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Tahoe-Truckee youth perform with Reno Philharmonic; Carnegie Hall next

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Seven Truckee-Tahoe youth had the experience of a lifetime in March, playing two concerts with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra.

The opportunity was part of the intense preparations these kids are making to prepare for yet another life changing event — a performance at Carnegie Hall with the Reno Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) in May.

The Reno YSO is the premier youth orchestra in the greater Northern Nevada area, with 87 coveted spots attained after intense auditions every summer.

The Reno Philharmonic Association, while busy raising funds for Carnegie Hall, also presented the opportunity for these kids to perform with their professional orchestra, as a way to polish the very difficult music they will be performing in May.

Thyra Altunin, Sarah Brown, Jenna Elliott, Frances Hamilton, Ariana Kendall and Addison Wingate, along with 59 other YSO musicians, joined mentor "stand partners" from the Reno Philharmonic at four rehearsals and two performances in March, for what turned into a tremendous mentoring opportunity for all.

Playing together, the super-sized orchestra perfected Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite" under the baton of Maestro Laura Jackson.

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"This was a unique opportunity to give each of the young musicians the equivalent of a week's worth of private coaching. That's over 600 hours of professional one-on-one coaching for the orchestra on the music they'll be performing in Carnegie," said Heather Gallagher, manager of the Reno Youth Orchestra program.

At the May 27 performance at Carnegie Hall, the YSO will also be playing "Slavische Tanze" by Antonin Dvorak, and the world premiere of "Solis" by composer Amanda Harberg, with conductor Jason Altieri.

To get there, the Reno Philharmonic Association has been busy fundraising $262,000 in travel costs. As of last week, about $15,000 remained to be raised.

Local YSO musicians Jordan Guldman, Eleanor Hamilton and John Humphreys will be joining the group the Carnegie Hall performance.

This article was provided on behalf of the Reno Philharmonic Association. To help reach the $262,000 Carnegie Hall fundraising goal for the kids, donate at renophil.com.