Concert Details

What to Expect

Travel to Italy with your family without leaving town! Plan to arrive to the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts between 9:00am ­– 9:30am for the chance to explore our pre-concert activities. The concert will start promptly at 10:00am and seating is general admission. Following the concert, you’ll have the chance to enjoy pizza bites and gelato at the Italian Festival.

Pre-Concert Activities
9:00 – 10:00 AM

Exhibition Hall

Discovery Museum - Constellations

The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

The Discovery will be leading four hands on science projects to inspired by the curious and great thinker Galileo. Projects will include paper helicopters, constellation viewers, buzzing balloons, DIY kazoo.

We think these activities are fun for all ages with parents help but they are best suited for elementary aged children.

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Arts for All Nevada

Nevada Museum of Art

Concert attendees can decorate their own wearable Venetian-style masks using markers and adhesive gems. Appropriate for all ages.

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NV Museum of Art - Stained Glass Tissue

Arts for All Nevada

Stained glass decorates many Italian windows! Try making faux stained glass from tissue paper to hang up in your home. Perfect for kids 4-6 years old.

Decorate your own wearable Venetian style mask. These masks are a centuries old tradition in Venice, Italy. They are typically worn during Carnival, a festival that started during the Renaissance. Perfect for ages 7-10 years old.

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Blue Note B’s Horn Shop

Blue Note B’s Horn Shop

Children 3+ get hands on experience playing an instrument! With the help of Blue Note B’s, children can try to play a violin, trumpet, and more!

Blue Note B’s Horn Shop
Conservatory of Movement Dancers

Conservatory of Movement Dancers

 The Conservatory of Movement Grade IV class will perform a tarantella. The dance features the tambourine, high energy footwork, and precise rhythmic patterns. Students will demonstrate and teach some of the steps and then perform as a group. All ages are welcome to participate. The performers themselves are ages 11-12.

Conservatory of Movement Dancers
Zeonardo Za Zinchy

Zeonarda Za Zinchi

The famous Italian female painter (that everyone has forgotten) will be making a guest appearance at the Italian Festival. She will be wandering the crowds in search of her muse–if you’re lucky, she might choose to paint a quick design on your face or arm.

About the Concert
10:00 – 11:00 AM

Guest conductor Alvise Casellati, hailing from Padua, Italy, leads the Reno Phil Orchestra as they perform some of Italy’s most famous and beloved music in a program geared to please music fans of all ages. In addition to Caselatti, the Reno Phil Orchestra welcomes guest violinist and Italian native Gennaro Cardaropoli, winner of the Arthur Grumiaux Competition 1st Grand Prize and member of the Mannheimer Philhaarmoniker in Germany. The concert will be interactive and all ages are welcome to experience the music of Italy!

Alvise Casellati

Italian Festival
11:00 – 12:00 PM

Gelato

Bibo Coffee Co.

Gelato is an Italian ice cream. Best on a hot summer day, Italians savor the sweet taste of gelato all year long!

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La Vecchia - Pizza Bites

La Vecchia

Did you know pizza was invented in Naples, Italy?

Grab a bite of pizza from local Italian restaurant, La Vecchia.

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John Covarelli – Accordion

Accordionist John Covarelli will be playing tunes on the plaza. Invented in the early 1800s, the accordion quickly became popular with many Europeans and Americans during that time period. The accordion is traditionally used to perform folk music, but has also been featured in classical music.

Conservatory of Movement Dancers

Conservatory of Movement Dancers

 The Conservatory of Movement Grade IV class will perform a tarantella. The dance features the tambourine, high energy footwork, and precise rhythmic patterns. Students will demonstrate and teach some of the steps and then perform as a group. All ages are welcome to participate. The performers themselves are ages 11-12.

Conservatory of Movement Dancers
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P’Opera!

Performers from P’Opera! will be appearing at the event in Italian opera costumes. Opera was born in Italy in the 1600s, and many famous operas were written by Italian composers (such as Rossini, Bellini, Verdi, and Puccini—you’ll hear some of them in the concert!)

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