- Since it began in 1969, this marvelous orchestra has provided some of the best entertainment in northern Nevada and beyond. Performances are held mainly at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Reno. During the summer season, enjoy outdoor concerts at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and "Pops on the River" at Wingfield Park. Their current conductor is Laura Jackson. The Philharmonic has performed with internationally known guests such as George Shearing, Luciano Pavarotti and Ray Charles. The orchestra offers many programs for children including the Discover Music Program, the Instrument Petting Zoo and the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.