Performing Arts Series Presents California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio

World-renowned guitar trios to perform Oct. 2 at Nightingale Concert Hall

Virtuoso guitarists, California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Nightingale Concert Hall in the University of Nevada, Reno’s Church Fine Arts building.


9/28/2018 | By: Yun Ku |

The University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts is hosting virtuoso guitar trios, California Guitar Trio (CGT) and Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3), at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in Nightingale Concert Hall on campus.

As part of the Performing Arts Series 2018-19 season, CGT + MG3 features six virtuoso guitarists from two bands: California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio. Representing four countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium andU.S.), they fuse more than 40 years of combined performing experience into one six-by-six-string "phenomensemble." In a pleasantly surprising way, CGT's steel stringed-guitars blend naturally with MG3's nylon-stringed guitars, as each trios fret boards chase the others' original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music.

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Inspired in 2010 by an impromptu studio session together in Montreal, CGT and MG3 have proceeded to release a live recording (2011), land showcases at numerous arts presenter conferences, and sustain frequent co-bill touring throughout North America; from the Iridium in New York City, to Montreal Jazz Festival (twice), to Napa Valley Opera House. During these groundbreaking, highly entertaining shows, the acts perform inventive arrangements of each other's repertoire, and new music for guitar sextet.

CGT + MG3 will be the first performance of the Performing Arts Series season. The season performances are:

  • Nov. 6: Nobuntu, Zimbabwean a cappella quintet
  • Feb. 5: Cantus, vocal ensemble
  • March 5: Danú, traditional Irish ensemble
  • April 25: Walter Smith III, jazz saxophonist and composer

Tickets are $35, adult (older than 17 and younger than 62); $29, seniors, University faculty and staff; $15 youth/student (ages 3-17, non-University student); $5, University student (must be purchased in-person at Lawlor Events Center). Children younger than 2 are admitted free. The child will need to sit on adult's lap unless there is space available. University faculty, staff and students must show University ID.

Tickets are available online, by phone at 775-784-4444 (convenience fees for online and phone purchases), or in person at either the Lawlor Events Center Ticket Office (open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1550 N. Virginia St., Reno, lower level) or at the Church Fine Arts Box Office beginning one hour before performances. Orders received too late for mailing will be held at the box office for pick-up.

For more information about this event, contact the School of the Arts at 775-784-4278.

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The Performing Arts Series is presented by the School of the Arts. 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, as part of the College of Liberal Arts, also supports and encourages scholarship, 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.

The 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 is provided by CLM Design.

Most Arts365 performances and exhibitions take place in the Church Fine Arts building on the University campus. For more information about the exhibitions and performances, go to, call 775-784-4278 (4ART), or email

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