Toccata honors Paul Guttman before concert series

Paul Guttman will be memorialized Sunday, Sept. 8 with a musical tribute by Toccata, the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
Sept. 8 had been the day planned for a soiree at Guttman’s Incline Village home to raise funds for Toccata’s upcoming 9-11 memorial concerts. Guttman died in an August airplane wreck.
Guttman will be honored at 1:30 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Church at Incline Village.

Paul Guttman

Paul Guttman was a major advocate for Toccata and music at Lake Tahoe. Photos by Joy Strotz

Maestro James Rawie in an email wrote, “We are all still in shock and mourning the tragic and sudden death of our dear friend Paul Guttman. … Our vocal soloists will perform art songs and arias, and Elizabeth Pitcairn will perform several of Paul’s favorite “encore” pieces. Donna Axton will accompany on piano.
Admission is free. Beverages or food can be placed on the tables on the church’s patio. Donations will benefit the Paul Guttman Concert Series to be held in February and March. It will feature the winner of the Young Artist Piano Competition.
Toccata concludes its 2013 Tahoe Summer MusicFest with a commemoration of the 12th anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy Four performances feature violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn performing Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin in D major Op.61 on the legendary Red Stradivarius Violin. The concert will conclude with Mozart’s symphonic-choral masterpiece, Requiem, with soloists Katharine DeBoer, Joy Strotz and Anna Helwing, sopranos; Stephanie Dixon, mezzo soprano, Albert Lee and Chris Nelson, tenor and Stuart Duke, baritone; and features the 65 voice Tahoe Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Maestro Rawie Toccata’s founder and artistic director, will conduct all performances.

Toccata’s 9-11 Memorial Concert Series

  • Wednesday, September 11 at 7 p.m. St Patrick’s Episcopal Church Incline Village
  • Friday, September 13 at 7 p.m. St. Theresa Catholic Church South Lake Tahoe
  • Saturday, September 14 at 7 p.m. Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church-Carson City
  • Tuesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. Shepherd Lutheran Church Reno

Tickets are $30 adults, $25 seniors, (62 and up), and $5 students ages 19-23. Preferred seating is available for $40 adults and $15 students and can be reserved online. Tickets can be purchased in advance by credit card at or at the door by cash or check 30minutes prior to the concert. The concert series is supported by a grant from the Kling Family Foundation.

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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