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RENO, Nev. (Jan. 11, 2006)The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) will perform the work of 18-year-old composer, 2004 Davidson Fellow Athena Adamopoulos, for MasterClassics 4 on Sunday, Jan. 22 and Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006. The RPO will perform the western United States premiere of Adamopoulos’ Theme and Dance of the Regiment, which was premiered by the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003. Since then, Adamopoulos has been appointed to the position of Composer-in-Residence to Festival Chamber Music in New York for the 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons. This season, the Festival Chamber will premiere her Quartet for Bassoon, Violin, Cello and Piano. 

Ms. Adamopoulos is currently a sophomore at Harvard University.  In 2004, she was named a Davidson Fellow for her music composition portfolio and received a $25,000 scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development – a national non-profit foundation based in Reno whose mission is to support profoundly gifted young people.  The Davidson Institute ( is underwriting Adamopoulos’ Reno Philharmonic performance.

“Athena’s work is remarkably advanced for her age,” said Barry Jekowsky, Music Director of the RPO.  “Her style and depth will amaze the audience.“

Also on RPO’s program is Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with 12-year old violinist Harriet Langley making her professional debut.  Rounding out the program is Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, his exotic interpretation of 1001 Arabian Nights.

All ticket holders are invited to join Barry Jekowsky for a free, pre-concert presentation, “A Preview from the Podium,” a half-hour prior to each performance to hear him speak about the composers and the works the orchestra will perform.  Ms. Adamopoulos will join Mr. Jekowsky to discuss her work.

Tickets start at $24, and interested parties should purchase tickets early, as this likely will be a sold-out show.  Discounts are available to seniors, students and groups of 10 or more.  For more information or tickets log onto or call the Reno Philharmonic Association business office at (775) 323-6393.


Summary of Calendar Information
MasterClassics 4 – Sunday, January 22, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, January 24, 7:30 p.m.; Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
                Athena Adamopoulos                         Theme and Dance of the Regiment
                Max Bruch                                             Violin Concerto No. 1
                                Soloist:  Harriet Langley
       Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov  Scheherazade

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