Laura strives to bring the symphony's musicians and community together around important historical and artistic events, organizing special projects that leverage history to inspire orchestral music to speak more deeply and broadly to every day life.
Recent projects have included:
Chesapeake: Summer of 1814
Reno Philharmonic Orchestra commission, premiered 2013
Celebration of the 200th anniversary of the writing of the United States national anthem The Star-Spangled Banner, with the Reno Philharmonic chorus. Premiered a year in advance of the anniversary, the Reno Philharmonic performed the work in September 14, 2014, two hundred years to the day after poet Francis Scott Key gave witness to the flag proudly waving above Baltimore's Fort McHenry after a 25-hour British attack. The work featured the Reno Philharmonic Chorus with visual design by artist Anne Patterson, casting the singers as members of the American and British forces. (Click here for more information
Home Means Nevada
Nevada state song by Bertha Raffetto (1932); arranged by David Bugli
Reno Philharmonic Commission for 150th anniversary of Nevada statehood
In collaboration with Carson City composer David Bugli, Laura and the Reno Philharmonic led a statewide effort to perform the Nevada state song—Home Means Nevada—by creating the first-ever orchestral arrangement and working with educators across the state on a collaborative live performance.
Sean Shepherd Commissions
Reno Philharmonic Orchestra commissions
Laura beat the New York Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra, by being the first to commission Reno native Sean Shepherd to write two pieces for his home town orchestra—Silvery Rills
and the tone poem Desert Garden
. Sean grew up in Reno and played in both the Reno Philharmonic's youth orchestra program and later in the professional group. His compositions paid homage to his home and home state in two deeply personal and dramatic compositions.