Presenting information were Michael Pennington from the AVA Ballet’s board of directors; Steven Meyer, executive director for Nevada Opera; Scott Faulkner, executive director for the Reno Chamber Orchestra; Francine Burge, vice president of marketing and communications for the Reno Philharmonic Association; and CJ Walters, associate director of programs and marketing for the University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts.
Each representative gave a presentation that each hoped would inspire the community to explore the arts.
Pennington kicked off the presentations with information about northern Nevada’s professional dance company.
“We hope that not only the AVA Ballet, but all the arts groups here will be lucky enough to have a ‘sold out’ sign,” Pennington said at the beginning of his speech.
The AVA Ballet will begin its 2010 season on Dec. 10 with four performances of the “Nutcracker” with additional performances on Dec. 11 and 12. There will be two performances on Dec. 11, one at 2 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m. The season will continue its season in 2011 with “The Secret Garden” on April 9 and 10 and “Vortex Rock Ballet” as part of Artown on July 22 and 23.
“In the springtime we’re excited to bring ‘The Secret Garden,’ ” Penninton said, adding that the performance will feature music by a live orchestra.
For more information, visit www.avaballet.com.
Excited to share information about the 43rd season for the Nevada Opera, Meyer let recorded excerpts of performance pieces play for people to enjoy during his presentation.
Nevada Opera will begin its season on Sept. 10 with “Trial by Jury” by Gilbert and Sullivan with additional performances on Sept. 11 and 12. Also, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” will be performed on Dec. 17, 18 and 19 along with “Chip and His Dog,” both by Gian Carlo Menotti.
In 2011, the opera will perform “Vanessa” by Samuel Barber on Feb. 11 and 13 as well as “The Marriage of Figaro,” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on April 1 and 3.
The Nevada Chorus and Youth Chorus concert will be held on Oct. 23.
For more information, visit www.nevadaopera.org.
Reno Chamber Orchestra
Presenting a list of performances to take place beginning in September 2010 and ending in March 2011, Faulkner said the Reno Chamber Orchestra is happy to be able to bring such talented musicians to the community.
“One thing about our season that I am really happy about is there are well-known pieces and others that you might only hear once in your life,” Faulkner said.
Lead by Theodore Kuchar, the orchestra will showcase pianist Lukas Vondracek on Sept. 18 and 19 and pianist Orion Weiss on March 19 and 20. Violinist Chad Hoopes will perform Oct. 16 and 17 and violinist Joan Kwuon will perform Feb. 19 and 20.
Also, the College Concerto Competition winner will perform Bach’s “Concerto No. 5” on Jan. 22 and 23.
Faulkner also said the seventh annual Nevada Chamber Music Festival will be held from Dec. 28 to 31 at UNR.
“Really, some of the best musicians in the world come to play seven or eight performances between Christmas and New Year,” Faulkner said.
This season, the orchestra will feature three different ticket pricing options, including $5 performances for students as well as people 18 years old and younger.
For more information, visit www.renochamberorchestra.org.
Changing things up with a new advertising campaign, as well as a variety of performances, Burge said the 2010-11 season for the Reno Philharmonic should have something for everyone.
This season the Reno Phil will host composer in residence Sean Shepherd, who will debut a new piece of music at the Reno Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts on March 6 and 8.
“Shepherd is a Youth Orchestra member from Nevada,” Burges said.
The orchestra’s season officially begins on Sept. 12 with a Masters Classic series performance featuring Augustin Hadelich, who will perform again on Sept. 14. On Oct. 10 and 12, Marc Yu will play the piano with the orchestra.
“(Yu) made his orchestral debut when he was 6 years old,” Burge said, reassuring the audience that the photo they were seeing of the prodigy was accurate and Yu really is still a kid.
Burges also said the annual Spirit of the Season performance will be different this year.
“I think we’re going to focus more on the music,” Burge said. “It will be a return to tradition.”
Making sure to keep the performance diverse, Burge said the season will also include a Rat Pack show featuring Broadway performers as well as an unique band called PercaDU.
“The March concert should be exciting,” Burges said. “Not only does it have Sean Shepherd but also PercaDU.”
For complete season information, visit www.renophil.com.
UNR School of the Arts
Making sure to address the educational aspect of the arts, Walters’ presented UNR’s performance season and even invited member of the community to take a class.
“Not only can students take classes but so can the community,” Walters said. “There are also numerous performances that they can come out and try.”
With art gallery installations beginning in August and continually changing through next spring, the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery will be decorated by artists with messages about the environment and culture.
Also, Walters said the Argenta Trio will return on Oct. 1 and will be recording the group’s first CD.
“The Argenta Trio is made up of three players,” Walters said. “It’s amazing we have this caliber of musicians in our community.”
Housing a diverse theater program, UNR’s School of the Arts will host four plays during the season, including “Stop Kiss,” “Is He Dead?” by Mark Twain, “Fat Pig” about societal and peer pressure to be thin and Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
The school’s diverse performance lineup has something on the calendar for almost every week of the year, including dance performances, chamber opera concerts and performance series artists, including the Lost Fingers.
For a complete schedule, visit www.unr.edu or www.unrschoolofthearts.org.