history

In 2012, the Lake Tahoe SummerFest organization was created to become a world-renowned celebration of the arts to enrich the cultural, educational and economic vitality of Lake Tahoe and Northern Nevada. The first goal was to create a destination for lovers of classical music by providing exceptional classical music concerts performed at the highest level. That goal was achieved — on day one!

Under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Joel Revzen, Classical Tahoe has assembled a virtuoso orchestra of musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Seattle and Dallas Symphonies, LA Phil and Reno Phil and other exceptional orchestras throughout the world. The festival has become a sought-after gathering and experience for our orchestra musicians who return year after year. Our audience is thrilled by the level of artistry and small-tent setting both of which provide an intimate experience with our orchestra and musicians before, during and after the performance. Classical Tahoe’s intimacy is unlike any other festival of this quality in the world.

Classical Tahoe features six full orchestra concerts, three chamber music programs, a free family concert and a pre-K Music and Movement class during the three-week festival held on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada. In a high-altitude community of 11,000 residents, Classical Tahoe has touched 15,000 people over the past five years. The festival generates more than $1,000,000 annually for the rural economy. Major donors to this exceptional festival come from (throughout the Lake Tahoe area), Arizona, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Minden, Nevada.

Passion and commitment to cultural development at the very highest level for the community is what festival founder and past chair of the Board of Directors, Madylon Meiling, Ph.D., desired by creating a festival that would match the beauty of Lake Tahoe and the majesty of the Sierra Nevada. Classical Tahoe is providing an exciting and needed cultural opportunity to diversify and enhance the Lake Tahoe resort experience. Classical Tahoe is proud of creating an authentic, accessible and shared experience that is building a destination for lovers of classical music performed by artists of international renown from around the world, while also becoming a destination for people living in a community who have never met their neighbors down the street to share their love of the arts. Both are exciting and worthy goals!