Reno Philharmonic Lecture Series

Reno Philharmonic Lecture Series

The Reno Philharmonic is the subject of the latest major exhibition at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno – “The Biggest Little Orchestra in the World: 50 Years of the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra,” debuts Saturday, Aug. 4 and will be in place through March 2, 2019. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Nevada Historical Society, the Reno Philharmonic and Nevada Humanities.

In honor of this exhibition, the Reno Philharmonic has created a lecture series that will take place at the Nevada Historical Society.

Friday, September 28, 2018
Gershwin’s Legacy
5:15 pm  Event Space

Dr. Mark Clague and Timothy Freeze, Guest Lecturers

The first concert the Reno Phil played featured music by iconic American composer George Gershwin, and we will open this season with a nod to that history by performing two works by Gershwin.

The lecture will also explore Maurice Ravel’s influence on Gershwin, and why Ravel refused him as a student! Come find out more in this lecture presented by musicologists Dr. Mark Clague and Timothy Freeze.

Timothy Freeze Bio
Timothy D. Freeze is editor of the forthcoming volumes of George Gershwin’s Concerto in F and “I Got Rhythm” Variations for the George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition. His research on Gershwin’s works for piano and orchestra will appear in the Cambridge Companion to George Gershwin. He has also published essays on Gustav Mahler, Aaron Copland, and Viennese operetta for Cambridge, Oxford, and Böhlau presses.

Freeze is Pocock Family Distinguished Visiting Professor at the College of Wooster in Ohio, where he teaches undergraduate courses on music and advises first-year students. Previously, he served on the faculties of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and IES Abroad in Vienna, Austria. He holds a Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of Michigan and has held research fellowships from the Berlin Program for Advanced German European Studies, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Fulbright Program.

Friday, January 11, 2019
The Musicians
5:15 pm Event Space

Guest Lecturer – TBA; Judith F. Simpson, Moderator

Longtime Reno Phil musicians will share highlights from their experiences over the decades. This talk will be moderated by Judy Simpson, author of Fifty Years of the Philharmonic.

Friday, March 1, 2019
The Music
5:15 pm Event Space

Laura Jackson, Music director and Tim Young, Guest Lecturers; Chris Morrison, Moderator

Music Director Laura Jackson will talk about programming and commissioning for a symphony orchestra. How does a director choose what to play, and how does an orchestra choose a director?

Make sure to check back on the website for more information.