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Timothy Dilenschneider, principal bass. © Classical Tahoe

Live Orchestra Concerts in an Open-Air Pavilion to Celebrate the Classical Tahoe Festival’s 10th Anniversary

Classical Tahoe announces 2021 Festival And Music Institute July 30 - August 15, 2021

Published on June 07, 2021

Classical Tahoe has announced its 10th Anniversary Festival including three weeks of outdoor orchestra and chamber music concerts, seven live-stream concerts and a broadcast series in collaboration with PBS Reno, and an unprecedented national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras with Sphinx Organization.

The Festival program remains largely unchanged from the 2020 season designed by Joel Revzen, Artistic Director and Conductor since the festival’s inaugural season in 2012, until his death on May 25, 2020, from COVID-19. Classical Tahoe’s Founding Concertmaster, Laura Hamilton, is serving as Interim Artistic Director.

Conductors Ming Luke, Tito Muñoz, and Gabriela Díaz-Alatriste will lead orchestra concerts with soloists Laquita Mitchell, Emmanuel Ceysson, Nathan Hughes, Gilles Vonsattel, Amaryn Olmeda, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet. For a complete list of programming, visit

Eleven prize-winning Black and Latinx musicians will be in residence, rehearsing and performing with the Classical Tahoe Orchestra, and taking part in a customized experience of mentoring and networking. Classical Tahoe and Sphinx share musical ambassador Weston Sprott, Classical Tahoe Trombone, recipient of Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and Dean of the Preparatory Division at The Juilliard School.

PBS Reno will film and livestream seven concerts, July 30 through August 15, 2021. A fully-produced six-episode series will air in January 2022 and be available online and through the PBS Video App. PBS Reno broadcast of the 2020 Classical Tahoe series is available to view free of charge at

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