School of the Arts enters groundbreaking year

February arts events kick off spring 2017 semester

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, a world-class chamber music ensemble, will perform 7:30 p.m., Feb. 16, at Nightingale Concert Hall in the Church Fine Arts building.

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2/1/2017 | By: Yun Ku |

The University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts will be breaking ground this semester in more ways than one.

The College of Liberal Arts and the School are anticipating the construction of the new Act Two Fine Arts Building to begin in late spring. It is not too late to be part of a project that will bring a 287-seat recital hall, a fabrication lab, multiple rehearsals and practice rooms, a recording studio and art museum to our community. Please contact Stuart Golder at sgolder@unr.edu to help support Act Two.

The 2017 spring semester is packed with arts that will take you around the world. A few of the February's highlights include the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, multiple art exhibitions and a test of endurance concert from faculty member Dmitri Atapine.  

The Performing Arts Series will bring the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, a world-class chamber music ensemble, to Nightingale Concert Hall. Meanwhile, professor and cellist Dmitri Atapine will be performing the crown jewels of cello repertoire: the Six Suites for Cello Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach.  

Related Academic Program

The University Galleries' centerpiece exhibition "Expanded Readings: The Book to Come" explores the book as a site for artistic exploration, in particular, the potential for the book to offer an expanded reading experience. February also showcases bachelor of fine arts students with multiple exhibitions.  

Get your newest copy of the Arts 365 calendar by signing up at www.unr.edu/NVArts365. It is packed with art, dance, theatre and music events for the spring 2017 semester.  

Events through February   

Lynda Walsh: "Learning to See the Invisible: Climate as Argument and Artifact"
5:30 p.m. Feb. 1
Wells Fargo Auditorium, Room 124, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
Art History Visual Culture Studies Forum Lecture series presents Lynda Walsh, associate professor of English. She will be talking about "Learning to See the Invisible: Climate as Argument and Artifact." The AHVCS Forum at the University of Nevada, Reno promotes current research in Art History and Visual Culture Studies.
Tickets: Free

Argenta Concert Series: Americana with Argenta Trio
7:30 p.m. Feb 2
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
The University's ensemble-in-residence the Argenta Trio will present an evening dedicated to the music of the Americas. Works of composers from both continents will be featured in an exciting evening in the hands of violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, cellist Dmitri Atapine and pianist James Winn.
Tickets: $25; $5 University students with ID  

BFA Midway Exhibition
Feb. 6-16
Closing Reception: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 16
Student Galleries South, Jot Travis Building
Annual review exhibition of artwork by first-year Bachelor of Fine Arts students from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Tickets: Free  

Jessica Nakamura: "Becoming the Missing Comfort Women: Yoshiko Shimada's Performances of History in Contemporary Japan"
5:30 p.m. Feb. 8
Wells Fargo Auditorium, Room 124, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
Art History Visual Culture Studies Forum Lecture series presents Jessica Nakamura, assistant professor of theatre. She will cover "Becoming the Missing Comfort Women: Yoshiko Shimada's Performances of History in Contemporary Japan." The AHVCS Forum at the University of Nevada, Reno promotes current research in Art History and Visual Culture Studies. Co-sponsored by the Gender, Race, and Identity Program.
Tickets: Free  

Expanded Readings: The Book to Come
Feb. 9-March 17
Gallery Talk: 5 p.m. Feb. 9
Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 9
Sheppard Contemporary, Church Fine Arts
This exhibition explores the book as a site for artistic exploration, in particular, the potential for the book to offer an expanded reading experience. When we read a book we are engaging with a physical object in a very direct way. The act of reading is an inherently interactive and performative gesture. The work in this exhibit exaggerates and expands this idea of the book as an active reading experience requiring the reader to interact with the book in new ways, thereby expanding the definition and the role of the book in contemporary art and culture. Expanded Readings: The Book to Come will coincide with the CODEX Book Art Fair & Symposium in the Bay Area - an international event.
Tickets: Free  

Nevada Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band
7:30 p.m. Feb. 15
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
Join the Nevada Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band as they perform artistic works for wind band, contemporary and traditional alike.
Tickets: $5: free for University students with ID   

Performing Arts Series: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (Philharmonisches Bläserquintett Berlin) was founded in 1988 during the era of Herbert von Karajan, the first permanently established wind quintet in the famous orchestra's rich tradition of chamber music. The quintet continues to impress audiences worldwide with its range of expression, tonal spectrum and conceptual unity. Many listeners and critics agree the ensemble has succeeded in redefining the sound of the classic wind quintet. In recent years, the members of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet have intensified their teaching and coaching roles with youth through chamber music workshops and instrumental instruction in many countries.
Tickets: $30; $24 senior, faculty and staff; $12 youth; $5 for University students with ID   

J.S. Bach Six Suites for Cello Solo (Dmitri Atapine, cello)
6 p.m. Feb 18 Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
In a stamina-defying performance, cellist Dmitri Atapine will take the audience on a grand tour of the crown jewels of cello repertoire: the Six Suites for Cello Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach. Since their creations around 1720, these compositions still stand at the pinnacle of achievement for any solo instrument and, when performed in one sitting, take the audience on a voyage through human emotion. A journey through the innocence of the Suite in G major, the melancholy of D minor, the joyfulness of C major, devotion of E-flat major, sorrow of C minor, and culminating in the majesty of D major. This will be an unforgettable evening and rare chance to hear these masterpieces in succession. The concert will have two intermissions.
Tickets: Free   

Reno Wind Symphony: "An American Band Celebration"
3 p.m. Feb 19
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
An American Band Celebration will feature Sparks native Master Sgt. Mark Jenkins, euphonium soloist with the "The President's Own" United States Marine Band. A few pieces from the repertoire include "Celebration," "Wine from These Grapes" and "The Battle of Shiloh."
Tickets: Free   

BFA Thesis Exhibition
Feb. 20-March 2
Reception: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 23
Student Galleries South, Jot Travis Building
Annual thesis exhibition of artwork by graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts students from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Tickets: Free   

Symphony Annual Honors Concert
7:30 p.m. Feb. 28
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
The University of Nevada, Reno Symphony proudly plays with students chosen by competition to perform a solo work. The annual concert also will include the premiere of a work by a student composer as well.
Tickets: $5; free for University students with ID  

The University's School of the Arts embraces its role as a vibrant center for arts and culture in northern Nevada. Its degree programs provide a strong foundation in a range of artistic disciplines, enabling students to contribute as artists, educators and scholars at the local level and beyond. The School also supports and encourages research, innovation and the artistic endeavors of its faculty. Finally, the school encourages broad campus and community participation in the arts through its numerous performances, lectures, shows, core courses and outreach activities that explore diverse cultures and encourage lifelong learning.

Most Arts365 performances and exhibits take place in the Church Fine Arts building on the University campus. For more information about the exhibits and performances, go to www.unr.edu/NVArts365, call 775-784-4278 (4ART), or email arts@unr.edu.  

Event information, news and photos are also available by following the School of the Arts' Instagram[instagram.com] and Twitter[twitter.com] @NVArts365, Facebook [facebook.com]and Google+[plus.google.com] pages.

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