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Closing Week of Classical Tahoe 2023 – August 1-6

July 31, 2023 | Member Submitted

The final week of our 2023 Festival features more magical musical moments, a new guest conductor, more incredible soloists (including a juggler!), special chamber music, and more.

Sunday, July 30 at 7pm: 

“Love, Murder, & the Violin” a special night of chamber music at the Pavilion featuring Tessa Lark, violin, Gilles Vonsattel, piano, Emmanuel Ceysson, harp, Érik Gratton, flute, Daniel Khalikov and Sarah Vonsattel, violin, Milan Milisavljević, Désirée Elsevier and Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss, viola, and Winona Zelenka, cello

Tuesday, August 1 – Thursday, August 3: 

Visit our Open Rehearsals. Stop by the Pavilion and grab a seat to watch the music unfold as our world-class orchestra prepares for each concert. Tues. & Thurs. 10:30am – 1pm; Wed. 10:30am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm.

Friday, August 4 at 7pm: The Classical Tahoe Orchestra conducted by Ruth Reinhardt with Daniel Gilbert, clarinet, and Frank Olivier, juggler performing music by Wennäkoski, Mozart, and Poulenc. 

Saturday, August 5 at 7pm:  The Classical Tahoe Orchestra conducted by Ruth Reinhardt with Lucas Meachem, bariton, Emmanuel Ceysson, harp, Irina Meachem, piano performing music by Haydn, Still, and Copland. 

Livestream: Watch the free Livestream of our August 4 & 5 concerts on Facebook, Youtube, and our website at classicaltahoe.org/live-stream. Visit our website for links to all streams. Concerts are available to watch for free on our website 30 days following each live event. 

Gala: The annual Classical Tahoe Summer Gala will be held on the Kern Schumacher Estate on August 17 at 5pm. This year’s Gala features lakefront cocktails, a live auction, gourmet dinner, and special one-night only performances by Classical Tahoe favorite Svet Stoyanov, marimba and multi-GRAMMY nominee Shelly Berg, piano. Call the Box Office to purchase tickets (775-298-0245).

Location & Box office Information: 

Contact: (775) 298-0245, anna@classicaltahoe.org

Location: UNR@Lake Tahoe campus, 291 Country Club, Incline Village, NV 89451
Box Office Hours: 10am – 2pm and 90 minutes prior to each concert

Rush Tickets:  $25 – may be purchased after 12pm on the day of the performance (subject to availability)

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10 Epic Mountain Bike Rides in Lake Tahoe

July 30, 2023 | Member Submitted

By Shanie Matthews | Tuesday, July 18, 2023, in Lake Tahoe This Week

Lake Tahoe is a true paradise for outdoor enthusiasts seeking thrilling adventures amidst breathtaking natural beauty. While Big Blue is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and the mountains are known for their world-class skiing, this area also boasts an extensive network of exhilarating mountain biking trails that will leave adrenaline junkies craving more.

In this article, we will embark on an unforgettable journey through the rugged terrain and dense forests surrounding Lake Tahoe, unveiling 10 epic mountain biking rides that will challenge riders of all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned biker looking to push your limits or a beginner seeking an exciting introduction to the world of mountain biking, Lake Tahoe offers an array of diverse trails that cater to every level of expertise. Keep reading to learn more.

Tahoe Flume Trail

East Shore

Calling all thrill-seeking mountain bikers! If you crave heart-pounding heights and breathtaking vistas, the legendary Flume Trail is the ultimate adventure you’ve been searching for. This moderately difficult, one-way, 14-mile ride along the ridges above Lake Tahoe promises not only technical challenges but also awe-inspiring panoramas that will leave you speechless.

With elevations ranging from 7,000 to 8,100 feet, the Flume Trail tests your skills on steep and rocky sections, making it a true test of both physical and mental prowess. To ensure a seamless experience, the Flume Trail shuttle conveniently drops you off at the trailhead and picks you up after your unforgettable journey. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own gear as bike rentals and essential equipment are readily available. To make the most of your adventure, arrive early to enjoy cooler weather and beat the crowds. Keep an eye out for pedestrians as the Flume Trail is also a popular hiking route. 

To begin your epic Flume Trail ride, head south of Incline Village on Highway 28, and you’ll find the entrance just off Tunnel Creek Road, adjacent to the Tunnel Creek Café. 


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In The News – Richard M. Parison, Jr. appointed Executive Director for Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

July 27, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune 07/27/2023, Submitted

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theater are delighted to announce the appointment of Richard M. Parison, Jr. as their new Executive Director. A seasoned and accomplished theater professional with over 30 years of experience, Parison brings a deep-rooted understanding of regional theater and a genuine commitment to enhancing the community through transformative theatrical experiences. He will start the role in September.

Parison has held significant leadership positions in esteemed theater organizations throughout his career, including Executive Director of the Richmond Performing Arts Center/Center Stage Foundation in Virginia, Producing Director at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA, and Assistant Producing Artistic Director at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.

Parison returns to Northeast Ohio and GLT, where he launched his career at the then-known Great Lakes Theater Festival. With his remarkable leadership acumen and versatile skill set, he stands poised to usher in a new era for both organizations, uniting their efforts toward the shared vision of bringing theater to the widest possible audience in the Northeast Ohio and Lake Tahoe regions.


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In The News – Sierra Nevada Ballet presents The Last Unicorn as part of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

July 27, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune 07/27/2023, Written by Ashleigh Goodwin

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – On Monday July 24, Sierra Nevada Ballet took the stage of the Trepp Amphitheater as part of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival to perform an original ballet based on the novel by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn. 

Rosine Bena, Artistic Director of the Sierra Nevada Ballet wrote the stage adaption The Last Unicorn in 1989. 34 years later Bena resurrected the choreographed story, with the assistance of her muse and daughter, Ananda Bena-Weber.

A true family production, even Bena’s late parents, Edward and Anne Bena, had a hand in creating, directing and producing Rosine’s original creation.


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PINE NUTS – Sleepin’ on a Futon

July 27, 2023 | McAvoy Lane

I’m practicing sleeping on a futon in anticipation of my high school sweetheart visiting with two of her lady friends. Well, I slept in the ground for a year in Vietnam while in the Marine Corps, so my futon is like a DreamCloud Mattress by comparison. I actually had a dream last night that I was Tom Sawyer, meeting up with Becky Thatcher, and Becky was saying…

  “Oh, I know you. I remember you from church. You’re Thomas Sawyer.”
     “They only call me that when I’m bad, you can call me Tom.”
     Tom wrote some words on his slate, and hid them from Becky. She begged to see 
them. Tom whispered: “Promise you won’t tell.”
     “I promise,” said Becky. Tom moved his hand, and Becky read the words: “‘I love you.’ Oh, 
you’re bad!” She blushed and turned away, but Tom saw her smiling, and he knew she was 
     At lunch Tom and Becky met behind the schoolhouse, and Tom asked Becky a question. 
“Have you ever been engaged?”
     “No,” replied Becky.
     “Would you like to be?” asked Tom.
     “Maybe. What’s special about it?”
     “Well,” said Tom, “first we kiss, and then you like only me, and I like only you. And we 
walk to and from school together.”
     Becky thought it sounded nice, so she said, “I love you,” in Tom’s ear. 

Then I woke up…

So, the girls will have the upstairs to themselves, while I can help myself to a midnight snack downstairs without waking anybody. Nervous? As Huckleberry might like to say, “I reckon not!” The fact that we have not seen each other in thirty years will not prevent us from remembering that we used to be as close as a couple coffee filters. And we can always reintroduce ourselves…

I might want to say, “Hi, I’m Tom Sawyer, Black Avenger of the Spanish Main, and you?

She might like to answer…

“Pleased to meet you, my name’s Tina, Tina Bo Bina, banana fana fo fina, fee fie mo mina, Tina!” 

The gentle reader is much too young to remember, “The Name Game,” and I caution you, do not try it, for it will ransack your brain before you know what you’re about.

We’ll have Happy Hour with some friends, and take in some music on the beach before dining out. A short hike is on the agenda, along with a swim in the Lake of the Sky. I just hope I can find my mask, my snorkel, my fins and my noodle, for without my noodle, I could find myself on the bottom of the lake alongside some gangsters I don’t even know.

Well, please hope me luck in this encounter of the ages. All I can say in advance is that I know I will see her as the wonderful creature she has always been, composed entirely of watch springs and happiness, while I, meanwhile, shall try my level best to not be an ass…

Audio: https://anchor.fm/mcavoy-layne

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Visual art and music converge in new Lake Tahoe exhibit

July 26, 2023 | Member Submitted

Jazz musician and visual artist collaborate on a new exhibit at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe with a public artist reception Aug. 1

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — In a groundbreaking fusion of art and music, visual artist Emily Ward Bivens and musician Josh D. Reed have joined forces in their new exhibit, “Human, Robot, Human.” The immersive experience opens to the public on July 29 at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe’s Prim Library with an artists’ reception and talk on August 1 at 6:00 p.m. The exhibit, in the Tahoe Gallery, is located on the third floor of the Prim Library.

The Holman Arts and Media Center’s Gallery Visiting Artists, Reed and Bivens, have spent the summer transforming the Tahoe Gallery into an experimental collaborative research residency. Bivens from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Reed, assistant professor of jazz trumpet in the School of Music at the University of Nevada, Reno, have been paired together to research, create, collaborate and perform their exploration of the visual art and music. The two met for the first time in June and together explored the natural landscapes of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada, recording sounds and capturing images to inspire and be used in the exhibit. The artists hope to inspire a sense of awe in visitors.

“The idea of awe that we come across is usually seen in these sorts of grand moments,” Bivens said. “The lake is certainly a grand moment, but what I’m interested in is what’s mostly overlooked, something that’s so amazing but that you almost missed. And that idea of almost missing something, then in my mind makes the discovery of it even more compelling.”

Reed describes the process of developing the exhibit as “mind-bending” and hopes visitors walk away having experienced something new.

“We did not go into this with a preconceived notion of what was going to happen,” Reed said. “We were trying to find new ideas, trying to experience something different. It’s really been eye-opening and mind-bending. I’m so used to playing with a band and improvising on the spot. With this project, we’re improvising over a period of two months, finding a different way to be collaborative within the arts.”

Through the exhibit, the artists explore the ideas of place and space, the lake and atmosphere, humans and animals, nature and technology and accumulation versus contemplation. The space is experimental, and this program is designed to be flexible and interdisciplinary. Both Reed and Bivens hope the exhibit inspires similar collaborations across creative disciplines.

“We go to places such as Lake Tahoe or really beautiful vistas to feel a sense of awe and wonder outside of ourselves,” Bivens said. “For me, that’s what art does. And I think that those are some of the elements that art, science and nature have in common. I really feel appreciative of the University for taking this opportunity to allow two very different aspects of the arts to come together and discover in this moment, in this place. I think it’s a gift and I think it’s a model for what should happen in the arts more generally.”

The artists’ reception on August 1 is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. The gallery will be open to the public beginning July 29 in the final days of Classical Tahoe. Those attending Classical Tahoe are invited to preview the exhibit as it is installed in the Tahoe Gallery on the 3rd floor of the Prim Library.

Human, Robot, Human Artist Reception
August 1, 6:00 p.m. at the Prim Library
University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe
999 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, Nevada


Josh D. Reed is a trumpeter and educator in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno where he oversees the Jazz and Improvisational Music department. He holds degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder, the Eastman School of Music, and James Madison University.

As a performer, Reed has shared the stage with artists such as Dave Douglas, Brad Goode, Anat Cohen, Art Lande, Tommy Igoe, Greg Gisbert, Paquito D’Rivera, Rufus Reid and Darlene Love. He currently leads his own trio, quartet, and quintet.

As an educator, he has taught private lessons, ensembles and courses at Lagond Music School in New York, Metropolitan State University in Colorado, University of Colorado, and communities throughout the United States. Reed directed the jazz program at the University of Missouri in the spring of 2017 before directing the jazz program at Santa Clara University. He joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall of 2019 as an assistant professor of jazz trumpet.

Reed recently released his first recording as a leader: “Leaping Forward” featuring Art Lande. He is also featured on Art Deco’s “Free Range,” Emily Takahashi’s “Not Spoken,” Omar Thomas’s “I Am,” Matt Smiley’s “Quartet Art” and releases from Dillon Vado’s “Never Weather” and The Tim Wendel Septet.

Emily Ward Bivens was raised in southern Louisiana. Her childhood bedroom was set apart from her family on the far side of an old house under which a large colony of armadillos would root and cavort all night. She studied biology later switching to art when she realized that there are limits to what science can explain. She has had exhibitions and performances in festivals, museums, galleries and washaterias.

Bivens is the recipient of the 2019 Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grant and 2019 Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship. Individual work has been shown at Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA and DEMO project in Springfield, IL.  Her collaborative work with The Bridge Club has been presented at Press Street for Prospect 3+, New Orleans, LA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA, The Texas Biennial, San Antonio, TX, Currents: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM and the Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX. Bivens received her BFA from Colorado State University and her MFA from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She is a professor of Time-Based Art and Cinema Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

– @unevadareno –

Editor’s Note: An embeddable behind-the-scenes video can be found at vimeo.com/universityofnevada/humanrobothuman. B-Roll is available by request. Additional photos can be found at nevada.box.com/v/humanrobothuman

Photo Cutline: Musician Josh D. Reed records the sounds of Lake Tahoe as visual artist Emily Ward Bivens captures images of the lake for their collaborative exhibit, “Human, Robot, Human,” opening at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe on July 29. (Jennifer Kent)

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Mountain Workspace Offices Available for Rent

July 26, 2023 | Member Submitted

Mountain Workspace has 1 large workspace available for rent, with 24/7 access for you to work at your convenience. It is $2,000 per month with a six-month commitment for all private office space.

Private offices do not open up often, nor are they open for long so if you are interested or know someone else who is, please contact Mountain Workspace at 775.379.1124 as soon as possible to secure this space.

Learn more about Mountain Workspace >

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In The News: Incline Village Board to discuss Beach House, report on guidelines amid rumors of hostile workplace

July 25, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune 07/25/2023, Staff Reporting

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.— The Incline Village Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 at the Administration Building located at 893 Southwood Blvd. 

The meeting will also be live-streamed. 

The meeting will potentially begin with a closed session for the board to consider a negotiating strategy pertaining to the Operating Engineers Union, before receiving multiple reports to the board. 


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Incline Village Evacuation Exercise

July 25, 2023 | Member Submitted

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Thunderbird Lodge Tours

July 25, 2023 | Member Submitted

Explore the historic Thunderbird Lodge: Learn about Lake Tahoe’s magical Castle-in-the-Sky and the world-famous Thunderbird Yacht! Peek into the 1930s lifestyle of the rich and famous as you tour the historic Thunderbird Lodge Estate.

Informative, docent-led tours are provided as you walk the winding pathways in search of the secret tunnels and learn about this unique property and the eccentric man who built it. Please wear comfortable clothing, walking shoes, and be prepared to stand or walk on uneven surfaces. (Children under 6-year-olds are not permitted.)

Classic Tours are Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:30am, 11am, and 12:30pm. $75 per person – View Classic Tours Here.

Special Upgrade? Wine and Cheese Tour – offered every Tuesday & Friday at 2pm. Chef-prepared appetizers, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks are available while you enjoy an extended tour with our docent. Meet the estate’s curator and enjoy the stunning panoramic Lake Tahoe views. Classic Castle tour included. Adults only (must be 21+ years to participate). $125 per person View Wine & Cheese Tours Here. Space is limited. Call 775-832-1606 for reservations. 

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