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Tahoe symphony/orchestra celebrating 10 years with quartet of concerts

Staff report

Donna Axton plays piano in Toccata.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Building on its June "Go for Baroque" kickoff series, the Toccata will continue its 21-concert Summer MusicFest next week with a series that celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Tahoe's own symphony orchestra and chorus.

The first concert is on Tuesday, July 14, at 7 p.m. at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church in Carson City. The program opens with Mozart's "Variations on Twinkle Little Star for Flute and Soprano," performed by Josue Casillas, principal flute from the Puerto Rico Symphony, and soprano Joy Strotz.

Brad Perry and Stuart Duke will sing of everlasting friendship in Bizet's duet from his opera, "The Pearlfishers," and soprano Maria Arrigotti will delight the audience with Mozart's "Queen of the Night" aria from "The Magic Flute."

The concert continues with two hits for the 55-voice Toccata MusicFest Chorus – from Verdi's "Nabucco," "Va Pensiero" and the sublime "Agnus Dei" by Samuel Barber.

The concert concludes with Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy Op. 80," dedicated to peace and world harmony with nature, with Donna Axton on piano. All soloists join together for a "Toast to Toccata" with the "Brindis" from "La Traviata."

Other concerts in the series will be presented on Friday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church in South Lake Tahoe, and Sunday, July 19, at 4 p.m. at Cornerstone Church in Incline Village.

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The final presentation will be Tuesday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Bartley Ranch Amphitheater in Reno.Maestro James Rawie will conduct all performances. 

 Tickets are available at the door or at ToccataTahoe.org. General admission is $30 adults and $25 for seniors. Youth/students 19-23 with valid ID are $5 for seating ten minutes prior to concert time, and under 18 enter free. Preferred seating is $40 and $15 for youth/students.

This concert series is supported by a grant from the Kling Family Foundation. For more information visit ToccataTahoe.com, call 775-313-9697, or email at ToccataTahoe@gmail.com.