Acclaimed quintet rounds out fall concert series

Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica

Mr. Ho's OrchestroticaThe fall Horizons Concert Series concludes with a performance The Wall Street Journal called “deliciously demented and entertaining.”

Award-winning vibraphone quintet, Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica, performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in Ashurst Hall, featuring global jazz and exotic chamber music with world-music flavors sourced from Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans and Latin America.

Referencing the exotica of composers ranging from Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich to George Gershwin, Martin Denny and John Adams, Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica is “A perfect cocktail of mid-century ‘space age bachelor pad’ music deliciously accented with chamber, jazz, classical and world music,” wrote The Boston Globe.

Led by multi-percussionist, vibraphonist, composer and NAU music alumnus Brian O’Neill, the group also features Geni Skendo (bass flute/woodwinds), Shane Shanahan (percussion), Bruno Raberg (acoustic bass) and Tev Stevig (oud/tambur/plucked strings). Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica was named the 2012 “Best World Music Act” in the Boston Phoenix’s annual readers’ poll. The quintet’s appearance on the Horizons Concert Series coincides with the release of its second album, Where Here Meets There.

Individual tickets for the Horizons Concert Series are $20 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and NAU faculty and staff, and free for children ages 17 and younger and NAU students with an ID. For tickets to all events, call (928) 523-5661, toll free (888) 520-7214, or purchase online at

The College of Arts and Letters has provided free parking in Lot P3 for the Horizons Concert Series. Visit for directions.