Performing Arts Series

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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 Box Office, M-F; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., to order yours today and save! Individual tickets will go on sale Sept. 3.


Cherish the Ladies

cherish the ladies

Thursday, March 6, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Short of a few U.S. presidents, how many citizens have an avenue named after them in New York City?! Recently immortalized with a street sign on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, Joanie Madden and her four Irish-American colleagues of Cherish the Ladies have been wowing street namers, audiences and music critics worldwide for 25 years. Their spirited, foot-stomping Celtic concerts garner standing — and dancing — ovations everywhere. “They are the musical equals (some would say betters) of the Chieftains. One of the finest traditional performances I’ve ever attended.” ~ Irish Edition (Philadelphia)

Adult $24  |  Senior $20  |  Youth $12  |  UNR student $5

Previously in the season... Hot Club of San Francisco

Hot Club of San Francisco

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013  |  7:30 p.m.

Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside of the 1930s, where a gypsy caravan sets up camp in a field outside of town, inviting locals out for an evening’s fun. The wanderers travel with a film projector, pointing it at the side of a barn. As the silent images flicker to life beneath the stars, gypsy musicians play their guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen with passion, humor and virtuosity. Reviving this lost art of entertainment is Cinema Vivant, an evening of delightful classic silent films by pioneering filmmakers Ladislaw Starewicz and Charley Bowers, accompanied by the hottest live gypsy swing band on the planet, Hot Club of San Francisco. Viva la jazz manouche!

Adult $24  |  Senior $20  |  Youth $12  |  UNR student $5

Yuval Ron Ensemble

Yuval Ron Ensemble

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013  |  7:30 p.m.

Oscar-winning composer Yuval Ron and the artists of the Yuval Ron Ensemble weave musical traditions, folk rhythms and dance from diverse Middle Eastern faiths and communities — Jewish, Christian and Muslim — into a celebration of cross-cultural harmony. Creating musical bridges between people of various faiths and ethnicities, the ensemble has supported international peace initiatives at festivals and benefit concerts worldwide for such luminaries as the Dalai Lama, the King of Morocco and many more. Not surprisingly, their music and mission have been called by Inside World Music “uplifting in every sense of the word.”

Adult $24  |  Senior $20  |  Youth $12  |  UNR student $5

musica intima

musica intima

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013  |  7:30 p.m.

Vancouver’s much-beloved choral ensemble, musica intima, elicits superlatives wherever it goes: “...the best...breathtaking...exquisite...luxurious...refined...gorgeous...fresh...youthful...streaked with gold.” Four-time Juno nominees (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys) and winners of the Western Canadian Music Awards classical album of the year, musica intima vocalists have been stunning audiences for more than 20 years with both their impeccable, time-honored classics and rock-your-socks-off innovation. “One of Canada’s most astonishing musical exports.” ~ Fanfare

Adult $24  |  Senior $20  |  Youth $12  |  UNR student $5

Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company<

Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Led by Rami Be’er, one of Israel’s most esteemed choreographers, the world-renowned Israeli troupe Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company combines dramatic high-energy moves in mesmerizing patterns of unison with free-flowing solos and duets. Their unique approach to full-body modern dance inspired the noted New York Times critic Anna Kisselgoff to share high praise: “...the performance of the cast and the purity of the choreography will win you over!” Stunning. Indeed.

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The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s U.S. tour is made possible in part by a grant from Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

Adult $24  |  Senior $20  |  Youth $12  |  UNR student $5


Individual tickets

Adult, senior, and youth tickets may be purchased with a convenience fee online or by calling 1-800-325-7328. 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. Hot Club of San Francisco - Adult $24 | Senior $20 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5
  2. Yuval Ron Ensemble - Adult $24 | Senior $20 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5
  3. musica intima - Adult $24 | Senior $20 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5
  4. Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company - Adult $24 | Senior $20 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5
  5. Cherish the Ladies - Adult $24 | Senior $20 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5

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


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; 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 and Casino. A portion of program fees is used to pay hosting expenses. Photos provided by the artists.

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