Music in the air

Local public radio station KUNR celebrates its 40th anniversary with a concert featuring the Chris Norman Ensemble. Nova Scotia native Chris Norman has been called one of the finest flute players of our time. He began his musical studies at age 10 playing the classical flute. He took up the wooden flute as his interest steered toward the Scottish, Irish and French Canadian music he grew up with in Nova Scotia. Norman has performed with a variety of ensembles throughout his career, including the international folk trio Helicon, Celtic fusion group Skyedance and the early music group The Baltimore Consort. Norman’s wooden flute can be heard on the Oscar Award-winning soundtrack Titanic and his albums Man With the Wooden Flute, The Beauty of the North, Lullaby Journey, Portraits and Flower of Port Williams. In addition to recording and touring, he teaches master classes and conducts symposia at schools of music around the world. Norman, guitarist Andy Thurston and bassist Paul Erhard will perform Scottish music from the 16th to 19th centuries off their latest album, The Caledonian Flute. The show begins 8 p.m. May 1 at Nightingale Concert Hall inside the Church Fine Arts Complex at the University of Nevada, Reno. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students. Call 784-6847.—Kelley Lang