Back to the stage: UNLV’s upcoming performances

Graphic by Kayla Roberts

After the events of Dec. 6, all remaining performances for the winter semester at the UNLV Performing Arts Center had to be canceled. However, the center is now back in full swing for the spring semester, featuring a diverse lineup of shows for UNLV students to attend. For February, there are six exciting performances scheduled.

UNLV Chamber Music Society: For the End of Time, Feb. 8
The UNLV Chamber Music Society will perform Olivier Messiaen’s “Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps” or “Quartet for the End of Time.” This eight-movement piece is performed by a clarinet, violin, cello and piano. Messiaen wrote the piece while a prisoner of war in German captivity. It serves as a commentary on the end of time, based on the New Testament Book of Revelation. 

The performance will take place in the Lee and Thomas Beam Music Center.

Nevada Conservatory Theatre: Shorts – A Festival of Short Plays, Feb. 9-11, 14-17, 23-25
The Nevada Conservatory Theatre (NCT) presents multiple short plays directed by local Las Vegas artists. Although information about the specific short plays is currently unavailable, the UNLV Performing Arts Center website ensures that it “will be an evening not to be missed.” Kristen Brandt, executive director of NCT, is “thrilled to bring Las Vegas’s immensely talented theatre directors to Nevada Conservatory Theatre. It’s important to [their] mission to create opportunities for students to work alongside professional artists. Not only do [their] students gain real-world experience, but this also provides them with connections to this vibrant community.”

A sensory-friendly version of the show will be available on Feb. 18 only, and it will be located in the Black Box Theatre inside Alta Ham Fine Arts.

UNLV World Music Ensemble: 2024 Lunar New Year Concert, Feb. 10
This year’s Lunar New Year Concert will blend traditional Chinese and Korean music with displays of kung fu and classic Chinese dances. 

The performance will take place in the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall.

UNLV Symphony Orchestra: Strauss – “Ein Heldenleben,” Feb. 14
The UNLV Symphony implores you to join them through Richard Strauss’s tone poem, “Ein Heldenleben” (A Hero’s Life), which will bring the audience along the hero’s journey. Strauss provided six main sections for his journey: The Hero, The Hero’s Adversaries, The Hero’s Companion, The Hero’s Battlefield, The Hero’s Works of Peace and The Hero’s Retreat from the World and Fulfillment. 

This performance will take place at the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall.

UNLV Dance: Full Spectrum, Feb. 23-24, 27
Full Spectrum is a collection of works choreographed by faculty and guest artists, including pieces by Erick Hawkins, a 20th-century choreographer heavily influenced by the dances of American Indians, Greek classics, Japanese aesthetics and Zen thinking. 

The performance will take place at the Judy Bayley Theatre.

UNLV Jazz: Joe Williams Scholarship Concert, Feb. 25
UNLV will celebrate the legacy of influential jazz singer Joe Williams with their 34th Annual Joe Williams Scholarship Concert this year. Audiences should be prepared to listen to Williams’ mastery of jazz, blues and ballads performed by UNLV Jazz. 

This performance will take place at the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall.

UNLV Wind Orchestra: The President’s Concert, Feb. 29
The UNLV Wind Orchestra is back with this year’s President’s Concert, featuring a mix of classic masterworks and contemporary repertoire. They have premiered works by young composers such as Eric Whitacre, Jim Bonnet, Nathan Tanouye, and many more. 

This yearly event will take place at the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall.

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