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RENO, Nev. (October 2008) Fifteen-year-old violinist Maia Cabeza of Chapel Hill, N.C. is the featured soloist for the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra’s MasterClassics concerts on Sunday, Oct. 19 and Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008. She will perform Alexander Glazunov’s romantic Concerto for Violin, op. 82, A-minor.


In 2005, Cabeza was named a Davidson Fellow 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 Cabeza’s Reno performance.


Cabeza was born in Japan to Argentinean parents and started violin lessons in Toronto when she was 4. Studying with faculty members at the Manhattan School of Music and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Maia has performed in the United States and abroad receiving accolades for her technical proficiency and musicality. Recently, she performed with the Detroit Symphony at Meadow Brook Music Festival and with the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra in two gala concerts at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. Through her music, Maia hopes to promote communication across all cultural and language barriers.


The concerto has three movements that are played without pause. The opening movement, Moderato, is based on two themes that return to play an important part later in the work. The second movement, a lyrical Andante sostenuto, has an agitated middle section. Before the final movement, Glazunov recalls portions of the opening Moderato and inserts a cadenza based on them. This cadenza ushers in the last movement, an animated Allegro, with a fanfare-like principal theme.


As part of the process of auditioning candidates for the Reno Philharmonic Association’s music director position, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra is bringing five candidates to conduct five concerts. The second candidate of the field of five, Rebecca Miller will be the first female to conduct the 40-year-old orchestra on Sunday October 19th at 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 21st at 7:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Center. Ms. Miller, a northern Californian, comes to Reno by way of Houston and New Orleans. She is currently the Resident Conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and has recently completed tenure as the American Conducting Fellow of The Houston Symphony. Also on the program is Pierre Jalbert’s modern and accessible Chamber Symphony. Jalbert, a graduate of the California Symphony’s Composer in Residence program, is an award-winning composer. Beethoven’s famous Symphony No.3, known as the "Eroica" symphony completes the diverse program.


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

MasterClassics – Sunday, October 19, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.; Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

                Pierre Jalbert - Chamber Symphony

                Alexander Glazunov - Concerto for Violin, featuring Maia Cabeza, Violin

                Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"  


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