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fine arts Accomplishments

Apr 14, 2017
The UNLV Wind Orchestra has received numerous outstanding reviews for its latest CD, The Return. (This is the Wind Orchestra's 10th release for label Klavier, and its 19th since it began releasing music in 1994.) Fanfare recently interviewed director Thomas Leslie (Music) about the wind orchestra program and its tremendous success both in Las Vegas and around the world. Read the interview.

Apr 4, 2017
UNLV Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Dave Loeb (Music),  won first place at the prestigious 2017 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, tying with the University of the Arts from Philadelphia. UNLV Jazz will perform in September in the Monterey Jazz Festival. Dean Nancy Uscher and all of the College of Fine Arts are extremely proud of these brilliant students for their world class performance. 

Feb 23, 2017
David Loeb (Music) was honored as a guest performer and featured presenter at the 2017 Las Vegas Philharmonic Gala at Reynolds Hall in the Smith Center on Feb. 9. UNLV's director of jazz studies, Loeb also conducted the Show Stoppers Orchestra for Lady Gaga's performance in the Encore Theater at The Wynn Hotel in December. In addition, he was the pianist for the 2016 Grammy Award-winning recording for Best Engineered and Produced Release in the Classical category, Ask Your Mama, with poetry by Langston Hughes and composed by Laura Karpman. The recording included drummer QuestLove, opera singers Angela Brown and Janai Burger, jazz vocalist Nena Freelon, jazz  saxophonist Ben Wendel, and many others with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, conducted by George Manahan. It was recorded at Skywalker Sound.

Feb 14, 2017
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) has just had his  critical edition of the harpsichord works of Pierre Nicolas La Font published by A-R editions as part of its "Recent Researches in the Music of the Classical Era." This publication was also the recipient of an award from the James R. Anthony Endowment of the American Musicological Society, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This edition presents the newly rediscovered harpsichord works of La Font (ca. 1725–ca. 1791), which survive in a single known copy now housed at the University of California, Berkeley. La Font was organist at Saint-Germain-en-Laye and published two volumes of keyboard music, in 1759 and 1773 respectively. The surviving copy of the Premier Livre comprises 17 pieces (including one with violin accompaniment), the last of which is left incomplete. The reemergence of these pieces makes it possible to connect the composer with some of the most important musical and aristocratic families of mid-eighteenth-century France, and brings La Font’s virtuosic music back from obscurity, providing a valuable addition to the harpsichord repertoire.

Feb 13, 2017
Linda Lister and UNLV Opera Theatre (both Music) won second place in the Musical Theatre Division of the National Opera Association Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition. Lister serves as director of UNLV Opera.

Feb 10, 2017
UNLV Jazz Ensemble I (Music) has been invited, through a rigorous audition process among some of the top university jazz ensembles in the nation, to compete as a finalist in the 2017 College Big Band Division at the prestigious Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, in Monterey, California. Other universities to be represented include USC, Cal State Northridge, Azusa Pacific, Cal State Sacramento, and the University of the Arts. Congratulations to our talented UNLV Jazz Ensemble 1 students for this distinguished honor. 

Feb 9, 2017
Jennifer Bellor (Music) composed a piece, "Chase the Stars,"  that recently was awarded The American Prize in the orchestra category. Written for soprano, rapper, flute, bass clarinet, string quartet, percussion, electric guitar, electric bass, and drums, "Chase the Stars" was commissioned by ShoutHouse in 2015, and Bellor later recorded the piece with rapper Rasar Amani, along with UNLV students and faculty, for her album "Stay." The text is from the poem, "Ah, Why Because the Dazzling Sun" by Emily Brönte, with original lyrics by Amani.

Feb 1, 2017
Susanna Newbury (Art) has published a lead essay in Incendiary Traces, the catalog accompanying an exhibition on view at the Pomona College Museum of Art through May 14. Her essay, "The Intimate Technology of Remote Vision," addresses the visual rhetoric of remote warfare from the work of the 18th and 19th century artist Francisco de Goya to that of artists framing U.S. reception of perpetual war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and across the Middle East since 1990. She will be an invited scholar lecturing on this material at Pomona College on Feb. 23.

Jan 31, 2017
Janelle M. Evans (Film) is the author of a paper, "Understanding the Other, Without 'Othering': An Exploration of the Unique Qualities and Properties of Science Fiction (SF) as the Best Means for Exploring and Improving Social Inequity," which has been accepted for publication by Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, an interdisciplinary journal.

Dec 7, 2016
The UNLV film department hosted its annual 48-Hour filmmaking challenge Nov. 18-20. The event was open to the public and brought UNLV Film students, alumni and local filmmakers together in a race against the clock, forcing them to write, shoot and edit five-minute short films in just 48 hours. The teams drew from a collection of prompts — including "Character", "Genre", "Prop" and "Line of Dialogue" — and were tasked with incorporating them into their films. A special prize rewarded the team that best worked-in their chosen prompts. Twenty-two teams met on Friday evening to choose their prompts and quickly got to work devising their shorts. Sleep is for the weak, and most teams learned that what can go wrong usually will! However, they also learned about cooperation, time-management, and necessity truly is the mother of invention. Some amazing films were produced and screened for the audience on that Sunday, including the runners-up Tin-Can Man by Adam Spiro Siavellis; Just Think Happy Thoughts by Alma Perez; and the winner The Fire by William Cory.