The University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts is hosting Grammy Award winning quartet Third Coast Percussion at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Nightingale Concert Hall on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.
Established in 2005 by David Skidmore, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin and Sean Connors, Third Coast Percussion explores and expands the extraordinary possibilities of the percussion repertoire.
For more than 10 years, the native Chicago ensemble has forged a path in the musical landscape with virtuosic, energetic performances that celebrate the extraordinary depth and breadth of musical possibilities in the world of percussion. The ensemble has been praised for "commandingly elegant" (The New York Times) performances, the "rare power" (Washington Post) of their recordings, and "an inspirational sense of fun and curiosity" (Minnesota Star-Tribune). The four members of Third Coast also are accomplished teachers, and since 2012, have served as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
The quartet's curiosity and eclectic taste have led to a series of unlikely collaborations that have produced exciting new art. The ensemble has worked with engineers at the University of Notre Dame, architects at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, dancers at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and musicians from traditions ranging from the mbira music of Zimbabwe's Shona people, to indie rockers, to some of the world's leading concert musicians.
A direct connection with the audience is at the core of all of Third Coast Percussion's work, whether the musicians are speaking from the stage about a new piece of music, inviting the audience to play along in a concert or educational performance, or inviting their fans around the world to create new music using one of their free mobile apps. The quartet will have the opportunity to build strong connections within our local community during two masterclasses with University Percussion students.
To purchase tickets, patrons can call the Lawlor Events Center ticket office at 775-784-4444, in person at the Lawlor Events Center Box Office open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., or at www.unr.edu/lawlor. The Church Fine Arts Box Office will be open at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the show. For more information, contact the University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts at 775-784-4278.
The University of Nevada, Reno Performing Arts Series receives financial support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency; the City of Reno; the University of Nevada, Reno; the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate Student Association; and The Associated Students of the University of Nevada, Reno. Hotel rooms are provided by Eldorado Resorts and marketing support by CLM Design.