Reno Philharmonic commissions López Bellido score about the environment, launches multi-orchestra plan for performances

Posted on: October 8, 2021

“The best art … inspires, provokes, comforts and catalyzes,” writes Scott Faulkner in Monday’s (10/4) Reno Gazette Journal. “Composer Jimmy López Bellido’s new Symphony No. 3: Altered Landscape checks all of these boxes. Commissioned by the Reno Phil, the work is informed and inspired by the Nevada Museum of Art’s ‘Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection’ of photography [and] 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…. Completed in 2020 during the COVID shutdown, López Bellido’s 34-minute piece … is written for full symphony orchestra … Led by music director Laura Jackson, the Reno Phil presents the world premiere of the work on May 7 and 8, 2022…. The Reno Phil is building a consortium of orchestras … that will perform the work and convene the important conversations around it…. Consortium orchestras will not be charged to play the piece, but they will be asked to take tangible action against climate change by making a contribution to The Nature Conservancy.” Scott Faulkner is principal bass of the Reno Phil and Reno Chamber Orchestra and project manager for the “Altered Landscape” commission.