The Music of Reno: A Conversation with Patricia Crane and Judith Simpson

Music experts Patricia Crane (author of Casino Sidemen) and Judith Simpson (author of Fifty Years of the Reno Philharmonic) will sit down for a conversation about the varied history of Reno’s music scene—from classical to Casino!

Patricia Crane learned to play the violin as a child in St. Louis, MO. She left Missouri after marrying her career-military husband, Stewart, and became a military "nomad." Crane added the viola to her primary instruments in 1992, and has been a free-lance musician across the United States and in Europe. She settled in Reno with her family in 2001, and completed a master's degree in Musicology at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006. Crane remains embedded in the local music culture, playing music, teaching, and enjoying time with her colorful peers.

Judith Simpson is a long time Nevadan earning two master’s degrees at UNR. After 13 years of teaching social studies and French for WCSD, she was loaned to Junior Achievement and then asked to open the highly successful Partners in Education program. She was also involved in theater, was personnel manager for the Reno Phil and Executive Director of the Reno Chamber Orchestra. She worked overseas helping emerging democracies develop new education systems and ran We the People for Nevada. She ended her education career by establishing Project REAL in Las Vegas. Upon retiring she returned to Reno, started a volunteer program for the Reno Phil, and wrote its 50 year history.


Event date: 
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509