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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.


Last Southern Gentlemen Tour featuring Ellis Marsalis, Jr. and Delfeayo Marsalis

Last Southern Gentlemen Tour featuring Ellis Marsalis, Jr. and Delfeayo Marsalis

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

Called by the National Endowment for the Arts “New Orleans’ venerable first family of jazz,” the Marsalis family of four brothers is led by patriarch and pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr., all of whom were granted the highest honor our nation bestows on jazz artists, NEA’s venerable Jazz Masters Award. Join Grammy-winning producer, composer and trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and his dad Ellis, mentor to many of the most important jazz players in the world, for this incredible evening of jazz. Need we say more?

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

Previously in the season...



Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015  |  7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building

Their musical style is self-proclaimed ethno-chaos. (Loose translation: a megamix of traditional Ukrainian folk roots, contemporary world music and post-modern urban cool.) The quartet DakhaBrakha brings it with theatrical avant-garde sensibilities, stirring vocals and harmonies, surprising acoustics, and a stage-full of instruments from every corner of the globe. Professionally trained in folklore, and singing since childhood, the vocalists/instrumentalists of DakhaBrakha have been wowing festivals worldwide. “It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic it weaves. . . utter brilliance.” ~ NPR (National Public Radio)

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

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015  |  7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building

The British superstar chamber ensemble of London’s St. Martin in the Fields comes to Reno with nearly 60 years of exceptional musical pedigree. Drawn from the principal players of the academy’s world-famous orchestra, which was founded in 1958 by Sir Neville Marriner, the ensemble itself was created in 1967 to perform larger chamber works from quintets to octets. Nightingale Concert Hall is definitely in for a major, world-class chamber treat. “. . . the cream of the crop in the chamber music world.” ~ Cornell Daily Sun

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


PAS Unplugged - The Death of Brian

The Death of Brian

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015  |  7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015  |  7 p.m.
Lawlor Events Center, Silver and Blue Room

It's a solo show about the evolution of a zombie.
It's a mashup of radio drama and physical theater.
It's a new take on the zombie era.
It's got puppets, philosophy, sci-fi references, blood, guts, sex and dark humor.

Inspired by Homer's epic poem and plague patient zero! Follow Brian’s epic journey to reunite with his wife after his ‘demise’ in a “gut-munching master class in physical commitment” (Orlando Weekly). Love zombies? It’s got all the fights, sex, gore and nerd references you crave. Hate zombies? This unique combination of solo work and radio drama serves up humor, horror and humanity-examining philosophy. (Audience advisory: includes graphic imagery, nudity and adult language.)

Adults $10  |  UNR students with ID $5  |  FREE for Zombies in costume!

Come to the show Oct. 24 on your way to the Zombie Crawl! Buy tickets in person or online at the Lawlor Events Center box office ($5 tickets must be purchased in person with ID).


Grim & Fischer by WONDERHEADS

Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 4-7, 2015
Redfield Proscenium Theatre, Church Fine Arts Building


Tuesday, Nov. 10 , 2015
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 12-14, 2015 (each performance / 7:30 p.m.)

Redfield Proscenium Theatre, Church Fine Arts Building

A wonder of theatrical full-face mask performance, exquisite visual storytelling, rich soundscapes, timeless slapstick and touching comic performance, the acclaimed mask imagineers WONDERHEADS deliver award-winning theatre at its finest. In Grim and Fischer, the Grim Reaper meets his match in Mrs. Fischer, a stubborn senior whose will to live is a force to be reckoned with. In Loon, the imagination of “a poor urban schlemiel” takes him to the moon and back. “You will laugh, you will cry, you will stand in awe.” ~ Edmonton Sun

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

Red Chamber

Red Chamber

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016  |  7:30 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building

From fast and furious bluegrass to Chinese Imperial Court classics to cutting-edge jazz fusion, the traditional and not-so-traditional repertoire of Red Chamber spans centuries. The red-hot ensemble’s four award-winning master musicians bring ancient stringed instruments (zheng, pipa, erhu and flute) to life as they range from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) to the uber-modern. Called by the Montreal Gazette “The Zheng Master,” the group’s leader Mei Han, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in ethnomusicology from the University of British Columbia, teaches and lectures widely, and collaborates with the Grammy-winning mandolinist, John Reischman.

Adult $24  |  Senior $20  |  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. DakhaBrakha - Adult $24 | Senior $20 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5
  2. The Academy of St. Martin - Adult $30 | Senior $24 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5
  3. The Death of Brian - Adult $10 | UNR student $5
  4. WONDERHEADS - Adult $24 | Senior $20 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5
  5. Red Chamber - Adult $24 | Senior $20 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5
  6. Last Southern Gentlemen Tour - 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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