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PBS Reno to Broadcast Reno Phil Concerts

Musical performances to air February 19 and 26 on PBS Reno channel 5.1

Images provided by David Calvert Photography

RENO, NV (Feb 12, 2021) – PBS Reno is thrilled to partner with the Reno Phil to broadcast pre-recorded virtual performances to a wide audience in a time when live music is hard to find due to the global pandemic.

The challenges created by the pandemic forced the Reno Phil to rethink what a symphony means during uncharted times. Once it was clear that technology would play a vital role in allowing the organization to connect to the community, the Reno Phil Board of Directors approved an investment in top-level cameras, microphones and other technology to ensure the Reno Phil could continue to bring inspiring music to the community.

The investment allowed the Reno Phil to capture musical performances at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, all while safely adhering to guidelines for large gatherings and social distancing. The concerts were performed in October and November 2020 without a live audience. PBS Reno will broadcast these concerts to its viewers, allowing a larger audience to enjoy the performances.

“We treasure our partnership with the Reno Phil,” said Kurt Mische, PBS Reno President and CEO. “This series on PBS Reno extends the reach and the impact of the Reno Phil into homes all throughout our region. Having this series on our air is a perfect fit for our mission as the region’s public television station.” 

The Reno Phil Concerts debut on PBS Reno channel 5.1 on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:30 p.m. The first episode will open with William Grant Still’s profound and ethereal piece, Out of the Silence, written for solo piano and performed by the Reno Phil Principal Pianist James Winn. A socially-distanced strings only orchestra led by Music Director Laura Jackson will also perform Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. The second episode on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 9:30 p.m.  entitled Dare We Dance? will feature Reno-based dance artist L. Martina Young, whose illustrious career began in Los Angeles and has taken her all over the world. Young will join the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra for Saint-Saëns’ The Swan featuring Principal Cellist Peter Lenz and Principal Harpist Marina Roznitovsky Oster.

“I am so happy that we are able to bring the music created by Music Director Laura Jackson and the musicians of the Reno Phil to every household in northern Nevada with PBS Reno,” said Tim Young, Reno Phil President and CEO. “There has never been a greater need for people to connect, yet it is not safe for large groups to gather at this time. I hope these programs will help provide connection to people who are missing the opportunity to spend time with friends and enjoy performances at the Pioneer Center, and also introduce new audiences to the Reno Phil, as we look forward to returning to live performances as soon as possible.”

About PBS Reno

As of November 2020, PBS Reno is watched by more than 124,000 people and more than 85,000 households weekly in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with 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. PBS Reno provides PBS national programming and award-winning, locally-produced content. 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.

About Reno Phil

The Reno Phil is northern Nevada’s largest performing arts organization. Celebrating its 52nd year, the orchestra, led by Music Director Laura Jackson, is composed of more than 80 professional musicians who typically perform more than 30 concerts annually throughout the Reno-Tahoe region. Musicians of the professional orchestra, youth orchestras, various ensembles and education programs offer more than 60 performances each year, playing to more than 50,000 people. To learn more about the Reno Phil and its events, and to discover all that the Reno Phil offers, visit

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