January 10, 2021

5PM Pacific / 8PM Eastern

with Host Leslie Wittmann

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Music Heals is the theme of this Salon, and the conversation will focus on the role of art and music role for a thriving community.

The January 10th Salon will discuss the PBS Reno Classical Tahoe episode 102. Although not required for participation, we recommend watching episode 102 in advance of the Sunday Salon.

Host: Leslie Wittmann from her home in Scottsdale, Arizona
Master of Ceremonies: Cindy Rhys, from her home in Sharon, Connecticut
Staff Co-Host: Sarah Wells, from her home on Heavenly Mountain Resort

with Special Guest Musicians:
Laura Hamilton with Lanny Paykin in their home in New Jersey
Sarah and Gilles Vonsattel with their children in their home in New York City

Leslie Wittmann

Classical Tahoe Board Director

Leslie was born and raised in New Jersey, spending much of her life living on the east coast.  After moving to California nearly two decades ago to pursue career opportunities, Leslie and her husband, Michael, developed a deep appreciation for the great outdoors which led them to Tahoe.  They have had a home in Incline since 2003 and have long planned to settle there once they retired from their full time careers.

The invitation to join the Classical Tahoe Board felt like a natural addition to Leslie’s repertoire, with a love of music and the quality of the festival, which blends so well with the beauty of the surroundings. Leslie is particularly interested in Classical Tahoe’s institute and their efforts to provide musical  opportunities to less advantaged individuals and children in the surrounding Tahoe Basin.

Throughout Leslie’s career, she has had a particular interest in helping women become successful and self-sufficient. To this end, in addition to her commitment to the Incline community, Leslie developed Bright Futures, a program in Agua Prieta, Mexico, that helps teenage girls successfully complete high school.  Through this program, students receive tuition, mentoring, life skills training and English tutoring. Leslie and her team work with a group of local Mexican women in a cross-border collaboration to ensure that these students receive the ongoing support needed to complete their education.

Leslie and Michael spend part of the year in Scottsdale, where they pursue their love of golf and hiking.  Their five children and growing number of grandchildren keep them busy traveling across the country.

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Episode #102

Premieres January 8, 2021

Beethoven: Serenade in D Major, Op. 25
Érik Gratton, Laura Hamilton, Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss
Schubert: Ständchen
Donna Lee, Nicholas Phan
Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 1 in c minor, Op. 15
Gilles Vonsattel, Sarah Vonsattel, Désirée Elsevier, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir

Watch Episode 2 Here

Laura Hamilton

Violin and Viola, Interim Artistic Director

Current: Concertmaster for Classical Tahoe since festival inception (2012), Concertmaster Festival Orchestra NAPA, Concertmaster Orchestra Moderne
Previous Ensembles: Metropolitan Opera: Principal Associate Concertmaster, Acting C-Concertmaster. Chicago Symphony, soloist with Maestro Sir Georg Solti; Concertmaster, Sydney Opera House; Guest Concertmaster for Seattle Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera and Adelaide Symphony (Australia)
Chamber Music/Festivals: Marlboro, Manchester, and Bard Music Festivals, Norway and Greece summer festivals, Tononi Trio
Teaching: New York University, Blackburn Academy at Festival Napa Valley. Visiting faculty: New World Symphony, Manhattan School fo Music, Bel Canto Institute (Italy)
ANDA Sydney highlight was a gala concert with Jonas Kaufmann, playing Massenet’s Meditation from Thais, which garnered rave reviews praising her “radiant,” “serenely beautiful interpretation.”
Home: Laura and her husband, cellist Lanny Paykin, reside in Oakland, New Jersey

Concertmaster Laura Hamilton’s appearance and leadership are generously supported by Steven and Florence Goldby.

A Note from Laura: “I had the privilege of working with Joel Revzen as concertmaster in four different summer festivals since 2001, and our close collaboration and friendship grew hand-in-hand. His artistic leadership here at Classical Tahoe was a driving passion and guiding light over the past nine years. We loved him. We miss him. We continue to play great music with his loving spirit near to our hearts.”

Gilles Vonsattel


Orchestral Soloist: Recent debuts with Boston Symphony, Tanglewood, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, and Gothenburg Symphony. Appearances with: San Francisco Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, l’Orchestre Symphonique du Québec, Boston Pops, Nashville Symphony, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Staatskapelle Halle, and L’orchestre de chambre de Genève.
Awards and Appearances: Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Career Grant, winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions, 2016 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, and hailed as an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality.
Chamber Music Festivals: Ravinia, Tokyo’s Musashino Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bravo! Vail, Music@Menlo, the Gilmore festival, the Lucerne festival, and the Munich Gasteig.
AND: A Steinway Artist,
Mr. Vonsattel received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Columbia University and his master’s degree from The Juilliard School. He makes his home in New York City with violinist Sarah Vonsattel and their two children.

Gilles Vonsattel’s appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by John & Christine Sells, Sells Foundation.

Sarah Vonsattel


Current: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensembles: Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Talea Ensemble (NY) Verklarte Quartet, iO String Quartet, League of Composers Orchestra
Chamber Music/Festivals: Bronxville Chamber Music Series, New Marlborough House Concerts


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