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Tahoe Chamber Music Society kicking off 40th season June 29

Cherry Barney
Special to the Sun

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Tahoe Chamber Music Society is excited to present its 40th season of concerts this summer, beginning June 29.

We are grateful to St. Patrick's Episcopal Church for their warm hospitality and eagerness to have the festival at their church again.

The inaugural concert of the 2014 season will be a string quartet recital by the East/West Quartet, featuring three of the area's foremost performers and a very special guest from the University of Buffalo.

Ruth Lenz, concertmaster of both the Reno Philharmonic and the Reno Chamber Orchestra, will play alongside colleague principal violist Dustin Budish, and Tahoe Chamber Music Society Artistic Director and cellist Eileen Brownell.

Yuki Numata-Resnick, faculty violinist at the University of Buffalo and member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, will complete the quartet.

This will be the second time the ensemble has performed in the Reno/Tahoe area, and they are thrilled for the opportunity to play together once more.

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The group has a rather intricate and curious past. Ms. Lenz, Mr. Budish and Ms. Brownell have all been performing together since they were students in the Reno/Sparks area.

Their joint performances date back some 20 years in various youth orchestras, all-state honor orchestras, and other professional groups in Reno.

Ms. Brownell lived in Ann Arbor, Mich., from 1999 to 2008, and met Ms. Numata-Resnick there while at the University of Michigan. The two collaborated on many chamber and large orchestra concerts during that time for the University and in groups such as the Ann Arbor Symphony.

After her tenure in the Ann Arbor Symphony, Ms. Numata-Resnick accepted a fellowship with the prestigious New World Symphony in Miami, Fla. It was during her time there that she met Budish, who was also a fellow with the group.

The two traveled to China and performed the Debussy quartet together there. Because of this shared past of performing in the far East and reuniting in the western United States, the group chose to call themselves the East/West Quartet for the TCMS concert.

Their program includes works by Haydn, Puccini and Dvorak. The Tahoe Chamber Music Society will present five more concerts following the quartet recital on consecutive Sundays at 2:30 pm at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, at the corner of Village and Northwood in Incline Village.

All concerts are free. Learn more at tahoechambermusic.org.