Lake Tahoe Music Festival Draws Record Audiences During 25th Year

The Lake Tahoe Music Festival wrapped its 25th anniversary “Season of Classics” with a standing ovation, record-setting crowds, a new home venue and sold out performances during its three week run.

Festival attendance grew by 250 percent in 2007 entertaining music lovers from throughout the Reno-Tahoe and northern California region.

The 2007 Festival offered nine concerts at five different venues incorporating classic Beethoven, classic jazz, classic rock and classic Broadway.

“Festival attendance surpassed our expectations this year making our 25th anniversary truly stellar,” said Ellen Persa, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival.

“The incredible lineup of talent and excitement within the region fueled tremendous growth for us that we hope to continue to build upon for the 2008 season."

"The word is out about the Festival and we’re beginning to draw larger crowds from outside the area as well".

"The commitment from the Lake Tahoe community and its summer visitors to the arts allows the Festival to continue to raise the bar, showcasing a mix of musical styles and well-loved artists.”

The 2007 Festival included headline performances by Kenny Loggins, David Benoit, Craig Chaquico and David Sanborn and noteworthy renditions by the Lake Tahoe Music Festival Orchestra, led by Maestro Timm Rolek.

In addition, the Festival settled into a new home at Homewood Mountain Resort awaiting completion of a brand new hillside amphitheater in the planning stages for 2010.

Homewood Mountain Resort owners, JMA Ventures, LLC of San Francisco, are building the amphitheater in support of the community.

The arts and culture venue will balance the natural features of the land while providing concert-goers a comfortable setting to enjoy the annual Festival performances.

“A performance venue of this sort has been sorely needed on the West Shore for some time,” added Persa. “It’s an amazing gift!”

The Festival’s outreach efforts also grew this year with the management of the Truckee Youth Music Program that began at Truckee Elementary School this fall.

Through its Educational Outreach Programs, the Festival aids young musicians and emerging ensembles by offering training, guidance and assistance with concert presentation and has now expanded the program to include free lessons and musical instruments to qualified elementary school students year round.

Plans for the 2008 Lake Tahoe Music Festival are underway now with more spectacular performances in the works including a new collaboration with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Orchestra will play the Festival’s 2008 season-opening concert on Saturday, July 19 at Homewood Mountain Resort along with other Festival concerts continuing through the Finalé on Saturday, Aug. 9.

For more information about the Festival, log on to or call 530-583-3101.