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Performing Arts Center News

The Performing Arts Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has long been the home of arts and cultural programming in Southern Nevada. Located on the northeast corner of the university campus, the center is bustling with activity nearly every day of the year.

Current Performing Arts Center News

painting of a young black woman with chin up and hair tied back
Arts and Culture | November 28, 2022

This heartwarming memory play by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage runs in the Judy Bayley Theatre on Dec. 9-18.

group shot of UNLV jazz ensemble while outside
Arts and Culture | November 22, 2022

The jazz studies program recently received its 14th consecutive outstanding review from respected magazine Jazz Times.

faraway wideshot of a symphony orchestra
Arts and Culture | November 9, 2022

The concert features an all-Mozart program and is conducted by music director Taras Krysa.

male conductor at the front of a wind orchestra
Arts and Culture | November 7, 2022

The concert is a special celebration of the military heroes, first responders, and public servants who help keep our nation safe.

large group of mariachi performers
Arts and Culture | November 7, 2022

Filled with music and cheer for the whole family, the Latin Grammy-nominated group will perform Mexican and American favorites.

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Arts and Culture | November 2, 2022

The exhibition, which is open to the public, will showcase the works of the late Las Vegas-based artist and beloved UNLV professor beginning November 4.

 

Performing Arts Center In The News

PBS
September 28, 2022

Las Vegas history was made when the Las Vegas Aces defeated the Connecticut Sun 78 to 71 in game four of the WNBA finals, winning Las Vegas its first-ever major league professional sports championship.

Desert Companion
July 28, 2022

The story of Lori Cobo’s 30-year career at UNLV’s Performing Arts Center is a romance. A classically trained pianist who started playing at 7, Cobo was raised by parents who took her to the opera and symphony. But she truly fell in love with theater in 1983, the year after graduating from high school. While working as a PAC usher, she stood in the balcony one night listening to the National Symphony Orchestra and was completely transported. Marked by the experience, she tried to study nursing but, after barely a year, switched her major to theater. She worked at Bally’s for a few years after college before making her way back to the PAC. Like that rare couple who gets married right out of high school and stays together till old age, Cobo rose through the center’s ranks from the box office to the executive suite. Now executive director, she’s still moved to tears by a symphony. Just after announcing the PAC’s 46th season, Cobo shared her passion for the job with Desert Companion. An edited excerpt of the conversation follows.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
July 19, 2022

The sculptor who created “The Flashlight” on the UNLV campus died Monday at his home in Manhattan at 93.

PBS
May 6, 2022

One-on-one interview with the executive director of the UNLV Performing Arts Center, Lori Cobo.

KSNV-TV: News 3
August 23, 2021

Those looking for employment are getting many opportunities to do so in recent weeks.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
December 4, 2020

On Dec. 11, the UNLV Performing Arts Center will host a special Zoom concert featuring world-class guitarist Ricardo Cobo. It’s part of UNLV’s part of its “Live from” series.

Recent Performing Arts Center Accomplishments

October 10, 2022
UNLV College of Fine Arts Dean Nancy J. Uscher has begun her term as president of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD). ICFAD is a vehicle through which members share information and ideas that enhance the leadership of deans and associate deans, provosts and associate provosts, university presidents and other arts executives in…
November 15, 2021
Kimberly James (Music) participated in authoring a historic position paper in the field of voice pedagogy.  This position paper was authored by the Voice Pedagogy Interest Group’s Writers Group: Amelia Rollings Bigler and Katherine Osborne, co-chairs, with Chadley Ballantyne, Brian Horne, Brian Manternach, Yvonne Redman,…
December 10, 2020
Adam Schroeder (Music) is nominated for two 2021 Grammy Awards as part of John Beasley’s MONK’estra for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, and for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella. This is the eighth nomination the jazz saxophone professor has received since joining the music faculty four and half years ago. The 63rd Grammy Awards show is…
October 26, 2020
Yvonne Houy (Fine Arts) will lead College of Fine Arts faculty in presenting an online design charette at the a2ru 2020 National Conference this month. The presentation, Transforming Online Learning Tools through the Arts: A Transdisciplinary Charette, also has been accepted for the Association of American Colleges & Universities  annual…
October 19, 2020
The UNLV Wind Orchestra, directed by Thomas Leslie (Music), received two 5-star reviews in the October issue of Fanfare Magazine for its latest CD Quaternity, published by Klavier Music Productions. The CD also has been listed for Grammy consideration, a major achievement for a collegiate wind orchestra.
October 6, 2020
Francisco Menendez (Film) recently won the CILECT Teaching Award for 2020. The inauguration will be held online at the organization's general assembly Nov. 13. The non-profit association known as the Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (CILECT) was formed at Cannes in May 1955, with the participation of…