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Friday, April 24, 2015

First Friday Art Walk Preview Party TONIGHT


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Monday, April 20, 2015

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of April 20

Monday April 20th 7:30pm
Piano recital by UNLV artist in residence Jerome Lowenthal who has served as piano professor at Julliard
School of Music, and Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, and has recently been awarded an 'honorary doctorate' from the Cleveland Institute of Music, his program includes works by Chopin, Faure, Webern and more including
an arrangement of Frank's Violin Sonata in A Major for solo piano and Beethoven's Sonata No. 29 in Bb Major, "Hammerklavier"
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Thursday April 23rd 7:30pm
UNLV Wind Orchestra directed by Thomas Leslie perform a concert including works
by Korngold, Williams, Rozsa and more
UNLV Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV
$10, $8 military/seniors/disabled, 1free ticket per student with ID
more info: 702-895-2787

Friday April 24th 7:30pm
Opera scenes performed by UNLV Opera Theater, program includes excerpts from Bernstein's
"West Side Story," Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate," Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet," Otto Nicolai's "Merry Wives of Windsor,"
and much more
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$10, $8 military/senior/disabled, 1 free ticket per student with ID
more info: 702-895-2787

Saturday April 25th 1:00pm
Violin recital by Sammi Ciarlo, program includes Pagaini's Caprice No. 5,
Wieniawski's Polonaise Brilliante Op. 4, and String Quartet No. 12 "American," other performers include
pianist Maria Kolesnyk, violinist Sara Wright, violist David Chavez, and cellist Maren Quanbeck
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Saturday April 25th 2:00pm
Traditional music of Italy by "Trio de Amici:" Joe Cairo accordion, Gary Queen mandolin, John Falbo guitar and voice
Winchester Cultural Center
3130 McLeod
Las Vegas NV
$12 at the door, $10 in advance
more info: 702-455-7340

Saturday April 25th 3:30pm
Wind ensemble 'Ventuex Quintet" performs a concert......group includes flute, horn, bassoon, oboe and clarinet......
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Saturday April 25th 5:30pm
Chamber Music recital by doctoral piano student; Ryan Kelly, program includes pieces with piano, flute cello and voice
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332

Saturday April 25th 7:30pm
Las Vegas Philharmonic directed by Donato Cabrera performs a program including John Adams'
"Chairman Dances," Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, and Rachmaninov's "Variations on a Theme by Paganini" featuring
piano soloist Joyce Yang
Reynolds Hall
Smith Center
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas NV
$26-94
more info:702-749-2000

Sunday April 26th 1:00pm
Doctoral tuba recital featuring Stephen Turner, program includes works by Broughton, DiLorenzo, Ewazen and more
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Sunday April 26th 3:30pm
Las Vegas Guitar Quartet: Eddie Carcamo, Rese Comas, Julien D'Ottavio, and Daniel Munoz perform a concert including J. S. Bach, Bellianti, de Falla and much more
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info 702-895-3332






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Monday, April 13, 2015

Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of April 13

Monday April 13th 7:30pm
Contemporary classical music including works by UNLV composer in residence Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, G. Liu, Theo Musgrave, Takemitsu and more, performers include flutists Anastasia Petanova and Martha Barth (of Eighth Blackbird), guitarist Dieter Hennings, violinist Sammi Ciarlo, pianist Jae Ahn and more
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Tuesday April 14th 7:30pm
Doctoral Vocal Lecture recital by Stephanie Weiss, program focuses on the voice type
required for works by Wagner and Strauss, along with pianist Jae Ahn-Benton, she will
perform excerpts from "Tannhauser, Der Rosenkavalier, Parsifal" and more
UNLV HFA buidling - Room 147
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Wednesday April 15th 8:00pm
Guitar Concert by "Brasil Guitar Duo:" Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora,
program includes classical and Brazilian works
UNLV Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$40, discounts available, students with ID 1 $13 rush ticket, 1 hour before concert
more info: 702-895-2787

Friday April 17th 7:30pm
Saturday April 18th 7:30pm

Experimental percussion and lighting concert featuring the UNLV percussion and
moving light groups
UNLV Black Box Theater
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$10, $8 discounts, students with ID 1 free ticket 1 hour before concert
more info: 702-895-2787

Saturday April 18th 7:00pm
Middle Eastern/Flamenco/Jazz fusion concert featuring Flamenco guitarist R.J. Fox, Arabic Nay player Bishr Hijazi and Arabic Keyboardist James Yousef, they will present a unique concert with jazz and arabic improvisational styles
Police Memorial Park (on the lawn, bring chairs/blankets)
3250 Metro Academy Way
Las Vegas NV 89129
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-229-2787

Saturday April 18th 7:30pm
Vocal recital featuring tenors Alfredo Martirena and Tianci Jay Zheng, and soprano Cheyna Simone Alexandra along with cellist Eddie Yu and pianist Albina Asryan, they will perform works by Gounod, Faure, Massenet, Shoenberg, and much more
Green Valley Presbyterian Church
1798 Wigwam Pkwy
Henderson Nv 89074
Free and Open to the Public, donations accepted for the musicians
more info: 702-454-8484

Sunday April 19th 2:00pm
Henderson Symphony directed by Taras Krysa presents a concert featuring the young artist competition winners
Henderson Pavilion
200 S. Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson NV 89012
Free and Open to the public, $10 donation suggested
more info: 702-267-2171

Sunday April 19th 3:30pm
Doctoral Vocal recital by tenor William McCullough, along with pianist Jae Ahn-Benton they will perform Schumann's "Liederkreis" and Mahler's "Ruckert Lieder"
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Sunday April 19th 25th 5:30pm
Vocal Recital by Chapman University Voice professor and UNLV Artist in Residence; soprano Rebecca Sherburn, along with UNLV Voice professor Tod Fitzpatrick
UNLV Doc Rando Hall
Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

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Monday, April 06, 2015

Nancy Good, Photography: A Collage Made of Secrets

Dr. Laura Henkel,
Contributing Writer

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”
Diane Arbus (1923-1971)

Renown for her mosaic like compositions that suggest metamorphism, hybridity, and transformation, Nancy Good’s striking work addresses thematics such as landscape, identity, as well as ideas of purification, gender, beauty, and concealment.

Good uses images of masks, and portraiture as a means of telling a story and like the contemporary photographer Cindy Sherman, Good is her own primary model, and the result is enigmatic, suggesting disguise, secrecy, façade, and veiling. Of this essence Good says: “The unseen (shadow) is as crucial as the visible, and quite often far more powerful.”

Good’s newest series of multi-media works are intricately assembled from photography, digital techniques, including postproduction digital manipulation, with striking additions of paint and ink. The titles as well call to mind inner struggles, and as such are deeply emotive. Works like Draped in Unmasked Secrets of Masked Thoughts (2014) use the combination of natural texture − earthy sand, stone and wood surface, juxtaposed with the ominous patterned skin of a snake, human eyes staring out, echoing a sense of entrapment.

Yet, like most of Good’s work this picture is not easily interpreted, for the serpent can also refer to fertility and feminine power. Similarly, Emerging from Palette Strokes of My Own Doing (2014) is a haunting and perplexing picture. There is a cracked surface encasing a woman, the bright colors are refracting against what seems like a forest scene, reminding one of the transformative Greek myth of Daphne who finds herself turned to a tree. Good’s piercing eyes make the work at once compelling and ethereal, teaching us about the power of hidden and multifaceted symbolism.

The idea of masks and identity is taken further in her series eARThen (2014-15) a group of images showing her visage shot in contrast light, echoing the famous Richard Avedon photos of the West. Good has adorned her face in clay, reflecting on her relationship to the natural landscape and the idea of purification, and models of womanly beauty, particularly the often-exhausting extent of beauty rituals and models of perfection.

Good has been honored with solo exhibition at The Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas; The Gallery @ 417 Union, Nashville; The Gallery@theatre7, Las Vegas; Tepoca Artists Group; Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, as well as the Nashville International Airport among many others.

She has also participated in numerous group exhibits, a selection of which includes Las Vegas City Hall (2014-2014); The Charleston Heights Arts Center, Las Vegas (2014); The Mayor's Gallery, Historic Fifth Street School, Las Vegas (2014); Charleston Heights Arts Center, Las Vegas (2013/ 2014); The Nevada Arts Commission and the Goldwell Open Air Museum.

Good is the recipient of various awards including Best in Show and the Inspire Award, Juried Exhibition, Think & Wonder, Inc. Las Vegas (2014); Nevada Arts Commission, Las Vegas, The Office of Cultural Affairs (2014); and from the Professional Women Photographers Spring 2013 Competition, New York. In addition to expansive commercial success, the artist’s work has been featured in a wide array of print publications including Nevada Magazine and the book Life Cube (2014). As well, Good leads workshops and teaches photography and is a member of the Las Vegas Photography Collective. Good lives and works in her ateliers in Southern California and Nevada.

THE UNMASKING | March 5 - May 14, 2014
Closing Reception and Artist Talk | May 14, 2014 @ 6:30 PM


R. Cline Arts
8 E. Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103




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Coffee with Kaizer... Musical happenings for the week of April 6

Monday April 6th 7:30pm
Classical music concert featuring pianist Raja Rahman, violinist and
concertmaster of the Las Vegas Philharmonic DeAnn Letourneau, cellist
from the Cirque show "O" Dena Massaro, violist from Broadway's "The Lion
King" Ralph Farris, program includes Chopin, Hindemith, Dvorak and Beethoven
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas NV 89119
$15 adults, $10 children
more info: 702-507-3459

Tuesday April 7th 7:30pm
Piano recital by Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman, program includes the US premiere of Ukrainian Composer Yuri Ischenko's Sonata No. 6, along with works by American composers James Matheson and Tom Flaherty that call for toy piano and electronics
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Wednesday April 8th 7:30pm
UNLV community concert band directed by Anthony LaBounty, program of patriotic music including works by Leroy Anderson, John Philip Sousa, novel works including "Concerto for Cell Phone" by Stephenson, the traditional "Taps," and more, this concert benefits "T.A.P.P.S." an organization promoting the performance of "Taps" at Las Vegas military funerals by quality live musicians (they are being replaced by recordings)
UNLV Ham Hall Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$10, $8 discounts available, 1 free ticket per student with ID
more info: 702-895-2787

Thursday April 9th 1:00pm
Doctoral Conducting Lecture Recital by Rachel Waddell, focusing on the "Gap Between University Training and Professional Experience of Orchestral Conductors," and will include a performance of F. S. Kelly's "Elegy for Strings"
Room 160
UNLV Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Thursday April 9th 5:00pm
Doctoral Clarinet Lecture Recital by Jennifer Iles, considering Mercadante's scenes from "Emma d'Antiochia Atto II," Schoenberg's "Pierre Lunaire" and Dolphy's "God Bless the Child"
Room 147
UNLV Ham Fine Arts Building
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the Public
more info: 702-895-3332

Thursday April 9th 6:30pm
Las Vegas Youth Orchestra and Band Concert presents a program featuring their concerto competition winners
Smith Center Reynolds Hall
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas NV 89106
$10-$40
more info:702-749-2000

Friday April 10th 7:30pm
Organ recital by Dr. Angela Kraft Cross, program includes works by Cross (the organist her self,) Langlais, Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms and more
UNLV Doc Rando Hall - Beam Music Center
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
more info: 702-898-5455

Saturday April 11th 12:00pm-5:00pm
International cultures' dance, music, food and more presented at UNLV's "Festival of Communities" there will be performances all day along with art, food and more for sale
"Alumni Walk" (big green lawn behind and south of the music alumni and student union buildings)
UNLV
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
Free and Open to the public
more info: 702-895-5607

Saturday April 11th 2:00pm
Jazz and Contemporary music by Firenze Strings, Vertex 3 and friends: violinists Rebecca Sabine, DeAnn Letourneau, Geri Thompson, cellist Moonlight Tran, bassist Geoff Neumann, and pianist Otto Ehling and composer/percussionist Aaron Ramsey, they will perform the music of Chick Corea including "Miniatures for Bass and String Quartet and Piano" arranged by Aaron Ramsey along with the music of Aaron Ramsey himself
Winchester Cultural Center
3130 S. McLeod Dr.
Las Vegas NV 89121
$10 in advance $12 at the door
more info: 702-455-7340

Saturday April 11th 3:00pm
Popular, folk, 'easy listening' styles and more performed by violinist Jennifer Argenti, she played with Willie Nelson...........
"Hattie's House"
9109 Lazy Hill Circle
Las Vegas NV 89117
$15, (cash/check only)
more info: 702-255-0695

Saturday April 11th 6:30pm
Traditional music of India performed by vocalists Rana Chatterjee and Sangeeta Melekar, along with keyboardist Piyush, and percussionists Daxesh and Jaykumar
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas NV 89119
$25-$50 adults, $15-$25 children (tickets include traditional Indian dinner)
Bharti Sharma: 702-339-2688
Saturday April 11th 7:30pm
Wind ensemble concert by Desert Winds......program includes music that makes you think of the color green....
Congregation Ner Tamid
55 N. Valley Verde Dr.
Henderson NV 89074
$15
more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colorations-in-emerald-tickets-13566488733

Sunday April 12th 3:00pm
Handel's famous oratorio "Messiah" (Parts 2 and 3) presented by Musical Arts Chorus and 22 piece orchestra with guest soloists
UNLV Ham Concert Hall
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89154
$18, $15, $8 discounts available
more info: 702-895-2787








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Friday, April 03, 2015

April First Friday Has Arrived! Its no joke! TONIGHT! Seriously.

The zany and fun monthly fete has arrived and with the weather feeling ever so perfect on this April 2015 it makes for an event that should not be missed. So get out of the house and come Downtown to celebrate Las Vegas Arts and Culture at its best!

For more information please visit - http://fflv.net/menu/



Yours Truly with a REAL First Friday Tattoo

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