About the NCMF
The first Nevada Chamber Music Festival took place in the last week of 2004. Even with only three months to prepare and produce the event, it was clearly a success. With each performance audience numbers increased, and even in the midst of severe snowstorms attendance indicated a real commitment to this genre of music. So plans were made for the second Festival, held in the last days of 2005. While once again the weather – this time, record rainstorms that caused flooding in some areas – was something of an obstacle, audiences continued to grow. Finally in 2006 the Festival could take place without any weather hindrances, and the size and enthusiasm of the audiences made for very exciting concerts. The Festival has now expanded to include eleven concerts over six days.
There is no other festival of this type during this time period. Because the period between Christmas and New Year’s tends to be an inactive one for most performing groups, we are able to attract to our Festival musicians who would simply not be available to us at any other time of the year.
Our Festival musicians are personally selected and invited by Festival Artistic Director, and RCO Music Director, Theodore Kuchar. They represent the world’s most renowned classical musicians and are drawn to Reno for the privilege of performing with each other and making great music and enjoying the natural beauty of the Truckee Meadows and the Sierra.
The Festival venues are both acoustically excellent and ideal for chamber music: South Reno United Methodist Church (200 DeSpain Lane in Reno, off Mt. Rose highway and one half mile west of Highway 395) and the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nightingale Concert Hall (where the RCO plays its regular season concerts).
Attendance at the Festival has grown every year, with a record 3,095 in 2011. More than half of those who come to the Festival are not RCO regular season concert attendees. Many come from outlying areas, including Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Truckee, and Gardnerville.
The Nevada Chamber Music Festival, already a uniquely successful event, has also become one of the primary chamber music festivals in the nation.