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PBS Reno to Broadcast New Local Series: Classical Tahoe

The weekly six-part series, which captures beautiful music in an equally-beautiful setting of Lake Tahoe, will begin New Year’s Day

RENO, NV (Dec. 18, 2020) – PBS Reno is thrilled to bring its viewers Classical Tahoe featuring world-renowned musicians who worked together to safely bring music to the shores of Lake Tahoe during the pandemic.

The Classical Tahoe Chamber Music Series traditionally takes place at the Classical Tahoe Pavilion on the campus of Sierra Nevada University in Incline Village, Nevada, in July and August each year. Due to the pandemic and resulting restrictions on large gatherings, organizers pivoted to ensure people could safely experience the magic of live music. PBS Reno recorded six concerts from the 2020 Classical Tahoe Chamber Music Series and provided an internet livestream enjoyed by tens of thousands of people.

“PBS Reno is so pleased to have this partnership with Classical Tahoe,” said Kurt Mische, PBS Reno President and CEO. “Being able to share these wonderful concerts with people all throughout our service area is a treat for our viewers and reminds us all of the world class music and art created right in our own backyard.”

"Classical Tahoe and PBS Reno came together with imagination and courage to share music's healing power as widely as possible," said Karen Craig, Classical Tahoe Executive Director. “We had to address how to have a meaningful impact on more than just 25 people each night who could attend safely. Partnering with PBS Reno was a total game-changer."

Classical Tahoe includes a world premiere of a new arrangement of a Debussy piece, along with music arranged by well-known composers including Mozart, Schubert, Fauré, Mahler and Bruch.

“In addition to the pandemic and wanting to make sure that we kept all of our musicians, staff, and patrons safe, we also had several elemental challenges this summer with our outdoor concerts,” said Stephanie McCoy, Classical Tahoe Operations and Production Manager. “We had everything from extreme wind and the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach during performances, all the way to our closing weekend, when we experienced a massive downpour that subsided 30 minutes before our concert. Despite all of this, our partnership with PBS Reno was one that really allowed us to execute a wonderful, impactful, and beautiful series of concerts this summer that reached not only our regular patrons, but others were introduced to the beauty that is Classical Tahoe, and to that I'm eternally grateful.”

Classical Tahoe debuts on PBS Reno channel 5.1 on Friday, January 1, 2021, at 9:30 p.m. The six-part series concludes on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 9:30 p.m. Each episode airs on Friday evenings and repeats the following Sunday at 4 p.m.

Interviews with participating musicians, along with PBS Reno and Classical Tahoe representatives, can be made available upon request.

About Classical Tahoe

Classical Tahoe is a world-class celebration of the arts that enriches Lake Tahoe's cultural, educational, and community vitality. The festival includes musicians coming from 20 of America's leading orchestras. The intersection of top-level players from across the industry is incredibly unique, including virtuoso musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and others. Highlights include the world premiere performances of Aldo Lopez-Gavilan and Chris Brubeck, along with Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland, and more. The summer festival takes place on the campus of Sierra Nevada University and will celebrate its 10th Season, July 30-August 14, 2021. The festival experience delights audiences with its superb concerts, sculptural pop-up pavilion, the intimate rapport between community and musicians, and educational programs in the majestic Lake Tahoe setting. Learn more at

About PBS Reno

As of January 2020, PBS Reno is watched by more than 122,000 people and more than 79,000 households weekly in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with additional viewership on multicast channels Reno Create and PBS KIDS Reno. PBS Reno channels are also available on cable, satellite services, and via livestream on YouTube TV. provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal at that streams all locally-produced content and most PBS national content. PBS Reno serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services including Ready To Learn Workshops that bring classroom lessons to life. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as individual members, PBS Reno has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983.

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