The 2024 Festival

July 7 - August 4

presented at the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe

Escape to the lake, the mountains, and the music

Celebrate summer with four weeks of world-class orchestra, jazz, chamber music, and family concerts in stunning outdoor settings on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore. 

We bring together the best musicians from the top orchestras in the country – Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and many more – for exciting concerts you won’t want to miss.

Explore the season below and plan your festival experience!

“The music that Classical Tahoe performs matches in sound the splendor and perfection of beautiful Lake Tahoe.”

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Brubeck Jazz Summit

July 7 – August 13

BJS ’24 Kickoff Concert

Brubeck Legacy Trio: Darius, Chris, & Dan Brubeck feat. Roxy Coss & Lucas Pino

Sunday, July 7

7 PM | Classical Tahoe Ricardi Pavilion

Brubeck Legacy Trio
Darius Brubeck, piano
Chris Brubeck, trombone & electric bass
Dan Brubeck, drums

Featuring
Roxy Coss, saxophone
Lucas Pino, saxophone

The BJS ’24 Kickoff Concert is supported by Matthew and Amber Bergstrom.

The Brubeck Jazz Summit is generously supported by a multi-year gift from Carol and Douglas Koelemay, and by Peter and Kim Garcia, Robert Pollock, Elaine Cardinale, and Jonathan Knowles.

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BJS ’24 Inspirations

Contemporary Masters Sextet feat. the Brubeck Legacy Trio

Thursday, July 11

7:30 PM | Classical Tahoe Ricardi Pavilion

Contemporary Masters Sextet
Roxy Coss, saxophone
Lucas Pino, saxophone
Michael Rodriguez, trumpet
Rachel Eckroth, piano & vocals
Gerald Cannon, bass
Bryan Carter, drums & vocals

featuring Brubeck Legacy Trio
Darius Brubeck, piano
Chris Brubeck, trombone & electric bass
Dan Brubeck, drums

The Brubeck Jazz Summit is generously supported by a multi-year gift from Carol and Douglas Koelemay, and by Peter and Kim Garcia, Robert Pollock, Elaine Cardinale, and Jonathan Knowles.

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BJS ’24 Finale Showcase

Today’s Rising Jazz Stars feat. Contemporary Masters Sextet & Brubeck Legacy Trio

Friday, July 12

7 PM | Classical Tahoe Ricardi Pavilion

2024 Brubeck Jazz Summit Participants

with

Contemporary Masters Sextet
Roxy Coss, saxophone
Lucas Pino, saxophone
Michael Rodriguez, trumpet
Rachel Eckroth, piano & vocals
Gerald Cannon, bass
Bryan Carter, drums & vocals

featuring Brubeck Legacy Trio
Darius Brubeck, piano
Chris Brubeck, trombone & electric bass
Dan Brubeck, drums

The Brubeck Jazz Summit is generously supported by a multi-year gift from Carol and Douglas Koelemay, and by Peter and Kim Garcia, Robert Pollock, Elaine Cardinale, and Jonathan Knowles.

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Classical Tahoe Festival Orchestra

July 19 – August 3

Vive la France with Aldo López-Gavilán

Friday, July 19

7 PM | Classical Tahoe Ricardi Pavilion

Jonathan Darlington, conductor
Aldo López-Gavilán,
piano
Classical Tahoe Orchestra

Claude Debussy: Children’s Corner Suite (orch. A Caplet)
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major
César Franck: Symphony in D minor

Classical Tahoe’s 2024 Opening Weekend concerts are generously sponsored by Julia Amaral and Mark Strate.
Conductor Jonathan Darlington’s appearance with Classical Tahoe was made possible by Gordon and Tanya Ringold.
Guest Artist Aldo López-Gavilán is generously sponsored by The Spirit Burns Fund in the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.

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Brilliant Beginnings

Saturday, July 20

7 PM | Classical Tahoe Ricardi Pavilion

Jonathan Darlington, conductor
Ilmar Gavilán, violin
Classical Tahoe Orchestra

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Overture to The Song of Hiawatha
Guido López-Gavilán: Antilles Afro-Cuban Violin Concerto
Florence Price: Symphony No. 1 in E Minor

Classical Tahoe’s 2024 Opening Weekend concerts are generously sponsored by Julia Amaral and Mark Strate.
Conductor Jonathan Darlington’s appearance with Classical Tahoe was made possible by Gordon and Tanya Ringold.
Guest Artist Ilmar Gavilán is generously sponsored by The Spirit Burns Fund in the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.

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Joyous & Mighty

Friday, July 26

7 PM | Classical Tahoe Ricardi Pavilion

Ruth Reinhardt, conductor
Ana Vidović, guitar
Classical Tahoe Orchestra

Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Joaquín Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor

Conductor Ruth Reinhardt’s appearance with Classical Tahoe was made possible by Gordon and Tanya Ringold.
Guest Artist Ana Vidović is generously sponsored by Cindy Carano.

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Symphony & Saxophone

Saturday, July 27

7 PM | Classical Tahoe Ricardi Pavilion

Ruth Reinhardt, conductor
Steven Banks, saxophone
Classical Tahoe Orchestra

Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No.1, “Classical”
Billy Childs: Diaspora, Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”

Ruth Reinhardt’s appearance with Classical Tahoe was made possible by Gordon and Tanya Ringold.
Steven Banks is generously sponsored by Minmyo Kim and Jon Lei.

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Nature's Inspiration

Friday, August 2

7 PM | Classical Tahoe Ricardi Pavilion

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Laura Hamilton, violin
Cynthia Rhys, narrator
Classical Tahoe Orchestra

Lili Boulanger: D’un matin de printemps
Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4

Nature’s Inspiration is generously sponsored by The Goldby Family.
Eric Jacobsen’s appearance with Classical Tahoe was made possible by Grace and Shinn Lee.
Classical Tahoe Artistic Director and soloist Laura Hamilton is generously sponsored by the Goldby Family.

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Festival Finale!

Saturday, August 3

7 PM | Classical Tahoe Ricardi Pavilion

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Classical Tahoe Orchestra

Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Antonio Vivaldi: Nel profondo cieco mondo from Orlando Furioso 
Antonio Vivaldi:  Sol da te, mio dolce amore from Orlando Furioso
A. Mozart: Venga pur from Mitridate
Duke Ellington: “Sophisticated Lady” (arr. Morton Gould)
Richard Strauss: Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

The Festival Finale! concert is generously sponsored by Catherine and John Farahi.
Eric Jacobsen’s appearance with Classical Tahoe was made possible by Grace and Shinn Lee.
Anthony Roth Costanzo is generously sponsored by Jerome Guillen and Jeremy Gallaher.

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Chamber Music at Classical Tahoe

July 21 – August 4

Ron & Maureen Ashley Oasis Chamber Music Series: Mozart, Lafosse, and Tchaikovsky

Sunday, July 21

5 PM & 7 PM | Classical Tahoe Ricardi Pavilion

Immerse yourself in an unforgettable evening at the first performance of the 2024 Ron & Maureen Ashley Chamber Music series. This special concert takes you out of the Ashley Oasis and onto the stage of the Classical Tahoe Pavilion where you will be seated with our musicians for an intimate chamber music experience.

Tickets for this concert include a wine and cheese reception in the Pavilion courtyard.

Thomas Jostlein, horn
Billy Hunter and Adam Luftman, trumpet
Peter Sullivan, trombone
Daniel Peck, tuba
Xiao-Dong Wang and Erin Hall, violin
Katarzyna Bryla, viola
Lanny Paykin, cello

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581 (select movements)
André Lafosse: Suite Impromptu for brass quintet
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 (select movements)

The Classical Tahoe Chamber Concert Series at the Oasis is generously sponsored by Ron and Maureen Ashley.
Wine tastings at the Oasis are kindly provided by family-owned and operated Palmaz Vineyards in Napa, California.

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Celebrating Women Composers

Thursday, July 25

7 PM | Classical Tahoe Ricardi Pavilion

Featuring Classical Tahoe Academy Fellows
with musicians from the Classical Tahoe Orchestra

Jessie Montgomery: Strum for string quintet
Cécile Chaminade: Concertino, Op. 107 for flute and piano
Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 11
Louise Farrenc: Nonet in E-flat Major, Op. 38

The Classical Tahoe Academy and the performance of “Celebrating Women Composers” are generously sponsored by Alexandra and Dennis Landis, Beth and Scott Minick, and the Whittier Trust Foundation.

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Chamber Music at the Pavilion: Sounds of Summer

Sunday, July 28

7 PM | Classical Tahoe Ricardi Pavilion

Introductions by special guest Cynthia Rhys
Anna Stoytcheva, piano
Thomas Jostlein and Anne Scharer, horn
Annamae Goldstein, Kristi Helberg, Ruth Lenz, Maria Schleuning, and Kay Stern, violin
Desiree Elsevier and Jill Jaffe, viola
David Calhoun and Winona Zelenka, cello

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sextet in E-flat Major, Op.81b for 2 Horns and String Quartet
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for 2 Violins, Op. 56
Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47

Sounds of Summer is generously sponsored by Carolyn Tolf.

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Chamber Music at the Pavilion: New Sounds

Tuesday, July 30

7 PM | Classical Tahoe Ricardi Pavilion

Donna Lee, piano
Erik Gratton, flute
Sarah Vonsattel and Rachel Golub, violins
Tal First, viola
Jason Lippmann, cello
Aaron McDonald, Matthew Ward, and Steven White, percussion
Dana Dominguez, CT Academy Percussion Fellow

Elliot Cole: “Postludes” (select movements)
Joseph Schwantner: “Black Anemones” for flute and piano
Marc Mellits: “Tight Sweater” for marimba, cello, and piano (select movements)
Lou Harrison: First Concerto for Flute and Percussion
Steve Reich: “Music for Pieces of Wood”
Caroline Shaw: Entr-Acte for string quartet
Hansol Choi: Quartet No. 1 for Percussion “Migdal Bavel”

New Sounds is generously sponsored by Tania Modic and Bruce Gray.

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Ron & Maureen Ashley Oasis Chamber Music Series: Handel Baroque

Sunday, August 4

5 PM & 7 PM | Ron & Maureen Ashley Oasis

The music, mountains and lake truly come together at Classical Tahoe’s Chamber Concert Series at the Oasis, held on the exquisite lakefront estate of Ron and Maureen Ashley. Tickets for Ron and Maureen Ashley Oasis Chamber Music performances include a wine and cheese reception. 

Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Dongsok Shin, harpsichord
Nicholas Stovall and John Upton, oboe
Erik Holtje, bassoon
Daniel Khalikov, Jeehae Lee, and Laura Lutzke, violin
Sarah Adams, viola
Mariko Wyrick, cello
Ha Young Jung, bass

All works by George Frideric Handel
Sinfonia: “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” from Solomon
Trio Sonata in G Major, Op. 5 #4
Overture from Amadigi
Pena tiranna from Amadigi
Sonata a 5 (Concerto in B-flat, HWV 288)
Overture with Menuet from Arminio
Quella fiamma from Arminio

The Classical Tahoe Chamber Concert Series at the Oasis is generously sponsored by Ron and Maureen Ashley.
Wine tastings at the Oasis are kindly provided by family-owned and operated Palmaz Vineyards in Napa, California.

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Community Concerts & Events

Film Screening: "Playing the Changes: Tracking Darius Brubeck"

Tuesday, July 9

7 PM | Prim Library at University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe

Playing the Changes is a documentary about the life of jazz pianist Darius Brubeck, the eldest son of legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck. This story examines why and how jazz had a transformative role in different types of societies such as Poland and South Africa and tracks Darius Brubeck’s involvement in both. Join us at Prim Library on the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe campus for a special screening event and Q&A with Darius Brubeck in attendance. There is no cost for this event but advanced registration is required.

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Music in the Park Truckee featuring Ilmar Gavilán, violin with Aldo López-Gavilán, piano

Wednesday, July 17

6:30 PM | Truckee Regional “Salty” Gebhardt Amphitheater

Free concert in the park at the Truckee Regional “Salty” Gebhardt Amphitheater. No tickets necessary. 

The performances of Ilmar Gavilán and Aldo López-Gavilán at Music in the park is made possible by The Spirit Burns Fund in the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.

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Film Screening: "Los Hermanos/The Brothers"

Thursday, July 18

7 PM | Prim Library at University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe

Filmmakers Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider focus their lens on Cuban American virtuoso brothers, violinist Ilmar Gavilán and pianist Aldo López-Gavilán, and how the extended Cold War physically separated them, but music bonded them. Join us at Prim Library on the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe campus for a special screening event and Q&A with Ilmar Gavilán and Aldo López-Gavilán in attendance. There is no cost for this event but advanced registration is required.

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Family Concert & Music Maker Faire: Kids Take the Stage

Sunday, July 28

11 AM - 2 PM | Classical Tahoe Ricardi Pavilion

Kids take center stage this year as we welcome local middle and high school music students from Truckee, Reno & Incline Village to perform in the Family concert along with small Classical Tahoe ensembles. In our instrument exploration zone, middle and high school music students will show younger children how the instruments work, sound, and feel.

The Nevada Discovery Museum will be on hand to create hands-on music and science stations for children to draw, paint, and make their own percussion and string instruments.

11 AM – 12 PM Family Concert
12 PM – 2 PM Music Maker’s Faire

Tickets: Adults $10 and Students $5 to support the Festival’s educational programs. Student discount available for all Pavilion concerts (50% off ).

Classical Tahoe’s Family Concert & Music Maker’s Faire is generously sponsored by The Spirit Burns Fund in the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.

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Summer Music and Movement: Musikgarten

Various Dates

Times & Location TBA

What Musikgarten offers is more than just an easy way to introduce your child to music. Our classes can play a critical role in your child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development, as well as laying a pathway to musical proficiency. Moreover, Musikgarten provides dedicated time each week when you can bond with your child free from distractions and watch them grow into a confident, independent, and expressive young person.

InstructorRita Whitaker Haun, Music Educator

This program is made possible by The Spirit Burns Fund held at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation

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Annual Summer Gala

August 14

Lakefront Summer Gala

Wednesday, August 14

Doors open at 5pm | Kern Schumacher's Lakeshore Estate

The annual Classical Tahoe Summer Gala features lakefront cocktails, a live auction, gourmet dinner, and special one-night only performances featuring Classical Tahoe favorite, violinist Tessa Lark. The Gala will be held at Kern Schumacher’s stunning lakefront estate. Gala seating is limited and sells out quickly.

Please call the box office to inquire about tickets (775-298-0245).

Tessa Lark’s performance at the Classical Tahoe 2024 Gala is generously sponsored by Leslie Wittmann and Michael Blaszyk.

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