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COVID-19 Status Update (as of March 19, 2020)

The TOCCATA Symphony and Chorus must unfortunately cancel all performances of the Passion according to St Matthew by J. S. Bach. They were previously scheduled for April 4 thru April.

W will be in contact with all advanced ticket holders, via email. We will keep this section up-to-date with any change of plans for the June Classy Classics Concert Series. Thank you for your patronage and understanding.

In place of this year's live performances, we invite patrons to enjoy St. Matthew's Passion in the privacy and safety of their own homes, by playing this YouTube Video of a Toccata Performance from 2018:

 Video: The full performance from 2018

We will keep this section up-to-date with any change of plans for the June Classy Classics Concert Series. Thank you for your patronage and understanding.

CANCELLED: The Passion According to St Matthew (J.S. Bach), Part II

 Video: the Aria, 'Erbarme Dich' (From 2018)

The first performance of the St. Matthew Passion was given at the Leipzig Thomaskirche, on Good Friday of 1727. But Bach substantially revised his greatest, most complex liturgical work in 1736, and the Toccata Presentations are based on that version. The St Matthew Passion, in this form, was his last major composition for the Leipzig congregations.

The St. Matthew Passion was written for two separate Choirs, accompanied by two small Orchestras. In most Arias, only one Orchestra provides accompaniment. The Choirs are sometime separated, but more often sing in unison or antiphony - moving the story forwards, and also providing commentary on the events. At different times, the Choruses appear as an unruly mob, or quiet witnesses, or actual participants in the story.

The Concerts for April 2020 have all been CANCELLED, in compliance with State and Federal Guidelines to avoid meetings of more than 10 persons.

Upcoming in June: Classy Classics,
with Wagner and Beethoven

Alex Eisenberg, Violin Soloist Alex Eisenberg, Violin Soloist.
(Click for his Full Biography)

This Concert Series includes three Beethoven Compositions,
honoring the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth.

  • Symphony #5,  3rd and 4th movements.  Op 67 .........Ludwig van Beethoven (1808).
  • Violin Concerto in D Major,  Op 61 ......... Ludwig van Beethoven (1806).   With Soloist Alex Eisenberg.

  • Romance #1 for Violin and Orchestra,   Op 40 .........Ludwig van Beethoven (1802).   Featuring Violinist Eleanor Sturm.
  • Overture to Tannhäuser,  WWV 70 ................ Richard Wagner (1845)

Short Program notes:

From Symphony #5, we will perform the Scherzo and Finale. Beethoven wrote these movements to played with no break between them - instead, an interesting transition searches for a landing point, before resolving to the glorious Finale in C Major.

The symphony is followed by Beethoven's Violin Concerto, which is generally considered to be one of the greatest Violin Concertos from the 19th century. Lyrical and expansive, it established a new direction for Romantic Violin concertos - focusing on musical interpretation, rather than simple fireworks.

The second half begins with an earlier Beethoven work, the Romance for Violin and Orchestra in G Major. This piece features Young Artist  Eleanor Sturm  on Violin.

The Concert will end with Wagner's Tannhäuser overture, depicting an epic musical struggle between good and evil.

Concert locations and dates (Between Jun 5 and June 14) will be announced shortly. The program is subject to change. Concert performances will be conducted by Maestro James Rawie.

General admission will be $30 for adults and $25 for seniors. Young persons, under age 23, enjoy FREE admission. "Front and Center" preferred seating prices are $40 for adults and $15 for youth/students.  

Upcoming: The TOCCATA Concert Tour of Southwest France
April 15-26, 2021

Cover Page of the 2021 Tour Itinerary PDF

You are invited to join 25 Singers, 12 members of our Orchestra, and our other "boosters" in a tour of the Southern Rhône river valley, with 5 concerts in fabulous French Churches. Elizabeth Pitcairn will perform on all concerts! Our itinerary includes the following destinations:

  • Marseille, the legendary Port City;
  • Les Calanques, the wonderous (and newest) National Park in France;
  • and Montpellier, the capital of Languedoc.
  • We have an optional boat tour of the Camargue Delta. We next travel North to stay and perform in:
  • Avignon. Continuing up the Rhône river valley, we tour and perform in:
  • Lyon, after which we will travel to:
  • Paris (with wonderful stops in between). We return to the USA from Paris.

The complete itinerary is subject to change. Please Click Here to download the itinerary brochure. You may fly to and from Reno with the main group, or you can make your own travel arrangements.
Insurance for the Tour is handled by Jeanne Felix, <>.
For Reservations and further Information, please call 775-833-2478.

✔ Smaller, More Intimate Venues

✔ A Wide Variety of Music Performed

✔ Affordable Ticket Prices & Free Entry for Children

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