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December arts news and events at the University of Nevada, Reno

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block_n-5651086-5479784The end of the semester provides the campus and community with a multitude of events including guest artists and performers as well as a great array of works by University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts faculty and students within the school’s departments of art, dance, music, theatre and visual arts.

A few of the month’s highlighted events include “Rite of Spring” with Jon Kimura Parker presented by the Argenta Concert Series at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 11, and various concerts from the jazz ensembles, choirs, symphony orchestras and wind ensemble.
Most arts365 performances and exhibits take place in the Church Fine Arts Building on the University campus. For a copy of the University’s arts365 calendar or more information about the exhibits and performances, go to unr.edu/arts, call 775-784-4278 (4ART), or email [email protected].
EVENTS THROUGH DECEMBER
University Choirs and the University Symphony Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4 and Dec. 6 Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Choral and orchestral concert featuring Symphonic Choir, Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, University Symphony Orchestra and student soloists in a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Tickets: $5 for general admissions, free for students
Northern Nevada Jazz Honor Bands and University of Nevada Jazz Ensemble I 6 p.m., Dec. 5 Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Performances by Northern Nevada’s high school and middle school honor jazz bands and the University’s Jazz Ensemble. Tickets:  $5 for general admissions, free for Washoe County School District students and University students with ID.
Music Composition: Fall Student Concert 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Students and faculty perform new acoustic and electronic compositions by student composers. Free
University Wind Ensemble:  “Of Sailors & Whales” 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9 Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts In the second concert of the fall semester, the University of Nevada, Reno Wind Ensemble will perform “Of Sailors and Whales,” by band composer, W. Francis McBeth. This work is based on the novel “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville. The program will open with Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta” by J. Clifton Williams. Tickets: $5 for general admissions, free for students
Argenta Concert Series: “Rite of Spring” with Jon Kimura Parker 7:30 p.m., Dec. 11 Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts The Argenta Concert Series welcomes to Reno classical pianist Jon Kimura Parker. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” Parker brings an orchestral composition in his own unprecedented, devilishly virtuosic and thrillingly mesmerizing transcription for a single human being on a grand piano. Also on the program, pianists Hyeyeon Park and James Winn perform with Parker on an array of compositions by Gershwin and Rachmaninoff. Tickets: $25 for adults; $5 for students; season subscription available
Reno Wind Symphony: “A Holiday Celebration” 3 p.m., Dec. 15 Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts This concert has become a tradition with members of the Reno Wind Symphony, as they play some of the community’s favorite holiday selections. One of the highlights of this concert is the recitation of the poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by KOH Radio personality Ross Mitchell, accompanied by the Reno Wind Symphony. Mitchell also will be the vocal soloist on “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Tickets:  $5 for general admissions, free for students
ONGOING
NEW: Artspace: “Detour” by Elizabeth Ferrill Until Jan. 23, 2014 Artspace, 144 West St., Reno Visiting professor Elizabeth Ferrill will exhibit recent prints that exemplify her studio research in the use of pochoir. The method uses a thin sheet of material such as paper, plastic or metal with letters or a design cut from it to produce art prints. Free
(A)Muse: Department of Art Faculty Exhibition Until Jan. 28, 2014 Sheppard Contemporary, Church Fine Arts Building Faculty from the 3-D, sculpture and ceramics areas of the University of Nevada, Reno Department of Art will present examples of their research. This focused exhibition in Sheppard Contemporary will provide the community with an opportunity to see artwork by artists working in their community. Free
How to Buy Tickets
  • Theatre and dance tickets can be purchased in person (no convenience fee): Lawlor Events Center, 1500 N. Virginia St., lower level entrance, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, or the Church Fine Arts Building box office one hour before show time.
  • Tickets also can be purchased by phone or online (with convenience fee): For theatre and dance tickets, click here and follow the Buy tickets here icon, or call 800-325-7328.
  • For Department of Music event tickets, call 775-784-3555 or you can purchase online, with a convenience fee, here. Tickets also can be purchased in person (no convenience fee) at the Nightingale Concert Hall box office one hour before show time.
Map and Parking Tips
For a campus map, click here. The Church Fine Arts Building is located on North Virginia Street and is located in the grid area G4 on the map. Parking is available to the north in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex located in the grid area F4 on the map.
Free parking for arts events after 7 p.m. and weekends. Free parking for arts patrons is available in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex immediately north of the Church Fine Arts Building. Exceptions will be made for events that begin earlier than 7 p.m. or have box office hours beginning weeknights at 6:30 p.m. During construction, a temporarily drop-off area is located at the parking lot behind the Virginia Street Gym, next to the Church Fine Arts Building. Questions about parking or access to handicapped parking areas can be answered by calling the Parking and Transportation Services Office at 775-784-4654.
More information
The Church Fine Arts building is transforming into the modern day. Originally built in 1962, with an addition in the mid-1980s, the building is experiencing a renovation that will create a modern venue with updated technology, along with a new lobby gallery and entrance.
Events, news and photos are available on the School of the Arts Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages. For additional information click here, email [email protected] or call 775-784-4278.

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