Going for baroque

Think baroque music is just ornate classical music composed by old dead white guys in wigs? Red Priest hopes to change that attitude when they perform Nov. 20 at the University of Nevada, Reno. The U.K.-based ensemble members, who named themselves after a nickname for the red-haired composer Antonio Vivaldi, have been known to drive their audiences into a frenzy with their unconventional approach to baroque music. The Pittsburgh Tribune Review called their performance “Antonio Vivaldi meets the musical Marx Brothers” for their crowd-pleasing mixture of virtuosity, innovative arrangements and zany sense of humor. Group members Piers Bishop (recorders), Julia Bishop (violin), Angela East (cello) and Howard Beach (harpsichord) perform largely from memory, which allows them an operatic level of freedom and interaction. They’re also known to wear quirky costumes, wander through the audience and share amusing anecdotes. “For people who ‘appreciate’ classical music but have a little secret—it bores them—the answer is Red Priest,” claims the Washington Post. Red Priest performs 7:30 p.m. at Nightingale Concert Hall inside the Church Fine Arts complex at UNR. Tickets are $20 general admission, $17 UNR faculty and staff, $10 students and $5 for UNR students. Call 784-6847 or visit www.unr.edu/pas.