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Yo-Yo Ma, David Garrett and Imago Theatre’s ZooZoo come to Reno in 2012

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Reno’s Artown isn’t just for July, and the organization’s upcoming Encore series proves that arts and culture thrives in the community all year long. Kicking off in January and continuing through April, 2012, Artown’s Encore brings Imago Theatre’s ZooZoo, David Garrett’s “Rock Symphonies” and renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma with Kathryn Stott and The Assad Brothers to the “Biggest Little City.”

Tickets are already on sale for each performance, all slated for the Grand Sierra Resort’s Grand Theatre. Purchase online at renoisartown.com, by phone at 800-648-3568, or in person with no service fees at the Grand Sierra Resort box office.

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Imago Theatre’s ZooZoo, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m., $25 or $15 for youth under 12, general admission. ZooZoo is a magical mix of dance, design, circus, music and illusion critically acclaimed and mesmerizing audiences of all ages and worldwide. It combines penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, hippos with insomnia, anteaters as waiters, and a madcap revue of illusion. Video

David Garrett’s “Rock Symphonies”, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., $25, $35 or $50

A dash of Kurt Cobain, a pinch of David Beckham and a whole lot of amazing musician. That’s one way to describe virtuoso violinist David Garrett. Creating “Rock Symphonies,” with a crossover blend of classical, pop, rock and R&B has made Garrett one of those artists that’s hard to define and even harder to resist. Whether he’s playing Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” or tunes from Metallica and Nirvana with a full orchestra, or Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony backed by a rock band, Garrett fills each performance with an electrifying spirit that audiences can’t help but absorb. Video

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott with The Assad Brothers, April 26, 8 p.m., $60, $100, $150, $250

When it comes to cello the name that stands out is Yo-Yo Ma. A 15-time Grammy Award winning musician, Ma explores music beyond the Western classical tradition seeking inspiration and collaboration from many diverse cultures. He performs with renowned British pianist Kathryn Stott, not merely an accompanist but a partner in creating a sonic energy through shared music-making. They’re joined by The Assad Brothers, whose guitar playing is rich in Brazilian music tradition and filled with exceptional artistry, innovation and expression. Together the ensemble performs for one unforgettable evening of moving music.

For more information on Artown visit renoisartown.com or call 775-322-1538.

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