Maestro Theodore Kuchar leads the Reno Chamber Orchestra in a program that begins with a little-known Russian masterpiece by a contemporary of Tchaikovsky, the Symphony No. 1 by Vasily Kalinnikov. Then virtuoso pianist Martina Filjak, first prize winner in the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition, performs Schumann’s beloved Piano Concerto. Concluding the program is another installment in the RCO’s ongoing series of collaborations with the University of Nevada, Reno Chamber Singers in Dvorák’s stirring Te Deum.
A pre-concert talk will begin at 1:15 p.m. and end at 1:40 p.m. Moderated by RCO Associate Executive Director Chris Morrison and featuring Music Director Theodore Kuchar and the concert’s guest artist, the conversations are non-technical, designed for a general audience, and typically include a question-and-answer segment for audience participation. The talks and program notes provide information on the music to be performed, the composers, and the historical and cultural background of the music.
The pre-concert talk and the program notes are funded in part by Nevada Humanities, Nevada's nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.