Classical Tahoe

Shooting Stars in the Nightingale Sky Room at the Nevada Museum of Art

RENO, Nev. (June 21, 2017) — Classical Tahoe and the Nevada Museum of Art announce an exclusive concert in the sky, open to all classical music lovers, chamber music-curious and fine food aficionados. This special-edition performance and brunch take place at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in the Nightingale Sky Room atop the Nevada Museum of Art, 160 West Liberty St. in downtown Reno, Nevada. The elegant affair jointly benefits the three-week classical music festival and the state’s only accredited art museum.

“Shooting Stars at the Nightingale Sky Room” is a cocktail brunch and chamber music concert featuring Hungarian composer Ligeti’s six spirited pieces for Woodwind Quintet and eight string players performing Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings. The special fundraising event includes bottomless mimosas and a creatively-curated brunch by esteemed Chef Mark Estee, who serves as the in-house caterer for the Nevada Museum of Art as well as an opportunity to tour the current exhibits at the museum.

“We are thrilled to showcase the caliber of the Classical Tahoe festival musicians in Reno,” Karen Craig, Classical Tahoe executive director, said. “The performers include three principal musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, in addition to principals from the San Francisco Symphony and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. They will be joined by other vibrant musicians from prominent American orchestras to bring another level of diversity to Reno’s growing art scene.”

This cross-community collaboration between Classical Tahoe and the Nevada Museum of Art is performed in the round, with musicians in the center of the Nightingale Sky Room and the audience within a few feet of the musicians. The arrangement is designed to give concert-goers a unique musical experience that’s well-suited to both the museum’s contemporary setting and the intimate nature of chamber music.

“The museum worked closely with Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, a globally-recognized acoustical design firm in San Francisco, to build the Nightingale Sky Room. We integrated state-of-the-art acoustics so that music can be enjoyed and heard at its best under an incredible view of the western sky,” David Walker, executive director/CEO of the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts, E. L. Wiegand Gallery, said. “Partnering with Classical Tahoe to present Shooting Stars gives us an opportunity to share this experience with a wider audience.”

Funds raised from this intimate musical brunch benefit Classical Tahoe, bringing national and international orchestral musicians, acclaimed guest soloists and a world premiere event to Incline Village, Nevada, at Lake Tahoe for a sixth season, July 28 through Aug. 12, 2017.

Proceeds also benefit the Nevada Museum of Art, the state’s only art museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. A privately-funded non-profit, the Museum provides meaningful opportunities for people to engage with a range of art and educational experiences.

Tickets for this special benefit concert are now on sale for $150 per person and are available for purchase online or by calling 775-298-0245. Details are also available on the Museum website. Capacity is limited, so patrons are urged to purchase tickets now.

Tickets for Classical Tahoe are also on sale. For tickets and concert overviews, visit online at or call 775-298-0245.


 About Classical Tahoe: Each summer, Classical Tahoe brings together America’s leading classical musicians for a three-week festival on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nev. Under the direction of Maestro Joel Revzen, the Classical Tahoe orchestra includes virtuoso musicians from orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Reno Phil, and others performing musical masterpieces of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland and more. Now in its 6th season, Classical Tahoe’s 10-concert series delights audiences with its superb musicians, intimate concert pavilion, educational programs, and majestic setting. Learn more at

About Nevada Museum of Art: Nevada Museum of Art is the only AAM accredited art museum in Nevada. A private, non-profit organization founded in 1931, the Reno-based institution is supported by its membership as well as sponsorships, gifts and grants. Through its permanent collections, original exhibitions and programming, and E.L. Cord Museum School, the Nevada Museum of Art provides meaningful opportunity for people to engage with a range of art and educational experiences. Its Center for Art + Environment is an internationally-recognized research center dedicated to supporting the practice, study, and awareness of creative interactions between people and their environments. The Center houses unique archive materials from more than 1,000 artists working on all seven continents, including Cape Farewell, Michael Heizer, Walter de Maria, Lita Albuquerque, Burning Man, Center for Land Interpretation, and Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains. Learn more at