by Carol Foldvary-Anderson
“Creating Beauty-Inspiring Joy!”
Are we ever fortunate in the Truckee Meadows and surrounding areas as very few cities have a chamber orchestra, much less a symphony orchestra (The Reno Philharmonic). We have both! In this issue I am featuring the Reno Chamber Orchestra (RCO).
The Reno Chamber Orchestra is in its 42nd season of playing great classical music. Their mission is “to bring intimate, inspirational musical experiences by engaging the community through vibrant music making by the Chamber Orchestra and chamber ensembles." They specialize in producing music in a more intimate setting than would a symphonic orchestra. That is, you get to see and hear the musicians up close.
The Reno Chamber Orchestra (RCO) was founded in 1974 by its long-time Music Director, Vahe Khochayan, in collaboration with several musician colleagues, most of whom were making their living playing in casino showrooms. They performed their first concerts in whatever performance space was available. In 1976, a group of RCO enthusiasts came forward to form the organization’s first Board of Directors, and the Orchestra started to present a regular season of concerts.
The RCO now produces a season of five concerts each year between October and April. Performances take place on Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. in Nightingale Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.
To help the RCO continue to provide a unique and quality concert experience you may wish to volunteer, as they do need people to help usher at concerts and help during special events. Simply call 775-348-9413 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a general volunteer orientation in August.
If becoming a Musician with the orchestra is your interest, musician’s are contracted through an audition process when positions are available.
Tickets for the 2017-2018 season are now online at www.renochamberorchestra.org. Join the RCO also for the Nevada Chamber Music Festival from December 26 - December 31, 2017 - a week-long festival featuring some of the best chamber musicians from around the world!
The Reno Chamber Orchestra offices are located at 925 Riverside Drive, Suite 5 Reno, NV 89503 in the McKinley Arts Center.