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Northern Arizona University School of Music’s Horizons Concert Series engages classical, jazz, world, and modern-music specialists from across the globe in explorations of innovative programming, stylistic approaches, and musical genres. Since the launch of the series in 2007-2008, almost 100 performances have featured internationally acclaimed artists such as Boston Brass, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Chestnut Brass, Chinese Musicians from the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, the Estonian choir Heinavanker, ETHEL with Native American flutist Robert Mirabal, Flanders Recorder Quartet, Imani Winds, Metropolitan Klezmer, R. Carlos Nakai, Nation Beat, violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Moira Smiley and VOCO, Third Coast Percussion, Turtle Island Quartet, Vienna Boys Choir, and the perennial favorite—pianist Jeffrey Swann and Friends. Recent programming included the 2017 Viola Award winning site-specific installation, Composition for Forests, with pianist Janice Chenju Chiang and artist Shawn Skabelund.

The Series celebrated its 10th anniversary of bringing acclaimed musical guests to northern Arizona audiences with a stellar 2017 concert lineup:

“The River” featuring ETHEL with Robert Mirabal, Monday, Feb. 13, Ashurst Hall

Using rivers as inspiration for collaboration, the music of ETHEL and 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 Native American musician and instrument builder.

“The Food of Love: Songs for Shakespeare” featuring The Baltimore Consort, Monday, Feb. 27, Ashurst Hall

The Baltimore Consort presents a brand 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.

“Italia Moderna” featuring Roberto Turrin, piano, Monday, March 6, Ashurst Hall

Roberto Turrin graduated from the “G. Tartini” Conservatory of Music in Trieste, where he studied with pianist Luciano Gante, as well as pianist Lya De Barberiis in Italy and Meisterkurse Zofingen in Switzerland. 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 (France, Russia, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Norway, Austria and more). His tours received wide acclaim from the public and critics alike.

“Faust II” featuring Jeffrey Swann, piano with friends, Monday, March 20, 2017 at NAU Ashurst Hall

Jeffrey Swann, piano, enjoys an international performing career which has taken him throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. His large and varied repertoire includes more than 60 concertos as well as solo works ranging from Bach to Boulez. 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, Monday, April 17, Ashurst Hall

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

Abbie Conant, singer/instrumentalist, William Osborne, composer, Monday, September 18, 7:30 p.m., Ashurst Hall

Blurb: Aletheia is a musical theater work composed by William Osborne for singer/instrumentalist, computer-controlled piano, and quadraphonic electronics.  The word “Aletheia” is one of several ancient Greek words for truth and means “creating a space where truth can appear.”

Jeffrey Swann, piano, Monday, October 30, 7:30 p.m., Ashurst Hall

Jeffrey Swann serves as the President’s Distinguished Artist in Residence

HELIOS, Sunday, November 12, 7:30 p.m., Ashurst Hall

The early-music choral ensemble HELIOS—named after the Sun God—presents a program of Renaissance music on war and peace in commemoration of Veteran’s Day.

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