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RENO, Nev. (September 2010) Eleven-year-old pianist Marc Yu of Monterey Park, Calif. is the featured soloist for the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Keyboard Fantasies” Concert on Sunday, Oct. 10 and Tuesday, Oct. 12 led by Laura Jackson, music director.


“Keyboard Fantasies” will feature three virtuoso pianists: two are composers whose compositions will be performed, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) and Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827), while the third is Yu, the soloist for the occasion, who will perform Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. Like Beethoven, Marc began performing piano recitals at age six. Today, at age 11, Marc is a rising star in the musical world with countless solo recitals and TV appearances, including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah, and the Ellen DeGeneres Show, to his credit. He has also been the focus of print media worldwide including feature cover stories for both the L.A. Times and The New York Times Magazine. At age seven, he inaugurated Steinway & Sons' Historical Piano Tour, performing on Vladimir Horowitz's piano. 


In 2006, Yu became the youngest-ever Davidson Fellow and received a $10,000 scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, a national non-profit based in Reno whose mission is to support profoundly gifted young people ( The Davidson Institute is underwriting Yu’s Reno performance.


After intermission, listeners will be swept away by the warm harmonies and passionate melodies of Rachmaninoff’s glorious Symphony No. 2 — a work that was an immediate triumph at its 1908 premiere and as a result gave the pianist composer the confidence to continue writing for orchestra. 


Music Director Laura Jackson will be speaking one hour before the performance for "Inside the Music." This pre-concert talk includes information about the composers and/or works the orchestra will perform. The preview is free for all ticket holders in the main hall at the Pioneer Center at will begin on Sunday at 3 p.m. (doors open at 2:45) and Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:15).


All performances take place in the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. Single ticket prices start at $28, with discounts available to seniors and students. Students can come for “rush” seating for $8 a ticket, one hour before performance, and must bring valid student ID. Visit for additional information.


Summary of Calendar Information
Keyboard Fantasies – Sunday, October 10, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.; Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring Marc Yu, Piano
Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2

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