January 3, 2021

5PM Pacific / 8PM Eastern

with Host Marna Broida

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This PBS Reno Series Premiere Salon honors Maestro Joel Revzen.

The January 3rd Salon will discuss the PBS Reno Classical Tahoe episode 101. Although not required for participation, we recommend watching episode 101 in advance of the Sunday Salon.

Host: Marna Broida from her home in North Lake Tahoe
Master of Ceremonies: Cindy Rhys, from her home in Lakeville, Connecticut
Staff Co-Host: Karen Craig, from her farm on the Truckee River

with Special Guest Musicians:
Frederica von Stade from her home in the Bay Area; Jake Heggie from his home in San Francisco; Emmanuel Ceysson from his home in L​o​s Angeles; and Guy Piddington from his home in San Francisco

Marna Broida

Classical Tahoe Board Chair

Marna Broida started her professional life in corporate finance in New York, as well as strategy consulting in London.  However, her engineering background soon drew her back to the product design field and she started a medical product design consulting firm.

After a decade of product design, Ms. Broida left engineering to find a career that enabled her to connect more with people.  She received a Masters in Organizational Psychology and developed a national workshop and coaching practice to address women’s financial empowerment, with an emphasis on embracing abundance.  Some of her corporate clients included Wells Fargo Bank, Rochester Community Foundation, Threshold Foundation, and More Than Money.

Ms. Broida received her BS in Product Design Engineering from Stanford University, her MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and a CPCC designation in Co-Active Coaching from The Coaches Training Institute.  The recipient of numerous community leadership awards, Ms. Broida has served on the Board of, or in an advisory capacity with, the Threshold Foundation; Be Present, Inc.; Seeds of Peace; Facing History & Ourselves; ADL; Tahoe Rim Trail Assn; and NARAL.   

Passionate about the Arts and about Tahoe, Ms. Broida is pleased to have helped create Classical Tahoe, and is honored to now serve as its Board Chair.  The mother of 3 Tahoe kids who have attended Classical Tahoe concerts since they were preschoolers, she actively encourages all families to bring their kids to our concerts where they can experience classical music in an intimate, accessible Tahoe setting.

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Episode 1

Premieres January 1, 2021
Watch Episode 1 Here

Bruch: Selections from Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 83
Gilles Vonsattel, Désirée Elsevier, Daniel Gilbert
Works for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano by Mahler and Heggie
Frederica Von Stade, Jake Heggie, Érik Gratton
Zabel: Fantasy on Themes from Gounod’s Faust, Op. 12, for solo harp
Emmanuel Ceysson
Saint-Saëns: Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 65
Gilles Vonsattel, Guy Piddington, Daniel Khalikov, Sarah Vonsattel, Désirée Elsevier, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Timothy Dilenschneider

Frederica von Stade


Career Achievements: Described by the New York Times as one of America’s finest artists and singers, extolled as one of the music world’s most beloved figures, enriching the world of classical music for three decades.
Appearances at the MET: celebrated on the stages of the world’s great opera houses and concert halls since her debut in 1970 at the Metropolitan Opera, subsequently singing nearly all of her great roles with that company. January 2000, the MET celebrated the 30th anniversary of her debut with a new production of The Merry Widow (a production with Joel Revzen as Assistant Conductor) and in 1995, as a celebration of her 25th anniversary, a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande.
Appearances Worldwide: with every leading American opera company, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, and many others.
Recital and Recording: celebrated for exceptional musicianship and a rare gift for communication. Over 70 recordings with every major label; six Grammy nominations, two Grand Prix du Disc, Germany’s Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Italy’s Premio della Critica Discografica, and Best of the Year citations by Stereo Review and Opera News
Awards: Honorary Doctorates from Yale University, Boston University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music (which holds a Frederica von Stade Distinguished Chair in Voice), the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and Mannes School of Music. Awarded France’s highest honor in the arts – as officer of L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, plus an award bestowed at The White House by President Reagan in recognition of her significant contribution to the arts.
ANDMiss von Stade appears regularly on television on numerous PBS and other broadcasts

Jake Heggie


Opera Compositions: Dead Man Walking, Moby-Dick, It’s A Wonderful Life, If I Were You, Great Scott, Three Decembers, For a Look or a Touch, and Two Remain, among others produced on five continents.
Other Compositions: nearly 300 art songs, as well as concerti, chamber music, choral and orchestral works.
Awards: Guggenheim Fellow, Mentor/Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, CU Boulder’s New Opera Workshop. Eddie Medora King Prize by the UT Austin Butler School of Music, Champion Award from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
Speaker/Guest Artist: Keynote for the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Guest Artist/Master Teacher at Boston University, Bucknell, Cincinnati Conservatory, Cornell, Eastman, CU Boulder, Northwestern, Peabody Conservatory, Roosevelt, The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, San Diego State, UNI, UNT, UT Austin, USC’s Thornton School, Vanderbilt University, and at festivals such as SongFest at the Colburn School and Ravinia.
AND: The Metropolitan Opera has announced Dead Man Walking as part of its 2020/21 season in a bold new production by director Ivo van Hove, conducted by MET Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Home: Jake Heggie lives in San Francisco with his husband, Curt Branom.

Emmanuel Ceysson


Current: Principal Harp, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Previous Ensembles: Metropolitan Opera, Opera de Paris
Performance Venues:  Wigmore Hall, Salle Gaveau, Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie (with whom recital, concerto, and chamber repertoire won press accolades)
Chamber/Soloist: Hong Kong Chamber Music Festival, Frick Collection Recital (NYC), Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Teatro del Lago Recital (Chile), Artist Series Concerts (Sarasota), Vivaldi Orchestra (Italy), Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (Canada)
Awards: Gold Medal, USA International Harp Competition; First Prize and six special prizes, New York Young Concert Artist Auditions; First Prize, ARD Competition (Munich), first harpist to win awards at 3 major International Competitions.
Recording Highlights: Glière Concerto for Harp with Bavarian Radio Orchestra: other recordings, Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester, Prague Radio Symphony
Ceysson is an accomplished chef and gourmand. His personal specialty is divine pancakes (secret recipe!)

Emmanuel Ceysson’s appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by Julia Amaral and Mark Strate.

Guy Piddington


Current: San Francisco Symphony
Previous Ensembles: Acting Second Trumpet with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
Appears With:Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, New York City Opera, Grand Teton Music Festival

Wine and hors d'Oeuvres

From Our Board To Yours: Janet Pahl, Classical Tahoe Board Member and together with her husband Warren, founding members of the International Wine and Food Society of Lake Tahoe offers her recommendation for a Salon snack with the charcuterie board and wine pairing.

The ultimate charcuterie board should travel the senses with the rule of three. Three kinds of cheese with different flavor profiles such as a buttery Havarti, a pungent Stilton, and a sharp Cheddar. Three eye-catching nibbles consisting of something aromatic, something pickled, and something sweet, and three bread or cracker options.

Janet’s charcuterie platter consists of Prosciutto, Italian dry and coppa salami, paninis, feta, cheddar, provolone, marinated artichokes, olives, grapes, dried apricots, and almonds.

For the wine, Janet recommends these options, each around $20.00.  Ferrari-Carano 2019 Fume Blanc; La Crema 2018; Scharffenberger Brut Excellence, a sparkling wine; Hahn 2018 GSM blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre; Decoy 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon; and Meiomi 2018 Pinot Noir.


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