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

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.

Vocal Soloists for this presentation will include: Daniel Paulson as the Evangelist; Stuart Duke as Jesus; Michael Lloyd as Peter; Richard Haines as Judas; Brad Perry as Pilate; and Chris Nelson as the Priest.  Joy Strotz will appear as Mother Mary.   Becky Earl  and Anne Davidson  will also be performing, in other female roles.

The Two TOCCATA Orchestras will feature Jeffrey Lindhorst as Concertmaster for Orchestra One;  Rick Stockton as Concertmaster for Orchestra Two; with David BrockNick Haines, and  Lou Groffman, as continuo.

All concert performances will be conducted by Maestro James Rawie.   Click on any location to see a map:

General admission is $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.

Elizabeth Pitcairn, Dazzling Violinist:
Feb 16 and Feb 17, 2019

The Orchestra and Chorus will perform selections from Mendelssohn's Oratorio, ELIJAH. This is followed by Elizabeth Pitcairn, performing on the 'Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius' violin, performing Wieniawski's famous Violin Concerto #2 with the Orchestra.

Henri Wieniaswki was the most famous violinist of his time. At age 9, he was granted special permissions to become a student at the Paris Conservatoire (being under age 12, and also being from Poland). About two years later, he entered and won first prize at the Graduate's Competition - an astounding accomplishment, still being too young to even qualify for admission.

Although formidable in all ways, Wieniawski was especially expert in bowing styles, and this concerto displays one of his favorite techniques: The up-bow "flying spiccato", which the greatest of players (including Liz) can contain maintain for an indefinite number of notes. This technique appears many times in the first and 3rd movements.

This concerto is a 'standard', and is generally counted among the top 10 violin concertos of all time. But Wieniaswki developed heart trouble at a relatively young age, and began taking breaks within concerts from age 35 onwards. He died in 1880 at age 45.

General admission is $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.

On Thursday, February 14, Toccata will also present a Soiree Musicale Fundraiser beginning at 3pm with special guest Elizabeth Pitcairn. This event occurs at the gorgeous home of Tom & Carol Burkhart, in Montreux (Southwest of Reno). Ms Pitcairn will perform dazzling selections on Violin, with pianist Donna Axton. Toccata Choral Guests will also appear. Fine wines and snacks will be served. Special Advance Tickets are required for this event, and quantities are limited.

A chamber music scene

Jan 5 through 13, 2019

The TOCCATA–Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will begin the 2019 Season with a classical concert series featuring baroque chamber music masterpieces:

All concert performances will be conducted by Maestro James Rawie.   (Click on any location to see a map.)

On Saturday, January 26, TOCCATA will present a Soiree Musicale Fundraiser at 3PM. Join us at the Stateline home of TOCCATA founding member, David Brock. Hear music on his one-of-a-kind 3-manual Casavant pipe organ built for the residence, and his 8' Sabathil and Son concert harpsichord. You will also be treated to a selection of delicious wines and hours d'ouvres.

The program includes the aria “It is enough” from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, sung by baritone Stuart Duke, and also the aria “La Mero saro costante” from Mozart’s opera Il Re Pastore - performed by soprano Anne Davidson and accompanied by violinist Ondine Parker. Stuart and Anne will also perform Mozart’s duet from Don Giovanni, “La ci darem la mano”. David Brock will accompany all guest artists on organ and harpsichord, as well as presenting solo selections on both instruments.

Messiah with Tree

Dec 8 through Dec 22, 2018:

TOCCATA–Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will conclude their 13th Season with a Production of HANDEL’s MESSIAH, along with seasonal carols that the audience will be most welcome to join in singing.

Vocal Soloists for these perfromances will include: Joy StrotzBecky EarlAnne Davidson,  sopranos • Kate Kalthoff,  mezzo soprano • Brad PerryRobert Bousquet,  Owen McIntosh, tenors • Stuart Duke and Chris Nelson,  baritones •

The TOCCATA Orchestra features Jeffrey Lindhorst, and Brian Fox as concermasters; David Brock and Nick Haines as continuo; and William Cates on Trumpet.
All performances will be conducted by Maestro James Rawie.

Performances are being planned for five distinct and festive venues:

A very special presentation will be Saturday, December 22 in The Squaw Valley Olympic Village Lodge and Conference Center, which will be elaborately & festively decorated for the holiday traditions of Merry Days & Holy Nights. The evening will begin with a Pre-Show Reception at 5:00 pm, and continues with the musical performance commencing at 6:00 PM.

Ticketing for this special event is handled by Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows.

Tickets for the afternoon Church Presentations (excluding the Squaw Valley Event, and the free 'Heavenly Holdays' performance) are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the concert, or online (using the link below.) General admission to all Church concerts is $30 for adults. Seniors enjoy a $5 discount, and youth 23 and under are admitted free. "Front and Center" preferred seating prices are $40 for adults and $15 for youth/students.

Sep 3 through Sep 11, 2018

TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will conclude their 2018 'Tahoe Summer MusicFest' with a four concert series beginning on Sunday, September 2 (at 4:00pm, St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville). The concert series commemorates the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. 

The TOCCATA Orchestra and Chorus will perform:
  • Bruch's Violin Concerto #1; and
  • Selections from Verdi's Requiem

The concert will open with Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G minor, featuring guest artist Alex Eisenberg. The concert concludes with selections from Verdi’s solemn symphonic-choral masterpiece, Requiem, with soloists Joy Strotz, Becky Earl, Anne Davidson and Jackie Lengfelder, sopranos; Liudmila Mullin, mezzo; Brad Perry and Michael Dewayne, tenors; and Stuart Duke and Chris Nelson, baritone; performing with the 66 voice Tahoe Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Jeff Lindhorst serves as concertmaster, and Maestro James Rawie, TOCCATA’s Founder and Artistic Director, will conduct all performances.  

A Soiree Musicale Fundraiser for this series will take place on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 4:00pm at a private home in Reno featuring Elizabeth Pitcairn performing on the legendary Red Stradivarius Violin.

General admission is $30 for adults and $25 for seniors. Young persons, under age 23, enjoy FREE admission. Preferred/reserved seating is $40, and $15 for Young persons.

'HOT AUGUST PIPES': Aug 17 through Aug 24, 2018

Organist David H. Brock presents his 20th annual HOT AUGUST PIPES. This program will feature Widor's Symphony #5, many other of David's favorites, and an original transcripton of a Scott Joplin Ragtime composition.

  • Friday, August 17  7pm ........... Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Reno
  • Tuesday, August 21 5pm -8pm ........... Stateline NV,   Special benefit Soiree
  • Friday, August 24  7pm ........... St Patrick's Episcopal Church, Incline Village

The Northstar Chamber Players
Aug 11 through Aug 13, 2018:

Toccata continues the 2018 Summer Music Fest with performances by the Northstar Chamber players, in a concert for Woodwind Quintet - with Eric Kao as guest Pianist.

The chamber Players will perform:
  • "A Taste of BitterSweets" - composed in 2011 by Gary Robert Buchanan
  • "Quintet in Eb for Piano and Winds, Op. 16 - composed in 1796 by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • “For Children”, For Woodwind Quartet - composed by Bela Bartok in 1908-1909, in an arrangement by Charles Kaufman; and
  • "Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks" - composed for Orchestra by Richard Strauss in 1995, in an arrangement by David Carp

In short: Something New, Something Old, Something Wonderful, and Something Fun!

  • Saturday, August 11  2pm ........ Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Reno
  • Sunday, August 12  5pm ........... St Patrick's Episcopal Church, Incline Village
  • Monday, August 13  7pm ........... Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church, Carson City

Admission is free for all. Contributions are welcome and encouraged.

The complete program is contained in this PDF file:

The ROMANTICS: Beethoven-Rossini-Dvorak
July 28 through August 5, 2018

The Romantic era began with Beethoven and lasted most of the 19th century. Some of the world's greatest and most loved concert works date from this period.

The TOCCATA Orchestra will perform:
  • Beethoven's Symphony #1;
  • Rossini's Overture to The Barber Of Seville; and
  • Dvorak’s magnificent Cello Concerto.

Peter Lenz, principal cello with the Reno Philharmonic, will be Toccata's guest artist.

  • Friday, July 27 7pm .......... Carson Valley Methodist Church, Gardnerville
  • Sunday, July 29 4pm ......... Cornerstone Church, Incline Village
  • Friday, August 3 7pm ......... St Therea Catholic Church, South Lake Tahoe
  • Sunday, August 5 4pm ......... St John Presbyterian Church, Reno
Ticket Prices are $ 40 Preferred Seating • $30 Adult • $25 Seniors • $15 Students 19-23 • 18 and under FREE.

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✔ A Wide Variety of Music Performed

✔ Affordable Ticket Prices & Free Entry for Children

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