Classical Tahoe

International Musical Artists From Cuba to Israel Highlight Classical Tahoe’s 6th Season

LAKE TAHOE, Nev. (May 19, 2017)—Classical Tahoe celebrates the recent cultural exchanges between the U.S. and Cuba at its opening weekend concerts, kicking off a three-week run of performances with guest soloists from around the globe.

The festival, July 28 through Aug. 12, 2017, opens with Cuban pianist, composer and guest Aldo López-Gavilán in his Lake Tahoe debut, performing in Gershwin’s American masterpiece Rhapsody in Blue. López-Gavilán returns the next night, July 29, for the world premiere of his composition Emporium for solo piano and orchestra.

Lopez-Gavilan is renowned in the classical and jazz worlds as a recitalist, concert soloist, chamber music collaborator and performer of his own electrifying compositions. Over the last two years, he has played an active role as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and worked to foster cultural exchanges between the U.S. and Cuba.

Bookending the international flavor of Classical Tahoe 2017 is Israeli violinist Itamar Zorman who will perform Jonathan Leshnoff’s Violin Concerto Aug. 11. In the fiery season finale Aug. 12, Beethoven’s dramatic Concerto for Violin and Orchestra again features the stellar Avery Fischer Career Grant winner Zorman in one of the world’s most demanding violin pieces.

Under the direction of Conductor and Artistic Director Joel Revzen, the 10-concert festival supports Tahoe’s cultural growth while bringing together a remarkable assembly of musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Reno Phil and other noted orchestras across the country for a summer of beloved music of Dvořák, Brahms, Bernstein, Gershwin, Copland, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and more.

Tickets are now on sale for the festival’s nine concerts and a tenth collaboration concert with the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada. Single ticket prices are $25, $50, $75 and $100. Season subscriptions are also available for purchase with priority seating options. Chamber music concerts are $30. Student tickets are offered at a 50 percent discount off regular ticket pricing. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the Festival Pavilion at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada, unless otherwise noted.

For tickets and concert overviews, visit online at or call 775-298-0245.

Whittier Trust’s Reno-Tahoe and San Francisco offices are proud sponsors of Classical Tahoe’s 2017 concert season, along with Lexus | Dolan Lexus of Reno. Classical Tahoe is made possible, in part, through a generous donation from the Carol Franc Buck Foundation. Performances July 28, 29 and 30 are part of the 21st Artown festival held annually from July 1-31. Aldo Lopez-Gavilan’s appearance is made possible by an anonymous donor and dedicated to the memory of a father also named George who was a brilliant pianist and band leader during the heyday of the Vaudeville era. Itamar Zorman’s appearance is made possible by Atlantis Casino Resort Spa & Heidemarie Rochlin in celebration of Israeli arts and culture.