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When the first concert of the UNLV Chamber Music Series begins Thursday, among the artists celebrating the birthday of Claude Debussy will be Nevada Arts Council fellowship award recipient Jennifer Grim.

An accomplished flutist, Grim received a 2103 Artist Fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council and spearheaded efforts to earn a grant for the university’s Chamber Music Series. The first installment is a tribute to Debussy, honoring his 150th birthday. The event features UNLV Department of Music faculty and guests including Timothy Hoft, David Loeb and Mykola Suk on piano. Linda Lister is soprano, Andrew Smith plays cello, Marina Sturm is on clarinet, Kim Glennie plays harp and Robert Taylor, viola.

Grim has performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, for a sold-out New York debut concert of the award-winning contemporary ensemble Proteus. She appeared at Lincoln Center’s Great Performances. She recently played in an acclaimed performance of Brian Ferneyhough’s Superscriptio for solo piccolo at the Yale Center for British Art.

Grim has given master classes across the country, specializing in both solo and chamber music. Among the institutions at which she has appeared are the Juilliard School, Yale University, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. She was the featured artist of the 2009 Las Vegas Flute Fair. A native of Berkeley, California, Grim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University. She is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The event is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in the Rando-Grillot Recital Hall. Tickets are $25 and available through the university at (702) 895-2787. Subscriptions to the series are available for $85 and include four performances.

The Nevada Arts Council selected 15 Nevada artists to receive 2013 Artist Fellowship awards. During three days of public meetings held at the Truckee Meadows Community College in June, panelists reviewed 72 applications submitted by artists working in the literary, performing and visual arts. After much discussion, the panels developed a list of recommendations, which the NAC Board considered and approved at its spring meeting June 29. Six artist fellowships of $5,000 each were awarded: two each in literary, visual and performing arts. In addition to using the grant award to produce art during the fellowship year, each fellow provides a free public event relevant to his or her discipline, through readings, exhibitions, performances, and master classes. Nine Fellowship honorable mention awards of $500 were awarded as well.