Thursday, September 17, 2015

2015-16 Musical Excursions Schedule Announced

Series Opens with Pianist Nikita Mndoyants on Oct. 27

Russian piano virtuoso Nikita Mndoyants The University of New Orleans announced that the 2015-16 Musical Excursions series will feature Russian piano virtuoso Nikita Mndoyants on Oct. 27; the contemporary New York City-based Mivos String Quartet on Dec. 2; British Baroque music quartet Red Priest on March 1; and Mexico-based string quartet Cuarteto Latinoamericano on April 12. All concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the UNO Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center.

Russian pianist Nikita Mndoyants was a finalist in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 36 years after his father won a Cliburn prize. The Dallas Morning News called his performances "flawlessly paced, beautifully detailed and emotionally powerful." Also an active composer, Mndoyants received first prize at the Myaskovsky International Competition of Young Composers in 2014, and his works have been performed by Daniel Hope, Nicolas Stavy, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and others.

Red Priest is a uniquely irreverent Baroque ensemble, which offers sold-out concerts at many of the world's most prestigious festivals, including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, December Nights in Moscow and the Prague Spring International Music Festival. While highly praised musically, it also claims to be the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to The Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers and Cirque de Soleil.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano is one of the world's most renowned classical music ensembles and, for more than 30 years, it has been the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet. Founded in Mexico in 1982, the Cuarteto has toured extensively throughout Europe, North America, South America, Asia and New Zealand. Called "matchless in tonal magnitude, tuneful fluency and concentrated teamwork" by The Washington Post, the group is a winner of a 2012 Latin Grammy award.

The Mivos Quartet performance is a free bonus concert offered as part of Musical Excursions. The ensemble is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers and presenting new music to diverse audiences. Called "one of America's most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles" by The Chicago Reader, Mivos has performed at venues across the globe. The Mivos Quartet performance is part of a residency at UNO and the concert will feature new works by the University's composition students.

Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and UNO faculty and staff, $5 for non-UNO students and free for UNO students. A full series discount offer is available until October 27. Individual and series tickets may be purchased here or at the door as available. For more information see musicalexcursions.uno.edu or call (504) 280-6381.

The highly regarded Musical Excursions Series has presented first-class classical and world music since 1993. The series is presented jointly by the Department of Music and the Arts Administration Program at the University of New Orleans, in association with WWNO Radio. The sponsors for the 2015-16 series are: the UNO Student Government, the Mitchiner-Gittinger Family Foundation, the Harper Family Foundation, 89.9 WWNO, the Maison Dupuy Hotel and Muriel's Jackson Square Restaurant.