A Shakespearean classic set at the Black Rock Desert

A re-imagined ‘Twelfth Night’ performance and other School of the Arts events through March

Artist duo Mwangi Huetter exhibition “Time Zone and Equinox” will debut March 15. Working with video, sound, photography, installation, sculpture, painting and performance, Mwangi Hutter reflects on changing societal realities, creating an aesthetics of self-knowledge and interrelationship.

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3/1/2018 | By: Yun Ku |

From the Black Rock Desert to the small Eurasian county of Azerbaijan, the School of the Arts has an eccentric mix of events that will honor the past and celebrate the modern era.

For William Shakespeare lovers, the Department of Theatre and Dance will present "Twelfth Night" but set on the Playa of the Black Rock Desert. The characters explore their identity and orientation in flux in a land of self-expression.  

Meanwhile, Sheppard Contemporary will host three exhibitions including one devoted to the works of Faig Ahmed, an internally recognized artist from Azerbaijan. He is well known for his conceptual works that use the traditional decorative craft and the visual language of carpets into contemporary sculptural works of art. The other two exhibitions will focus on artist Mwangi Hutter and remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.  

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Concerts will feature the Calidore Quartet, violinist Dimitri Murrath and events devoted to the tuba and harp.  

Get your latest 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 entire semester.   

Events through March  

UPDATED: LAB 1 (aka The Free Radicals) Spring concert with special guest pianist/composer Kris Davis
7:30 p.m. March 1
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
University Jazz Lab I (aka The Free Radicals) Spring concert with special guest pianist/composer Kris Davis. The Free Radicals will perform the music of renowned New York-based jazz pianist and composer. Davis will perform her compositions for large ensemble with the band in what promises to be a very special evening.
Tickets: $5; free for University students with ID  

University Percussion Ensemble "Day of Percussion" Concert featuring Michael Truesdell and Trent Shuey
7:30 p.m. March 2
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
The University of Nevada, Reno Percussion Ensemble will perform with guest artists Michael Truesdell and Trent Shuey for the Northern Nevada Day of Percussion Evening Concert.
Tickets: $5; free for University students with ID  

William Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'
7:30 p.m. March 2-3, and 7-10; 1:30 p.m. March 4
Redfield Studio Theatre, Church Fine Arts
"Twelfth Night" is a fantastically comedic play about unrequited love, mistaken identity, and the fight for freedom of expression. Performed with Shakespeare's original language, but set on the Playa in Black Rock Desert, the characters explore their identity and orientation in flux. This is a land of free, radical self-expression, so be prepared for a delightful romp where all are welcome. With design inspired by the artistry of Black Rock City, William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" is sure to delight and amuse. It may have been written 416 years ago, but it certainly does stand the test of time. Come see for yourself if, like a fine wine, it has become better with age. Directed by Adriano Cabral and Riley McKinney.
Tickets: $15; $12 for seniors; $10 for students age 2-18 and University faculty/staff; $5 for University students with ID (limited quantity)  

Violist Dimitri Murrath: Violin & Viola Master Class
1:30 p.m. March 3
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
Listen to Belgian-American violist Dimitri Murrath work with the University of Nevada, Reno's talented Orchestra Career Studies Graduate String Students up close and personal.
Tickets: Free  

Argenta Trio: The Innocence of Spring with Guest Violist Dimitri Murrath
3 p.m. March 4
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
The Argenta Trio is joined by Belgian-American violist Dimitri Murrath in a program of music by Haydn, Fauré & James Winn's "Trio No. 2" world premiere. Don't miss the University of Nevada, Reno's Trio in Residence's final concert of the academic season.  

Program Franz
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) 
Piano Trio No. 26 in F-sharp Minor, Hob. XV:26 (1794) • 15'  

James Winn (b. 1952) 
Piano Trio No. 2 in A Major (2016) • 20'  

Gabriel Fauré [1845-1924]
Piano Quartet No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 45 (1886) • 35'  

Tickets: $20; free for students with ID  

BFA Thesis Exhibitions: Corina Shoemaker, James Mullens
March 5-15
Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m. March 8
Student Galleries South, Jot Travis Building
An annual thesis exhibition by current Bachelor of Fine Arts students Corina Shoemaker and James Mullens.
Website: www.unr.edu/art  

Apex Concerts: Four by Four with Calidore Quartet
7:30 p.m. March 6
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
Apex Concerts continues its seventh season with a captivating "Four by Four" criss-cross of genres, time-periods, locations, and musical intersections, courtesy of the multi-award winning Calidore String Quartet. Four compositions in the hands of four musicians will fill Nightingale Hall with the music of Mozart, Pulitzer-prize winner Caroline Shaw, and finishing off with two of the pillars of string quartet repertoire: 20th century Shostakovich and the perennial Beethoven. Singled out by the New York Times as having "deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct," the members of the Calidore String Quartet made international headlines as winners of the M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world. Also in 2016, the quartet became the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and was named BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists an honor that brings with it recordings, international radio broadcasts and appearances in Britain's most prominent venues and festivals. Calidore String Quaret; Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violins; Jeremy Berry, viola; Estelle Choi, cello. 
Tickets: $30; $5 for University students with ID; free for 17 and younger  

L-Cubed: Look, Lunch, Listen Concert Series
Noon March 7 (Weekly every Wednesday)
Frank & Joan Randall Rotunda, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
L-Cubed is a free weekly jazz and classical music series featuring performances by students and faculty in a laid-back lunchtime setting.
Tickets: Free  

AHVCS Forum Lecture: Jean-Paul Perrotte, "Thinking Like a Composer: Visualizing Kurt Schwitters' Ursonate"
5:30 p.m. March 7
Wells Fargo Auditorium, Room 124, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
The Art History Visual Culture Studies (AHVCS) Forum hosts a guest lecture by Jean-Paul Perrotte (assistant professor of music composition) called, "Thinking Like a Composer: Visualizing Kurt Schwitters' Ursonate." The AHVCS Forum at the University of Nevada, Reno promotes current research in art history and visual culture studies.
Tickets: Free  

CANCELED: Faculty Recital: Adam Snider, tuba
7:30 p.m. March 13
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts  

Black Rock Press - Parley Project: Artist Book Release Event and Outgoing Lecture by the BRP Redfield Fellow
7 p.m. March 14
Black Rock Press, Jot Travis Building
This event is a celebration of Lauren Cardenas, the Black Rock Press Redfield Fellow, and the Parley Project. The Parley Project is a collaboration between the Black Rock Press and another person or organization on the University of Nevada, Reno campus and directed by the fellow. Cardenas will give an outgoing talk to discuss her experience at the BRP over the past two years and to unveil the second Parley Project publication. For this project, Cardenas reached out to Professor Daniel Enrique Pérez in the Department of World Languages and Literatures and the director of the Core Humanities program at the University, where he also teaches in the Gender, Race, and Identity program. Under the direction of Cardenas, students, faculty, and staff came together to facilitate her vision for this work of visual and literary art. The edition also includes a vinyl recording. Look, listen, read, and celebrate.
Tickets: Free  

Nevada Wind Ensemble and Nevada Concert Winds
7:30 p.m. March 14
Nightingale Hall, Church Fine Arts
The Nevada Wind Ensemble and Nevada Concert Winds will perform their second concert of the semester. Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. with the Nevada Concert Winds. There will be a brief intermission between ensembles to reset the stage. Note: The nearest parking option is the Brian Whalen Parking Garage adjacent to the building. In the event the garage is full, the West Stadium Parking Complex is also an option. Plan to arrive early, as there are often multiple events on campus that use up the limited parking.
Tickets: $5; free for University students with ID  

Only Light Can Do That: Remembering MLK, Jr.
March 15-May 10
Sheppard Contemporary, Church Fine Arts
Including work from a half dozen contemporary artists and also new additions to the collection by artists Elizabeth Catlett and Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Only Light Can Do That explores the visual cultures of Black America inspired by the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.
Tickets: Free  

Mwangi Hutter: Time Zone and Equinox
March 15-May 10
Sheppard Contemporary, Church Fine Arts
Organized by Department of Art faculty member, Brett Van Hoesen, Ph.D., Time Zone and Equinox includes video work by the artist Mwangi Hutter. Working with video, sound, photography, installation, sculpture, painting and performance, Mwangi Hutter reflects on changing societal realities, creating an aesthetics of self-knowledge and interrelationship.
Tickets: Free  

Faig Ahmed
March 15-May 10
Closing Reception: 6-8 p.m. May 10
Sheppard Contemporary, Church Fine Arts
An internationally recognized artist from Baku, Azerbaijan, Faig Ahmed represented Azerbaijan in the 2007 Venice Biennale. Well-known for his conceptual works that use the traditional decorative craft and the visual language of carpets into contemporary sculptural works of art, Ahmed has lent his work to be exhibited alongside historical examples for traditional central and West Asian weaving from the University Galleries collection.
Tickets: Free  

University Contemporary Music Ensemble Spring Concert
7:30 p.m. March 28
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
The University of Nevada, Reno Contemporary Music Ensemble performs innovative music of the past 100 years with a particular focus on music by living composers. Join the ensemble for a concert of some of the most experimental, insightful, and weird sounds of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Tickets: Free  

UPDATED: Nevada Tuba Day
11 a.m. March 31
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
The University of Nevada, Reno Tuba-Euphonium Studio invites all tuba, euphonium, and baritone players to join it for a day of great concerts and music making. Bring your instrument and join the Tuba Day Mass Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble to rehearse and perform on its final concert, or just come to listen. All events are free, and open to the public. The full schedule is coming to www.unr.edu/music.
Tickets: Free  

10th annual Harp Plus
7 p.m. March 31
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
The 10th annual concert production featuring harp showpieces and chamber music involving harps and other instruments. Produced and performed by University of Nevada, Reno harp faculty Marina Roznitovsky Oster with guest artists. It is one-of-a-kind event that culminates with a large harp ensemble performance. All ages are welcome. There will be a raffle with prizes and some refreshments at intermission. Tickets are $10 at the door. Free for children and students with ID.
Tickets: $10; free for University students with ID and children  

CANCELED: Black Arm Band
7:30 p.m. April 3
This collective made up of Aboriginal Islanders has had to cancel their North American tour. The replacement performance information is below.  

UPDATED: Performing Arts Series: Mélisande [électrotrad]
7:30 p.m. April 3
Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts
Drawing from a rich heritage of traditional francophone songs, Quebec singer Mélisande unearths rare treasures that she adapts and presents with a feminist perspective and the distinctly modern sound of the band. Mélisande [électrotrad] offers an energetic blend of traditional music, pop and electro with a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, vocal harmonies and programming. Their new album, Les millésimes (Borealis Records, February 2017), offers a collection of traditional French-language songs carefully selected during research in various archive centers in Quebec and United States. Like great wines, good songs improve with age, and Mélisande [électrotrad] took great pleasure in cooking up these reinterpretations of great vintage songs. Mélisande and her partner 'Moulin' gathered a fantastic team of collaborators to give a new life to these songs and push further the fusion of genres.
Montage video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBWIKF3UT04
Performing Arts SeriesTickets: $35, adult; $29, seniors, University faculty and Staff; $15 youth/student; $5, University student  

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, exhibitions, 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.  

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