A man and a woman in profile, viewing several works of art ranging from mixed media, photography and a vibrant, abstract painting of a Cholla Cactus featured in the Spirit of the Land exhibition, during the Spring 2022 opening reception.

Spring 2022 Exhibitions, Opening Reception. Photo | Josh Hawkins/UNLV Creative Services

Apr. 15, 2022


An Evening of New Music and Art

Music by David Conte and ULV School of Music Student Composers
co-presented by the UNLV College of Fine Arts Department of Music and Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art


Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome. Masks are not required but recommended.
Nextet New Music Series and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art present An Evening of New Music and Art with music by guest composer David Conte and new compositions for guitar written by UNLV student composers. The evening is curated by Dr. Jennifer Bellor.
All of the music will be paired with artworks from the Marjorie Barrick Museum’s current exhibitions: Still Motion, The Mojave Project, Spirit of the Land, and “Untitled” (L.A.). Student composers Brittney Benton, Zoe Conrad, Francyl Gawryn, Coreen Levin, and Tasos Peltekis will present compositions juxtaposed with the artworks of their choice. Guitarists Peltekis, Kyle Khembunjong, and Michael Morgan will perform the chosen works.
Conte will be in residence with the UNLV Composition Division and at this event. A selection of his works will be presented, including Of a Summer Evening featuring guitarists Andrew Amaya and Coby Barker, two movements from his String Quartet No. 2, featuring the graduate student string quartet, selections from Three Mexican Folk Songs, and an arrangement of his Hosanna featuring Dr. Shawna Pennock and the UNLV saxophone studio. The performers will choose artworks on display to highlight important aspects of Conte’s music.


About the UNLV Composition Division

The UNLV Composition Division is devoted to teaching students who wish to pursue a professional and/or academic career in music composition of any style. Whether it be concert music, cross genre, eclectic, commercial, dance, multimedia or film, our goal is to help students learn to write the music that inspires and interests them and encourage them to foster collaborations with musicians and artists beyond graduation.


The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art believes everyone deserves access to art that challenges our understanding of the present and inspires us to create a future that holds space for us all. Located on the campus of the most racially diverse university in the United States, we strive to create a nourishing environment for those who continue to be neglected by contemporary art museums, including BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ groups. As the only art museum in the city of Las Vegas, we commit ourselves to leveling barriers that limit access to the arts, especially for first-time visitors. To facilitate access for low-income guests we provide free entry to all our exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and community activities. Our collection of artworks offers an opportunity for researchers and scholars to develop a more extensive knowledge of contemporary art in Southern Nevada. The Barrick Museum is part of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).


The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is located in the heart of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus. The museum is easily accessed from the west side of campus at the intersection of Harmon Avenue and University Center Drive. Drive east on East Harmon Ave until the road enters the campus and terminates in a parking lot. The Museum will be on your right, next to a desert landscape garden. Directions here