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JULY 9 – AUGUST 15, 2020

Beloved Summer Event in North Lake Tahoe

Six Orchestra Concerts, Three Chamber Music Concerts & Meet the Musicians
with Soloists’ soprano Nadine Sierra, harpist Emmanuel Ceysson, pianist Gilles Vonsattel, oboist Nathan Hughes, violinist Amaryn Olmeda, and guest conductor David Chan

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (January 30, 2020) – Classical Tahoe Festival and Music Institute has announced the upcoming 9th season, July 9 -August 15, 2020. Classical Tahoe is a world-class celebration of arts with classical music concerts, jazz performances, and community programs for music education and appreciation on the campus of Sierra Nevada University, Incline Village, North Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Classical Tahoe Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director Joel Revzen, together with blockbuster soloists, celebrates in 2020 the anniversaries of Beethoven and Brubeck, along with opera favorites, masterful symphonies, and chamber music concerts and meet the musician events. “The 2020 season of Classical Tahoe has something for everyone,” Revzen said, “audiences will experience an 12-year-old violin prodigy, a Metropolitan Opera star soprano, a major recording pianist, a virtuoso oboist, and the return of a captivating solo harpist.”Maestro Revzen continues, “The brilliant Classical Tahoe Orchestra brings performances that are powerful and intimate, from orchestral masterpieces and stirring chamber music, to symphonic jazz.” Classical Tahoe Season 9 has it all.

The virtuoso Classical Tahoe Orchestra brings together musicians from the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the symphonies of San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Toronto, Vancouver, and other exceptional organizations.

Rising just 16 rows, the 400- seat Classical Tahoe Pavilion is an industry differentiator. Noted for its sail-like structure, the orchestral concert pavilion offers exceptional, unamplified sound and the opportunity for audiences to capture the body language, hand movements, and intuitive communication between maestro and musicians while performing repertoire most often heard in a larger hall.



Celebrating the Anniversaries of Beethoven and Brubeck

Guest Soloists Also Participating in Chamber Concerts & Meet the Musicians

Date: Thursday, July 9, 5PM
Classical Tahoe Summer Gala 
Kern Schumacher Estate, Incline Village, NV

Date: Friday, July 31, 7PM
Concert Title: A Night at the Opera with Nadine Sierra
Description: Soprano Nadine Sierra with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra

Mozart: Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro
Verdi: “Caro Nome” from Rigoletto
Bellini: “O Quante Volte” from I Capuletti e Montecchi
Mozart: “Ruhe Sanft” from Zaide
Gounod: “The Jewel Song” from Faust
Nadine Sierra, Soprano
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, ”Italian”

Program Description:
Nadine Sierra, soprano sensation recently seen in The Marriage of Figaro at the
Metropolitan Opera, takes the stage during the opening night performance at Classical
Tahoe Festival Season 9.

Sierra, a much-heralded opera star, will treat opening night audiences to an evening of
aria favorites, including the innocent “Caro Nome” from Rigoletto, the leaps of Bellini’s
Capuletti heroine in “O quante Volte”, a rare gem from Mozart: “Ruhe Sanft”, and the
riveting “Jewel Song” from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette.

Maestro Joel Revzen closes the first night of the nine-concert series with composer
Mendelssohn’s bright and exuberant Symphony No. 4 – the Classical Tahoe Orchestra’s
virtuosity will be on full display.

Guest Soloist in Chamber Concert & Meet the Musicians: August 2, Matinee : Made in America with Soprano Nadine Sierra and Daniel Gilbert, Clarinet

Date: Saturday, August 1, 7PM
Concert Title: Amaryn Olmeda plays Bruch Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Description: 12-year old violinist Amaryn Olmeda performs with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra

Beethoven: Overture to Egmont
Bruch: Concerto for Violin
Amaryn Olmeda, Violin
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8

Program Description:
The brilliant music for the story of a hero – one of Beethoven’s most popular overtures – sets the stage for an exciting evening. This opening weekend concert boasts a spellbinding star violinist, 12-year-old Amaryn Olmeda as soloist in the exceptionally popular Bruch Violin Concerto. Audiences will be thrilled by the young musician’s command of her instrument.

Beethoven’s humorous and lighthearted Symphony No. 8 brings the first weekend of orchestral
concerts to a celebratory conclusion for the composer’s 250th birthday.

Date: Sunday, August 2, 4PM
Concert Title: Made in America with Soprano Nadine Sierra and Daniel Gilbert, Clarinet
Description: Chamber Concert & 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.

Copland: “Appalachian Spring”
Yurika Mok, Violin; Brian Krinke, Violin; Gennady Filimonov, Violin; Annamae Goldstein, Violin; Desiree Elsevier, Viola; Catherine Ro, Viola; Mariko Wyrick, Cello; Lanny Paykin, Cello; Daniel Krekeler, Bass; Anna Stoytcheva, Piano; Erik Gratton, Flute; Daniel Gilbert, Clarinet; Whitney Crockett, Bassoon
Gershwin: Blues from “An American in Paris”
Daniel Gilbert, Clarinet; Donna Lee, Piano
Songs of George Gershwin and Cole Porter
Nadine Sierra, Soprano; Joel Revzen, Piano

Program Description:
The bucolic Appalachian Spring, played here in the original version for 14 instruments, begins
an afternoon of American favorites, including Gershwin’s “Blues from An American in Paris’
featuring Classical Tahoe Principal Clarinet Dan Gilbert.

Nadine Sierra once again graces the Classical Tahoe Pavilion stage, this time with Maestro
Revzen at the piano, as they perform American Songbook classics of Gershwin, Porter, and

Date: Friday, August 7, 7PM
Concert Title: Beethoven and Brahms with Gilles Vonsattel, Piano
Description: Pianist Gilles Vonsattel with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra

Johann Strauss: Overture to Die Fledermaus
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Gilles Vonsattel, Piano
Brahms Symphony No. 3

Program Description:

For the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the sounds of Vienna will fill the Classical Tahoe Pavilion. The city that was home to Beethoven, Brahms and Strauss produced the flirtatious Fledermaus Overture, but also the drama heard in the performance of illustrious piano soloist Gilles Vonsattel, who joins the orchestra for Beethoven’s mighty and passionate Piano Concerto No. 3.

The concert concludes with another giant of symphony composers, in a performance of Johannes Brahms’ heroic Symphony No. 3

Guest Soloist in Chamber Concert & Meet the Musicians: August 9, Matinee : From Russia with Love with Gilles Vonsattel

Date: Saturday, August 8, 7PM
Concert Title: Schumann and Vaughn Williams with Nathan Hughes, Oboe
Description: Guest Soloist Nathan Hughes, Oboe with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra featuring David Chan, Guest Conductor

David Chan, Guest Conductor
Weber: Overture to Oberon
Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Oboe
Nathan Hughes, Oboe
Schumann: Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”

Program Description:
Classical Tahoe is pleased to welcome Guest Conductor David Chan to the Classical Tahoe Pavilion stage.

Mr. Chan, Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 20 years, also maintains an
active world-wide conducting career. Chan brings his singular talents to Weber’s magical
Overture to the opera Oberon, and leads the orchestra in Vaughn Williams’ “Concerto for Oboe”
featuring the MET Orchestra/Classical Tahoe Principal Oboe Nathan Hughes.

Don’t miss the rare opportunity to hear this gentle yet virtuosic piece. The evening finishes with Schumann’s sweeping, joyful Symphony No. 3, the “Rhenish.”

Date: Sunday, August 9, 4PM
Concert Title: From Russia with Love with Gilles Vonsattel
Description: Chamber Concert & 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.

Prokofiev: Sonata for Two Violins
Daniel Khalikov, Violin and Kristi Helberg, Violin
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor
Gilles Vonsattel, Piano; Sarah Vonsattel, Violin; Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, Cello

Program Description:
The vivid painted spires and domes of St. Petersburg, Russia come to life in sound with the playful, yet striking, Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins and the richly expansive Piano Trio by Tchaikovsky. Featuring the dynamic piano soloist Gilles Vonsattel and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Classical Tahoe violinist Sarah Vonsattel, along with other Classical Tahoe musicians.

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 7PM
Concert Title: French Romance with Harpist Emmanuel Ceysson
Description: Chamber Concert & 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.

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

Program Description:
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.

Guest Soloist in Orchestra Concert: August 14: Rodrigo & the Red Harp with Emmanuel Ceysson

Date: Friday, August 14, 7PM
Concert Title: Rodrigo & the Red Harp with Emmanuel Ceysson
Description: Harpist Emmanuel Ceysson with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra

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

Program Description:
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.

Date: Saturday, August 15, 7PM
Concert Title: “Brubeck @ 100” with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra
Description: Brubeck Brothers Quartet perform with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra
Repertoire: “Blue Rondo A La Turk,” “Take Five,” “In Your Own Sweet Way,” The Basie Band is Back in Town, ” “Unsquare Dance” and many more
Program Description:
A Celebration of American Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck’s centennial anniversary, “Brubeck at
100” is a unique performance featuring the Brubeck Brothers Quartet with the Classical
Tahoe Orchestra, performing many of Dave Brubeck’s most popular compositions.

This rare jazz-symphonic concert brings Dave Brubeck’s most beloved pieces to life with bold
color and thrilling sounds, bringing the 9th Classical Tahoe Festival season to an exhilarating

Season 9 program details including repertoire and guest soloists are subject to change

Classical Tahoe Orchestra Concerts and Chamber Concerts & Meet the Musicians are held at the Classical Tahoe Pavilion on the campus of Sierra Nevada University in Incline Village, Nevada., 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, Nevada.

Orchestra Concerts ticket prices are $29 – $129. Ticket sales open April 1, 2020.

Season Subscriptions and Trio Orchestra Subscription packages are available. Subscription sales resume March 1, 2020.

Chamber Music Concerts are $30 and include “Meet the Musicians” conversation opportunities.

Youth tickets are offered at a 50 percent discount off regular ticket pricing. Group ticket packages available.

To purchase tickets and more information visit online at or call 775-298-0245.

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The mission of Classical Tahoe is a world-class celebration of the arts whose mission is to inspire the cultural, educational, and community vitality of Lake Tahoe. Classical Tahoe, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village NV / 775-298-0245 /


Whittier Trust is a proud sponsor of Classical Tahoe’s 2020 concert season. Classical Tahoe is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Carol Franc Buck Foundation. The Classical Tahoe Music Institute is supported by a generous grant from the Firefly Scientists’ Foundation.

2020 Partners

Whittier Trust, Bently Foundation, Nightingale Family Foundation, Sierra Nevada College, Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau,, Travel Nevada, Tahoe Fund, KNPB | PBS, Ashley Quinn CPAs, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.

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