UNC Associate Professor of Art Lauren Lipinski Eisen's Wildfire Series quadtych
was awarded Best of Show at the "Square" Juried Exhibition at Core New Art Space in Denver. Eisen has four encaustic paintings from her "Wildfire" series in the current show at the gallery and was awarded best of show at the November 15th opening reception. The pieces, entitled "Containment", "Plume Rise", "Crown Fire", and "Firelight" offer the viewer an interesting composite of materials derived from and encompassing nature. read more
Colorado Piano Festival Nov. 23-24 Includes Free Performances
The University of Northern Colorado's College of Performing and Visual Arts and School of Music will host the sixth annual Colorado Piano Festival Nov. 23-24, featuring performances by the festival's guest artist, faculty and students. All are open to the public free of charge.
The festival's highlights include a solo recital by guest artist Anton Nel, director and professor of Keyboard Studies at the University of Texas, at 8 p.m., Nov. 23 in Milne Auditorium in Kepner Hall. Nel, a Johanesburg, South Africa, native has performed in venues around the world since winning every major piano competition South Africa while in his teens.
The winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition also will conduct a master class for UNC piano students during the festival.
The students will perform a program featuring solo pianists and chamber ensembles at 4 p.m. on Nov. 23 in Milne Auditorium. read more
It was just three years ago when Dana Pekarek walked into her house with her arms full of groceries to find both her daughters, Neyla and Romi, bawling and her husband, Rodger, trying to reason with them.
Neyla wanted to go on tour with a band she joined a year ago after answering a Craigslist ad for a singer and a cellist. Dreams were fine, but the problem was, dreams, or the tour, wouldn't pay off the debt Neyla acquired at UNC, where Rodger graduated in 1970. Neyla had just graduated with a degree in Music Education after switching from studying vocal performance and musical theater a few semesters earlier. read more
A Chance at Stardom
UNC Musical Theatre major Jeffrey Zicker put his education on hold last year to join the national tour of the hit Broadway play Shrek: The Musical, filling multiple roles, including an alternating one as Shrek. He's returned to school for his senior year and has no regrets about either of his decisions.
Zicker was asked to audition for Shrek in summer 2012 by a casting director who remembered him from earlier unsuccessful auditions for the national tour of Beauty and the Beast. When the director subsequently called to tell him he needed to fill roles for the Shrektour, Zicker immediately booked a flight to New York City. Three weeks later he landed the roles and began rehearsals in mid-September.
"I almost dropped the phone when I got the call because I was shaking from being so excited and thrilled," said Zicker, who has dreamed of an acting career since middle school.
Ed and Marsha (Taub) Edmunds, who met as students at UNC, have been creating monsters for 35 years.
Tucked away in a nondescript warehouse on 13th Street in Greeley, Distortions Unlimited's scary monster designs include everything from zombies to demonic babies. Yet the most interesting part of the business is its owners.
Their, um, body of work includes designs at amusement parks, haunted houses and retail stores all over the world. Some of their most recognizable creations have appeared in movies (Alien 3 and Batman) and on music sets (Alice Cooper's Brutal Planet tour). read more
30th Annual Western States Orchestra Festival features Violinist Rachel Pine
In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a great interpreter of classical works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She plays with passion and conviction across an extensive repertoire. Audiences are thrilled by her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.
The Festival runs November 7-9 at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley. 130 high school students from throughout the region come to Greeley to study withUNC faculty and guest artists. The award-winning University Symphony Orchestra performs at 7:30 on November 7th. The WSHOF student concert is november 9th at 4pm. Tickets - call 970-351-1921
Opera Theatre Presented the World Premier of "Stonewall"
UNC's Opera Theatre program will present the world premier of David Conte's opera Stonewall, set to a libretto by former UNC student and frequent Conte collaborator, John Stirling Walker, who died in May. Performances were at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Hensel Phelps Theatre at the Union Colony Civic Center.
Focused in and around the pivotal events of June 28, 1969, during a spontaneous response by New York's gay and lesbian community to police harassment, the composer describes the work as a spiritual channel, much of what happens in an otherworldly realm where fictional characters of the revolt meet such entertainment figures as Michael Jackson and Judy Garland. Opera theatre director Brian Ludloff describes the opera as "a very interesting and challenging work."
The performance is a collaboration of the Opera Theatre program, the GLBTA Resource Office and the Women's Studies program.
For ticket information, call 970-351-2200. Please note: The performance contains adult themes and language and is not suitable for young audiences
CPVA in the News
The College of Performing and Visual Arts is often mentioned my various news media. Click on the links below to read more about our college.
- College of Performing and Visual Arts Welcomes New Dean
- Professor Co-Chairs National Committee Creating New Standards in Arts Education
- Congratulations to Music Alumnus Richard Killmer (BA ‘60) chosen as the awardee for Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
- Concert on the Summit
- UNC Associate Director of Bands Honored
- DownBeat, the country’s leading jazz magazine, has once again recognized UNC Jazz LabBand 1 and the University Symphony Orchestra among the world’s best.
- The National Endowment for the Arts awarded the University of Northern Colorado a $25,000 grant to support research of student movement and professional development for K-12 teachers through the Center for Integrated Arts Education. UNC was the only university to receive a grant of this kind in Colorado. The funding supports a two-year study to determine how much school-age children move throughout the school day. In addition, the grant provides funding for the long-running Arts Education Leadership Institute for K-12 teachers.