Join the RCO and hosts Harvey and Nancy Fennell for an intimate series of outdoor chamber music performances. 

These special concerts bring audiences up close with members of the RCO, performing among the lush landscaping of the Fennell home. Works for two to five musicians will provide a lovely late afternoon event, with comments and insights from the performers about the composers and selections. 

The home is located at 2870 Trentwood Ct, Reno 89509. Parking is available around the cul de sac and on the adjacent street, Monterey Dr.

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Join conductor Kelly Kuo in his first appearance as the newly announced RCO Music Director! Kuo teams up with Reno icon James Winn to ring in the new era with the exuberance of Mozart. His triumphant 22nd Piano Concerto in E-flat is paired with the fireworks of his final symphony, Jupiter. The program opens with a meditative work for strings and harp by American composer Quinn Mason, premiered in April 2021. 

MASON     Princesa de la Luna  (11 min)

MOZART  Concerto No. 22 for Piano and Orchestra, K. 482 (25 min)

MOZART Symphony No. 41, Jupiter (30 min)

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Visiting conductor Rei Hotoda (Music Director, Fresno Philharmonic) collaborates with a dozen vocal and dance artists for two new productions of seminal American works for chamber ensemble.

Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti explores themes of social connection and isolation with the sounds and setting of 1950s suburbia. Featuring two solo singers and vocal trio, the arrangement with fifteen instruments creates the ideal setting for live opera by a chamber orchestra. Stage Director James Brown (Pacific Lutheran University, Vashon Opera) brings a dynamic new production hailed by the composer's estate for "extending the social criticisms Leonard Bernstein intended in writing Trouble in Tahiti even further."  

Aaron Copland's timeless Appalchian Spring completes the program, performed as a full ballet in its original thirteen instrument version. Choreographer Alexander Ung (The Guild Dance Company) leads an emerging group of performers in a staging which follows the original vision of a happy young couple joined in marriage and supported by their community. The original choreography embraces these themes of love, community and acceptance while reflecting on the diversity of experiences in the United States today.

November 20-21, 2021

BERNSTEIN    Trouble in Tahiti (40 min)

James Brown, stage director

Damien Geter, bass baritone; Soon Cho, mezzo soprano

Trio: Albert Lee, tenor; Katherine Parker, soprano; Phillip Harris, baritone

COPLAND    Appalachian Spring (33 min)

Alexander Ung, choreographer

The Guild Dance Company, performers

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The RCO welcomes rising star guest conductor Jonathan Taylor Rush (Assistant Conductor, Baltimore Symphony) and the return of Reno native, violist Molly Carr. Carr's work as founder of Project: Music Heals Us brought her to create the Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, where she and duo partner Anna Petrova performed, spoke and connected with refugees in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. A duet reflecting on these stories by composer Fernando Lascurain was premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2019, and will be orchestrated for its first performance with soloists and orchestra. Opening the concert, Carr leads an expansive, virtuosic chamber work by Joaquin Turina.

The second half of the program brings principal clarinet Jeannie Psomas center stage for Max Bruch's rare, romantic double concerto for viola and clarinet. These two middle voices often blend into the mix of orchestral writing, but shine through with the expert writing of concerto master, Max Bruch. To close, Mendelssohn's 'Italian' symphony shows the warmth and vivacity of the Mediterrenean through the eyes of the German composer in his first visit. The climate and culture gave Mendelssohn new inspiration and rejuvenation, as well as an instant classic which remains recognizable and beloved into today.


January 29-30, 2022

TURINA    Scene Andalouse (12 min)

LASCURAIN   Novel Voices Double Concerto* (16 min)

BRUCH Double Concerto for Viola, Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 88 (18 min)

MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, 'Italian'  (32 min)

*-denotes world premiere performance

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Guest Conductor Yaniv Attar (Music Director, Bellingham Symphony) returns to the RCO with a program of twos. Flutist Demarre McGill (principal flute, Seattle Symphony) is widely heralded as one of the best artists in his field today. He joins with longtime friend and chamber collaborator Jessica Choe (principal piano, Seattle Symphony) for an enthralling duo concerto by early 20th century composer Erwin Schulhoff. Schulhoff draws in many influences including those of his Czech roots and its renowned composer Antonin Dvorak. His Czech suite provides a lively opener to the concert. Finally in a return to the beauty of Beethoven, his joyous second symphony closes the evening of music. 


February 26-27, 2022

Yaniv Attar, conductor

Demarre McGill, flute

Jessica Choe, piano

DVORAK  Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39   (20 min)    

SCHULHOFF   Concerto for Flute, Piano and Strings (1928)            (18 min)

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36    (32 min)

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with the Reno Chamber Orchestra and Nevada Chamber Music Festival.

RCO Subscriptions and NCMF Festival Pass reservations are available at this link. Single tickets are not available at this time.


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