Rodrigo & the Red Harp with Emmanuel Ceysson

Friday, August 14 at 7PM 

Orchestra Concert 

Classical Tahoe Pavilion

Torke: Ecstatic Orange
Rodrigo: Concerto Serenata
Emmanuel Ceysson, Harp
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Classical Tahoe’s closing weekend begins with the brilliant “Ecstatic Orange” by American composer Michael Torke. Harpist Emmanuel Ceysson, the evening’s soloist and back by popular demand joins the Classical Tahoe Orchestra to beguile the audience with the memorable, smoky Spanish themes of the Concerto Serenata by Joaquin Rodrigo.

Tchaikovsky’s fateful Symphony No. 4 brings this evening to a blazing close.

Also Experience in Season 9: French Romance with Harpist Emmanuel Ceysson

French Romance with Harpist Emmanuel Ceysson

Tuesday, August 11 at 7PM

Chamber Concert & Meet the Musicians

Classical Tahoe Pavilion

Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello
Laura Hamilton, Violin; Winona Zelenka, Cello
Debussy: Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane
Emmanuel Ceysson, Harp; Kay Stern, Violin; Simon James, Violin; Milan Milisavljevic, Viola; Wendy Sutter, Cello; Jeremy McCoy, Bass
Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor
Anna Stoytcheva, Piano; Xiao-Dong Wang, Violin; Maria Schleuning, Violin; Katie Kadarauch, Violin; David Calhoun, Cello

This evening brings the Café life of Paris to the Classical Tahoe Pavilion with French harpist Emmanuel Ceysson returning to Classical Tahoe. Ceysson’s signature flair in Debussy’s Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane (Dance Heavenly and Earthly) for harp and strings is on display for this  final chamber concert of the 2020 festival. Ravel’s striking homage to Debussy in Sonata for Violin and Cello and Cesar Franck’s ardently expressive Piano Quintet fills the evening with Parisian passion.

Chamber concerts display the individual artistry of  Classical Tahoe musicians in an intimate setting.

Meet the Musicians is a casual exchange of ideas with the concert’s musicians that unfolds organically either on-stage or following the performance in the courtyard. Music and conversation – beautiful and personal.

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Emmanuel Ceysson


Emmanuel Ceysson is one of the world’s leading harpists. He recently took up the position as Principal harp at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, after a successful career at Opera de Paris lasting nine years. Since 2005 he has been a presence in such leading venues on the international musical scene as the Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau, Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Berlin Philharmonie, where his appearances in recital, concerto repertoire and chamber music regularly win high praise from the press. His unfailing commitment to his instrument has earned him the highest international distinctions. In rapid succession, he won the Gold Medal and a special performance prize at the USA International Harp Competition (Bloomington) in 2004, First Prize and six special prizes at the New York Young Concert Artist Auditions in 2006, and First Prize at the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich in September 2009, thus becoming the first harpist to obtain awards at thee major international events.

Recent concert highlights include the Glière Concerto for Harp with the Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester at the Stefaniensaal of Graz and with the Prague Radio Symphony at the Gstaad Festival.  Upcoming chamber music engagements include performances at the Hong Kong Chamber Music Festival, a recital at the Frick Collection, New York, with Quatuor Voce, his debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in the Summer of 2019, solo recitals at the Teatro del Lago, Chile, performances at the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, Faure Impromptu for Harp Op 86 in Hong Kong, Mozart Concerto for Harp and Flute K299  with the Vivaldi Orchestra (Italy) and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (Canada).  

He was Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 2005 to 2009 and has taught at the International Summer Academy in Nice since 2010.  He also gives regular masterclasses in France and in the course of his foreign tours and appearances.

In 2010, Emmanuel Ceysson was nominated in the category ‘Solo Instrumental Discovery’ at the Victoires de la Musique Classique. In November 2011 he received a Prix d’Encouragement from the Académie des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut de France (Fondation Simone Del Duca) in recognition of his distinguished early career. Mr. Ceysson is a Naïve recording artist since January 2012 when he released Opéra Fantaisie, a solo album based upon famous operatic arias.

He has given recitals and educational residencies at countless international venues including the Wolf Trap Foundation in Virginia, North Orange County Community Concerts Association in California, Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Michigan, Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts (WA), and Emporia Arts Council in Kansas.

To sponsor guest soloist Emmanuel Ceysson, sponsor a concert, or dedicate a piece of music on this program, inquire with Karen Craig, Executive Director. Benefits available with Named Gift Opportunities.