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UNLV Music Library Highlighted Venues: Dubai Opera House

Dubai Opera House

The Dubai Opera House, located in downtown Dubai, is a 2,000 seat multi-format performing arts center. Designed by Janus Rostock, this venue can be converted into a concert hall, traditional theatre, or banquet hall. It was completed in 2016 and has hosted a wide range of performances including Operas, Musicals, Ballet, Theatre, Comedy, Jazz, and Pop.

UNLV Music Library Highlighted Venues: The Kimmel Center

The Kimmel Center is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its creation came about in 1996 as the Philadelphia Orchestra and Mayor Edward Rendell worked together to not only find a permanent home for the orchestra, but also give space to traveling prominent performers. 

Many large venues can be found within the Kimmel Center. One being Verizon Hall, a 2,500- seat concert hall, along with an upgraded Academy of Music (2,900 seats) and Merriam Theater (1,841 seats). Not to mention its smaller spaces like Perelman Theater (650 seats) and a black box theater, SEI Innovation Studio. 

Within the performing arts center, there are eight resident companies. These are, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philly Pops, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Curtis Institute of Music, Opera Philadelphia and finally, the Pennsylvania Ballet. 

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UNLV Music Library Iconic Performances: Virtual Verbier Festival

Virtual Verbier Festival

The Verbier Festival is typically an international classical music festival held in Switzerland. This festival and retreat is an opportunity for musicians to meet, collaborate, and premier new music. This year, they have had to go virtual with video interviews, masterclasses, and streaming past performances each day by featured artists and conductors through the Medici website. Along with this, live-streamed concerts are available on the Verbier Festival website. Featured names this year are Yuja Wang, Valery Gergiev, Martha Argerich, the Capuçon brothers, Yuja Wang, Joshua Bell, Evgeny Kissin, Mischa Maisky and many more.

Check out more information about concerts on Medici.

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UNLV Music Library Media Highlight Series: Leonard Bernstein Conducts Bach and Stravinsky

Leonard Bernstein conducts Bach and Stravinsky

Missing live music? Why not watch one of the greatest conductors in action! Available for check out is a 1977 recording of Leonard Bernstein at the English Bach Festival, conducting in Saint Augustine's Church. In the recording, Bernstein conducts J. S. Bach's Magnificat and Igor Stravensky's Mass. Soloist's Anny Mory, Patricia Parker, Rodney Hardesty, John Mitchinson, and Paul Hudson join the English Bach Festival choir and Orchestra in this archived performance. Check this item out.

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UNLV Music Library Highlighted Venues: The Jay Pritzker Pavilion

The Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Located at the Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion is a hub of free cultural performances. This outdoor theater is home to the Grant Park Music Festival, the Grant Park Symphony and Chorus, and the home of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. This park also hosts food festivals, world music festivals, and community holiday events. The theater is located in the large Grant Park(formerly Lake Park) along the shore of Lake Michigan. Grant Park is a large urban park that also houses Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum Campus.

Find their website here:

https://millenniumparkfoundation.org/art-architecture/pritzker-pavilion/

Take a virtual tour of the Pavilion here.

#IWearAMaskFor: Keeping the UNLV Community Healthy

As our campus begins to reopen, keeping the UNLV community healthy and safe is an utmost priority for the Music Library. Upon reopening, the Music Library will fully support UNLV's campus position on requiring face coverings for entry to public spaces.

While the effectiveness of face coverings is controversial, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) insists that masks act as a barrier to control the spread of respiratory droplets coming from the nose and mouth.

Taking this simple precaution along with washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and staying home when you are not feeling well will help stop the spread of COVID-19.

UNLV Music Library Media Highlight Series: (Hamilton: original Broadway cast recording)

Hamilton: original Broadway cast recording

Do you want to sing-along with every song from the multi awarding play Hamilton, newly released on Disney+? You are in luck! Released September 25th, 2015, The Hamilton original Broadway cast recording has preserved the music from the play into a 2 disc set complete with credits and song lyrics. 

Hamilton, is an American Musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and based on the Alexander Hamilton biography by Ron Chernow published in 2004. The music in Hamilton melds a diverse group of genres into a uniquely American creation. 

Want to borrow the physical copy of this album? You can find it in the UNLV Music Library! 

UNLV Catalog- Hamilton: original Broadway cast recording

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UNLV Music Library Highlighted Venues: Tennessee Theatre

The theatre, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, originally only showed movies when it opened up in 1928. In 1981 it began a gradual shift from being only a single-screen theater to a performing arts venue with multiple uses. Restorations to the building began in 2003, and reopened in 2005 with the help of public and private donations. 

Today, one can listen to classical music, watch a vintage film, or catch a performance by their favorite performer. Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Opera, and UT Cultural Attractions also share this theatre year round. The theater hosts wedding receptions, private parties, corporate events as well. 

Performers like Kacey Musgraves, John Legend, and Young the Giant have all performed here. Broadway shows like Fiddler on the Roof have also been performed at the venue as well!

Watch the video below for a 360 Video Tour of the performance space!

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UNLV Music Library Highlighted Media: Richard Miller Collection

With some digging through the UNLV Music Library artifacts, I was able to find some potential treasures from the late Richard Miller, the well known professor of singing at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. I label these as artifacts because after searching high and low on the internet, I couldn't find a digital version of these items. In fact, what I was able to find was the same thing we have here in the Music Library: VHS's. That's right, we're going old school today.

These VHS's range from about 50 to 95 minutes long, with one exception of only 8 minutes of footage. And what is the footage on the tapes you ask impatiently? Videos of students working on various techniques with the late Richard Miller's narration. In out library, we have 8 videos, working with male and female voices on subjects like registration, resonance, agility and onset. One of these videos is shows registration through fiber-scope video and another tours the instruments used in 1990's of…Read More

UNLV Music Library Highlighted Media: Hairspray (2007)

Hairspray, the motion picture, is largely categorized as a musical comedy, and is set in 1960s Baltimore. Teenager Tracy Turnblad (Nicole Blonsky), the main character, longs to dance on “The Corny Collins Show,” and takes a chance at auditioning. Tracy eventually ends up on the show, but is belittled by the show’s favorite, Amber, and Amber’s mother, Velma. At the same time, Tracy also fights with the two and with many segregationists to bring racial integration on “The Corny Collins Show.” The movie has many themes, but the main one is bringing racial integration to the fictional Baltimore TV Show and throughout the city. 

This 2007 version was adapted from the 1988 movie of the same name, along with the 2002 Hairspray Broadway Musical. Music and lyrics from the movie were rewritten by the original’s Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman. Both had to find a way to cut out some excess of the previous version. Direction and choreographer, Adam Shankman,…Read More

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