If It's July in Reno, It's Artown

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February 13, 2006

Reno, Nev., (Artown Press Release)—Each July, Reno, Nev., is transformed into "Artown. A month-long celebration of cultural diversity and artistic innovation, Artown was noted by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of the most comprehensive festival offerings in the country.

Over the past few years, the festival has welcomed such international, national and local artists as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Marcel Marceau, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Pilobolus, the San Francisco Ballet and the Reno Philharmonic. In record-breaking numbers, more than 260,000 people attended Artown events last year.

Now in its 11th year, Artown boasts upwards of 300 events — most of them free — in more than 90 locations citywide. Festival favorites like the "Food for the Soul World Music Series, "Dancing in the Park, "Beethoven at Bartley, "Movies in the Park and "Great Basin Chatauqua will be featured in the 2006 line-up.

Performance highlights for 2006 include Diavolo, an internationally acclaimed troupe that redefines dance through dynamic movement. The company is comprised of dancers, gymnasts and actors who create large-scale performances collaboratively under the guidance of Jacques Heim. Diavolo will enthrall Artown audiences on Thursday, July 6. Pink Martini, a Portland, Oregon-based 12-piece "little orchestra whose music is described as somewhere between a 1930s Cuban dance orchestra, a classical chamber music ensemble, a Brazilian marching street band and Japanese film noir will perform on Saturday, July 29. This year's closing night performance on Monday, July 31 will feature classical-urban ambassador Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and the Mission. DBR is a composer, performer, violinist, and bandleader who seamlessly blends funk, rock, hip-hop and classical music into a new sonic vision.

Artown receives major funding from the City of Reno, is sponsored by the Reno Gazette-Journal, Sierra Pacific Power Company, IGT, KOLO-TV, the Eldorado Hotel Casino, Altmann-Ott Homes, the Nevada Mining Association, Nevada Alumni Association and receives funding from the Nevada Arts Council. For more information contact Artown at 775/322-1538 or visit www.renoisartown.com.