Renown Regional Features Two Performances As Part Of Healing Arts Program|
University of Nevada, Reno’s The Nevada Winds and the Youth Symphony Orchestra Reno Nev. (Nov. 3, 2008) – Renown Regional Medical Center is proud to feature two performances in early Nov. as part of the hospital’s Healing Arts Program. The Nevada Winds, Sunday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. and The Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra on Monday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. Both performances will be in the lobby of the Tahoe Tower.
The Nevada Winds began in August of this year and is comprised of UNR scholarship students. The performers include: Erin Dayton, flute, undergrad in elementary education; Zeb Bellon, oboe, undergrad in music education; Jennifer Day, clarinet, undergrad in clarinet performance; Kevin Miescke, horn, undergrad in music education; and Eric Fassbender, bassoon, grad student in double reed performance.
“We are pleased to be partnering with these talented performers,” said Jan Johnson, director of Renown Health Foundation development and donor relations. “Bringing music into the hospital as part of Renown’s Healing Arts program allows patients and visitors the chance to reflect on encouraging thoughts and focus on something other than their illness or injury.”
The Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra is comprised of local middle and high school students. The group will play a selection of six pieces that include: Procession of the Nobles by Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Pizzicato Polka by Josef Strauss, Karelia Suite by Jean Sibelius, The Walk to the Paradise Garden by Frederick Delius, Radetzky March, op. 228 by Johann Strauss, Sr. and 'Night in Mexico' from Airborne Suite by Paul Creston will be performed. Conductor Jason Altieri, Ph.D. will be present.
The Healing Arts program at Renown Regional began in the early 1990s. Since then, a book titled "The Harvest of Lesser Burdens: Art in the Field of Medicine" was published in partnership with the Nevada Museum of Art. The Tahoe Tower features more than 400 works of original art, including two works in each of the 190 private patient rooms. The program also includes regular performances at the patients’ bedside on the pediatric and oncology units. Future plans for the Healing Arts program include the completion of Fianna’s Healing Garden with fountains, streams, three sculptures by internationally known San Francisco artist, Cork Marcheschi and a flowering landscape. All Healing Arts program performances are free and open to the public.
The Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1995 to give a high-level orchestral musical experience to middle and high school students from northern Nevada and northern California. In 1999 a second group was added — the Youth Concert Orchestra, designed to train less experienced students and give them a chance to work toward becoming members of the Youth Symphony Orchestra. Both orchestras now involve approximately 150 talented young musicians selected by open regional auditions. They benefit from orchestral rehearsals, section coaching from talented musicians, and the opportunity to perform in Reno and the entire region in five to ten concerts per year. The two orchestras perform under the direction of Dr. Jason Altieri, as well as conductor of the University of Nevada, Reno Orchestra.
A local donor funds the Musical Art Series, including performances by the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra and the music at the bedside at Renown Regional Medical Center.