NCMF Presents: The Calidore Quartet with Clive Greensmith

Thu Dec 26 - 7:00pm

St John's Presbyterian Church - 1070 Plumb Ln

Tickets - $45 Adult, $10 Student

Celebrate the opening of the 16th annual Nevada Chamber Music Festival with the Calidore String Quartet.  One of classical music's most heralded young ensembles, the Calidore has been the receipient of 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, and the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2018.  Their program opens with a work written for the quartet by Pulitzer prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, followed by a lovely early Beethoven quartet.  The evening concludes with a glorious quintet by Franz Schubert, as festival Artistic Director Clive Greensmith joins the ensemble.


Caroline Shaw: Three Essays

Beethoven: String Quartet Op 18 No 4

Schubert: String Quintet in C, D. 956

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Basically Baroque

Fri Dec 27 - 3:00pm

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral - 200 Island Ave

Tickets - $45 Adult, $10 Student

The tradition of festival concerts in the intimate acoustics of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral continues.  This program showcases the wide range of sounds from the 17th and 18th centuries, including some of music's most beloved composers.  Early music specialist Ian Pritchard joins the ensembles as harpsichordist, and celebrates the season with Corelli's beautiful Christmas Concerto

Corelli: Christmas Concerto, Op. 68

Bach: Ich Ruf Zu Dir’

Handel: Harp Concerto in B-flat major

Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 2 in D major

Bach: Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006

Vivaldi: Concerto for 4 Violins in B minor RV 580

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Soaring Strings

Fri Dec 27 - 7:00pm

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral - 200 Island Ave

Tickets - $45 Adult, $10 Student

This evening program begins where the afternoon concert left off, with a surprising Baroque work for strings led by harpsichordist Ian Pritchard.  Next, audiences are treated to three smaller works by 20th century masters, including a rarely heard gem by British composer and violist Rebecca Clarke.  Dvorak's lush, romantic piano quintet- featuring Steven Vanhauwaert- brings the program to a close. 

Biber: Battalia

Prokofiev: Duo

Clarke: Morpheus

Ravel: Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major

Dvorak: Piano Quintet

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Three's Company

Sat Dec 28 - 3:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada  -  780 Del Monte Ln

Tickets - $45 Adult, $10 Student

A trio of piano trios marks the first program for the chamber festival at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.  The pensive, brooding elegaic trio of Rachmaninov sets the scene, followed by a beautiful and haunting second trio of Shostakovich.  All the complexity of the first two works is balanced by the final work, with a grand romantic ending only Johnnes Brahms could create. 

Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque No 1 in G minor

Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, op 67

Brahms: Piano Trio, Op. 87 

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Classical Connections

Sat Dec 28 - 7:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada  -  780 Del Monte Ln

Tickets - $45 Adult, $10 Student

Take a trip back to one of classical music's golden eras, with a collection of chamber music by some of the masters composers of the Germanic traditions.  The anchor work on this program -a string quintet of Mozart -showcases all the complexity of his later period of works, and provided inspiration to both Beethoven and Schubert as contemporaries.      

Haydn: Quartet Op 50 No 5

Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69

Schubert: Moments Musicaux, D 780

Mozart: String Quintet in E flat major, K. 614

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A French Feast for the Senses

Dinner and Concert

Sun Dec 29 - 5:00pm

Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel - Topaz Room (2nd floor) - 1 South Lake St

Tickets - $75 (includes meal)

Experience the festival's first dinner concert! A bit of French flair runs throughout this evening, which features your choice of fine cuisine prepared by the fine staff of the Renaissance. A no-host bar is also provided, and guests will sit together at round tables. Masterworks from two centuries of great composers will pair perfectly with the meal and ambience- don't miss this unique classical experience!

Ravel: Tzigane

Ravel: Sonata for Violin & Cello

Saint-Saens: Piano Trio No. 1 in F major

Faure: Piano Quartet No 1 in C minor, Op. 15

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NCMF Presents: WindSync in Recital

Mon Dec 30 - 3:00pm

UNR Hall Recital Hall - 1300 N Virginia St

Tickets - $45 Adult, $10 Student

One of the most exciting young ensembles today performs the festival's first public performance in the new Harlan & Barbara Hall Recital Hall at UNR.  The five musicians perform music from memory to create joyful, intimate performances which connect quickly with audiences.  Take in the wide range of sound available to a woodwind quintet, in one of the most acoustically perfect spaces for chamber music in Northern Nevada!

Beethoven/arr. Rechtman: Quintet in E-flat major Op. 4

Marc Mellits: Apollo

Offenbach: Ballet of the Snowflakes from A Trip to the Moon

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Chamber Rarities

Mon Dec 30 - 7:00pm

UNR Hall Recital Hall - 1300 N Virginia St

Tickets - $45 Adult, $10 Student

The collection of chamber music for both wind and string instruments is both wonderfully diverse, and rarely performed.  The selections on this program explore that unique soundscape, culminating with the full WindSync quintet performing for winds and piano.


Mozart: Oboe Quartet KV 370

Brahms: Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Thuille: Sextet in B flat major, Op. 6

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New Year's Sampler

Tue Dec 31 - 5:00pm

UNR Hall Recital Hall - 1300 N Virginia St

Tickets - $45 Adult, $10 Student

Let the New Years festivities begin, with this tour of entertaining and intriguing chamber works.  From tango to techno, this fast-moving concert is the perfect start to a night out- or a final hurrah for those heading to bed early. Whether you make it to midnight or not, this concert will ensure your 2019 ends with a celebration!

Connesson: Techno Parade

Schulhoff: Five Pieces for String Quartet

Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, op. 34

Rossini: Duo for Cello and Bass

Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 – Aria

Piatti: Caprice for Solo Cello on a Theme from Niobe by Giovani Pacini, Op. 22

Miranda, arr. WindSync: Recuerdos de Borinquen

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Festival Finale

Wed Jan 1 - 3:00pm

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral - 200 Island Ave

Tickets - $45 Adult, $10 Student

The 16th chamber music festival comes to a close inside the historic Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Winds, strings and piano combine once again for a lush mix of works. The performance culminates in one of the largest works of the festival, Louis Spohr's rarely-heard Nonet, for five wind players and four strings. Start the new year off inspired and transported by the beauty of live classical performance.

Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp

Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds

Victoria, arr. Marckx: O Magnum Misterium

Spohr: Nonet

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RCO Music Director Finalist #3: Nicholas Carthy

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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RCO Music Director Finalist #5: Kelly Kuo

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

Kelly Kuo, conductor and Music Director finalist
Bion Tsang, cello

Lau     Artemis

Shostakovich    Cello Concerto No. 1

Bion Tsang, cello

Beethoven     Symphony No. 2

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RCO Music Director Finalist #6: Conner Gray Covington

April 4, 2020 - 7:30pm

April 5, 2020 - 2:00pm

Conner Gray Covington, conductor and Music Director finalist

Jon Kimura Parker, piano

Ligeti     Romanian Overture

Beethoven     Piano Concerto No. 4

Jon Kimura Parker, piano

Cole     Death of the Poet

Haydn     Symphony No. 88

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