Saturday Oct 19, 2019 - 7:30pm
Sunday Oct 20, 2019 - 2:00pm
Donato Cabrera, conductor and Music Director finalist
Helen Kim, violin
Samuel Adams, composer

WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
S. ADAMS Chamber Concerto for Violin
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 7 in A Major

The first finalist for our Music Director position is well-known to Reno audiences. Donato Cabrera was raised in Nevada, and studied at UNR before beginning a career which has taken him to the podium of some of the world's top orchestras. He is currently Music Director for the California Symphony (Walnut Creek), and the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
Maestro Cabrera's program weaves together works of two Germanic masters, Wagner and Beethoven, with an exciting new concerto by San Francisco-based composer Samuel Adams. Opening with Wagner's Siegfried Idyll- one of his rare works for small orchestra- is fitting, given his great respect and adoration for the music of Beethoven. In regards to the Seventh Symphony, which closes the program, Wagner wrote:
"The Symphony is the Apotheosis of the Dance itself: it is Dance in its highest aspect, the loftiest deed of bodily motion, incorporated into an ideal mold of tone."
The Adams concerto, which was premiered in May 2018 by Esa-Pekka Salonen and musicians of the Chicago Symphony, will be performed by another Reno native, violinist Helen Kim. The orchestra is proud to present the first performance of this work in the West, and to have the composer in attendance as well.

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Saturday Nov 23, 2019 - 7:30pm
Sunday Nov 24, 2019 - 2:00pm

Martin Majkut, conductor and Music Director finalist
Bella Hristova, violin

CIMAROSA     Sinfonia from 'Il Maestro di Capella'

GINASTERA     Variaciones Concertantes

ZELJENKA     Musica Slovaka

BEETHOVEN     Violin Concerto

Music Director finalist Martin Majkut presents a varied program, anchored by one of the most beloved violin concertos ever composed.  Majkut hails from Bratislava, Slovakia and is currently Music Director for the Rogue Valley Symphony (Ashland, OR) and Queens Symphony Orchestra in New York City.  Maestro Majkut first came to the US as a Fulbright Scholar in 2003, and earned his second doctorate from the University of Arizona in 2008.

The concert spans multiple centuries and continents, showcasing some of the best writing for the intimacy of a chamber orchestra.  Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera's virtuosic Concert Variations takes one beautiful theme and varies it with each instrument of the orchestra, giving many of our talented RCO musicians a moment in the spotlight.  On the second half, violinist Bella Hristova returns to the RCO stage after multiple visits with the orchestra and chamber music festival.  She will perform one of the greatest concertos in Beethoven's musical output, as well as a short piece of Slovakian themes brought to the US for the first time by Maestro Majkut from his home country.    

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Saturday Jan 25, 2020 - 7:30pm
Sunday Jan 26, 2020 - 2:00pm

Nicholas Carthy, conductor and Music Director finalist
Hope Briggs, soprano

SCHUMANN     Introduction, Scherzo & Finale

BEETHOVEN     Ah, Perfido!

GABRIELA LENA FRANK     Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout

KODALY     Dances of Galanta

British conductor Nicholas Carthy is the fourth finalist to take the stage with the RCO.  He studied at the Guidhall School of Music in London as well as the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and spent a period of time as assistant to famed conductor Daniel Barenboim.  He is currently Professor of Music and Opera Music Director at the University of Colorado and visiting tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in his native Great Britain.

Maestro Carthy continues the Beethoven connection throughout the season with a wonderful solo aria for soprano and orchestra.  It is paired on the first half with a light and moving concert piece by Robert Schumann.  The second half of the performance brings two exciting works with the rhythms of dance throughout.  Living American composer Gabriela Lena Frank's Leyendas brings the sounds of the Andes, and Zoltan Kodaly's brilliant Dances of Galanta closes the program.

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Saturday Mar 14, 2020 - 7:30pm
Sunday Mar 15, 2020 - 2:00pm

Kelly Kuo, conductor and Music Director finalist
TBA, cello

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April 4, 2020 - 7:30pm

April 5, 2020 - 2:00pm

Conner Gray Covington, conductor and Music Director finalist

Jon Kimura Parker, piano

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