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Arts & Events Calendar for University of Nevada, Reno

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ARTS365 — THE ARTS AND EVENTS CALENDAR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO — AVAILABLE FOR FALL 2005

The School of the Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno has published its new Fall 2005 edition of the popular events calendar, arts365, featuring world-class offerings from guest artists and performers, faculty and students within the school’s departments of dance, music, theatre and visual arts, as well as gallery exhibits and season openers of Argenta, the Performing Arts Series and Nevada Repertory Company. Performances and exhibits are held at several locations on the university campus – many are free and all are open to the community.

For a copy of the calendar or more information about the University of Nevada, Reno's arts365 exhibits and performances, visit http://www.unr.edu/arts, call (775) 784-4046 or 1-800-233-8928, or email arts365@unr.edu. Tickets are available online at http://www.unr.edu/arts, by calling 1-800-225-2277 (in California, 530-766-2277) or in person at Lawlor Events Center, 1500 N. Virginia St., Reno, lower level entrance, Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat. from 10 a.m.-1 pm. Tickets are also available at the Church Fine Arts Building box office on campus, one hour prior to show time.

Some of more than 25 university arts events for Fall 2005 include:

Todd Hido Exhibit
Aug. 22-Sept. 23, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery

Photographer Todd Hido chronicles images of home and place with otherworldly starkness. His work is in such permanent collections as the Guggenheim, SFMOMA, and Los Angeles County Museum. The opening will be Sept. 8, with a lecture at 5:30 p.m., and reception at 6:30 p.m.
FREE

Performing Arts Series presents NEA Jazz Master Jim Hall with Scott Colley
Sept. 22, Thurs., 7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

An evening of unparalleled jazz virtuosity is the result when you combine these award-winning artists, legendary guitarist Jim Hall and acclaimed bassist Scott Colley, who have performed with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Pat Metheny and Herbie Hancock. Hall is a recipient of the nation's highest honor in jazz, the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. The performance is part of the NEA Jazz Masters on Tour, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, sponsored by Verizon in partnership with Arts Midwest. Additional support is provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through a grant to Chamber Music America. This presentation is made possible with assistance from the Western Jazz Presenters Network.
Adult $20/Senior, University faculty and staff, FTLOJ $17/Students $10/University students $5
(Performing Arts Series season tickets available.)

Clarion Synthesis
Sept. 26, Mon., 7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

This innovative duo — Gerard Errante and Diane Gause-Snelson — performs new music in a wide variety of textures and nuance derived from an artful combination of clarinet, keyboard and electronics.
FREE

Nevada Repertory Company presents “Free" by Simon Bowen
Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 9, 1:30 p.m.
Redfield Studio Theater

Representative of a new generation of bold young writers unafraid of innovative, edgy, even shocking plays, Simon Bowen has created a painful, funny work about youth and the tentative search for the meaning of “free” in a confusing environment. His characters may not have all the answers, but they offer startling insights into the ageless questions. Directed by Bob Dillard. Advisory: adult material.
Opening weekend special $13/ Mid-week special (Wed. and Thurs.) $14/ All other shows: Adult $17/University students, seniors and children $15 (Nevada Repertory Company season tickets available.)

Tamara Scronce Exhibit
Oct. 3-Nov. 4, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery

Sculptor, mixed-media artist and assistant professor in the university’s School of the Arts, Tamara Scronce will create a new body of work for her first solo exhibit in the Sheppard Gallery. She has described her art as “compulsively uncluttered but far from simple...” The opening will be Oct. 6, with a lecture at 5:30 p.m., and reception at 6:30 p.m.
FREE

Nevada Chamber Choir Fundraiser
Oct. 13, Thurs., 7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

Members of the Nevada Chamber Choir will perform to raise funds to support the university’s choral program.
FREE, donations accepted

Argenta
Oct. 14, Fri., 8 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

Acclaimed faculty chamber music ensemble Argenta, featuring John Lenz, Phillip Ruder and James Winn, will perform works by Beethoven, Camille Saint-Saens and Antonín Dvořák.
Adult $13/University students, seniors, children $8 (Argenta season tickets available.)

Chad Twedt and James Winn Piano Recital
Oct. 16, Sun., 3 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

As part of a 2005 Nevada Arts Council Fellowship Grant in music composition, Chad Twedt will present his original works and other solo and duo-piano compositions in performance with pianist James Winn of Argenta.
FREE

Pianist Rong Fan Presents a Collection of Ancient Chinese Music
Oct. 16, Sun., 7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

Join solo pianist Rong Fan in an exploration of the mystery and intrigue of ancient Chinese music, through interpretations of masterpieces from the Tan Dynasty (618-907). These beautiful and haunting melodies inspired by nature and folk music have endured for thousands of years.
FREE

University Jazz Big Band I
Oct. 18, Tues., 7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

Plan on attending a great evening of big band jazz under the direction of Andrew Heglund, showcasing the top jazz studies students at the university and featuring music from the libraries of Count Basie, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Woody Herman and Don Ellis.
FREE

Performing Arts Series presents Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem
Oct. 20, Thurs., 7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

From an unlikely mix of fiddle, guitar, bass, cardboard box, a suitcase, bass drum and tin-can cymbals comes a young, crackerjack string band that stirs the melting pot of America’s musical traditions and creates a feast of acoustic artistry. “This quartet has a rare gift for fashioning hip, sleek sounds from the solid cloth of vintage American music.” — Boston Globe
Adult $20/Senior, University faculty and staff, FTLOJ $17/Students $10/University students $5
(Performing Arts Series season tickets available.)

Ralph Alessi and This Against That
Oct. 25, Tues., 7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

Trumpeter Ralph Alessi is joined by renowned saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, bassist Drew Gress, pianist Andy Milne and drummer Mark Ferber, in a group that organically walks the line between jazz, pop and contemporary classical music. Called “one of the smartest small-group statements in recent memory” (Jazz Times), This Against That is led by, in one critic’s estimation, “maybe the consummate 21st-century jazzman.”
Adult $12/Senior, University faculty and staff, FTLOJ $10/Students $6

University Wind Ensemble
Oct. 27, Thurs., 7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

The evening will feature the University Wind Ensemble under the direction of A.G. McGrannahan III and guest conductor Chesley Sharp, performing works by Grantham, Lo Presti and Barnes.
FREE

Sierra Band Crusade
Oct. 29, Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mackay Stadium

High school marching bands from Nevada, California, Idaho, Utah and Oregon challenge each other in the Sierra Band Crusade, also known as the Nevada State Marching Championship. Come enjoy the fun!
Tickets available at the event: General $5/under age 12 FREE

Fall Dance Festival
Nov. 3-4, Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

The 2005 Fall Dance Festival features works choreographed by students, alumni, faculty and renowned guest artists Rob Schultz, a prominent Los Angeles jazz dance master, and Minh Tran & Company, a six-member ensemble under the direction of Vietnamese-American choreographer Minh Tran.
General $15/Seniors and students $10

University Percussion Ensemble
Nov. 8, Tues., 8 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

The University Percussion Ensemble always “rocks the house” with mallets, melody and mayhem! Frank Zappa’s “Black Page” will be one of the featured compositions in this night of fun.
FREE

Performing Arts Series presents New Century Saxophone Quartet
Nov. 10, Thurs., 7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

The New Century Saxophone Quartet is, according to one astute critic, “doing for saxophones what Casals did for the cello and Segovia the guitar.” This pioneering and versatile ensemble combines wonderful technique, elegant musicianship and a diverse repertory of contemporary works and imaginative adaptations in an extraordinary range of musical styles.
Adult $20/Senior, University faculty and staff, FTLOJ $17/Students $10/University students $5

Nevada Repertory Company presents “Noises Off" by Michael Frayn
Nov. 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 20, 1:30 p.m.
Redfield Proscenium Theater

Dive backstage with a hapless English acting troupe touring a play called “Nothing On,” in this slapstick masterpiece the New York Post has called “The funniest farce ever written.” The play within a play begins at final dress rehearsal, where an oddball cast of washed-up and would-be actors bickers, squabbles, roils and romps — and over-the-top, spot-on wackiness ensues. Directed by Jim Bernardi.
Opening weekend special $13/ Mid-week special (Wed. and Thurs.) $14/ All other shows: Adult $17/University students, seniors and children $15
(Nevada Repertory Company season tickets available.)

Lyric Opera Theatre presents The Child and the Magic Spells
Nov. 18-19, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 20, 2 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

There is no other opera remotely like Maurice Ravel’s “The Child and the Magic Spells,” which portrays a magic trip into the world of childhood, its emotions and vulnerability. Described by Ravel as a lyric fantasy, the opera will be sung in English by the university’s vocal studies students under the direction of Patricia Mathews, with musical direction by Damon Stevens and choreography by Barbara Land. (School shows will be performed Nov. 14-16.)
General $10/Seniors and students $5

Joe and Jim Exhibit
Nov. 14-Dec. 16, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery

Sculptor Joe Zuccarini and painter Jim Zlokovich have collaborated on work to explore decay and deterioration in balance with the natural order of things, the cycle of life and death. “Rust Combines” raises questions about the illusion of painting combined with the three-dimensional properties of sculpture. The opening will be Nov. 17, with a lecture at 5:30 p.m., and reception at 6:30 p.m.
FREE

President’s Fall Celebration of the Arts (featuring Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery and Nevada Repertory Company events)
Nov. 17, Thurs., 5:30 p.m.
Church Fine Arts Building

Join University of Nevada, Reno president John Lilley for an exciting evening of arts in the Church Fine Arts Building. The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. with a free lecture in CFA Room 153 by sculptor Joe Zuccarini and painter Jim Zlokovich (See their Joe and Jim Exhibit information above), and the artists’ opening reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery. The evening continues with a ticketed performance of the crazy comedy “Noises Off,” presented by the Nevada Repertory Company in the Redfield Proscenium Theatre (See ticket and performance information above, Nov. 11).

University Orchestra
Nov. 22, Tues., 8 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

The University Orchestra under the direction of John Lenz will perform masterworks from the orchestral repertoire.
FREE

University Holiday Choral Concert
Dec. 6, Tues., 7:30 p.m.
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2900 N. McCarran Blvd. at Pyramid Way

The university’s choral program presents this season’s holiday choral concert in a new church, which offers spectacular acoustics for choral singing. Choral selections will include Daniel Pinkham’s “Evergreen,” Randall Thompson’s “Nowel,” Kirke Mechem’s “Christmas Carol” and Gerald Finzi’s “In Terra Pax.” Featured will be the Nevada Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Reno Chamber Singers and the Symphonic Choir.
FREE

University Wind Ensemble
Dec. 8, Thurs., 7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

Under the direction of A.G. McGrannahan III, the University Wind Ensemble will perform “Windsprints” by Richard Saucedo, “Incantation and Dance” by John Barnes Chance, “Terpsichore” by Bob Margolis and “Wedding Dance” by Jacques Press. FREE

University Jazz Big Bands I & II
Dec. 13, Tues., 7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall

Another festive evening of big band jazz, this time featuring both of the university’s renowned ensembles, under the direction of Andrew Heglund and Paul Roth, showcasing the top jazz studies students at the university.
FREE

arts365 performances and exhibits are sponsored or funded in part by the University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts and Extended Studies; Nevada Arts Council, a state agency; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission; WESTAF; Friends of the Sheppard Gallery; For the Love of Jazz; Somersett; the Fulton Fund; the Hilliard Endowment Fund; the Benna Foundation for Excellence in the Fine Arts; Graduate Student Association and Associated Students of the University of Nevada; Flip-Side Productions; KNPB and KUNR-FM 88.7. Accommodations for guest artists are provided by the Sands Regency Casino Hotel and Circus Circus Hotel and Casino.

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