UTEP and El Paso’s Pro Musica are celebrating the start of the “Center For Arts Entrepeneurship” with the center’s first concert. The concert will feature Grammy award winning cellist Zuill Bailey.

Steve Wilson, DMA, Department of Music chair says, “The opening concert for the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship is a truly exciting event that marks the beginning of the UTEP Department of Music’s goal to prepare students for successful careers in the arts in the 21st century. Classical music is thriving but is definitely evolving into exciting new frontiers where the artist has to engage the audience and the community. No one does this better than Zuill Bailey!”

EPPM Executive Director Felipa Solis says, “The UTEP Center for Arts Entrepreneurship, under the leadership of EPPM Artistic Director Zuill Bailey, will serve as an essential tool for growth for UTEP students as it will develop their skills for success in their careers in the arts in the 21st century. The center hopes to collaborate with other departments and incorporate arts in curriculua throughout campus. Ultimately this center will serve as an important recruitment tool to continue to encourage ‘the best of the best’ to attend UTEP.”

Bailey will perform with El Paso favorite Awadagin Pratt, who last year conducted a special master class for UTEP piano students. Pratt is a professor of piano and artist-in-residence at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

They will be joined by Ben Breen and Martin Sher. Breen is recognized as one of Australia’s outstanding violinists and is a frequent performer in chamber settings with Bailey. Sher is a renowned violist and general manager of the North Carolina Symphony.

In 2017-18, the center plans to offer a series of weeklong artist-in-residence workshops with world-renowned musicians that will allow UTEP music students to have up-close, meaningful interactions with them.

The concert is August 12th in the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall at 7:00 PM.