Classical Tahoe





JULY 30 – AUGUST 15, 2021

Musicians and Patrons Are Welcomed Back to Lake Tahoe for Orchestra Concerts in an Open-Air Pavilion with Distanced Seating Under the Stars to Celebrate the Festival’s 10th Anniversary.

Guest conductors Ming Luke, Tito Muñoz and Gabriela Díaz-Alatriste will lead six orchestra concerts with soloists Laquita Mitchell, Emmanuel Ceysson, Nathan Hughes, Gilles Vonsattel, Amaryn Olmeda, and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet for an evening of symphonic jazz, plus Chamber Music concerts in a glorious garden oasis. 

Sphinx Organization Partnership Launches the Classical Tahoe Academy Part of An Unprecedented Initiative to Increase Diversity in American Orchestras.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (May 4, 2021) – Classical Tahoe Festival & Music Institute has announced the upcoming 10th Anniversary Season, July 30 – August 15, 2021. Classical Tahoe is a world-class celebration of arts featuring three weeks of orchestra concerts with international guest conductors and soloists, chamber music concerts, and free education and engagement programs on the campus of Sierra Nevada University, Incline Village, North Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

The 2021 Orchestra Festival will be held al fresco by the ingenious design of the Classical Tahoe Pavilion. The Pavilion will be erected as an amphitheater. The orchestra will perform on stage under the white-peaked canopy. The audience will be seated outdoors under the stars. The custom-built 20-row grandstand with pairs of luxury seats distanced in every direction nestled within the trees.

“Running an Orchestra Festival is turning out to be an art form unto itself,” described Karen Craig, Classical Tahoe Executive Director. “With the same creative vision as we approached making music in 2020, the organization is comfortable, courageous, and flexible to build an outdoor amphitheater in 2021 to safely accommodate a full orchestra and audience this summer. There will be joy, tears, and excitement as we gather the Classical Tahoe community to reflect on what we have been through and let the music carry us forward together.”

Audiences celebrating the 10th Anniversary Season in 2021 will be pleased to know that the program remains largely unchanged from the season designed by Joel Revzen. Maestro Revzen was Classical Tahoe’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor from the festival’s inaugural season in 2012 until his death on May 25, 2020, from complications related to COVID-19. Classical Tahoe’s Founding Concertmaster, Laura Hamilton, is proudly serving as Interim Artistic Director.

Laura Hamilton shared, “I worked closely with Joel from the very beginning of the festival. We shared a vision of presenting concerts to this community which would be at the very highest artistic level. Despite his untimely death, that vision has never wavered. Our extraordinary musicians can’t wait to perform together again, a major step towards healing and connection through art. I am grateful to the Classical Tahoe Board for trusting me to steward the festival until the appointment of the next Music Director.”

Three exceptional guest conductors, Ming Luke, Tito Muñoz, and Gabriela Díaz-Alatriste, were nominated by musicians of the Classical Tahoe Orchestra and selected for an invitation by the Search Committee comprised of members of the Classical Tahoe Board, Orchestra, and Administration. The Classical Tahoe Orchestra brings together 70 virtuoso musicians from the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles, and New York Philharmonics, the symphonies of San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Toronto, Vancouver, and other exceptional organizations. Each orchestra concert will feature a symphonic work including masterpieces by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky’s powerful Symphony No. 4. Chamber Music & Meet the Musician concerts showcase the artistry of our musicians performing repertoire mixed with familiar and rarely heard gems.

Unprecedented National Initiative to Increase Diversity in American Orchestras

This year, Classical Tahoe is part of a national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras. In partnership with the Sphinx Organization and the National Alliance for Audition Support, eleven prize-winning Black and Latinx musicians will be in residence throughout the festival, rehearsing and performing with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra and taking part in a customized experience of mentoring, networking, and audition preparation. Classical Tahoe and Sphinx Organization share musical ambassadors including, Weston Sprott, Classical Tahoe Trombone, recipient Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and Dean of the Preparatory Division The Juilliard School, along with Billy Hunter, Demarre McGill, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, and George Taylor.

Orchestra Concerts at held at the Classical Tahoe Pavilion at Sierra Nevada University

Date: Friday, July 30, 7PM
Concert Title: Opening Night Under the Stars with Laquita Mitchell, Soprano
Ming Luke, guest conductor
Montgomery: Starburst (2012)
Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) (1948)
Laquita Mitchell, soprano
Mozart: “Chi’o mi scordi di te”, Scene and Rondo, K.505 (1786)
Laquita Mitchell, soprano
Anna Stoycheva, piano obbligato
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, op. 90 (“Italian”) (1833)

Date: Saturday, July 31, 7PM
Concert Title: Beethoven Meets Rodrigo & the Red Harp with Emmanuel Ceysson
Ming Luke, guest conductor
Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, op. 21 (1826)
Rodrigo: Concierto Serenata for harp and orchestra (1952)
Emmanuel Ceysson, harp
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major, op. 93 (1812)

Date: Friday, August 6, 7PM
Concert Title: Spotlight on Oboe with Nathan Hughes and Brahms’ 3rd Symphony
Tito Muñoz, guest conductor
J. Strauss II: Overture to Die Fledermaus (1874)
Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Oboe and Strings (1944)
Nathan Hughes, oboe
Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Major, op. 90 (1833)

Date: Saturday, August 7, 7PM
Concert Title: German Masters with Gilles Vonsattel, Piano
Tito Muñoz, guest conductor
Weber: Overture to Oberon (1826)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, op. 37 (1800)
Gilles Vonsattel, piano
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, op. 97 (“Rhenish”) (1850)

Date: Friday, August 13, 7PM
Concert Title: Tchaikovsky’s Fate Symphony #4, introducing Amaryn Olmeda, Violin
Gabriela Díaz-Alatriste, guest conductor
Márquez: Danzón No. 2 (1993)
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, op. 61 (1880)
Amaryn Olmeda, violin
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36 (1878)

Date: Saturday, August 14, 7PM
Concert Title: Brubeck @ 100 with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra
Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Gabriela Díaz-Alatriste, guest conductor
Blue Rondo A La Turk
Take Five
In Your Own Sweet Way
The Basie Band is Back in Town
Unsquare Dance
and many more

Performance and Live Auction at the Classical Tahoe Pavilion, SNU

Date: Sunday, August 15, 7PM
Concert Title: Classical Tahoe Summer Gala
Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Amaryn Olmeda, violin
Anna Stoycheva, piano
Classical Tahoe Musicians and Fellows Repertoire:
Chris Brubeck: Vignettes for Nonet for Brubeck Brothers Quartet with woodwind quintet
Ravel: Tzigane
Mendelssohn: Octet, Allegro moderato ma con fuoco

Ashley Oasis on Lakeshore Boulevard

Date: Sunday, August 1
Concert: Romance in the Air
Beethoven: Duet With Two Eyeglasses Obligato (1796)
Glière: Four Pieces for Horn and Piano, Op. 35 (1908)
Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie for Violin and Harp (1907)
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44 (1842)

Date: Sunday, August 8
Concert Title: Chamber Music Masterpieces
Mozart: Wind Serenade in E-flat major, K. 375 (1781)
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, op. 50 (1881)

Date: Thursday, August 12
Concert Title: Notturno
Copland: Quiet City (1941)
Schubert: The Shepherd on the Rock D. 965 (1828)
Bolling: Suite No. 1 for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio (1973)
Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 in D major (1881)


The Classical Tahoe Music Institute creates meaningful connections, inspires musical curiosity, sparks livelong learning, and shares the joy and power of great music with the broadest possible audience. The Music Institute is central to Classical Tahoe’s mission as a world-class celebration of the arts that enriches the cultural, educational, and community vitality of Lake Tahoe. Programs include Classical Tahoe on PBS Reno, Academy Fellows in partnership with Sphinx, Brubeck Jazz Summit, Annotations with Cindy Rhys, Incline & Truckee High Schools Jazz Workshop with Brubeck Brothers Quartet, College Scholarship Program, Music Therapy for families-in-transition, Open Orchestra Rehearsals, Sunday Salons.


Date: Sunday, August 8
Concert Title: Music Maker Faire & Family Concert: All About Chamber Music
11 AM – Noon: Music Maker Faire with hands-on art projects with Nevada Museum of Art and Nevada Discovery Museum
12 – 1 PM: Family Concert
Christopher Rouse – Ku-Ka-Ilimoku for percussion
Claudio Monteverdi – Madrigals arranged for brass by Ray Mase
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for string quartet
Gabriel Fauré – Pavane for woodwind quintet
George Frideric Handel – Alla Hornpipe from Water Music

Date: Tuesday, August 10
Concert Title: Everyone Welcome: 10th Anniversary Celebration
Chamber Concert & Meet the Musicians
Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag (1899), Arranged for string quartet by Gherman Laurentiu
Bolcom: Incineratorag for String Quartet (1938)
Stil: Miniatures for Woodwind Quintet (1963)
Ewazen: Dance for Flute, Horn, and Piano (2002)
Harrison: Music for Remy (1998)
Copland: Appalachian Spring (1944)


Safety will be the top priority this summer. Classical Tahoe, in close advisement with our 2020 and 2021 Health Advisor Dr. Helen Trop-Zell, will be following local, state, and federal safety guidelines for concert gatherings this year. These protocols will ensure a safe environment for performers, audience members, and the community. Plans will continue to adjust in response to evolving public health guidelines leading up to the Festival. Season 10 programs are subject to change. Check the festival website and sign up for the e-news for the latest details at (

Classical Tahoe Orchestra Concerts 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 $70-$155. Season Subscription sales open April 1, 2021. Season Subscriptions and Trio Orchestra Subscriptions and group sales are available through the box office concierge (775) 298-0245 or

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