Classical Tahoe releases lineup

Courtesy Classical Tahoe

Classical Tahoe Festival and Music Institute has announced the upcoming ninth season from July 9 to Aug. 15, featuring classical music concerts, jazz performances and community programs for music education and appreciation at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nev.

Classical Tahoe celebrates in 2020 the anniversaries of Beethoven and Brubeck, along with opera favorites, masterful symphonies and chamber music concerts and meet the musician events. Tickets sales open April 1. | classicaltahoe.org

2020 Program

July 9 | 5 p.m.
Classical Tahoe Summer Gala
Kern Schumacher Estate, Incline Village, Nev.

July 31 | 7 p.m.
A Night at the Opera with Nadine Sierra
Soprano Nadine Sierra with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra

Sierra, a much-heralded opera star, will treat opening night audiences to an evening of
aria favorites including the innocent “Caro Nome” from Rigoletto, the leaps of Bellini’s Capuletti heroine in “O quante Volte,” a rare gem from Mozart, “Ruhe Sanft,” and theriveting “Jewel Song” from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette. Maestro Joel Revzen closes the first night of the nine-concert series with composer Mendelssohn’s bright and exuberant Symphony No. 4.

Aug. 1 | 7 p.m.
Amaryn Olmeda plays Bruch Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

The brilliant music for the story of a hero – one of Beethoven’s most popular overtures – sets the stage for an exciting evening. This opening weekend concert boasts a spellbinding star violinist, 12-year-old Amaryn Olmeda, as soloist in the exceptionally popular Bruch Violin Concerto.

Aug. 2 | 4 p.m.
Made in America with Soprano Nadine Sierra and Daniel Gilbert, clarinet

Chamber Concert & Meet the Musicians is a casual exchange of ideas with the concert’s musicians that unfolds organically either on-stage or following the performance in the courtyard.

The bucolic Appalachian Spring, played in the original version for 14 instruments, begins an afternoon of American favorites, including Gershwin’s “Blues from An American in Paris,”featuring Classical Tahoe Principal Clarinet Dan Gilbert.

Nadine Sierra once again graces the Classical Tahoe Pavilion stage, this time with Maestro Revzen at the piano, as they perform American Songbook classics of Gershwin, Porter and others.

Aug. 7 | 7 p.m.
Beethoven and Brahms with Gilles Vonsattel, Piano

Pianist Gilles Vonsattel with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra

For the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the sounds of Vienna will fill the Classical Tahoe Pavilion. The city that was home to Beethoven, Brahms and Strauss produced the flirtatious Fledermaus Overture, but also the drama heard in the performance of illustrious piano soloist Gilles Vonsattel, who joins the orchestra for Beethoven’s mighty and passionate Piano Concerto No. 3.

The concert concludes with another giant of symphony composers, in a performance of Johannes Brahms’ heroic Symphony No. 3

Aug. 8 | 7 p.m.
Schumann and Vaughn Williams with Nathan Hughes, Oboe

Guest Soloist Nathan Hughes, Oboe ,with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra featuring David Chan, Guest Conductor

Mr. Chan, Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 20 years, maintains an
active world-wide conducting career. Chan brings his singular talents to Weber’s magical
Overture to the opera Oberon and leads the orchestra in Vaughn Williams’ “Concerto for Oboe” featuring the MET Orchestra/Classical Tahoe Principal Oboe Nathan Hughes.

Don’t miss the rare opportunity to hear this gentle, yet virtuosic piece. The evening finishes with Schumann’s sweeping, joyful Symphony No. 3, the “Rhenish.”

Aug. 9 | 4 p.m.
From Russia with Love with Gilles Vonsattel

Chamber Concert & Meet the Musicians is a casual exchange of ideas with the concert’s musicians that unfolds organically either on-stage or following the performance in the courtyard.

The vivid painted spires and domes of St. Petersburg, Russia, come to life in sound with the playful, yet striking, Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins and the richly expansive Piano Trio by Tchaikovsky. Featuring the dynamic piano soloist Gilles Vonsattel and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Classical Tahoe violinist Sarah Vonsattel, along with other Classical Tahoe musicians.

Aug. 11 | 7 p.m.
French Romance with Harpist Emmanuel Ceysson

Chamber Concert & Meet the Musicians is a casual exchange of ideas with the concert’s musicians that unfolds organically either on-stage or following the performance in the courtyard.

This evening brings the café life of Paris to the Classical Tahoe Pavilion with French harpist Emmanuel Ceysson returning to Classical Tahoe. Ceysson’s signature flair in Debussy’s Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane (Dance Heavenly and Earthly) for harp and strings is on display for this final chamber concert of the 2020 festival. Ravel’s striking homage to Debussy in Sonata for Violin and Cello and Cesar Franck’s ardently expressive Piano Quintet fills the evening with Parisian passion.

Aug. 14 | 7 p.m.
Rodrigo & the Red Harp with Emmanuel Ceysson

Harpist Emmanuel Ceysson with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra

 Aug. 15 | 7 p.m.
“Brubeck @ 100” with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra

Brubeck Brothers Quartet perform with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra

A Celebration of American Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck’s centennial anniversary, “Brubeck at
100” is a unique performance featuring the Brubeck Brothers Quartet with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra, performing many of Dave Brubeck’s most popular compositions. This rare jazz-symphonic concert brings Dave Brubeck’s most beloved pieces to life with bold color and thrilling sounds, bringing the 9th Classical Tahoe Festival season to an exhilarating conclusion.