Exclusively sponsored by the Edwin L. Wiegand Trust

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
Guest Conductor Alvise Casellati

Sunday, March 11, 2018
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

ROSSINI | Overture from William Tell
BELLINI | Sinfonia
MASCAGNI | Cavalleria Rusticana–Intermezzo
PONCHIELLI | Danze delle Ore
PUCCINI | Tregenda from Le Villi
ROTA | Gattopardo Suite
VERDI | Sinfonia from Nabucco
Arredi Festivi from Nabucco
I Vespri Siciliani­, Sinfonia
Va pensiero from Nabucco
La Traviata: Prelude to Act I
Requiem: Dies Irae and Tuba Mirum


  • Rossini’s Overture from William Tell features one of the most famous musical passages of all time: the melody used as the theme to the classic radio and TV western The Lone Ranger.
  • Ponchielli’s Danze delle Ore (Dance of the Hours) might sound familiar to those that have seen the Disney animated film Fantasia, where the music scores a comic ballet with ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators. The work’s melody was also used for Allan Sherman’s hit “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)”.
  • Verdi’s third opera, Nabucco, thrust the young composer to international fame, and features the work Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) – one of the best known numbers in opera. Va pensiero is still often performed as an encore in opera houses.
  •  La Traviata is based on the play La Dame aux Camelias, a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas.
Alvise Casellati Guest Conductor Reno Phil


The Reno Phil is proud to welcome guest conductor Alvise Casellati for Classix Five: Italian Festival.

Alvise was born in the northern Italian city of Padova (Padua in English), a short distance from Venice. He grew up playing music and entered the Cesare Pollini Conservatory in Padova at age 10. He studied violin and earned a diploma as Maestro in violin while also beginning studies in law.