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A Hometown Holiday Weekend Lights Up the Start of the Season

Festivities and activities to nativities and sugar plum fairies,  December is here and Reno Tahoe USA is wasting no time jumping into the holiday spirit!

SPARKS HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS ~ Dec 2-3

5330823374_5ab658c20d_zThe spectacular tree lighting ceremony happens tonight, followed by the extensive Christmas Parade on Saturday. The Parade’s Grand Marshals include: Ian Petrella (played Randy, Ralphie’s younger brother in “A Christmas Party”), American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke and Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Natalie Caughlin. The parade will travel from east to west on Victorian Avenue, from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

CHRISTMAS ON THE COMSTOCK PARADE OF LIGHTS ~ December 3

Let the traditional holiday light cruises drive past you this year. This quaint community hosts an early evening parade, in which the floats and marching bands must incorporate lights. It’s a celebration of the holidays with a hometown ambiance.

THE NUTCRACKER ~ December 3-4

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without the retelling of one of the season’s most beloved tales. Experience the season’s joy as Tchaikovsky’s classic music guides you on a journey through a world full of beauty and magic, dancing snow flakes and sugar plums, and a war betwixt rat and a charming heroic prince. For more performances of the Nutcracker in the Reno Tahoe region, click here!

SPIRIT OF THE SEASON ~ December 3-4

The traditionally popular, Spirit of the Season holiday show is finally here. The hair on the back of your neck – be warned! This year’s guest artist Kip Wilborn – an SF Opera performer and former “Phontom” – is lending his amazing pipes to the music of the holidays. The concert set will be held on Saturday, December 3 (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday December 4 (2:00 p.m.) at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.

Happy Holidays!

Reno Philharmonic passes the baton – Laura Jackson named new conductor

laurajacksonThe Reno Philharmonic Orchestra introduced its newest leader this week with the naming of Laura Jackson as conductor. Jackson brings a diverse background and an impressive resume.

Most recently, Jackson served as assistant conductor/American conducting fellow with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She has held several orchestral as well as academic posts, and has served as a guest conductor with numerous first-rate orchestras.

“Whenever you work with an orchestra, there’s always a chemistry element, and you never know what that’s going to be,” Jackson told the Reno-Gazette Journal. “With this orchestra, I felt an immediate chemistry. I really, genuinely mean that. I sort of fell in love. I felt that they were very willing to play with their entire soul. They put everything they had into it.”

In choosing Jackson, the Reno Philharmonic performed an extensive search, and showcased the five finalists during a program called “Last Conductor Standing.”

Jackson is the fourth conductor to lead the Reno Philharmonic, and the first woman. For more information on concerts and tickets, visit the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra online.