The performing arts series from the School of the Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno, presents a refreshing and unexpected lineup of acclaimed artists in its 62nd season. The five featured performances celebrate exceptional artistry through untold stories, original performance styles, and unexpected instrumentation that inspires, elevates, and fosters cross-cultural understanding.
“The past few years have highlighted the vital role the performing arts play in our daily lives,” said Shoshana Zeldner, Program Manager at the School of the Arts. “Through thoughtful choreography, arrangement and presentation, this year’s season reminds us that the world we live in is both exquisite and imperfect, with much work to be done to build a more equitable future for all. “
This season’s unique lineup was planned with this juxtaposition in mind and includes a multimedia show featuring zapateado and tap dancing; a comedy extravaganza of chamber music; a soulful beatbox virtuoso; an elevated vocal showcase; and a koto-fiddle-percussion instrumental affair.
“Through exceptional artistry, this year’s performers explore those tender flaws that make us human,” Zeldner said. “When this kind of honesty and artistry come together, it has the potential to transform hearts and minds, initiate dialogue, and positively transform our community.”
On Thursday, September 15, the season begins with an unforgettable performance by San Francisco-based polyrhythmic dance and music ensemble La Mezcla at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater. La Mezcla will present Pachuquísmo, a multidisciplinary performance that depicts the lesser-known story of female experience during the Zoot Suit Riot era of the 1940s through tap dancing, live jazz music, Mexican zapateado, and traditional Son Jarocho. With an all-female cast of nine wearing full zoot suits, the performance challenges gender roles and explores history, culture and rhythm through the lens of Mexican American pachucas.
A pre-show celebration begins at 6 p.m. with lowriders on display, music, and food and drink from La Favorita, Pelon Micheladas, and Rin Tin Taps. La Mezcla will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., under the stars.
La Mezcla will be in residence for a full week with the Performing Arts Series and will offer a free event open to the public in addition to the paid public performance. On Tuesday, September 13, from noon to 1:15 p.m., La Mezcla Creator-Director-Choreographer, Vanessa Sanchez will lead a dynamic presentation covering the history of the Pachucas, the dance that shapes La Mezcla practices, and the intersectionality of their lineages and rhythmic traditions . This event is co-presented with the Department of History and will be held in the Recital Hall of the University Foundation Arts Building. It is free and open to the public.
The season will continue on Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. with renowned koto player Yumi Kurosawa performing alongside fiddle and percussion at the Nightingale Concert Hall at the University of Nevada in Reno.
Performing Arts Series season, fall and spring subscriptions and individual tickets are now available online, by phone through the Lawlor Events Center (775-784-4444) or in person at the Lawlor Events Center box office (10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 1500 N. Virginia St. Reno, lower level entrance).
Season subscribers receive tickets to all five performances, save 12%, receive the best seats in the house and have access to subscriber-only events. Season tickets are $158 (adult), $150 (senior/UNR faculty and staff), and $70 (youth). Fall subscriptions (3 performances) are $100 (adults), $95 (senior/UNR faculty and staff) and $45 (youth) and spring subscriptions (2 performances) are $67 (adults), $63 (senior/UNR faculty and staff) and $30 (Youth).
Individual Pachuquísmo tickets are $20-$36 (adults), $5-$16 (youth), and $5 (University of Nevada, Reno students). University student tickets must be purchased in person at the Lawlor Events Center or at the box office the night of the show (at the event venue, opens one hour before the show).
In addition to the Performing Arts Series, the School of the Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno presents the Reno Jazz Festival and Lake Tahoe Music Camp as well as class performances, productions and exhibitions in music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Home to nationally and internationally renowned artists and scholars, the school provides a transformative education to thousands of students and community members each year.
The Performing Arts Series is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with primary funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the national endowment for the arts; a federal agency; the Nevada Arts Council; a state agency; the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission; the University of Nevada Associate Students and the Graduate Student Association. In-kind support is provided by CLM Design, Advertising and Interactive.
For more information about the School of the Arts, visit the School of the Arts website, call 775-784-4278, or email [email protected] Event information, news and photos are also available by following the School of the Arts Instagram, the School of the Arts Twitter and the School of the Arts Facebook page.