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge, song cycle for tenor, piano,
     and string quartet
     Nicholas Phan, Donna Lee, Maria Schleuning, Catherine Ro,
     Milan Milisavljevic, Mariko Wyrick
Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40
     Gilles Vonsattel, Xiao-dong Wang, David Cooper
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Episode 5 Bach: Concerto for Oboe and Violin in c minor, BWV 1060
   Nathan Hughes, Daniel Khalikov, Sarah Vonsattel, Kristi Helberg,
   Désirée Elsevier, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Timothy Dilenschneider
Debussy: Danses sacrée et profane
   Emmanuel Ceysson, Laura Hamilton, Simon James,
   Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss, Peter Wyrick
Liszt: Transcendental Étude No. 10 in F minor “Appassionata”
   Gilles Vonsattel
Dvořák: String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77
   David Chan, Catherine Ro, Katie Kadarauch, Mariko Wyrick, Daniel Krekeler
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Episode 6 Vivaldi: Concerto for Bassoon and Strings in G Major, RV 492
   Harrison Hollingsworth, Daniel Khalikov, Kristi Helberg, Laura Hamilton,
   Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Timothy Dilenschneider
Debussy, arr. K. Cooper: Sonata “No. 5” (World Premiere)
   Gilles Vonsattel, Daniel Gilbert, Harrison Hollingsworth, Guy Piddington
Rachmaninov: O Cease Thy Singing, Maiden Fair and Strauss: Morgen
   Nicholas Phan, Donna Lee, David Chan
Franck: Piano Quintet in f minor
   Gilles Vonsattel, Xiao-dong Wang, Simon James, Katarzyna
   Bryla-Weiss, Peter Wyrick
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