The Neon Museum announces resident artist, composer and musician Jennifer Bellor with free performances scheduled at the North Gallery April 23-24

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On Saturday April 23 and Sunday April 24, at noon and 1 p.m., the Neon Museum will welcome its spring performer in residence, UNLV Visiting Professor in Composition and Theory Jennifer Bellor.

Funded in part by grants from Nevada Arts Council and the National Foundation for the Arts, this residency invites the artist to create a project integrating the outdoor space with North Gallery of the Neon Museum.

Bellor’s winning proposal expressed his interest in the intersection of genres, combining the visual environment of the Neon Museum with his own new musical compositions and dances “to offer the public a completely new interpretation and a better appreciation of the history” of Las Vegas. During the performance in the North Gallery, the audience will help them create sound layers which will then be accompanied by a pianist, a clarinetist and a percussionist to compose a composition on the spot.

Jennifer Bellor is a versatile composer who enjoys collaborating with classical and jazz musicians as well as singers, dancers, librettists and visual artists. Her works have been performed by national and international organizations such as Washington National Opera, Lviv Philharmonic, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, ACO Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute readings in New York, North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Aspen Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Saxophone Project, Nazareth College Wind Symphony, California State University East Bay Wind Orchestra, UNLV Jazz Ensemble, Florida State University Festival of New Music, Hildegard Festival, Ritsos Project in Greece and many more United States and abroad.

Bellor has won numerous awards for her work, including the Judity Lang Zaimont Award from the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM), the 2013 DownBeat Award, and the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra Composition Competition. Bellor’s debut album “Familiar Stranger” will be released in late spring / early summer 2016, featuring a variety of his compositions that combine jazz / classical / contemporary rock and even hip hop. Musicians from UNLV and the Eastman School of Music are in the spotlight.

Jennifer got a doctorate. in Music Composition from the Eastman School of Music, a Masters in Music Composition from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Cornell University. His main composition teachers included David Liptak, Bob Morris, Andrew Wagoner, Sally Lamb-McCune, and Steven Stucky.

Reservations are required for this free public event. To book your ticket, go to www.neonmuseum.org/happenings or call (702) 387-6366.


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