Classical Tahoe

Season One of PBS Reno Series Classical Tahoe Selected for Distribution by American Public Television

Rebecca Cronon
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Season One of PBS Reno Series Classical Tahoe
Selected for Distribution by American Public Television 

RENO, NV (FEB 7, 2022) – PBS Reno is proud to announce that Season One of its Classical Tahoe series has been picked up for national distribution by American Public Television (APT).

PBS Reno submitted Season One of Classical Tahoe for distribution consideration by APT and last week, the station learned the series was selected for distribution to 300+ PBS member stations beginning in May 2022.

The Classical Tahoe series features world-renowned musicians who perform orchestral music near Lake Tahoe in the summertime. The PBS Reno series premiered in 2021 and consisted of six episodes featuring a variety of performances captured in July and August, 2020. During that time, PBS Reno not only recorded six concerts, but also simultaneously provided an internet live stream utilizing eight cameras to capture a variety of angles of the musicians, the instruments, and the audience. Season One included a world premiere of a new arrangement of a Debussy piece, along with music arranged by well-known composers including Mozart, Schubert, Fauré, Mahler and Bruch.

The ability to produce the Classical Tahoe series during a global pandemic and the ever-changing restrictions on travel and gatherings was especially meaningful to all involved.

“In 2020 there was every reason not to hold a music festival,” said Dave Santina, PBS Reno Director of Local Content and Lead Editor of the Classical Tahoe series. “The pandemic had cost the Classical Tahoe team its founder and Artistic Director, Joel Revzen; an emotionally crippling loss that, combined with the travel concerns facing the musicians and the cancellation of performances in public venues, made a 2020 Classical Tahoe festival seem an impossibility. Yet, the Classical Tahoe team was inspired to overcome every obstacle with creativity and innovation, borne from a burning desire to honor Joel Revzen and bring live music back into a world that had been placed on hold.  The fact that this series exists is miraculous.”

“This beautiful PBS Reno series captures the hope, courage, and joy of Classical Tahoe finding a way to make live music during the first summer of the pandemic,” said Karen Craig, Classical Tahoe Executive Director. “We are incredibly grateful to PBS Reno for its innovative partnership and award-winning storytelling to share Classical Tahoe with public television viewers across the country.”

The Classical Tahoe Festival is a celebration of classical music held each summer at Sierra Nevada University in Incline Village. 2020 was the first year Classical Tahoe and PBS Reno collaborated on the series. The Classical Tahoe series, which features a new second season that broadcast in January and February 2022 on PBS Reno, is available to stream on PBS Reno’s website.

“We are thrilled that our partnership with Classical Tahoe has resulted in this wonderful series of concerts performed by world-class musicians on the shores of Lake Tahoe has captured the attention of not only our region and now, communities across the country,” said Kurt Mische, PBS Reno President and CEO. “Giving artists and performers a face and voice for their talents is what PBS Reno does so well. I am pleased for our talented production team who consistently turns out award-winning programs.”

Video highlights of Classical Tahoe Season One are available upon request.

About PBS Reno

As of November 2020, PBS Reno is watched by more than 124,000 people and more than 85,000 households weekly in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with viewership on multicast channels Reno Create and PBS KIDS Reno. PBS Reno channels are also available on cable, satellite services, and via livestream on YouTube TV. PBS Reno provides PBS national programming and award-winning, locally-produced content. provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal at that streams all locally-produced content and most PBS national content. PBS Reno serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services including Ready To Learn Workshops that bring classroom lessons to life. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as individual members, PBS Reno has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983. 

About APT
American Public Television (APT) is the leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations. Founded in 1961, APT distributes 250 new program titles per year and more than one-third of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U.S. APT’s diverse catalog includes prominent documentaries, performance, dramas, how-to programs, classic movies, children’s series and news and current affairs programs. Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, AfroPoP, Rick Steves’ Europe, Pacific Heartbeat, Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Television, Front and Center, Lidia’s Kitchen, Kevin Belton’s New Orleans Kitchen, Simply Ming, The Best of the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross, James Patterson’s Kid Stew and NHK Newsline are a sampling of APT’s programs, considered some of the most popular on public television. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service and distributes Create®TV — featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming — and WORLD™, public television’s premier news, science and documentary channel. To find out more about APT’s programs and services visit

About Classical Tahoe

Classical Tahoe is a world-class celebration of the arts that enriches Lake Tahoe’s cultural, educational, and community vitality. The festival includes musicians coming from 20 of America’s leading orchestras. The intersection of top-level players from across the industry is incredibly unique, including virtuoso musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and others. Highlights include the world premiere performances of Aldo Lopez-Gavilan and Chris Brubeck, along with Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland, and more. The festival experience delights audiences with its superb concerts, sculptural pop-up pavilion, the intimate rapport between community and musicians, and educational programs in the majestic Lake Tahoe setting. Learn more at