Renowned chamber music festival features faculty performers

12/16/2010 - By: Jane Tors

What do the world's finest chamber music players do the week following Christmas? They gather in Reno for the Nevada Chamber Music Festival, now in its seventh year and one of classical music's marquee, winter holiday season events.

The Nevada Chamber Music Festival runs Dec. 28-31 with nine concerts in four days. It features renowned classical musicians — including several current and former University of Nevada, Reno faculty members — performing the masterworks of chamber music. The nine, festival performances include two in Nightingale Concert Hall in the University’s Church Fine Arts building on Dec. 31.

Among the acclaimed classical musicians playing in this year's festival are festival artistic director and violist Theodore Kuchar, Grammy Award®-nominated violinist James Buswell and cellist and international recording artist Wendy Warner. University faculty members performing include violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio and pianist James Winn. Cellist John Lenz, emeritus faculty, will also perform.

"The incredible calibre of music making, critics' reviews, and audience feedback have helped to make this one of the pre-eminent festivals of its kind in the world,” said Scott Faulkner, executive director of the Reno Chamber Orchestra which organizes the festival. “And because there is nothing else like it at that time of year, during the last week of December, Reno is the chamber music capital of the world."

Discounted festival passes (transferable and good for all nine concerts) are available, as are tickets for each of the individual concerts. Everyone eighteen years of age and younger (and all full-time students) can attend any of the concerts for $5.

The festival schedule and more information about tickets are available by calling the Reno Chamber Orchestra at (775) 348-9413 or at RenoChamberOrchestra.org.


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