Classical Tahoe

Classical Tahoe Announces 2017 Festival

Renowned musicians from top orchestras assemble in Lake Tahoe for Classical Tahoe’s sixth season, July 28 – Aug. 12, 2017

LAKE TAHOE, Nev. (March 2, 2017)—The nationally celebrated classical music festival, Classical Tahoe, is set to amaze audiences for its 6th season, July 28 through Aug. 12, 2017. Featuring acclaimed guest soloists and performances made only more striking by the accompanying scenery of Lake Tahoe, the festival brings together nationally and internationally recognized musicians for three weeks of concert performances in Incline Village, Nevada. Under the direction of Conductor and Artistic Director Joel Revzen, the 10-concert series supports Tahoe’s cultural growth while bringing together a remarkable assembly of musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and other orchestras throughout the world.

“This year Classical Tahoe opens the festival with a concert of American classics,” Maestro Joel Revzen said. “We’ve sought out and invited soloists whose music-making is as radiant as the beauty of Lake Tahoe and the talent of our orchestra. The 2017 concert repertoire brings audiences a wide range of musical styles – from Beethoven to Bernstein and beyond – with something to entice and excite every listener.”

Guest soloists are traveling to Lake Tahoe from all over the globe; Cuban pianist Aldo López-Gavilán ignites Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Israeli violinist Itamar Zorman performs Jonathan Leshnoff’s “Violin Concerto,” and four award-winning soloists from the San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Adler Fellowship Program bring to life scenes from Mozart/Da Ponte operas. Lauded for their fresh, dynamic performances of standard repertoire, the Classical Tahoe Orchestra brings their unique approach to the beloved music of Dvořák, Brahms, Bernstein, Gershwin, Copland, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and more.

Week 1: July 28 – 30, 2017 

July 28
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Guest soloist: Aldo López-Gavilán, piano
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, “from the New World”

July 29
Dvořák: Slavonic Dances Op. 46 Nos. 1, 2 & 4
López-Gavilán: work for solo piano and orchestra
Guest soloist: Aldo López-Gavilán, piano
Brahms: Symphony No. 1

July 30
Family Concert “All About the Violin”
Guest soloist: Kaia Selden, violin

Week 2: Aug. 1 – 5, 2017

August 1
“Meet the Music, Meet the Musicians”
Wynton Marsalis: A Fiddler’s Tale

August 4
Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le toit (“The Cow on the Roof”)
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

August 5
Mozart: Overture to Così fan tutte
Various operatic arias sung by the Adler Fellows from the San Francisco Opera
Semi-staged opera scenes from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, and Don Giovanni
Soloists: Toni Marie Palmertree, Amina Edris, Amitai Pati, and Brad Walker

Week 3: Aug. 6-12, 2017

August 6
Nevada Museum of Art Cocktail Brunch and Classical Tahoe Chamber Concert at the Nightingale Sky Room*
Ligeti: Six Bagatelles for Woodwind Quintet
Mendelssohn: Octet

*This concert not included in Season Subscriptions

August 8
“Meet the Music, Meet the Musicians”
Mozart: Flute Quartet
Dvořák: Piano Quartet No. 2

August 11
Mendelssohn: Sinfonia No. 4
Leshnoff: Concerto for violin and orchestra
Guest soloist: Itamar Zorman, violin
Falla: El amor brujo ballet suite

August 12
Kodaly: Summer Evening
Villa Lobos: Ciranda das sete notas
Guest soloist: Whitney Crockett, bassoon
Beethoven: Concerto for violin and orchestra
Guest soloist: Itamar Zorman, violin

*All program selections subject to change.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the Festival Pavilion at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada. Ticket prices are $25, $50, $75 and $100. Chamber music concerts are $30. Tickets go on sale April 1, 2017.  Season subscriptions available. Student tickets are offered at a 50 percent discount off regular ticket pricing.

For tickets and more information visit online at or call (775) 298-0245.

Whittier Trust’s Reno-Tahoe and San Francisco offices are proud sponsors of Classical Tahoe’s 2017 concert season, along with Lexus | Dolan of Reno. Classical Tahoe is made possible, in part, through a generous donation from the Carol Franc Buck Foundation.