Spring is in the air: NAU Horizons Concert Series lineup announced

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The Northern Arizona University School of Music’s Horizons Concert Series is celebrating its 10th year of bringing acclaimed musical guests to northern Arizona audiences with a busy Spring 2017 concert lineup.


ETHEL and Robert Mirabal_small“The River” featuring ETHEL with Robert Mirabal

7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, Ashurst Hall

Using rivers as inspiration for collaboration, the music of the string quartet ETHEL and Native American flutist Robert Mirabal explores water as the embodiment of spirit and its essential role in life on earth. This cross-cultural concert experience is an integral journey in instrumental virtuosity, song and storytelling. Mirabal is a Grammy Award-winning musician and instrument builder.

“The Food of Love: Songs for Shakespeare” featuring The Baltimore Consort

Baltimore Consort7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, Ashurst Hall

The Baltimore Consort presents a new program featuring its core repertory—music of the Elizabethan era—with songs and consort music from the Shakespeare plays. Soprano Danielle Svonavec performs some of the greatest hits from the Bard’s songbook. Instrumentalists perform dances and music related to the plays, using their “exquisite consort” of instruments—lute, cittern, viols and flute.Roberto Turrin

“Italia Moderna” featuring Roberto Turrin, piano

7:30 p.m. Monday, Mar. 6, Ashurst Hall

Italian pianist Roberto Turrin explores the question, “Does humor belong in music?” through works by 20th-century Italian composers and their French contemporaries. Turrin graduated from the G. Tartini Conservatory of Music in Trieste, where he serves as director. After receiving awards from the International Music Competitions in Stresa and Morcone, Turrin began his career as a soloist, performing in both North America and Europe, receiving wide acclaim from the public and critics alike.

“Faust II” featuring Jeffrey Swann & FriendsJeffrey Swann

7:30 p.m., Monday, Mar. 20, Ashurst Hall

Pianist Jeffrey Swann’s large and varied repertoire includes more than 60 concertos as well as solo works ranging from Bach to Boulez performed throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. This performance builds on his fall performance and features solo piano music inspired by the disillusioned scholar Faust and his unholy pact with Mephistopheles.

“Echoes” featuring Elena Urioste, violin and Michael Brown, piano

7:30 p.m. Monday, Apr. 17, Ashurst HallUrioste and Brown

Violinist Elena Urioste and pianist-composer Michael Brown perform works from their new CD “Echoes,” which features early recital works by Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel, Amy Beach and Michael Brown. After numerous BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, performing two acclaimed recitals in London’s legendary Wigmore Hall and touring the Southwest and West Coast in the United States., Urioste and Brown are poised to share their artistry with new audiences in the upcoming concert season.


Tickets for the above shows are $20 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and NAU employees and free for children and NAU students with a valid ID.  Tickets can be purchased online at the Center Ticket Office’s webpage or by calling (928) 523-5661.

Parking in campus lots P3 (behind Gammage), P8 (north of the College of Education on Knoles Drive) and P4 (ADA stalls near Ashurst) is free for those who plan to attend the Horizons Concert Series.


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