Concerts on the Platte
The Concerts-on-the-Platte recital series, which features full-scale recitals of UNK music faculty and guest-artists, was inaugurated during the summer of 1999 to better reflect the institution's growing role in Nebraska as a magnet for faculty artist-performers. With an increasing number of music performance majors and other music students interested in presenting recitals themselves, the series has served to provide professional examples to the department's growing enrollment. Included has been a broad cross-section of chamber, instrumental, vocal and solo piano recitals, as well as jazz combo events. A concert season usually features between twelve and sixteen recitals. Guest artists have traveled from as far as Poland, Germany, and Korea to perform on the series. All concerts are free and open to the public.
New Music Festival
The UNK New Music Festival was established in 2002 to provide a venue for community exposure to recent contemporary classical music, and to provide a platform for UNK student composers to have their works performed and critiqued by active professionals. The spring semester festival typically includes recitals, a student master class, and a composers' symposium; and has drawn professional and student composers from institutions and cities in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, and several other countries. Performers for the recitals of the festival have included UNK faculty and students, as well as guest musicians.