This weekend’s Reno Chamber Orchestra (RCO) concerts will be especially meaningful for Andrea Lenz, department chair and associate professor of music. Lenz is retiring as the orchestra’s principal oboist, making this her final performances with the RCO and her final oboe performance on the University campus.
In 2008 Lenz was honored by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Joseph Schwantner, who dedicated the third movement of his piece titled Chasing Light… to her. Schwantner’s piece was commissioned through Ford Made in America, a national initiative. It was performed by 58 orchestras in all 50 states, and the dedication to Lenz was noted on the sheet music played by orchestral musicians across the country. The RCO was selected to perform the world premiere of the piece on campus in the Nightingale Concert Hall in the Church Fine Arts building.
The RCO’s April 2010 concerts will feature internationally acclaimed cellist Zuill Bailey. The Nightingale Concert Hall performances will take place April 10 at 8 p.m. and April 11 at 2 p.m.
General admission tickets are $40; tickets for seniors (65+) are $35 and tickets for full-time students or those under age 18 are $5. Purchase tickets by calling the orchestra’s office at (775) 348-9413 or visiting the Reno Chamber Orchestra website.