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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.


The Intergalactic Nemesis Target Earth A Live-Action Graphic Novel

Target Earth
A Live-Action Graphic Novel

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

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

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

Previously in the season...

Sweet Honey in the Rock


Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Rooted in African American history and culture and celebrating the inspirations of spirituals, blues, folk, gospel, jazz, popular and world music, the five vocalists of Sweet Honey in the Rock® unite and entertain the world with the common language of song. The New York Times says their a cappella voices “soar in a spectrum of styles few other ensembles could match.” For 40 years, Grammy-winning Sweet Honey has shared many collective voices to honor community, as artists, activists and humanitarians. Sweet Honey also advocates for accessibility for the differently abled, including welcoming the deaf and hearing impaired with the ensemble’s own sign language interpreter during all their performances.

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Performance is Sign Language Interpreted.

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

Vaud & the Villians

Vaud & the Villains

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Straight out of the 1930s, Vaud & the Villains deliver a rollicking, hip orchestra-and-cabaret stage show full of vintage-costumed musicians, dancers and singers, earning major cred from the L.A. Times: “L.A.’s invigorating jazz-swing-gospel-theater collective generated a storm of energy and freewheeling musicality.” The group’s actor/cofounders have appeared in such series as Showtime’s HUFF and Fox’s House, and toured/recorded with Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions large-scale band, which was the inspiration for Vaud. (Thank you, Bruce!)

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



Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

The 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 rockstar 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. And their singular, push-the-limits virtuosity is reframing chamber performance: One of only a few classical wind quintets in the country, they play from memory (without the standard sheet music or pesky music stands) and range across the stage like, well. . . rockstars, respectfully breathing fresh new life into revered old-world traditions.

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

The Wailin’ Jennys

The Wailin’ Jennys

SOLD OUT!  Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015  |  7:30 p.m.

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. Named with a wink toward the country legend Waylon Jennings, surprisingly the singer/songwriters of the Jennys also bring classical and jazz training to their work as vocalists and instrumentalists. They’ve wowed The Christian Science Monitor: “One of Canada’s best-kept secrets, 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, all rolled into one incredible trio of vocal brilliance.

Adult $30  |  Senior $24  |  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. Sweet Honey in the Rock® - Adult $30 | Senior $24 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5
  2. Vaud & the Villains - Adult $24 | Senior $20 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5
  3. WindSync - Adult $24 | Senior $20 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5
  4. The Wailin’ Jennys - Adult $30 | Senior $24 | Youth $12 | UNR student $5
  5. The Intergalactic Nemesis - 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.


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

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