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Reno Chamber Orchestra opens season with Schwantner’s ‘Chasing Light…’

In addition to cultural events like the month-long Artown celebration each July, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and Broadway comes to Reno, Reno, Sparks and Lake Tahoe is also home to an orchestra that brings a flavor of metropolitan life to the eastern Sierra.

Now the Reno Chamber Orchestra has achieved another distinction as a genre powerhouse, selected to present the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner’s ‘Chasing Light…’

The performances will take place at the University of Nevada’s Nightingale Concert Hall on Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. ‘Chasing Light…’ was commissioned and will be performed by 58 orchestras in all 50 states through Ford Made in America, a partnership program of the League of American Orchestras, Meet the Composer, and the participating orchestras.

“We are honored to be the lead orchestra in the largest commissioning consortium in the history of American orchestras,” said Scott Faulkner, the orchestra’s executive director. “It is a rare honor for the RCO and a wonderful opportunity for our community to experience the birth of a piece of music by one of the world’s great composers.”

If you are able to make it to this opening performance of the orchestra’s 2008-2009 season, it is well worth the effort.

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