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Bringing the world’s finest performers to the University of Nevada, Reno.

The School of the Arts invites you to join the Performing Arts Series for another stunning season at the University of Nevada, Reno. Since 1987, Nightingale Concert Hall has hosted hundreds of cultural events for our campus and community — and is considered one of the best music venues of its kind in our region.

University of Nevada, Reno logoSeason tickets now on sale!
Download the season ticket order form, call (775) 784-4278 or visit the Lawlor Events Center ticket office, M-F; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., to order yours today and save! Individual tickets will go on sale Sept. 1.


Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017  |  7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building

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 famous orchestra’s rich tradition of chamber music. The quintet continues to impress audiences worldwide with its range of expression, tonal spectrum and conceptual unity. Many listeners and critics agree the ensemble has succeeded in redefining the sound of the classic wind quintet. 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..

Adult $30  |  Senior $24  |  Youth $12  |  UNR student $5

Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar

Thursday, March 30, 2017  |  7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building

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 accolades, including five Grammy Award nominations. Deeply rooted in the Indian Classical music tradition, Shankar studied from the age of 9 under her father and guru, 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. As a composer, Shankar has encouraged cross-cultural dialogue while demonstrating the versatility of the sitar across musical genres. As a result, she has created a body of work with a roster of artists such as Sting, M.I.A, Herbie Hancock, Pepe Habichuela, Karsh Kale, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Joshua Bell.

Adult $30  |  Senior $24  |  Youth $12  |  UNR student $5

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R.Carlos Nakai

R.Carlos Nakai with William Eaton and Will Clipman

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016  |  7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building

Over the past three decades, Nakai has melded his classical training with his expertise on the cedar flute to form a complex, sophisticated 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, the National Geographic Society and many commercial productions. Performing with Nakai is luthier and guitarist William Eaton and percussionist Will Clipman.

Adult $30  |  Senior $24  |  Youth $12  |  UNR student $5

Julie Fowlis

Julie Fowlis: Music of the Scottish Isles

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016  |  7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building

Julie Fowlis is an award-winning Gaelic singer with a career spanning 10 years and four studio albums. Her crystalline vocals have enchanted audiences around the world. An artist with a curiosity to explore other traditions and a natural ability to cross genres, Fowlis has collaborated, recorded and performed with artists such as Grammy Award-winning 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 that won Golden Globe and BAFTA awards.

Adult $30  |  Senior $24  |  Youth $12  |  UNR student $5

BodyVox+Amphion String Quartet

BodyVox+Amphion String Quartet: Cosmosis

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016  |  7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building

BodyVox and the Amphion String Quartet will unite in 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 passionate performance of music by Elliott Smith, Samuel Barber and Edgar Meyer to a sweeping 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 outstanding ensemble of musicians.

Adult $30  |  Senior $24  |  Youth $12  |  UNR student $5


Individual tickets - on sale Sept. 1

Adult, senior, and youth tickets may be purchased with a convenience fee online. University student, faculty/staff tickets and all other individual tickets also may be purchased in person (without a convenience fee) at Lawlor Events Center, 1500 N. Virginia St., Reno, lower level entrance, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and at the Church Fine Arts Building box office, one hour prior to performances.

  1. R.Carlos Nakai - Adult $30 | Senior $24 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5
  2. Julie Fowlis - Adult $30 | Senior $24 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5
  3. BodyVox+Amphion - Adult $30 | Senior $24 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5
  4. Berlin Philharmonic - Adult $30 | Senior $24 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5
  5. Anousha Shankar - Adult $30 | Senior $24 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5

Please note: University student and faculty/staff tickets require University I.D., and may only be purchased in person.


The series is presented by the School of the Arts and Extended Studies, who wish to thank these great supporters!


Our Sponsors

Funding for the Performing Arts Series is provided in part by the Associated Students of the University of Nevada and the Graduate Student Association; the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency; National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission; Western States Arts Federation; the Fulton Fund; the Edna B. and Bruno Benna Excellence in the Fine Arts Endowment; and Sierra Arts. Accommodations for guest artists have been provided by Circus Circus Hotel. A portion of program fees is used to pay hosting expenses. Photos provided by the artists.

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