UNR Performing Arts Series: Julie Fowlis, BodyVox, more
Season tickets for the University of Nevada, Reno's 2016-17 Performing Arts Series are on sale now, while tickets for individual shows go on sale Sept. 1. The Performing Arts Series lineup includes R. Carlos Nakai on Sept. 15, Julie Fowlis on Oct. 13, BodyVox + Amphion String Quartet on Nov. 3, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet on Feb. 16 and Anoushka Shankar on March 30. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building south of 14th Street on North Virginia Street.
Sept. 15: R. Carlos Nakai with William Eaton and Will Clipman
During the past three decades, R. Carlos Nakai has melded classical training with his expertise on the cedar flute to form a complex sound that covers the spectrum of musical genres: from devotional meditations to jazz ensembles to full symphonic works. Nakai has written and performed scores for film and television, including selections for the National Park Service, Fox Television, the Discovery Channel, IMAX and the National Geographic Society. Performing with Nakai is luthier and guitarist William Eaton and percussionist Will Clipman.
Oct. 13: Julie Fowlis: Music of the Scottish Isles
Julie Fowlis is an award-winning Gaelic singer with a career spanning four studio albums. An artist with a curiosity to explore other traditions, Fowlis has collaborated with artists such as James Taylor and Mary Chapin Carpenter. She was nominated as Folk Singer of the Year at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and Best Artist at the Songlines World Music Awards 2015. She performed the theme song to “Brave,” the animated Disney Pixar film.
Nov. 3: BodyVox + Amphion String Quartet: “Cosmosis”
BodyVox and the Amphion String Quartet will unite for “Cosmosis,” a marriage of dance and live chamber music. Hailed by the New York Times for its “precision, assertiveness and vigor,” the Amphion String Quartet will lend its performance of music by Elliott Smith, Samuel Barber and Edgar Meyer to a work of dance theater by BodyVox Artistic Directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland. Don’t miss this collaboration pairing BodyVox’s signature blend of dance, theater and film with an ensemble of musicians.
Feb. 16: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (Philharmonisches Bläserquintett Berlin) was founded in 1988 during the era of Herbert von Karajan, the first permanently established wind quintet in the orchestra’s tradition of chamber music. In recent years, the members of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet have intensified their teaching and coaching roles with youth through chamber music workshops and instrumental instruction in many countries.
March 30: Anoushka Shankar
Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is a singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scenes. Her dynamic and spiritual musicality has garnered awards including five Grammy Award nominations. Deeply rooted in the Indian classical music tradition, Shankar studied from the age of 9 under her father, the late Ravi Shankar. She made her professional debut as a classical sitarist at the age of 13. By 20, she had made three classical recordings and received her first Grammy nomination, becoming the first Indian female and youngest-ever nominee in the World Music category. She has recorded with artists such as Sting, M.I.A, Herbie Hancock, Pepe Habichuela, Karsh Kale, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Joshua Bell.
- Family: $180 (includes one adult and one student younger than 17)
- Adult: $135
- Senior, and UNR faculty and staff: $106 (Seniors are 62 and older)
- Youth/student: $60
Individual show tickets (on sale Sept. 1):
- Adult: $30
- Senior, and UNR faculty and staff: $24
- Youth/student: $12
- UNR student: $5
Tickets are available online at www.unr.edu/pas or at the box office at Lawlor Events Center, 1500 N. Virginia St., lower level entrance, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets also can be bought one hour before performances at the Church Fine Arts Building box office.
Parking is free arts events evenings after 7 p.m. (and on weekends) in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex, which is north of the Church Fine Arts Building and south of Lawlor Events Center.