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Festival Schedule and Repertoire

The 20th

Nevada Chamber Music Festival

December 28-31, 2023


Six Concerts in Four Days

 at UNR's Hall Recital Hall

While changes are not common, please be aware that musical works, and musicians are subject to change.


December 28th at 7:30pm
Opening Night; with Dvořák & Balourdet
Harlan O. and Barbara R. Hall Recital Hall

KARIM AL-ZAND   String Quartet No. 4 "Strange Machines"
(Chamber Music America Commission 2022)
MOZART     String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421 

DVOŘÁK    Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81, B. 155

NCMF celebrates the return of rising chamber music stars, the Balourdet Quartet. This concert opens with an exciting new piece commissioned by Chamber Music America in 2022 from composer Karim Al-Zand. The Balourdet Quartet will be joined by festival favorite Steven Vanhauwaert for the Dvořák Piano Quintet which was featured in the very first Nevada Chamber Music Festival. 


December 29th at 2:00pm
Romantic Piano
Harlan O. and Barbara R. Hall Recital Hall

MOZART   Sonata in D major for 2 pianos, K. 448
JANACEK   In the Mists
SCRIABIN   Piano Sonata No. 4
CLARA SCHUMANN  Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann
in F-sharp minor, Op. 20
JAMES WINN   Three Pieces after William Butler Yeats
DVORAK     Selections from Slavonic Dances for four hands

The classic NCMF format of the piano showcase returns. All three of the festival pianists, Hyeyeon Park, Steven Vanhauwaert, and Dr. James Winn perform solo. The program includes original compositions by Dr. Winn, and dynamic piano duos opening and closing the concert. 


December 29th at 7:30pm
Cello Mavericks
Harlan O. and Barbara R. Hall Recital Hall

BEETHOVEN   Cello Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 5, No. 1
BERIO   Sequenza IV for cello
HOLST   Invocation for Cello and Piano

DOHÀNYI   Serenade in C major for string trio, Op. 10
FREDDIE MERCURY  Bohemian Rhapsody arranged for Cello Quartet

A cello showcase to remember! Featuring Clive Greensmith in a performance of the Berio Cello Sequenza. Peter Lenz and James Winn will perform the Holst Invocation, programmed for the 2022 festival, this piece unfortunately was not performed due to inclement weather.Many will be pleased to have an opportunity to hear it in 2023. The concert closes with a cello quartet arrangement of the Queen mega-hit "Bohemian Rhapsody." 


December 30th at 2:00pm
L'Après-Midi Avec Debussy
Harlan O. and Barbara R. Hall Recital Hall

DEBUSSY    Violin Sonata in G minor
LISZT    Transcendental Etude No. 11 in D-flat major “Harmonies du Soir”
DEBUSSY    selection of piano pieces

MESSIAEN  Ile de Feu for solo piano
DELIUS   Romance for Cello and Piano
TAKEMITSU    A Bird Came Down the Walk for Viola and Piano
DEBUSSY   String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

A concert centered on the music of Debussy, anchored by the Debussy Violin Sonata and String Quartet, which have never before been performed at our festival. Also featuring composers that influenced Debussy or were influenced by his work including Liszt, Delius, Messiaen, and Takemitsu. 


December 30th at 7:30pm
20th Festival Celebration
Harlan O. and Barbara R. Hall Recital Hall

RAVEL   Tzigane for violin and piano
MENDELSSOHN   String Quintet No 2 in B-flat major, Op. 87
SCHUBERT    Piano Trio in B-flat major, D. 898

 A celebration of the 20th Nevada Chamber Music Festival. The Mendelssohn and Schubert pieces were performed at the very first NCMF. Ruth Lenz will perform the exciting Tzigane by Ravel, her performance will be in honor of the late violinist James Buswell who passed away in 2021. "Jamie" was a musical titan of the early days of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival.  


December 31st at 2:00pm
Beyond Tomorrow
Harlan O. and Barbara R. Hall Recital Hall

MONICA HOUGHTON   String Quartet No. 3
ARENSKY    Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32

DVOŘÁK    String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 77

The final concert opens with a string quartet by Reno composer Monica Houghton, and ends with the Dvorak string quintet, a beloved piece from the  first festival.  

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