Neon Museum Artist-in-Residence April 23-24

Excited to share the news about my residency with the Neon Museum April 23-24! VegasNews.com released the press release…

Posted by Jennifer Bellor, composer on Sunday, April 10, 2016

Recording Sessions for “Bordello Nights” April 3, 2016

On Sunday, April 3rd, the UNLV Wind Orchestra under the direction of Tom Leslie recorded my composition Bordello Nights with the jazz soloists Eric Marienthal, Colin Gordon, Mitch Forman, Kevin Axt, and Bernie Dresel. The ensemble sounded fantastic, and cannot wait to hear the finished product next year!

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898 Hildegard for Chorus and Orchestra

My new composition 898 Hildegard for chorus and orchestra commissioned by the Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus will be premiered first in Rochester, NY, and then will receive its Southwest premiere by the Las Vegas Philharmonic April 2017.

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Photo After the Premiere of “Bordello Nights” March 10, 2016

Premiere of “Reste” at the UNLV Nextet Concert, March 14, 2015

Clarinetist Cory Tiffin premiered my composition Reste at the UNLV Nextet Concert March 14, 2016. Joining him was Luigi Ng on vibraphone, and Jae Ahn-Benton on piano. What a beautiful performance!

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The French definition of reste is “to remain or stay.” It is fascinating how we may not remember activities or conversations we had yesterday or even minutes prior, but we would recall vivid details about specific events in the more distant past. As we recall these events more than once, did some details change over time, and if so, how real is this memory?  I came across this quote from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on the concept of Memory: “The very idea of truth in memory, and the attendant possibility of error, implies that we are naturally realists about the past: but this fact about us doesn’t dictate answers to questions about just how, or how often, we do remember past truly.” Relating this to my composition, the eight-note motive first played in the vibraphone and piano that continually return throughout represent the objective memories that remain with us over time that may or may not help shape our identity (i.e., the actual event versus our own perception/interpretation). The clarinet part contains fragments from the motive along with other melodic material that shapes the lines, representing the subjectivity we have when recalling past events, and how our own interpretations can creep in and re-shape the memories we have over time.

Reste will also be performed at the New Music at the Green Mill Series in Chicago May 1, 2016.

Women Composers Festival of Hartford performance of “Songs of Ethereality”

Wish I could be at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford to hear Rachel Love perform my "Songs of Ethereality" for mezzo-soprano and piano, and hear the other compositions on the program!

Posted by Jennifer Bellor, composer on Sunday, March 13, 2016

UNLV Wind Orchestra premiere of “Bordello Nights” featuring Jazz Band

Here are photos from the premiere of Bordello Nights March 10th featuring the UNLV Wind Orchestra under the direction of Tom Leslie, and jazz performers Eric Marienthal, Colin Gordon, Mitch Forman, Kevin Axt, and Bernie Dresel. It was such an honor to work with everyone!

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Dress rehearsal photos of UNLV Wind Orchestra performing “Bordello Nights”

Photos from the dress rehearsal tonight! The UNLV Wind Orchestra under the direction of Tom Leslie sounds amazing, and am looking forward to the concert tomorrow! They are premiering my new piece featuring Eric Marienthal, alto sax; Colin Gordon, soprano sax; Mitch Forman, piano; Kevin Axt, bass; Bernie Dresel, drums. 7:30pm, March 10, Ham Hall!🎉🎹 🎷 🎼🎺

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UNLV Wind Orchestra premiere of “Bordello Nights” Thursday, March 10!

So excited for the UNLV Wind Orchestra concert this Thursday, March 10th at 7:30pm in Ham Hall! They will be premiering…

Posted by Jennifer Bellor, composer on Monday, March 7, 2016

Rehearsal of “Reste” for UNLV Nextet Concert, March 14, 7:30pm, Doc Rando

My new composition Reste for clarinet, vibraphone, and piano will be premiered on the UNLV Nextet Concert tomorrow at 7:30pm, Doc Rando Recital Hall featuring clarinetist Cory Tiffin with Luigi Ng playing vibes, and Jae Ahn-Benton on piano. They sound fabulous, and can’t wait to hear them tomorrow! Here is a photo of them at a rehearsal, along with the poster about the concert tomorrow:

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