White Nights Gala
july 8 – august 12
Each summer, Classical Tahoe brings together America’s leading classical musicians for a three-week music festival and institute on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada.
Under the direction of Maestro Joel Revzen, the Classical Tahoe orchestra includes virtuoso musicians from ensembles such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the LA Philharmonic performing musical masterpieces of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Bernstein, Copland and more.
Now in its 7th season, Classical Tahoe’s 11-concert series delights audiences with its superb musicians, intimate concert pavilion, educational programs, and majestic setting.
– Ansel Adams
artistic director and principal conductor
Greetings! In this 7th season of Classical Tahoe, I am pleased to be leading our expanded orchestra for this year’s festival – playing big masterworks of favorite classics, shimmering impressionists and vivid music from around the globe. Please enjoy our preview below of the music that promises to fill this exciting season for Classical Tahoe. We look forward to seeing you at the concerts. I know these exciting scores will resound in the Pavilion!
Our 7th season has so much to enjoy – a World Premiere by Chris Brubeck, written for guest artists Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson, opera star Ekaterina Semanchuk direct from the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera, fiery Spanish pianist and Chopin specialist Leonel Morales, an expanded orchestra for all six orchestra concerts, plus three uplifting Chamber concerts and three wonderful events to attend!
Friday, July 27: The music of American composers Copland and Torke starts the festival on a dazzling course, and we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bernstein’s birth with the effervescent music from his ballet Fancy Free.
Saturday, July 28: Sensual and fiery soundscapes from the land of l’amour; Debussy’s watercolor soundscapes, including Daniel Gilbert, clarinet soloist, a Suite from Bizet’s opera Carmen, and the vivid solo artistry of Spain’s Leonel Morales brings us the essence of romanticism in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
Friday, August 3: A powerhouse evening of music featuring star mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semanchuk – of the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera – as she sings stunning arias from the operas of Verdi, Bizet, and Donizetti. The concert ends with the expanded Classical Tahoe orchestra in Brahms’ rousing and exuberant Symphony No. 2.
Saturday, August 4: Romance joins with Russian fire in this concert highlighting two fascinating cultures; Ekaterina Semanchuk and the orchestra present French composer Chausson’s mystical Poem of Love and the Sea, and the orchestra shines in Balakirev’s Russian Folk Themes opening, with a finale of Tchaikovsky’s joyous and upbeat Symphony No. 2, Little Russian.
Friday, August 10: The final weekend begins with musical fireworks with Bach’s Double Concerto for Two Violins, starring renowned violinist Jaime Laredo, and Classical Tahoe Concertmaster and soloist Laura Hamilton. Guest artist Sharon Robinson reflects the glow of a peaceful Tahoe evening as cello soloist in Dvorak’s Silent Woods, and Beethoven’s passionate and beloved Symphony No. 7 inspires us, celebrating Classical Tahoe’s 7th season.
Saturday, August 11: Beginning with the foot-stomping dance rhythms and flowing melodies of full-blooded Czech and Hungarian music by composers Smetana, Janacek and Kodaly, the season is then capped with a World Premiere – Chris Brubeck’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, co-commissioned by Classical Tahoe expressly for the guest artists Jaime Laredo, violin and Sharon Robinson, cello.