Classix One

Chloe Hanslip, Violin

STRAUSS II Overture to Die Fledermaus
ZHOU Tian Concerto for Violin, The Infinite Dance
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique, op. 14

Maestro Laura Jackson debuts the Reno Phil’s 49th Season with an innovative and revolutionary program with a lively, dancing spirit. The opening night program features acclaimed British violinist Chloe Hanslip lending her talents to American-Chinese composer Zhou Tian’s Concerto for Violin, The Infinite Dance. The orchestra will mystify audiences with the intriguing tale swirling within Berlioz’s lovesick mind in Symphonie Fantastique.

Music Director Laura Jackson conducts the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus and offers a pre-concert talk one hour before the concert on Sunday and one half-hour before the concert on Tuesday. In this preview, she discusses the works and composers on the evening’s concert, giving attendees a background and historical context for the music they will hear. Preview talk is at 3:00 PM Sunday in the concert hall and at 7:00 PM Tuesday in the exhibition hall. Seating for the preview is general admission, first-come first served.


  • Violinist Chloe Hanslip plays a Guarneri del Gesú from 1737. Have you ever heard a 280 yr-old violin?
  • The 24 minute Concerto for Violin, The Infinite Dance, written by Chinese-American composer Zhou Tian, was premiered in April of 2015 in Florida.
  • Berlioz went crazy in the name of love. After facing serious rejection from his love interest, actress Harriet Smithson, he decided to channel the experience into his music. Obsession & infatuation with the young actress fueled the inspiration for Symphonie Fantastique. Not to mention Opium’s influence on the creative process…