September 28, 2021 Media Advisory – Altered Landscapes Press Conference at McCarran Ranch Preserve on September 29, 2021



The acclaimed Reno Philharmonic orchestra, led by Music Director and Conductor Laura Jackson, will announce a new partnership, new project and the world premiere of a newly commissioned orchestral work during a unique press conference held on Sept. 29, beginning at 11 a.m. at the McCarran Ranch Preserve.

The announcement will summarize the collaborative effort between the Reno Phil, the Nevada Museum of Art, The Nature Conservancy in Nevada (TNC), and acclaimed composer Jimmy López Bellido.

When: September 29th, 11am – 1pm
Where: The Nature Conservancy McCarran Ranch – McCarran Ranch Rd, Sparks, NV 89434


Driving Directions: The amphitheater is not signposted in any way, please use the following directions:

Follow I-80 East and take Exit 28 (Patrick). At the bottom of the ramp, turn right and take an immediate right onto the frontage road that parallels the interstate (you will be going westward). Follow the frontage road through the stop sign and continue to a railroad crossing. Exercise caution as you proceed through the crossing. Turn left and go through the gate by the little white house with green trim.

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.

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.

“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.

The Reno Phil hopes that your orchestra will join us in performing this stunning new work, and convening important conversations about our place in this world.