Summer is the season of music in Tahoe, with many of the surrounding towns and resorts showcasing some of the area’s most sought-after regional musicians. From Bluesdays at Squaw Valley to Concerts at Commons Beach to Truckee Thursdays, there’s always a venue to find the sounds of bluegrass, southern rock, folk, alternative rock, even afro-samba-funk. (Check out our Summer Music Roundup online.) But if something a little softer, a little smoother, is your flavor, Tahoe has that too, with Classical Tahoe and the Lake Tahoe Music Festival.

Classical Tahoe will celebrate its eighth season of classical music and jazz performances July 26 through Aug. 11. Led by Joel Revzen, conductor and artistic director, the Classical Tahoe Orchestra brings together musicians from the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles and New York philharmonics, Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphonies of San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Toronto, Vancouver, and other renowned musical organizations. Each musician has been extended a personal invitation, based on the artist’s uniqueness and experience.

Guests will be treated to a high-caliber orchestral performance in the intimate 400-seat concert pavilion on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. Classical Tahoe is a world-class celebration of the arts that enriches the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of Lake Tahoe. Ticket prices vary and are available online at classicaltahoe.org.

For those who’d prefer to keep the show outdoors, the Lake Tahoe Music Festival has the perfect combination of symphonic sounds performed against the backdrop of the scenic Sierra Nevada, Aug. 20-25. This year’s Sunset Serenade concert series features new music, new venues, and a long-running tradition of inspiring music in beautiful, relaxed settings.

The Lake Tahoe Music Festival’s 26-Piece Academy Orchestra comprises elite young musicians from across the United States. Under the direction of Maestro Timm Rolek, the orchestra will present a five-day concert series in intimate outdoor settings on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, and Truckee, in addition to a free rehearsal performance. Pack a picnic and your favorite beverage, grab a low-back lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy the music. For concert tickets and locations, visit tahoemusic.org. Tickets are available online until noon on the day of the concert and will be available at the gate after 4 p.m. (cash or check only). Prices increase Aug. 19.

For 36 seasons, the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, has been dedicated to growing the musicians of tomorrow. By blending nature and music, the mission of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival is to present diverse and quality classical music experiences in unique outdoor settings and to create educational and performance opportunities for aspiring young musicians.

~ Juliana Demarest/Moonshine Ink


INFO: classicaltahoe.org, tahoemusic.org