Though it’s not currently safe for crowds to gather in person, that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate fall with some of our favorite local performing arts groups! Many have gotten very creative in figuring out ways to bring their performers together (either in person or virtually) to entertain their fans through the magic of technology.
- In Dare We Dance?, Dancer Martina Young joins the Reno Philharmonic for Saint-Saëns’ The Swan, featuring Principal Cellist Peter Lenz and Principal Harpist, Marina Roznitovsky Oster. The Reno Phil promises that Young will “dazzle audiences performing Debussy as she balances the thin line between sacred and profane.” The concert was performed at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts and then will be livestreamed on Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 4:00 p.m. For information and tickets, visit www.renophil.com/event/dare-we-dance/2020-11-07/.
- The Reno Phil is also streaming its Spirit of the Season “Home for the Holidays” concert on Dec. 5 at 7:00 pm and Dec. 6 at 2:00 pm. It will be available on-demand through December 25.
- The Reno Wind Symphony has two virtual performances planned, a Veteran’s Day Salute on Nov. 8 at 3:00 p.m. and A Holiday Celebration on Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. As wind instruments cannot be played through masks, the group is opting to have musicians film themselves performing alone or in small groups, and then all of the performances will be edited together for virtual concerts. One of the upsides of COVID is that musicians who don’t live in Reno, like Victor Rameker, are able to participate. Rameker started playing his alto sax with the Reno Wind Symphony in 2012, but he hasn’t been able to participate since he moved back to Singapore in 2018. “Making music with this very talented volunteer group of musicians always puts a huge smile on my face, even if we can’t physically be together,” he said. “I’ve always kept in touch with the group and continue to try support them, but I never thought I would have a chance to play with the group again while still living overseas.” Both performances are available for free or an optional donation. For more information, visit www.renowindsymphony.com/tickets.
- The Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus is bringing their singers together at First Congregational Church of Reno to perform their annual holiday concert, with the performers wearing special singing masks that contain droplets while allowing space around the mouth to sing comfortably. Fans can watch the performance virtually on Dec. 18 at 7:00 p.m. for free or an optional donation. As the holiday concert normally sells out, this year’s virtual performance gives many more people the chance to enjoy this annual holiday tradition. For information, visit www.nevadagmc.org.
- Note-Able Music Therapy Services is hosting Jingle Jangle Jolly Joy Jam at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 19. The interactive livestream caroling party will feature some of Reno’s favorite musicians, including Eric Anderson, Susan Mazer and Dallas Smith, Jenes Carter, Jakki Ford, Grace Hayes, Ruth Lenz, Mash Confusion, Peanuts Gang Trio, Chance Utter, the Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus as well as the diverse participants of Note-Able Music Therapy Services. “We may not be able to celebrate the holiday in our usual ways this year,” said NMTS Development Director Sarah Toney. “By sharing our favorite holiday songs and joining in at home, this event will surely be a joyful afternoon of holiday cheer for all of us.” Attendees will be able to purchase special Jingle Jangle Jolly Joy Jam baskets, pizzas and cocktails to have on-hand for the performances. For information, visit www.nmtsreno.org/jingle.
This is just a small sampling of how our local performing arts groups have gotten creative this year. They’re ready to entertain you in the safety of your home, which gives us yet another opportunity to support them, even when they’re performing for free. Those optional donations will be very important for the long-term health of our local non-profit organizations.