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Percussion Ensemble, ‘Juanita’s Statue’ at UNR
by Tribune Staff
Mar 08, 2012 | 986 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — On Friday at 7:30 p.m., join the University Percussion Ensemble and guest artists the Dave Hagedor and Dan Cavanaugh Vibraphone and Piano Duo for an evening of percussion music from around the world.

Pianist Cavanaugh is an associate professor of music at University of Texas at Arlington, and has been recognized nationally and internationally for his piano playing and compositions. Hagedorn is an assistant professor of music at St. Olaf College in Minnesota where he teaches percussion, jazz studies and world music. He has performed and recorded with many well-known jazz musicians and in 2011, his St. Olaf jazz band was recognized by Downbeat Magazine as the top college band. In 2010, Hagedorn and Cavanaugh recorded a duo album, “Horizon,” which includes four of Cavanaugh's compositions along with some classic standards. The Northern Nevada High School All-Star Percussion Ensemble will also perform at the concert.

This concert will be held in Nightingale Concert Hall in the Church Fine Arts Building and is free and open to the public.

Continuing this weekend is the play “Juanita’s Statue.” On the heels of the Nevada Repertory Company's recent successful contemporary world premiere of "Hamlet" in the original pronunciation, the company brings another premiere of Anne Garcia-Romero's “Juanita’s Statue.” In the show, Juanita disguises herself as a man, a "new" Don Juan, to escape the wrath of her lover's father. As Juan/Juanita gallivants through her Spanglish-speaking city with her best friend, Carmela, they encounter Alejandra, an art collector, Tomás, a leather bar patron, and Beatríz, a society bride, who all fall instantly in love with Juan/Juanita. Juanita's caper finally lands her squarely at the feet of a Don Juan statue which springs to life to challenge, tempt and seduce Juanita as she struggles to find true love. Produced by special arrangement with The Susan Gurman Agency, LLC.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. General admission costs $15, senior citizen tickets cost $12, public school students and UNR faculty and staff cost $10 and UNR students cost $5 (limited quantity available). Performances will be held in the Redfield Studio Theater in the Church Fine Arts Building.

For more information, call 784-4278 or email arts365@lists.unr.edu.
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