Pipo Nguyen-duy, Lazy Boy, 2005, Vintage chromogenic print on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper mounted on Sintra. Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection.
Pipo Nguyen-duy, Lazy Boy, 2005, Vintage chromogenic print on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper mounted on Sintra. Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection.

“The Reno Phil believes deeply in commissioning new music because the power of art is that it serves as a mirror. The voices of today’s artists, photographers, composers are the voices that create the opportunity us to reflect on our shared experiences and to think more deeply about how we live and relate to one another.”   – Music Director & Conductor, Laura Jackson


THE INTERSECTION OF ART & MUSIC: A new symphonic work inspired by the Nevada Museum of Art’s “Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection” of photography. 

The Reno Phil has commissioned an important new symphonic work from composer Jimmy López Bellido. Informed and inspired by the Nevada Museum of Art’s “Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection” of photography, his “Symphony No. 3: Altered Landscape” engages themes of humanity’s accelerated consumption of the Earth’s resources, the pandemic-imposed pause we have withstood, and the quest for a future of harmony and sustainable balance on Earth.

Composed entirely in 2020, the Reno Phil will give the world premiere of the work on May 7, 2022, and seeks orchestral partners around the globe to perform the piece during the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 seasons. Performances of “Altered Landscape” are intended to inspire audiences, build awareness, and act as a catalyst for important conversations between diverse groups and industries about how we humans utilize and deploy our planet’s finite resources. In addition, this project offers orchestras the opportunity to take tangible action against climate change through a partnership with the Nature Conservancy.

“I am delighted to be partnering with the Nature Conservancy on this project. The work they do preserving ecosystems and resources is vital to the wellbeing of all of us. We hope this collaboration will inspire conversations about sustainable living, build awareness of environmental challenges in our community, and actively support the mission of the Nature Conservancy,” said Reno Phil Music Director and Conductor Laura Jackson. “It’s one way Reno Phil can leverage live music to give back to the community we love.”

Thanks to tremendously generous donors, the commission is completely funded. Because of this and the importance of the work, the Reno Phil is not charging orchestras to be a member of this consortium— “Altered Landscape” is a gift to orchestras of the world.

In order to cover hard costs and “pay-it-forward,” participating orchestras will contribute a minimum of $1,000 to the The Nature Conservancy



An “undeniably exciting composer” (Opera News), with “a brilliant command of orchestral timbres and textures” (Dallas Morning News) and “a virtuoso mastery of the modern orchestra” (The New Yorker), López has created works performed by leading orchestras around the world and in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Kennedy Center, Vienna’s Musikverein, Konzerthaus Berlin, Nordic Music Days, the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, and the Aspen, Tanglewood, and Grant Park music festivals. “Fiesta!”, one of his most famous works, has received over a hundred performances worldwide making it one of the most performed contemporary orchestral works. “Bel Canto”, a full-length opera commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago as part of the Renée Fleming initiative and based on Ann Patchett’s bestselling novel, premiered in December 2015 to wide critical acclaim and was broadcast U.S. nationwide on PBS’ Great Performances. “Dreamers”, an oratorio which he wrote in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright Nilo Cruz, was premiered by Ana María Martínez, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2019. That year also saw the release of Symphonic Canvas, his most recent album with Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, on MSR Classics. Mr. López completed his three-year tenure as the Houston Symphony’s Composer-in-Residence in the spring of 2020. A native of Lima, he studied at the city’s National Conservatory of Music prior to graduating from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with a Master of Music degree. López completed his Ph.D. in Music at the University of California-Berkeley. He is published by Filarmonika Music Publishing.


The Carol Franc Buck Foundation

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