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UNLV Hosts 2nd Annual Las Vegas Baroque Festival Feb. 15-18

The festival's featured ensemble is the New York-based House of Time.
Arts & Culture  |  Feb 6, 2018  |  By Jennifer Vaughan
Media Contact: Jennifer Vaughan, 702-895-1575
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UNLV music professors Jennifer Grim and Jonathan Rhodes Lee. (Josh Hawkins/UNLV Creative Services)

The UNLV School of Music is pleased to host the 2nd annual Las Vegas Baroque Festival Feb. 15-18 on the UNLV campus. The featured ensemble is the New York-based ensemble House of Time. This group is dedicated to music of the 17th - 21st centuries played on historic instruments. They aim to “use the instruments and techniques of the past to express the vivid passions” in all music, old and new. In many cases, the instrumentalists of this group play on antique instruments, while others play on replicas carefully crafted to the specifications of the originals.

The festival also welcomes Justin Bland, baroque trumpeter and UNLV alumnus, who is currently based in Denmark. Bland has performed with many of the best-known early music ensembles around the world, and is the winner of multiple historical instrument divisions at the National Trumpet Competition. He will perform solo and concerto repertoire with faculty and student ensembles on trumpets based on designs of the 18th century.

Several community events, such as a baroque dance party, the opportunity for instrumentalists or singers to make music with seasoned continuo players, and free lectures on baroque music, art, and culture also will take place. This year’s festival is being run in conjunction with the regional meeting of the Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS), which brings scholars from around the world to UNLV’s campus to talk about the history, literature, art, music, and culture of the period in which the concert repertoire was composed. Auditors are welcome to attend these paper readings and discussion panels in addition to our musical presentations.

For tickets, please visit pac.unlv.edu or call 702-895-ARTS (2787).

 

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Las Vegas Baroque Festival: UNLV Concert Singers
The UNLV Concert Singers present the Te Deum by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
Doc Rando Recital Hall
$10 – general admission
$8 discounted tickets are available to seniors, military members, and UNLV faculty and staff. All students may receive one free ticket with valid ID.

Friday, Feb. 16, 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Las Vegas Baroque Festival: Masterclass with Justin Bland, baroque trumpet
Doc Rando Recital Hall
Free and open to the public
 
Friday, Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Las Vegas Baroque Festival: Masterclass with Gonzalo Ruiz, baroque oboe
Doc Rando Recital Hall
Free and open to the public
 

Friday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Las Vegas Baroque Festival: House of Time Ensemble
House of Time, New York City’s period instrument ensemble, performs a concert of sonatas and fantasias by Vivaldi, Telemann, and the Bach family.
Doc Rando Recital Hall
$25 – general admission
$8 discounted tickets are available to seniors, military members, and UNLV faculty and staff. All students may receive one free ticket with valid ID.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.
Las Vegas Baroque Festival: Masterclass by Stephen Schultz, traverso
Stephen Schultz of the House of Time ensemble will give a masterclass to UNLV students.
Free and open to the public
Venue: Doc Rando Recital Hall

Saturday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m.
Las Vegas Baroque Festival: Baroque Dance Party
Dolly Kelepecz and Margot Colbert, faculty from the department of dance, will give an interactive class on baroque dance.
Free and open to the public
BMC, Room 159

Saturday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Las Vegas Baroque Festival: Faculty and Friends Concert
UNLV faculty and guests perform a concert of Telemann, Zelenka, Finger, and J.S. Bach on modern and period instruments. Featuring Justin Bland, natural trumpet; Stephen Caplan and Barbara Orland, oboe; Janis McKay, bassoon; Voltaire Verzosa, countertenor; Gregory Maldonado, baroque violin; Ka-Wai Yu, viola da gamba; Andrew Smith, cello; Brycen Ingersoll, double bass; Jennifer Grim, traverso; and Jonathan Rhodes Lee, harpsichord.
Doc Rando Recital Hall
$10 – general admission
$8 discounted tickets are available to seniors, military members, and UNLV faculty and staff. All students may receive one free ticket with valid ID.

Sunday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m.
Las Vegas Baroque Festival: Joint Recital - Paul Hesselink, organ, and Jonathan Rhodes Lee, harpsichord, performing works by Buxtehude, Handel, Couperin, and Byrd.
Doc Rando Recital Hall
Free and open to the public

Sunday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Las Vegas Baroque Festival: UNLV Chamber Orchestra with Justin Bland, natural trumpet
The UNLV Chamber Orchestra performs a concert of concerti by Handel and Telemann featuring Justin Bland, natural trumpet
Doc Rando Recital Hall
$10 – general admission
$8 discounted tickets are available to seniors, military members, and UNLV faculty and staff. All students may receive one free ticket with valid ID.