Classical Tahoe is One Classy Act (and more!)

Classical Tahoe Festival and Music Institute has announced its upcoming season, July 14 to August 18, 2022. The festival expands its season from three weeks to four with the inaugural Brubeck Jazz Summit and additional chamber music and free community concerts.

“The Festival has become a summer tradition in Lake Tahoe, providing a place for social
connection, a reason to unplug, the space to process emotion, and the opportunity to learn something new,” says Classical Tahoe Executive Director Karen Craig. “Classical Tahoe's mission is to build a cultural community at Lake Tahoe to match the scenery."

Guest artists this year include three-time GRAMMY winner mezzo-soprano, Isabel Leonard, GRAMMY-nominated violinist Tessa Lark, marimba virtuoso Svet Stoyanov, famed Cuban pianist and composer Aldo López-Gavilán, and critically acclaimed early music specialist Dongsok Shin.

Three exceptional guest conductors Jonathan Darlington, David Chan, and Ken-David Masur were nominated by musicians of the Classical Tahoe Orchestra and selected for an invitation by the Search Committee comprised of members of the Classical Tahoe Board, Orchestra, and Administration.

The world premiere of Lake Tahoe Symphonic Reflections by American composer Jake Heggie will be featured on the opening night of the orchestral series Friday, July 22. Heggie’s new work was commissioned by Classical Tahoe to celebrate the life and honor the memory of Joel Revzen, Classical Tahoe’s founding artistic director and conductor, who passed away in 2020 from COVID-19.

“We are beyond thrilled to be premiering Jake Heggie’s orchestral suite Lake Tahoe Symphonic Reflections this summer,” says Classical Tahoe’s Interim Artistic Director and Concertmaster Laura Hamilton. “With this commission, Classical Tahoe is proud to introduce an important new work to the symphonic repertoire, furthering the vision of our founding music director, the late Joel Revzen.”

Other program highlights include Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante featuring virtuoso soloists from the Classical Tahoe Orchestra, Sarah Vonsattel, violin and Winona Zelenka, cello, Nathan Hughes, oboe, Whitney Crockett, bassoon; Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s Sinfonietta No. 2: “Generations”; symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, and Bizet, Aldo López-Gavilán’s piano concerto Emporium, Ravel’s
Boléro, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti, and more, including the inaugural Brubeck Jazz Summit, July 10-16, 2022.

To see the complete schedule, and to purchase tickets or donate to this outstanding non-profit, visit