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8/28/2015

THE LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC TO BACK PLÁCIDO DOMINGO THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESARS PALACE SEPTEMBER 15

Tickets for the one-night engagement on-sale now

LAS VEGAS (August 27, 2015) – Members of The Las Vegas Philharmonic will be backing renowned artist Plácido Domingo and his guest Conductor Maestro Eugene Kohn and guest Soprano Ana Maria Martinez at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The special one-night engagement is presented jointly by AEG Live and Caesars Entertainment.

Tickets are on-sale now and may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, by calling 866-320-9763 or online by visiting www.thecolosseum.com or www.axs.com. Ticket prices are $500/ $250/ $200/ $150/ $79.50 (prices include 10% Live Entertainment Tax). Orders are subject to additional service charges and fees. For groups of 10 or more, call 866-574-3851. Showtime is 8 p.m.

Plácido Domingo has been described in the international press as “the King of Opera,” “a true Renaissance man in music,” and “the greatest operatic artist of modern times.” As of 2015, Domingo has sung over 3,700 performances of 146 roles – figures unmatched by any other celebrated opera singer in history, and he has recently added several baritone roles to his long list of achievements as a tenor. His more than 100 recordings (in addition to numerous music videos and four feature films of operas) have earned him nine Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammys, and he has won two Emmys for his television appearances. During the 1990s he and his colleagues José Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti – the Three Tenors – performed with enormous success all over the world and attracted new fans to opera. As a conductor, Domingo has worked with many of the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, and as General Director of Los Angeles Opera he is a major force in opera administration.

Born in Madrid in 1941 to parents who were zarzuela performers, Plácido was brought to Mexico at the age of eight. He attended Mexico City’s Conservatory of Music and made his debut at eighteen with Mexico’s National Opera; his first performance as a leading tenor took place two years later. In 1965, after three seasons with the Israel National Opera, he launched his international career, and since then he has performed at all of the world’s most prestigious opera houses.

In 1993, Domingo founded Operalia, an annual international voice competition that has helped launch the careers of many of today’s opera stars. In 2012, Operalia celebrated its 20th Edition at NCPA. He was also the prime mover behind the creation of Young Artist programs in Washington, Los Angeles, and Valencia. He has received official recognition from the governments of many nations, and he has raised millions of dollars through benefit concerts to aid the victims of natural disasters in Mexico, Central America, Asia, Australia and the United States. For more information visit www.placidodomingo.com.

About the Las Vegas Philharmonic
The Las Vegas Philharmonic, led by Music Director, Donato Cabrera, established its presence in Southern Nevada in 1998. The mission of the organization is to perform music that enriches and educates, helping to build a vibrant, culturally rich community. Music education and outreach are the cornerstones of the Philharmonic’s commitment to community. The Las Vegas Philharmonic Youth Concert Series brings more than 16,000 children annually into the concert hall for a vital music education program, and their Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition recognizes and encourages emerging talent among Nevada youth in the area of music performance. The Las Vegas Philharmonic season of concerts showcases local talents alongside stellar nationally and internationally known guest artists on the magnificent Reynolds Hall stage. At the orchestra’s core are 78 contracted professional musicians, many of whom are esteemed educators who also perform in other professional productions in Las Vegas, bringing depth and variety to the organization. For more information visit lvphil.org. Find The Las Vegas Philharmonic on Facebook and follow on Twitter: @lvphil

About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Cher, Ed Sheeran, Enrique Iglesias, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, J Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Pitbull, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, and Reba, Brooks & Dunn and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aeglive.com

About Caesars Palace
World-renowned Las Vegas hotel and casino, Caesars Palace features 3,960 hotel guest rooms and suites, including the 181-room Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace and Forbes Star Award-winning The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace. The 85-acre resort offers 25 diverse dining options including the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet, as well as celebrity chef-branded restaurants by Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Nobu Matsuhisa, Guy Savoy, and Searsucker Las Vegas, the restaurant from “Top Chef” finalist Brian Malarkey. The resort also features nearly 130,000 square-feet of casino space, a five-acre Garden of the Gods pool oasis, the luxurious Qua Baths & Spa and the new 75,000 square-foot OMNIA Nightclub. The 4,300-seat Colosseum, Billboard Magazine’s Venue of the Decade, spotlights world-class entertainers including Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Mariah Carey and Jerry Seinfeld. The Forum Shops at Caesars showcases more than 160 boutiques and restaurants. For more information, please visit www.caesarspalace.com. Find Caesars Palace on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

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PRESS CONTACT:

For Las Vegas Philharmonic
Michele Madole
(702) 462-2005
michele@lvphil.com


6/9/2015

Single Tickets to the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Upcoming 2015 – 2016 Concert Season Go On Sale Monday, June 15

Season starts Saturday, September 12, 2015 and includes 10 evening performances and 5 matinee performances through June 4, 2016

Tickets $26, $46, $66 & $96 are available from The Smith Center Box Office 702.749.2000 or lvphil.org

Special engagement ticket prices for the Pink Martini concert are
$100, $150, $200, & $250

LAS VEGAS (June 9, 2015) – The Las Vegas Philharmonic will start selling individual concert tickets to its 2015 – 2016 season starting Monday, June 15, 2015 through The Smith Center Box Office. The orchestra has been selling 10-concert and 5-concert Series subscriptions as well as 3-concert Spotlight Series packages since March 26, 2015. Subscriptions will remain on sale until the first two performances this fall. The new Tuesday night Spotlight Series will not be available for single ticket purchase but will continue to be sold as a 3-concert package.

The 2015 – 2016 concert season, which begins on Saturday, September 12, will include 15 performances in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center with the addition of five weekend matinees, marking the first time the orchestra has performed its programs over two days. The program will feature symphonic works by Beethoven, Brahms, Gershwin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Sibelius plus music by acclaimed American composers Mason Bates, Philip Glass, D. J. Sparr and Dan Visconti.

The concerts will also showcase the following guest soloists: Andrew Armstrong (piano), Martina Filjak (piano), Oliver Herbert (cello), Alexi Kenney (violin) and Andrew Tyson (piano). The season will conclude on June 4 with a special performance featuring acclaimed Broadway star Alexandra Silber.

The expanded season will include three performances of the orchestra’s popular holiday program on December 5 and 6. In addition to featuring the Las Vegas Master Singers, this year’s concerts include a special screening of the film The Snowman based on the popular children’s book with the orchestra performing the score live on stage.

Outside of the classical music realm, popular ensemble Pink Martini will make its Reynolds Hall debut with a concert on February 6 featuring the Las Vegas Philharmonic performing with the band.

Bus Service
The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers shuttle buses to The Smith Center from Summerlin (Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd) and Henderson (Anthem Center at Independence Center 2460 Hampton Road.) Bus passes must be purchased in advance and can be obtained when purchasing concert tickets, or by calling The Smith Center Patron Services at 702.749.2000. Each bus pass costs $15 roundtrip per concert.

Ticket Prices
Single ticket prices are $26, $46, $66 & $96 with the exception of the Pink Martini concert on February 6, 2016 which sells for $100, $150, $200, and $250 per ticket. Concert tickets are sold through The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org.

Calendar Editors:

Beethoven & Brahms: Opening Night
Saturday, September 12, 7:30 PM
Pre-concert lecture with Music Director Donato Cabrera at 6:30 PM
Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Andrew Tyson, piano

DAN VISCONTI Breakdown
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Opus 37
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Opus 73

Passport to the World
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 7:30 PM
Pre-concert lecture with Music Director Donato Cabrera at 6:30 PM
Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center
Donato Cabrera, conductor

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV “Procession of the Nobles” from Mlada
GLIÈRE “Russian Sailor’s Dance” from The Red Poppy
DVOŘÁK Slavonic Dance, Opus 72, No. 2 in E Minor
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on Greensleeves
ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
FALLA “Ritual Fire Dance” from El amor brujo
DEBUSSY The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
DEBUSSY Clair de Lune
SIBELIUS Finlandia, Opus 26
GRIEG “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Opus 46

Cabrera Celebrates Sibelius
Saturday, November 21, 2015 – 7:30 PM
Pre-concert lecture with Music Director Donato Cabrera at 6:30 PM
Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Alexi Kenney, violin

NATHAN TANOUYE Desert Flight (world premiere)
BARBER Concerto for Violin, Opus 14
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Opus 39

The Snowman: A Holiday Tradition
Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 6, 2015 – 2:00 PM
Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Las Vegas Master Singers, David Weiller

Las Vegas Philharmonic’s traditional holiday gathering launches the city’s festive season with a family-friendly, fun-filled concert that brings the community together on stage and off. This year’s concerts feature a special screening of the film The Snowman based on the beloved children’s book accompanied by the orchestra performing the beautiful score. In addition, festive favorites including excerpts from The Nutcracker, and the traditional sing-along make this a most merry musical celebration you won’t want to miss!

Cabrera Conducts Rachmaninoff
Saturday, January 9, 2016 – 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 10, 2016 – 2:00 PM
Pre-concert lecture with Music Director Donato Cabrera on Saturday at 6:30 PM and on Sunday at 1:00 PM
Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Martina Filjak, piano

MASON BATES Devil’s Radio
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Opus 27

Pink Martini: Special Engagement
Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 7:30 PM
Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center
Donato Cabrera, conductor


Defying categorization, Pink Martini is a stylish and sophisticated musical blend, combining elements of jazz, classical, and old-fashioned pop with unexpected Cuban and Brazilian rhythms. Led by the irrepressibly enthusiastic pianist Thomas Lauderdale and vocal powerhouse Storm Large, with a repertoire of material sung in over 25 different languages, prepare for a truly global musical experience.

Tickets $100, $150, $200 & $250 available from The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org.

Cabrera Conducts Mozart
Saturday, March 5, 2016 – 7:30 PM
Pre-concert lecture with Music Director Donato Cabrera at 6:30 PM Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center
Donato Cabrera, conductor
De Ann Letourneau, violin

GLASS Company for String Orchestra
MOZART Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K 504, “Prague”
BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 77

Gershwin: Music of the Jazz Age
Saturday, April 2, 2016 – 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 3, 2016 – 2:00 PM
Pre-concert lecture with Music Director Donato Cabrera on Saturday at 6:30 PM and on Sunday at 1:00 PM
Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Andrew Armstrong, piano
Cory Tiffin, clarinet

STRAVINSKY Scherzo à la russe
MILHAUD Le création du monde
BERNSTEIN Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
WEILL Little Threepenny Music
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue

Cabrera Conducts Tchaikovsky
Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 22, 2016 – 2:00 PM
Pre-concert lecture with Music Director Donato Cabrera on Saturday at 6:30 PM and on Sunday at 1:00 PM
Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Oliver Herbert, cello

D.J. SPARR Dreams of the Old Believers
TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme, Opus 33
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”

Alexandra Silber Brings Broadway to Las Vegas
Saturday, June 4, 2016 – 7:30 PM
Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Alexandra Silber, vocals

Having graced the prestigious stages at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Savoy in London’s West End, Royal Albert Hall and countless others, this gifted singer and actress has been wowing audiences and winning critical acclaim since graduating from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2005.

She made her San Francisco Symphony debut as Maria (opposite Cheyenne Jackson) in a concert presentation of West Side Story, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. This historic, first-ever concert presentation was accompanied by the first-ever full symphonic recording, recently nominated for a GRAMMY®. Ms. Silber’s soaring vocal talent will be on full display in this first-ever appearance with the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

About the Las Vegas Philharmonic
The Las Vegas Philharmonic, led by Music Director, Donato Cabrera, established its presence in Southern Nevada in 1998 and has continued to entertain growing audiences with its concert series and youth program. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued and vibrant cultural dimension to the city, providing over 16,000 children each year with vital access to a music education program and showcasing local talents alongside stellar guest artists on the magnificent Reynolds Hall stage. At the orchestra’s core are 76 contracted professional musicians, many of whom are esteemed educators who also perform in other professional productions in Las Vegas, bringing depth and variety to the organization. lvphil.org / 702.258.5438

We’re social! Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/lasvegasphilharmonic and Twitter: @lvphil

PRESS CONTACT INFORMATION:
Photos of the Las Vegas Philharmonic are available on request from Michele Madole, VP of Marketing and Public Relations, Phone 702.462.2005, email michele@lvphil.com.

6/4/2015

THE ROGERS FOUNDATION PRESENTS NEARLY $300,000 IN GRANTS TO LAS VEGAS SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS FOR ARTS & EDUCATION

LAS VEGAS — As a part of its continued mission to transform the lives of Southern Nevada students through arts and education, The Rogers Foundation has granted nearly $300,000 to two Clark County schools and one community organization. On June 2, 2015, grant presentations were made to John S. Park Elementary School, Coral Academy of Science and Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada/Las Vegas Philharmonic, the winners of the inaugural grants distributed by The Rogers Foundation. Annual grant opportunities are available in three focus areas: Gift of Imagination, Gift of Knowledge, and Gift of Innovation.

• Gift of Imagination – Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, in conjunction with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, received $91,804 in order to purchase instruments and tablets for a music program, kicking off in three Southern Nevada locations.

• Gift of Innovation – Coral Academy of Science received $100,000 to support math programs for students, by providing tutors, before and after school programs and weekend learning programs.

• Gift of Knowledge – John S. Park Elementary School received $100,000 to purchase iPads as a literacy learning tool for all students in grades 2-5.

The Rogers Foundation received 109 applications for the three scholarships, where applicants could request up to $100,000 to fund an arts or education initiative for students in Southern Nevada. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ Grantwell Program reviewed and evaluated the grant applications in order to allocate the grants. Grantwell is a program led by UNLV graduate students, which provides services in grant evaluation, grant allocation, and strategic innovation, all at no cost to the grant-making organization.

Grants are available annually. More information can be found online at www.TheRogers.Foundation.com.

ABOUT THE ROGERS FOUNDATION
The Rogers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Founded in 2013 by Jim and Beverly Rogers, The Rogers Foundation awards scholarships to individual students in Southern Nevada, grants to educational institutions, artists and organizations that support the arts in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit www.TheRogers.Foundation.com.

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5/16/2015

Las Vegas Philharmonic performs A Tribute To The Music of Frank Sinatra in its last concert of the 2014-15 season on Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at The Smith Center

The performance will welcome back guest conductor and vocalist Matt Catingub and guest drummer Steve Moretti

Tickets $26, $46, $66 & $96 available from The Smith Center Box Office 702.749.2000 or lvphil.org

LAS VEGAS (April 28, 2015) – The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs its fifth and final Pops Series concert titled ‘A Tribute To The Music Of Frank Sinatra’ on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate Sinatra’s 100th birthday this year.

The program will feature approximately 18 songs including hits such as Night and Day, I’ve Got The World On A String, New York New York, and I’ve Got You Under My Skin. The concert will feature guest conductor and vocalist, Matt Catingub, the full Las Vegas Philharmonic orchestra plus a sax and rhythm section including guest drummer Steve Moretti.

Catingub will return to conduct the Las Vegas Philharmonic and sing his very own arrangements of Sinatra’s music. Previous to the upcoming performance, Catingub conducted the orchestra’s Pops I concert this season, ‘Aloha from Las Vegas’ as well as last season’s Pops IV concert, ‘Love Vintage Las Vegas Style’ and the Philharmonic’s July 4, 2013 concert. Catingub is the Founder & Artistic Director of Hawaii Pops and long-time Pops Conductor of the Honolulu Symphony and the Hawaii Symphony. He is the son of great jazz vocalist and “Polynesia’s First Lady of Song,” Mavis Rivers. Catingub’s mother was personally signed by Sinatra to his Reprise Records label. Growing up, Catingub regularly performed with his mother and honed his skills as a conductor, vocalist and alto sax player. Catingub wrote and performed the music for the George Clooney film, “Goodnight and Good Luck.” The soundtrack for “Goodnight and Good Luck,” featuring Catingub and vocalist Diane Reeves, won a GRAMMY®.

Moretti also performed in the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Pops I concert this season, ‘Aloha from Las Vegas’ as well as last season’s Pops IV concert, ‘Love Vintage Las Vegas Style.’ Moretti is a drummer, percussionist and producer who has performed with many vocal and instrumental artists including Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Arturo Sandoval, Toni Tennille, and The Temptations. He toured with Catingub and Rosemary Clooney for six years and recorded two GRAMMY® nominated CDs with them. Moretti is co-founder of the Macon Pops in Macon, GA, and runs his own production company, Morettiman Music™.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers $26 tickets for balcony seating. Other sections are priced $46, $66 and $96. Tickets are available from The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online from lvphil.org. A 50% student discount is available on all single ticket purchases (ID required) and a 10% discount is available to seniors and military personnel. Groups of 10 or more receive 20% off the ticket price by calling the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Subscriptions to the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s 2015-16 season are now on sale. May 1, 2015 is the deadline to receive the 10% discount on subscription orders and for renewing subscribers to secure their same seats. Subscription prices before May 1st range from $119 for a 5-concert package to $868 for a premium 10-concert package. After May 1st, the prices increase from $130 to $960, respectively.

Bus Service
The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers shuttle buses to The Smith Center from Summerlin (Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd) and Henderson (Anthem Center at Independence Center 2460 Hampton Road.) Bus passes must be purchased in advance and can be obtained when purchasing concert tickets, or by calling The Smith Center Patron Services at 702.749.2000. Each bus pass costs $15 roundtrip per concert.

Calendar Editors:
Saturday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.
Pops Series V Finale: A Tribute To The Music Of Frank Sinatra

Las Vegas Philharmonic
Matt Catingub, conductor, host and vocalist
Steve Moretti, drummer

On December 15, 1915 Francis Albert Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. For our 2014-15 season finale we say "Happy 100th, Frank!" and pay musical homage to the artist whose voice, name and style left an indelible imprint on our city's soul. Matt Catingub returns to present this special tribute featuring his very own arrangements of classic hits by Sinatra. In the early 1960s Frank personally signed Matt's mother, Mavis Rivers, to his Reprise Records label. Noting this unique connection, Matt shares his recollections and musical memories of the greatest singer of his generation.

Tickets $26, $46, $66 & $96 available from The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org.

About the Las Vegas Philharmonic
The Las Vegas Philharmonic, led by Music Director, Donato Cabrera, established its presence in Southern Nevada in 1998 and has continued to entertain growing audiences with its concert series and youth program. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued and vibrant cultural dimension to the city, providing over 16,000 children each year with vital access to a music education program and showcasing local talents alongside stellar guest artists on the magnificent Reynolds Hall stage. At the orchestra’s core are 76 contracted professional musicians, many of whom are esteemed educators who also perform in other professional productions in Las Vegas, bringing depth and variety to the organization. lvphil.org / 702.258.5438

We’re social! Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/lasvegasphilharmonic and Twitter: @lvphil

PRESS CONTACT INFORMATION:
Photos of the Las Vegas Philharmonic are available on request from Michele Madole, VP of Marketing and Public Relations, Phone 702.462.2005, email michele@lvphil.com.
4/25/2015

The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs its Masterworks Series finale on Saturday, April 25 at The Smith Center

Music Director Donato Cabrera closes the orchestra’s 2014-2015 Masterworks Series with Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini featuring guest pianist Joyce Yang and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5,
plus John Adams’ The Chairman Dances

Tickets $26, $46, $66 & $96 available from The Smith Center Box Office 702.749.2000 or lvphil.org

April 8, 2015 (Las Vegas, NV) – On Saturday, April 25th at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, the Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform its fifth and final Masterworks concert of the 2014-15 season led by Music Director Donato Cabrera and featuring Van Cliburn silver medalist Joyce Yang.

"I'm very excited to present this final Masterworks program of the 2014-15 season – it really reflects what is exciting and unique about a live performance by a versatile and virtuosic orchestra like we have here in Las Vegas. It is also a preview of the type of concert programming I've created for our fantastic audience for the 2015-16 season,” expressed Donato Cabrera.
“We begin the program with what has become a modern-day classic, John Adams' infectious 'foxtrot' for orchestra, The Chairman Dances, said Cabrera. “The first half of the concert ends with Rachmaninoff's timeless Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, which includes one of the most recognizable and beloved themes in all of music. The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky's ever-popular and stirring Symphony No. 5. This concert is not to be missed!"

Adams’ 1985 work, The Chairman Dances, was inspired by Act III of Adams’ opera Nixon in China and commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts for the Milwaukee Symphony. The music depicts Chairman Mao and his mistress Chiang Ch’ing dancing a foxtrot back in an earlier time. The work demonstrates Adams’ minimalistic style, incorporating jazz elements and a chugging rhythm.

Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini was based on Nicolò Paganini’s Caprices No. 24 in A minor for violin and incorporated the legend of Paganini as a demonic violinist who traded his soul for mastery of his art. The work includes 24 variations for solo piano, from the dark melody of Dies Irae (“Day of Wrath”) from the Requiem Mass for the Dead to the lovely and widely-recognized melody of variation 18.

Guest pianist Joyce Yang joins the Las Vegas Philharmonic to perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Yang started her studies at the age of four in Seoul, Korea. She attended the School of Music at the Korea National University of Arts at the age of 10 and went on to attend the pre-college division of Julliard in New York. She won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, received Juilliard’s 2010 Arthur Rubinstein Prize, and won the 30th Annual William A. Petschek Piano Recital Award. Yang has performed with many high profile orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony.

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 closes the orchestra’s Masterworks program. The first movement starts slow and somber, indicative of the overall theme regarding fate, and ends energetically in the fourth movement. Although Tchaikovsky had his doubts regarding the success of his symphony, the music went on to become one of his most popular works.

Tickets
The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers $26 tickets for balcony seating at all of its 2014-15 season concerts. Seats in other sections are priced $46, $66 and $96. Tickets are available from The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online from lvphil.org. A 50% student discount is available on all single ticket purchases (ID required) and a 10% discount is available to seniors and military personnel. Groups of 10 or more receive 20% off the ticket price by calling the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Subscriptions to the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s 2015-16 season are now on sale. May 1, 2015 is the deadline to receive the 10% discount on subscription orders and for renewing subscribers to secure their same seats. Subscription prices before May 1st range from $119 for a 5-concert package to $868 for a premium 10-concert package. After May 1st, the prices increase from $130 to $960, respectively.

Calendar Editors:
Saturday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Masterworks Series V Finale: 100 Years of Music
Pre-concert conversation with Donato Cabrera at 6:45 p.m. in Reynolds Hall

Las Vegas Philharmonic
Donato Cabrera, music director
Joyce Yang, piano

PROGRAM:
ADAMS - The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra)
RACHMANINOFF - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
TCHAIKOVSKY - Symphony No. 5

Music Director Donato Cabrera completes his first Masterworks Series with a program featuring composers over a one hundred-year span including the stunning keyboard showcase of Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini to be performed by thrilling young pianist Joyce Yang. Iconic American composer John Adams' The Chairman Dances, a "foxtrot for orchestra," opens the program and the series closes in stunning style with Tchaikovsky's lush Fifth Symphony.

Tickets $26, $46, $66 & $96 available from The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org.

PRESS CONTACT INFORMATION:
Photos of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and full biographies and high resolution photos of the Music Director Donato Cabrera and the guest soloist are available on request from Michele Madole, VP of Marketing and Public Relations, Phone 702.462.2005, email michele@lvphil.com.

Accommodation for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s guest artists is provided by MGM Resorts at The Signature Suites at MGM Grand.
4/8/2015

Green Valley Grocery offers a “Sweet” Promotion to benefit the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s free Youth Concert Series program for at-risk kids

Promotion runs May 4 – June 1, 2015 in all 52 Green Valley Grocery stores in the Las Vegas area

LAS VEGAS (April 8, 2015) – Green Valley Grocery has selected the Las Vegas Philharmonic for its charitable promotion during the month of May. When customers purchase a standard size Hershey’s Milk, Hershey’s with Almond or NEW Hershey’s Caramel bar at any Green Valley Grocery store location, 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated by Green Valley Grocery to the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Las Vegas Philharmonic to support their annual Youth Concert Series program,” said Green Valley Grocery’s VP of Operations, David Crawford. “As a locally owned business for 37 years, we understand the importance of community and take pride in helping organizations that provide meaningful educational programs for children in Las Vegas.”

The Las Vegas Philharmonic’s free Youth Concert Series program started 15 years ago and is a key component to the orchestra’s educational initiatives and community outreach. To date, the Philharmonic has performed for more than 180,000 fourth and fifth-grade students in Clark County. This year, approximately 77% of the schools that attended these free concerts are classified as at-risk schools. The Philharmonic receives funding for the program through donations and sponsorships.

"Green Valley Grocery's charitable May promotion will greatly benefit our free concerts, which are a cornerstone of our annual outreach efforts," said Amy Wiles, VP of Development for the Philharmonic. "We are so thankful for their generosity and support as we seek to expand these beneficial music education programs for local students."

About Green Valley Grocery
On September 1, 1978, at the corner of Sunset and Green Valley Parkway, the first Green Valley Grocery convenience store opened its doors to the public. Since then, the chain has grown to 52 stores, offering quality food products, beverages, and on-the-go necessities. Most locations offer Shell gasoline, and some even sport car washes. The mission of Green Valley Grocery is to provide its customers with quality service and useful products, exactly where and when they need it.

About the Las Vegas Philharmonic
The Las Vegas Philharmonic, led by Music Director, Donato Cabrera, established its presence in Southern Nevada in 1998 and has continued to entertain growing audiences with its concert series and youth program. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued and vibrant cultural dimension to the city, providing over 16,000 children each year with vital access to a music education program and showcasing local talents alongside stellar guest artists on the magnificent Reynolds Hall stage. At the orchestra’s core are 76 contracted professional musicians, many of whom are esteemed educators who also perform in other professional productions in Las Vegas, bringing depth and variety to the organization. lvphil.org / 702.258.5438

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3/26/2015

Las Vegas Philharmonic announces their largest-ever concert season to be performed at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in 2015 and 2016

MARCH 26, 2015 (Las Vegas) – The Las Vegas Philharmonic and Music Director Donato Cabrera today announced details of the orchestra’s 2015-16 season that will see it perform more concerts than ever at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts from September 2015 through June 2016. The orchestra’s 17th season will be the first full season with Cabrera at the helm and he will conduct 15 concerts in the center’s 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall. Cabrera was appointed Music Director of the orchestra in 2014 and will conduct this weekend’s Symphonic Spectacular on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30pm.

The 2015-16 concert season, which begins on Saturday, September 12, heralds a bold new direction for the orchestra, a resident company of The Smith Center. The total number of concerts performed will increase from 11 to 19 with the addition of five weekend matinees that will mark the first time the orchestra has performed its programs over two days. In addition, Las Vegas Philharmonic musicians will showcase their talents in a new “Spotlight Series” of three concerts to be held on Tuesday nights in the Troesh Studio Theater located in The Smith Center’s Boman Pavilion. (Full concert calendar & details follow.) Principal musicians from the orchestra will be joined by guests for three programs focusing on the chamber music of Baroque, Classical, and Romantic composers.

Las Vegas Philharmonic musicians are also showcased in the main concert series held in Reynolds Hall, signaling a deepening partnership between the musicians and Cabrera who, as their artistic leader and conductor, selected the music and guest artists for the new season. Concertmaster De Ann Letourneau will perform as the soloist in Brahms’s demanding Violin Concerto in March 2016 and principal clarinet Corey Tiffin will be showcased in Leonard Bernstein’s rollicking Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs in April 2016. On November 21, 2015, the concert will open with the world premiere of Desert Flight by principal trombone and acclaimed Las Vegas composer and arranger Nathan Tanouye.

“Over the past year, I have enjoyed getting to know our musicians and in constructing this season’s program, my intention is to celebrate their amazing artistry,” shares Donato Cabrera, music director. “The repertoire is an exhilarating mingling of works that will showcase remarkable soloists and composers while highlighting the depth and prowess of Las Vegas’ hometown orchestra. Many of the pieces I've chosen for 2015-16 season are masterpieces that have never been performed by the Las Vegas Philharmonic and will demonstrate this orchestra’s musical eloquence while taking us all on a magnificent journey.”

In addition to featuring symphonic works by Beethoven, Brahms, Gershwin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Sibelius, the 2015-16 season includes music by acclaimed American composers Mason Bates, Philip Glass, D. J. Sparr and Dan Visconti, demonstrating Cabrera’s commitment to programming music by living composers.

The 2015-16 series will also showcase the following guest soloists: Andrew Armstrong (piano), Martina Filjak (piano), Oliver Herbert (cello), Alexi Kenney (violin) and Andrew Tyson (piano). The season will conclude on June 4 with a special performance featuring acclaimed Broadway star Alexandra Silber.

The expanded season will include three performances of the orchestra’s popular holiday program on December 5 and 6. In addition to featuring the Las Vegas Master Singers, this year’s concerts include a special screening of the film The Snowman based on the popular children’s book with the orchestra performing the score live on stage.

Outside of the classical music realm, popular ensemble Pink Martini will make its Reynolds Hall debut with a concert on February 6 featuring the Las Vegas Philharmonic performing with the band.

An enthusiastic and effective communicator about the music he performs, Cabrera will host pre-concert conversations for Saturday performances that will start at the earlier time 6:30pm and 1:00pm for matinees in Reynolds Hall. These events are free to all ticket holders.

Future goals for the Las Vegas Philharmonic include expanding its Youth Concert Series that in January 2015 brought 16,000 school children to the center over five days to attend ten free concerts. The orchestra also plans to continue its collaboration with artistic partners such as providing musicians for Nevada Ballet Theatre performances. In 2014 the orchestra successfully partnered with the Life is Beautiful festival and Cirque du Soleil for a special Beatles tribute performed at the festival to an audience of 12,000.

“As we prepare for our 17th season and fourth season as a resident company in The Smith Center, we continue to seek out ways that we can add to the vibrant cultural life of Las Vegas,” says Las Vegas Philharmonic President & CEO, Jeri Crawford. “Donato’s first season with us was exhilarating and with an exciting expanded concert season planned for 2015-16, we look forward to welcoming newcomers to the concert hall as well as receiving those whose support has remained firm as we have grown. Viva symphonic music in Las Vegas!”

2015-16 Season Subscriptions Offer Greater Flexibility

Additional Reynolds Hall performances and the new three-concert “Spotlight Series” in Troesh Studio Theater offer more choice than ever before. The concert season now offers more options and customization for subscribers; they can select the full season 10-concert series, or select one of two 5-concert series available. In addition, series subscribers can add-on individual concerts to their concert series and/or purchase the 3-concert Spotlight Series.

2014-15 full season subscribers will be given the opportunity to retain their current seats with a new 10-concert subscription up until May 1st, 2015.

10-Concert and 5-Concert Series Pricing
Ticket pricing in the 2015-16 season will stay consistent with the 2014-15 season pricing. Subscribers save 10% when they renew before May 1, 2015. There are four price levels available.

10-Concert Series
Early Renewal Price
A) $868 B)$598 C) $418 D) $238

Full Retail Price
A) $960 B) $660 C) $460 D) $260

5-Concert Series
Early Renewal Price
A) $434 B) $299 C) $209 D) $119

Full Retail Price
A) $480 B) $330 C) $230 D) $130

“Spotlight Series” Tickets
Patrons that purchase the 10-concert or 5-concert series in Reynolds Hall qualify to purchase the 3-concert Spotlight Series in Troesh Studio Theater. The Spotlight Series offers open seating. Subscribers that order before May 1, 2015 can purchase the Spotlight Series at the discounted price of $150. After May 1st, the Spotlight Series price increases to $168.

Single Tickets
Subscribers have the opportunity to add-on single tickets during the subscription period and take advantage of the 10% discount during early renewal.

Early Renewal Ticket Price
A) $86.80 B) $59.80 C) $41.80 D) $23.80

Full Retail Ticket Price
A) $96 B) $66 C) $46 D) $26

After the subscription renewal period has ended, single tickets will be available to the general public for purchase starting June 15, 2015.

Box Office
Subscriptions, add-on single tickets and the Spotlight Series can be purchased online at lvphil.org, from The Smith Center box office subscriber phone line: 702.749.2847, or in person at 361 Symphony Park Avenue.

For more information about subscriptions please contact the Las Vegas Philharmonic by phone 702.258.5438 or email lvpinfo@lvphil.com.


Las Vegas Philharmonic 2015-16 Season
Beethoven & Brahms
Saturday, September 12, 2015 – 7:30pm

Passport to the World
Saturday, October 24, 2015 – 7:30pm

Cabrera Celebrates Sibelius
Saturday, November 21, 2015 – 7:30pm

The Snowman – A Holiday Tradition
Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 6, 2015 – 2:00pm

Cabrera Conducts Rachmaninoff
Saturday, January 9, 2016 – 7:30pm
Sunday, January 10, 2016 – 2:00pm

Pink Martini
Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 7:30pm

Cabrera Conducts Mozart
Saturday, March 5, 2016 – 7:30pm

Gershwin: Music of the Jazz Age
Saturday, April 2, 2016 – 7:30pm
Sunday, April 3, 2016 – 2:00pm

Cabrera Conducts Tchaikovsky
Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 7:30pm
Sunday, May 22, 2016 – 2:00pm

Dream of Now, Dream of Then
Saturday, June 4, 2016 – 7:30pm

Spotlight Series Schedule

Brahms: First & Foremost
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – 7:30pm

Mozart, Poulenc & Beethoven
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – 7:30pm

Baroque Splendour
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 – 7:30pm

PRESS CONTACT INFORMATION
Photos of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and full biographies and high resolution photos of the conductor and guest artist are available on request from Michele Madole, VP of Marketing and Public Relations, Phone 702.462.2005, email michele@lvphil.com.


Accommodation for Music Director Donato Cabrera is provided by MGM Resorts at The Signature at MGM Grand.
3/10/2015

Las Vegas Philharmonic performs a Symphonic Spectacular on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at The Smith Center

March 10, 2015 (Las Vegas, NV) – The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs its Pops Series IV concert titled ‘Symphonic Spectacular’ on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center. The program will feature Newman’s Fanfare and popular classics including Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville, Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio italien, Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol, Sibelius’s Valse triste, and Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo.

The performance will begin with a world premiere of Anthony Newman’s Fanfare. The short work, featuring brass and timpani, was originally composed for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s 2014 Diamonds Are Forever Gala to welcome honorees Siegfried & Roy. Newman added strings to the piece for the Philharmonic’s upcoming March 28th performance. Next, the orchestra will perform the much-loved Overture to The Barber of Seville from one of the great opera composers, Gioachino Rossini. The overture is well known in more recent years from the Warner Bros. cartoon classic, The Rabbit of Seville. Following this operatic work, the Philharmonic will showcase Tchaikovsky’s Italian folk song-inspired Capriccio italien, Bernstein’s lively Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, Rimsky-Korsakov’s vibrant Capriccio espagnol, and Sibelius’s Valse triste, a dark waltz originally written for the play Kuolema (Death). The program will conclude with a celebration of the American West with Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo.

"Many of you might be familiar with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. If not, his concerts were tour-de-forces of orchestral showpieces and became a centerpiece of cultural life in Boston for many decades,” explained Cabrera. “We're recreating these exciting concerts right here in Las Vegas! The music that you're going to hear at this concert will be sure to engage and be thoroughly entertaining, and for those of you not familiar with this concert format, be prepared to have your socks knocked off!"

The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers $26 tickets for balcony seating at all of its 2014-15 season concerts. Seats in other sections are priced $46, $66 and $96. Tickets are available from The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online from lvphil.org. A 50% student discount is available on all single ticket purchases (ID required) and a 10% discount is available to seniors and military personnel. Groups of 10 or more receive 20% off the ticket price by calling the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Save 15% with a Mini Series Concert Package
The Las Vegas Philharmonic is currently offering 3-concert packages that save 15% off single ticket prices. Select Symphonic Spectacular and the remaining two performances from the 2014-15 season, 100 Years of Music and A Tribute to the Music of Frank Sinatra, to receive this discount. Full concert schedule and programs can be found online at lvphil.org. The Mini Series package can be purchased in person from The Smith Center box office, by phone 702.749.2000 or online.

Bus Service
The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers shuttle buses to The Smith Center from Summerlin (Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd) and Henderson (Anthem Center at Independence Center 2460 Hampton Road.) Bus passes must be purchased in advance and can be obtained when purchasing concert tickets, or by calling The Smith Center Patron Services at 702.749.2000. Each bus pass costs $15 roundtrip per concert.

Calendar Editors:
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Pops Series IV Concert: SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR

Las Vegas Philharmonic
Donato Cabrera Music Director

Newman Fanfare
Rossini Overture to The Barber of Seville
Tchaikovsky Capriccio italien
Bernstein Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio espagnol
Sibelius Valse triste
Copland Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

Have you ever been at a concert and thought "I know that tune from somewhere!" Classical showpieces famously (and frequently!) quoted in pop-culture are instantly recognizable as Music Director Donato Cabrera delves into this fiery, fast-paced repertoire that promises to deliver a memorable night at the symphony. Concert tickets are $26, $46, $66 & $96, available from The Smith Center Box Office via phone 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org.


PRESS CONTACT INFORMATION
Photos of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and full biographies and high resolution photos of the conductor and guest artist are available on request from Michele Madole, VP of Marketing and Public Relations, Phone 702.462.2005, email michele@lvphil.com.

Accommodation for Music Director Donato Cabrera is provided by MGM Resorts at The Signature at MGM Grand.
2/17/2015

Cellist Sergey Antonov to perform Schumann’s Cello Concerto with the Las Vegas Philharmonic on Saturday, March 7th at The Smith Center

February 17, 2015 (Las Vegas, NV) – On Saturday, March 7th at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, the Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform its fourth Masterworks concert of the 2014-15 season led by Music Director, Donato Cabrera and featuring award-winning cellist, Sergey Antonov. The program will include three selections, one of Schubert’s most familiar works, Overture to Rosamunde, Schumann’s expressive and playful Cello Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, also known as the Italian Symphony inspired by Mendelssohn’s travels through Rome, Naples and other parts of the country.

"The music that I’ve programmed for this concert captures a very exciting moment in music history,” said Donato Cabrera. “Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, and Robert Schumann represent the spirit and zeitgeist of the early Nineteenth Century in the same way as the books, poems, and paintings of Dickens, Wordsworth, and Turner. The music perfectly captures the sense of adventure and possibilities that were beginning to become available to more than just a select few. It also captures the beginnings of an inward journey that artists and philosophers were beginning to explore in a way that had never been done before. We take long-distance travel for granted today, but when Mendelssohn traveled to Italy and subsequently wrote a symphony based on his impressions, it was a big deal!”

Guest cellist Sergey Antonov started his studies with his mother and teacher, Maria Zhuravleva. He continued at the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory and then graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. He was one of the youngest cellists to be awarded the Tchaikovsky Gold Medal in 2007 followed by the Russian Performing Arts Foundation’s Golden Talent Award in 2008. Antonov’s mentor, renowned Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich, claimed Antonov “a brilliant cellist” and invited the young musician to perform with him during a European and Russian tour. Antonov has appeared as soloist with many orchestras worldwide and in live concerts on Boston’s NPR radio station WGBH and in the Russian broadcast series “Stars of the 21st Century” with the Moscow Philharmonic.

When asked about his choice for soloist in the Philharmonic’s upcoming performance, Cabrera expressed, “I’m very excited about Sergey Antonov performing Schumann’s Cello Concerto with us. He brings an intensity and lyricism that is a rare combination, perfectly suited for the intimate whispers and sudden outbursts of emotion for which this concerto is so well known.”

Tickets
The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers $26 tickets for balcony seating at all of its 2014-15 season concerts. Seats in other sections are priced $46, $66 and $96. Tickets are available from The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online from lvphil.org. A 50% student discount is available on all single ticket purchases (ID required) and a 10% discount is available to seniors and military personnel Groups of 10 or more receive 20% off the ticket price by calling the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Calendar Editors:
Saturday, March 7th, 7:30 p.m.
Masterworks Series IV: Cabrera Conducts Mendelssohn & Schumann
Pre-concert conversation with Donato Cabrera at 6:45 p.m. in Reynolds Hall

Las Vegas Philharmonic
Donato Cabrera, music director
Sergey Antonov, cello

PROGRAM:
SCHUBERT Overture to Rosamunde
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 (Italian)

Tickets $26, $46, $66 & $96 available from The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org.

PRESS CONTACT INFORMATION:
Photos of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and full biographies and high resolution photos of the guest conductors and guest artists are available on request from Sabrina Cozine, Project Manager, Phone 702.462.2007, email sabrina@lvphil.com

Accommodation for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s guest artists is provided by MGM Resorts at The Signature Suites at MGM Grand.
2/10/2015

The Las Vegas Philharmonic’s guest vocalist Sylvia McNair to be replaced by Niki Scalera for its Pops Concert: A Gershwin Valentine on Saturday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. at The Smith Center

February 10, 2015 (Las Vegas, NV) – Vocalist Sylvia McNair canceled her upcoming performance with the Las Vegas Philharmonic due to an unexpected illness. Las Vegas based vocalist, Niki Scalera, will replace McNair at the Philharmonic’s Pops Series III concert called ‘A Gershwin Valentine’ on Saturday, February 14th at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Scalera performed in the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s holiday Pops concert two seasons ago and most recently at its Diamonds Are Forever Gala.

The program will feature timeless classics by 20th-century American composer, George Gershwin, including ‘S Wonderful, Man I Love, But Not For Me, Summertime and Shall We Dance/I Got Rhythm. Other Gershwin orchestral selections include the Cuban Overture, Lullaby, Oh, Kay! Overture, Porgy and Bess: Symphonic Picture, and Let ‘Em Eat Cake Overture. Before the performance, the Philharmonic will host a Sweethearts Reception at 6:15 p.m. in The Smith Center’s Founders Room serving cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for $50 per person. Tickets are available through the box office at 702.749.2000.

Scalera started performing in TV commercials at a young age. By 12, she made her Broadway debut in Neil Simon’s original production of Jake’s Women. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Scalera went on the First National tour of the Broadway musical Footloose, playing the female lead, Ariel Moore. She performed in Queen’s We Will Rock You at Paris, Las Vegas, was the understudy to the Broadway role of Jane in Disney’s Tarzan and starred as Penny Lou Pingleton in Hairspray. Currently, Scalera is working on her one woman show featuring the music of Dame Shirley Bassey.

Peter Bay is currently in his 16th season as Music Director and Conductor for the Austin Symphony Orchestra and also leads the Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas. In addition to appearing with 70 different orchestras, his prior music director positions include the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon, the Erie Philharmonic, and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. Maestro Bay is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Peabody Institute of Music.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers $26 tickets for balcony seating at all of its 2014-15 season concerts. Seats in other sections are priced $46, $66 and $96. Tickets are available from The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online from lvphil.org. A 50% student discount is available on all single ticket purchases (ID required) and a 10% discount is available to seniors and military personnel. Groups of 10 or more receive 20% off the ticket price by calling the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Design Your Own Mini Series & Save 15%
The Las Vegas Philharmonic is currently offering 3 & 4 concert packages that save 15% off single ticket prices. Select A Gershwin Valentine and two or three other 2014-15 season concerts to receive this discount. Full concert schedule & programs can be found online at lvphil.org. The Design Your Own Mini Series package can be purchased in person from The Smith Center box office, by phone 702.749.2000 or online.

Bus Service
The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers shuttle buses to The Smith Center from Summerlin (Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd) and Henderson (Anthem Center at Independence Center 2460 Hampton Road.) Bus passes must be purchased in advance and can be obtained when purchasing concert tickets, or by calling The Smith Center Patron Services at 702.749.2000. Each bus pass costs $15 roundtrip per concert.

PRESS CONTACT INFORMATION:
Photos of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and full biographies and high resolution photos of the conductor and guest artist are available on request from Sabrina Cozine, Project Manager, Phone 702.462.2007, email sabrina@lvphil.com.

Accommodation for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s guest artists is provided by MGM Resorts at The Signature at MGM Grand.