Southern Utah University Shines with a “True Light: Accessing Stillness” Choral Performance

Less than one hundred miles north of Mesquite is what at first appears to be a sleepy small town, but it is the home of the Shakespearean festivals and Southern Utah University (SUU). A late September visit to Cedar City and a walk around the University campus yielded more than the usual Shakespearean Festival theatre tickets. The University and Cedar City provide a wealth of entertainment not just during the Shakespearean festival season but all year long. The Symphony Orchestra of Southern Utah as well as the University put on some amazing, dazzling and top notch entertainment events. I would rate the SUU School of music among the best in the country.

As the Shakespearean Festival 2019 season came to a close on October 4, SUU sponsored its annual choral event for 2019 titled “True Light: Acessing Stillness”. It was a privilege to hear and see this beautiful presentation and a memorable performance of the SUU Concert Choir, the Luminosa Choir, the Opus Choir and the special visiting high school choir guests.

I will ask that you watch the following presentation in its entirety in order to appreciate the dedication to excellence, the long hours of practice, and the talent brought to this masterful vocal expression of music. You will also be pleased to note that there is passion for this performance art being displayed by all that participated in this choral presentation. Please watch:

We thank you and your students for the music and all the joy it brings.

Dr. Krystal Rickard McCoy is assistant professor of choral education at Southern Utah University (SUU) where she teaches choral literature, methods, advanced conducting, applied voice and conducts the Luminosa (Women’s Choir). In addition, she advises the ACDA student chapter at SUU.

Dr. McCoy began her teaching career in high school choral music where she taught in the New Jersey Public School System for five years. Under her direction, the choral ensembles won superior awards at competitions, frequently performed in Carnegie Hall, and traveled to Sydney, Australia to perform in the Sydney Opera House. Her prior collegiate appointments include the College of Southern Maryland and University of Delaware. Most recently, Dr. McCoy focused on creating community choral programs in Southern Maryland for all ages. She founded and was the Artistic Director of Choral Activities for St. Maries Choral Arts, a community choral organization that provides singing opportunities for second graders through adults, encompassing five ensembles. She was co-founder of the Chesapeake Children’s Chorus and consulted with Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the largest choral organization in the nation for older adults.

Dr. McCoy adjudicates at choral festivals and clinics in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia. She presents at conferences and choral reading sessions and conducts honor choirs at various levels.  Her education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Bucknell University, a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, and a Doctorate of Musical Art in Music Education from Boston University. She studied conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt, Andrew Megill, James Jordan and William Payn. She performs frequently as a soprano soloist in choral works such as Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Handel’s Messiah. She was the soprano in residence for the Bach Cantata Ensemble of Southern Maryland. Her research interests include community engagement, adult music education, and preservice music education.

Turning Up The Summer Heat at the Casablanca in Mesquite

August is always hot in Mesquite and just when you thought the heat was just unbearable, EC Adams turned it up a notch at the Casablanca with the “Spreading the Love Tour – Music of the Seventies”. Actually the show was totally cool, given all the heat.  The audience was totally engaged in dancing and singing along with EC.  Memories of the 70s came flowing back rejuvenating the enthusiatic listeners and turning them into active dancer, shakers and movers.  

 

 

Here is the opening set of songs that you will recognize from the life and times of the melodies we grew up with – well some of us anyway (those with grandchildren?). 

 

                                                                     

 

Great entertainment and fun continued with a medley of more 70s melodies and and ending with a “Soul Train”.  Be sure to watch the second part of the show.  

 

 

 

 

59S Previews New UVLED Disinfection Products

In January 2019 we visited the Shenzhen UVLED Optical 59S products exhibit at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. These products will help to contain the spread of infectious bacteria, virus and parasites lingering on common household items.

In January we saw previews of 59S product prototypes ranging from UVLED light boxes, to large diaper bag lightboxes and UVLED wands. The display and the promises of a chemical and detergent free methods and the results of bacterial kill rates demonstrated at the exhibit were quite impressive. I was looking forward to availability of the 59S product line in the US. Please view this video of the visit and the news of product availability in the US.





Please pardon the error in the videos. The correct product brand is 59S not S59. BTW 59S stands for 59 seconds.

Legislative Session Ends – Major Party Voter Share Down

By Doug Goodman -Founder & Executive Director Nevadans for Election Reform

Last month we asked if the political maneuvering during the legislative session would drive voter share of the major political parties down. Based on the voter registration numbers for June 2019 just released by the secretary of state, that could be the case.  

Across all tracked demographics; Statewide, Clark County, Washoe County, rural counties, among younger and older voters, both the Democratic and Republican Party lost voter share. The only exception, the Democratic Party held steady among those 18 to 34 years of age. At the same time, Non-Partisan gained share among all demographics and the minor parties (Independent American, Libertarian, and others) were mixed, either holding steady or gaining.

Raw growth was not any kinder to the major parties. Their percentage of growth lagged behind Non-Partisan and the minor parties. The highest rate of growth was seen by the Independent American and Libertarian parties.

State-Wide

Party Change in # Voters % Change % Voter Share Difference in Voter Share %
D 3,073 0.52% 38.06% -0.01%
R 2,054 0.39% 33.55% -0.06%
NP 2,785 0.81% 22.11% 0.06%
IAP 602 0.88% 4.41% 0.01%
LIB 153 0.97% 1.01% 0.00%
Other 16 0.12% 0.86% 0.00%
Total not D or R 28.39% 0.07

 Other includes Green Party, Natural Law Party, and others

Clark County

Party Change in # Voters % Change % Voter Share Difference in Voter Share %
D 2,708 0.60% 41.78% -0.02%
R 1,526 0.48% 29.30% -0.05%
NP 2,245 0.91% 23.02% 0.06%
IAP 483 1.08% 4.15% 0.02%
LIB 124 1.26% 0.92% 0.01%
Other 7 0.08% 0.83% 0.00%
Total not D or R 28.92% 0.09%

Other includes Green Party, Natural Law Party, and others

Washoe County

Party Change in # Voters % Change % Voter Share Difference in Voter Share %
D 318 0.33% 34.92% -0.02%
R 299 0.29% 36.85% -0.03%
NP 350 0.59% 21.32% 0.05%
IAP 61 0.49% 4.47% 0.01%
LIB 14 0.40% 1.28% 0.01%
Other 2 0.06% 1.17% -0.01%
Total not D or R 28.24% 0.06%

Other includes Green Party, Natural Law Party, and others

Rural Counties

Party Change in # Voters % Change % Voter Share Difference in Voter Share %
D 47 0.10% 22.52% -0.04%
R 229 0.22% 51.69% -0.03%
NP 190 0.51% 18.37% 0.04%
IAP 58 0.50% 5.72% 0.01%
LIB 15 0.65% 1.15% 0.00%
Other 7 0.63% 0.55% 0.00%
Total not D or R 25.79% 0.05

Other includes Green Party, Natural Law Party, and others

18 – 34 Year Old

Party Change in # Voters % Change % Voter Share Difference in Voter Share %
D 1,019 0.63% 38.45% 0.00%
R 327 0.34% 22.75% -0.07%
NP 1,090 0.83% 31.20% 0.06%
IAP 210 1.10% 4.58% 0.02%
LIB 53 0.73% 1.74% 0.00%
Other -8 -0.15% 1.27% -0.01%
Total not D or R 38.80% 0.07%

Other includes Green Party, Natural Law Party, and other

55+

Party Change in # Voters % Change % Voter Share Difference in Voter Share %
D 1,213 0.48% 38.38% -0.02%
R 1,291 0.48% 41.43% -0.03%
NP 783 0.80% 15.07% 0.04%
IAP 199 0.73% 4.15% 0.01%
LIB 25 0.85% 0.45% 0.00%
Other 15 0.44% 0.52% 0.00%
Total not D or R 20.194% 0.05%

Other includes Green Party, Natural Law Party, and others

By district voter share changes.

Congressional Districts

Party # Districts Lose Voter Share # Districts Gain Voter Share # Districts No Change
Democratic 4 0 0
Republican 4 0 0
Non-Partisan 0 4 0
IAP 0 4 0
LIB 0 2 2
Other 1 0 3

CD 1, CD 2, and CD 4 (75 percent of the districts) continue to show the number of voters not affiliated with either major party is greater than or within 5% of the number of voters registered to one of the major parties.

State Senate Districts

Party # Districts Lose Voter Share # Districts Gain Voter Share # Districts No Change
Democratic 16 4 1
Republican 18 1 2
Non-Partisan 2 19 0
IAP 1 16 4
LIB 3 8 10
Other 7 0 14

In 16 districts (76.19%) the number of voters registered as Non-Partisan or the total number not affiliated with either major party is greater than or within 5% of the number of voters registered to one of the major parties.

State Assembly Districts

Party # Districts Lose Voter Share # Districts Gain Voter Share # Districts No Change
Democratic 28 11 3
Republican 35 4 3
Non-Partisan 4 36 2
IAP 4 31 7
LIB 8 21 13
Other 14 3 25

In 34 districts (81%) the number of voters registered as Non-Partisan or the total number not affiliated with either major party is greater than or within 5% of the number of voters registered to one of the major parties.

We are now entering the presidential election cycle. The Democratic Party held their first candidate debate. Automatic voter registration approved by the voters in 2018 will be implemented. Beginning with early voting next year, voters will be able to register to vote or update their voter registration when they go to the polls to vote; same-day voter registration signed into law by Governor Sisolak. We don’t know how both these programs will impact voter registration or turnout. We will be watching.

The Mesquite Weekly adds a new section – “Artful Things”

The Mesquite Weekly in keeping with devoting this space to veritable interests is hereby presenting the MW “Artful Things” pages.  This section will cover a variety of topics and interest on subject matters that include music, literature, sports, hiking, photography and travel.

The Artful Things section kicks off its first edition with Rising Sports Stars and a pre-election must read book review.

Menus on the right and on top will get you there.

Springtime in Mesquite with Music and Dance.

Mesquite Saturday Night Out with Spectrum at the Casablanca

Spring in the southwest comes early and everyone celebrates with song and dance and a bit of partying. Mesquitians know how to make the good times roll.
Saturday Night out in Mesquite can provide some real class entertainment and culture. Hats off to the Casablanca Resort and the Stateline Casino for bringing big city entertainment to our town. A sell out crowd came to hear a performance of Spectrum, a band from Las Vegas bringing you lots of oldies and MoTown retro. Mesquitians came to listen and to dance and party and sing along with the band.   Here are a few of the more noteworty tunes:

Mesquite Saturday Night Out with Bottoms Up at the Stateline Casino

We picked up the pace a few weeks after the Spectrum at the Stateline Casino in Mesquite where Bottoms Up was providing some C&W to move the dancin boots. C&W fans from Mesquite and the Virgin Valley area from southern Utah, Bunkerville and the Moapa valley came to sing along, dance and have a good time. On the left side you will find a samplin of the music and the dancin and the partyin. Hee haw and a yippy cay yay:

Earlier in March, Rock and a Roll from the 70’s was on tap at the Casablanca with REO Speedwagon retro performed by Rich Rath.

Wow what a trip down memory lane.

 

 

 

 

 

Also in March we heard from the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra (see our previous article) and the symphony performed again on April 6 to close out the season.

 

Springtime is a joyous season always and Mesquite celebrates this time (not to mention the other seasons as well) with a gusto. The talent that Mesquite attracts to the city is equal if not better than any larger town in the West.

The Southern Nevada Symphony plays in Mesquite

Mesquite Saturday Night

Saturday Night out in Mesquite can provide some real class entertainment and culture. Hats off to the Casablanca Resort for bringing big city entertainment to our town. A sell out crowd came to hear a performance by the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. Selmer Spitzer featuring guest soloist and pianist Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel from Southern Utah University. Some of Mesquites’ own local talent also performed in the orchestra. Please enjoy this magical musical treat.

The Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra was established in 2014, with its inaugural concert in Mesquite, Nevada at the Mesquite Community Theatre. Our (the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra) mission of the organization is to share our compassion and dedication for music with everyone.  Our purpose is to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to experience live music through professional concert performances. Along with good schools, libraries cultural components of the local areas, the symphony is a significant aspect of our cultural structure.

Dr. Selmer Spitzer, the musical director and conductor of the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra, is a native of North Dakota. He has been active in music since age 6 playing piano, and active in a country church choir since age 12, played tuba in high school. He switched to clarinet as a music education major at Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI, attended Vandercook College of Music, Chicago, IL, and received his M.M.Ed, and then continued at the University of Sarasota, Sarasota, FL, where he earned his Ph.D. in Administration and Music Education. Dr. Spitzer studied under such well known musicians as arranger Forest Bucktel, percussionist, Haskel Harr, and clarinet from clarinetist and composer Edgar P. Thiessen.
He started teaching in high schools in Williston, ND, Spearfish, SD, Hanford, CA; accepted a position of Instrumental Music Director at Victor Valley College, Victorville, CA, as department chairman, conductor of bands and the High Desert Symphony Orchestra. After retiring he returned to North Dakota as Director of Instrumental Music at the University of Jamestown, Jamestown, ND, retired a second time and accepted an interim position as an associate professor, directing the Dickinson State University Wind Ensemble and Marching Band. Dr. Spitzer has organized string ensembles, and full orchestras in high schools and universities. He is credited for organizing high school honor groups in North Dakota, South Dakota and California including the North Dakota Intercolliate Honor Band. His passion continues to be conducting instrumental ensembles.

The featured and special guest for the February 23, 2019 performance was Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel.  Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel feels equally at home in a wide range of musical genres. He was recently featured as soloist in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Orchestra of Southern Utah. Christian is a founding member of Southern Utah University’s Faculty Jazz Combo Kind of Blue and frequently performs with Jazz ensembles and musicians throughout southern Utah. Praised as “…a master of contrasts…” (Aalener Nachrichten) and for his ability to “…put the audience into a state of sheer awe…” (Gmünder Tagespost), Christian’s performances have taken him all over the United States, to South America and to Europe.
Christian has performed on public radio and presented at state, regional, national and international conferences. Upcoming projects include a CD recording with clarinetist Dr. Jessica Lindsey that will be released on Albany Records. Christian received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Missouri Western State University. He earned Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His primary teachers include Jerry Anderson and Mark Clinton, piano, and Quentin Faulkner, harpsichord and organ. He has been Director of Keyboard Studies at SUU since 2011.

Dr. Bohnenstengel also serves on the SN Symphony Orchestra’s President’s Advisory Council as do many of our local area (Mesquite, St.George and Moapa valley) residents who perform, provide leadership and financial support for this world class symphony orchestra, our cultural diamond in the desert.

Visit the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra website for the many that have performed, worked hard and contributed financially and helped to bring this magnificent musical magic to our area.

CES 2019 The Greatest (Electronics) Show on Earth

The New Year event that has Vegas hopping with over 300,000 in early January every year is a world class exhibition attended by exhibitors and sellers and buyers and technical news media from around the world. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2019 was dazzling, provoking and conjured up images of pure magic and the best show ever.

CES2019

CES 2019 was amazing not because of the gadgetry or the marketing savvy of the big tech companies but because CES 2019 successfully presented a genuine and plausible look into the future.The word was 5G and all technical directions took to the on ramp of this world changing development. This change was not just a look into a distant future, but actually made a convincing case for a promise of tomorrow (literally).

The M-Byte by Byton – 5G Connected Device

Our first stop was with Byton, an electric car manufacturer who claims to be actually something entirely different. This ten minute video will enlighten and dazzle you with its magic and its 5G enabled autonomy.  During the media days before the show opened, Byton presented a look at the magic that their new car the M-Byte will bring to the future and perhaps also a preview of the innovations to everything we see, touch and hear enabled by 5G, AI and super processors.

 

On opening day, the bright spot was taken by a company whose product has touched our lives for well over a decade and they continue to razzle and dazzle us in 2019 and will be a top gamer and player in video and graphics processing and AI technology enablers.  Nvidia corporation focuses on personal computer graphics, graphics processing (GPU), and artificial intelligence (AI).  Its GPU product is aimed at specialized markets, including GeForce for gamers; Quatro for designers; Tesla and DGX for AI scientists and big data researchers; and GRID for cloud based visual computing.  Its Tegra brand integrates an entire computer into a single chip to enable supercomputing for mobile gaming and entertainment devices, as well as autonomous robots, drones and cars.

The speed of a 5G or blazing fast communication networks without latency have enabled AI driven applications beyond all previous predictions.

Nvidia Dazzle

NVIDEA was there to show us a dazzling display of their latest graphics. Again the communications speed and the no latency enabled decision process is at the core of their research and development breakthroughs. Is it real or is it ????  Just sit back watch and be entertained.

The Mesquite Weekly Chief Editor and Publisher also provided some of the media days kick off entertainment on Sunday evening at the Aria.

The CES2019 party continued for the rest of the week and we have more to show you.  So please keep watching this space for more from CES 2019 Las Vegas.

Before We Vote – We would like to hear from You (the Candidate)!

Have you ever questioned any candidate (state, federal or local) on the issues that are of concern to you the voter? Do they reply to your email? Do they reply to your voice mails? Do they respond to you when you participate in “online” chat sessions?

Have noted that when the lead line in an email from the candidate appears to be an attempt by the candidate to engage in a conversation with you the voter, the dialog abruptly ends and goes no further than a donate button on the bottom line (a link to PayPal is often the end result)?
Have you ever wondered and ask yourself “are they after my vote or just my donation(s)”?

The candidates are very busy trying to get elected and often seem to be somewhat nonresponsive. They also seem to be unsure about many issues and tackling these questions by having their campaign managers reply on their behalf and that also seems as if they would rather not reply either.

The Mesquite Weekly would like to assist the voters and the candidates to work together. We will therefore take your questions and comments on your behalf and compile the questions and comments and forward them to the candidates for their responses and comments before November 1, 2018. We will then publish the answers by topic as well as the responses by the candidates.
The candidates are:

City of Mesquite

Sandra Ramaker – Mesquite City Council Seat 1
Geno Withelder – Mesquite City Council Seat 1
Dave Ballweg – Mesquite City Council Seat 3
George Gault – Mesquite City Council Seat 3
Annie Black – Mesquite City Council Seat 4
Karen Fielding – Mesquite City Council Seat 4

State of Nevada

Ryan Bundy – Governor
Adam Laxalt – Governor
Steve Sisolak – Governor

Aaron Ford – Attorney General
Wesley Duncan -Attorney General

Chris Edwards – Assembly District 19 and Joe Hardy – State Senate District 12 are the incumbents and they both do not have any serious challengers, however they were responsive in the past and we believe that they will continue to be responsive to your questions.

U.S. Senate and U.S. Congressional District 4

Dean Heller – U.S. Senate
Jackie Rosen – U.S. Senate
Cresent Hardy – Congressional District 4
Steven Horsford – Congressional District 4

To get started, please Read more