Patricia Reser Center for the Arts Unveils Grand Opening Spring Season     

The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts (“The Reser”) has unveiled its opening season and announced its grand opening week of events, which will begin with a performance by Nobuntu on Tuesday, Mar. 8 in commemoration of International Women’s Day, and continue with The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra on Saturday, Mar. 12 and Shine the Light: A Community Celebration on Sunday, Mar. 13. Explore the entire series, featuring award-winning artists and attractions; brings the world to our stage. The Reser will also host performances of visiting presenters from across the metro area. Check our website often as we will be adding many more performances. 

“As we announce our Opening Spring Season, we are led by our mission to bring the very best of the world to our stage, and to foster joy, connection, and understanding in our community,” said Chris Ayzoukian, Executive Director for The Reser. “After many years in development, the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts is now complete, and it’s stunning. We are incredibly excited to welcome everyone from the region into this beautiful facility safely and with open arms.   Performances like Nobuntu, NASSIM, Lea Salonga , Colin Meloy and DakhaBrakha will showcase the breadth of talent, artistry, and diversity patrons will come to expect from The Reser.” 

On Tuesday, Mar. 8, The Reser will welcome Nobuntu, a female a cappella quintet from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, that has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel.  The name Nobuntu is an African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, unity and family from a woman’s perspective. 

The Reser’s opening week will continue with a performance by The Count Basie Orchestra on Saturday, Mar. 12. Pianist and bandleader William James “Count” Basie is an American institution who personifies the grandeur and excellence of jazz. The Count Basie Orchestra, today directed by Scotty Barnhart, has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once, won 18 Grammy Awards, performed for royalty, and appeared in several movies, television shows, at every major jazz festival and major concert hall in the world. 

On Sunday, Mar. 13, The Reser will welcome friends and neighbors to experience the new center. This free day-long event will feature free performances and fun engaging activities for the entire family. Join us this spring at The Reser! We can’t wait to welcome you in. 

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Photo Credit: Jeremy Jeziorski


Tuesday, Mar. 8  

7:30 p.m. 

The Count Basie Orchestra  

Saturday, Mar. 12  

7:30 p.m. 

Shine the Light   

Community Celebration  

Sunday, Mar. 13  

11 a.m. 

This free event celebrates the opening of the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts and will feature performances, opportunities for hands-on art-making activities, docent-guided tours of the new public artworks and other activations of the space. 

For more information about the Arts Program, visit For events at The Reser, visit for COVID-19 specific requirements.