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Woodwind Quintet Windsync to wow Reno, Nov. 6


block_n-3796271-6054213The five gifted musicians of WindSync have been labeled rebels, revolutionary, boundary-pushing. Hardly descriptors for your traditional chamber music ensemble. But this renowned Houston-based woodwind quintet isn’t your traditional chamber ensemble. They’re a classically trained group with pop-rock sensibilities and growing rock-star status. Young fans clamour for their autographs, their name is a nod to the boy band ‘N Sync, they’ve won international chamber competitions and sold out Carnegie Hall.

WindSync’s push-the-limits virtuosity has become known for reframing chamber performance: They play from memory without cumbersome sheet music, and range across the stage like, well, rock stars, respectfully breathing new life into revered old-world traditions. The group is set to wow Reno as part of the University of Nevada, Reno’s 2014-15 Performing Arts Series, Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Nightingale Concert Hall in the Church Fine Arts Building on N. Virginia St. Parking is free in the University’s Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex, just north of the Church Fine Arts Building and south of Lawlor Events Center.

Praised for their fresh theatricality and pure musical virtuosity, the five rebel 20-somethings of WindSync include Canadians Garrett Hudson on flute and Erin Tsai on oboe, and Americans Tracy Jacobson on bassoon, clarinetist Jack Marquardt and Anni Hochhalter on French horn.

“All are staunchly dedicated to pushing the boundaries of wind quintet performance. . . The drive to shake up the stuffy classical music esthetic and create a unique niche for themselves drives everything they do.” ~ Winnipeg Free Press

For more about WindSync, visit www.windsync.org

Tickets: Adult $24/ Senior $20 (age 62 and over) / Youth (ages 3-17) $12

For tickets and more about the Performing Arts Series visit www.unr.edu/pas .

The 2014-15 Performing Arts Series continues with:

The Wailin’ Jennys

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Nightingale Concert Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno

This Canadian folk/roots music powerhouse thrills audiences during visits to Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion and, with two Juno-Award winning folk Albums of the Year (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys), The Wailin’ Jennys literally live on the Billboard bluegrass charts. With a wink toward the country legend Waylon Jennings, the Jennys also bring classical and jazz training to their work as vocalists and instrumentalists. They’ve wowed The Christian Science Monitor: “The Wailin’ Jennys make impossibly beautiful music. Three celestial voices combine in airtight harmonies…” And Huffington Post compares them to Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton, rolled into one hot trio of vocal brilliance.

For more about The Wailin’ Jennys, visit www.thewailinjennys.com

Tickets: Adult $30/ Senior (age 62 and over) $24/ Youth (ages 3-17) $12

For tickets and more about the Performing Arts Series visit www.unr.edu/pas .


The Intergalactic Nemesis ~ Book One: Target Earth ~ A Live-Action Graphic Novel

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Nightingale Concert Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno

The idea — simple scripts, a couple actors, some crazy noises — all started in a coffee shop in Austin, Texas. It’s now a lot bigger than that: A sound-effects genius, an emotion-wielding keyboardist, three actors voicing tons of wacky characters, and 1,200 vintage-cool illustrations projected over the stage, all telling the story like a 1930s radio play with decidedly 21st-century spins. The plot? A Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter, an evil hypnotist, a time-traveling librarian, alien sludge monsters, outrageous overacting, horrific accents, and sounds for EVERYTHING. “… a big-hearted homage to old-time radio drama… melds the retro appeal of radio serials with the cutting-edge cool of the graphic novel.” ~ The Wall Street Journal

For more about The Intergalactic Nemesis, visit www.theintergalacticnemesis.com

Tickets: Adult $24/ Senior $20 (age 62 and over) / Youth (ages 3-17) $12

For tickets and more about the Performing Arts Series visit www.unr.edu/pas .

Tickets may be purchased in person (without a convenience fee) at Lawlor Events Center Box Office, 1500 No. Virginia St., lower level, open weekdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., or (with a convenience fee) at www.unr.edu/pas . For more information about the University’s Performing Arts Series, call (775) 784-4278, email [email protected] or visit www.unr.edu/pas . For additional performance, gallery and arts events at the University of Nevada, Reno, visit www.unr.edu/arts . And follow the Performing Arts Series at the University of Nevada, Reno on Facebook!


While the Performing Arts Series prides itself in bringing some of the finest performers in the world to the University of Nevada, Reno each season, occasionally an unforeseen occurrence calls for an artist to cancel a performance. If a cancellation requires us to schedule another performer, the series will always seek to substitute a comparable artist with similar credentials and performance standards within a related genre.


The Performing Arts Series is presented by the University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts and Extended Studies, who wish to thank these great supporters: 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 and Casino and by Silver Legacy Resort Casino.


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