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RENO, Nev. (January 2008) – Fifteen-year-old guitarist Travis Johnson of Milwaukie, Ore. is the featured soloist for the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra’s Fire & Grace concerts on Sunday, Jan. 13 and Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008. He will perform Giuliani Guitar Concerto No. 3.


In 2006, Johnson was named a Davidson Fellow and received a $10,000 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 Johnson’s Reno performance.


Johnson began studying the classical guitar at the age of 8. He has performed at the Northwest Guitar Festival and as a soloist with both the Portland Festival Symphony and Marylhurst Symphony. In 2005, Johnson won the Guitar Foundation of America’s First Annual National Youth Solo Guitar Competition and was a semi-finalist in the Parkening International Guitar Competition. Johnson is a Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship recipient and premiered Boppin’, a work especially written for him by Bryan Johanson, on NPR’s “From the Top.”


The January concerts are set to get the audience in a dancing mood. The orchestra will perform Falla’s Dances from The Three-Cornered Hat and will share the stage with celebrated flamenco dancer, Yaelisa. Tchaikovsky’s romantic Symphony No. 5 completes this diverse and exciting program.


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.


Tickets start at $26 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 on to or call the Reno Philharmonic Association business office at (775) 323-6393.


Summary of Calendar Information

Fire & Grace – Sunday, January 13, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, January 15, 7:30 p.m.; Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

                Manual de Falla – Dances from The Three-Cornered Hat, featuring Yaelisa, flamenco dancer

                Giuliani - Guitar Concerto No. 3, featuring Travis Johnson, guitar

                Pyotr Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5  


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