Wednesday, April 24, 2013

UNO Announces Winners of the 2013 Ernest O. and Shirley N. Svenson Competitions

The University of New Orleans announces winners of the 2013 Ernest O. and Shirley N. Svenson Awards this month. Two composers will present their work tonight as part of the University's famed Jazz @ the Sandbar series.

Drawing Contest Winners

Now on display at the University's Fine Arts gallery are 30 works selected from among 90 submissions to the 14th Annual Ernest and Shirley Svenson Drawing Competition and Exhibition. The Fine Arts Department's esteemed undergraduate drawing competition is a juried exhibition held annually at UNO with the support of the Ernest and Shirley Svenson Foundation. The contest is designed to allow undergraduate students a chance to compete and show their work at no cost in a professional setting.

Undergraduate Cris Silver won the 2013 Ernest O. and Shirley Svenson Drawing Award for his untitled drawing. Jurors' Awards were given to Jennifer Vasquez, Ariel Mazariegos, Harriet Burbeck and Stephen Maraist. Local artist Jonathan Mayers served as judge.

Jazz Composition Award Winners

The 2013 Ernest O. and Shirley N. Svenson Composition Award, conferred by the UNO Jazz Studies program, goes to Master of Music candidates Scott Myers and Kris Tokarski.

Myers won for his composition "Monday" and Tokarski won for his composition "West 10th and 7th." Both composers will be presented with their awards and perform their pieces tonight Wednesday, April 24, as part of the last concert of the University's Jazz @ the Sandbar series, where world-renowned pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson, a traditional jazz and ragtime master, will star as the headline act.

Thompson, who is widely known for his 12-year stint as house pianist on public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion," where the Butch Thompson Trio was the house band. Among his many recordings is his acclaimed 10-volume solo series on Daring/Rounder and the 1997 Grammy-winning Verve release "Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton."

Thompson will join UNO's Traditional Jazz Combo tonight for his Jazz @ the Sandbar debut performance.