Press Releases

2/2/2016

Get Up Close and Personal in the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s New Spotlight Series

Three Spotlight Series performances scheduled on February 16, April 26 and May 3, 2016 in Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center

Tickets to the Spotlight Series are available for purchase as a three-concert package for $168 from The Smith Center Box Office 702.749.2000 or lvphil.org

LAS VEGAS (February 2, 2016)- The Las Vegas Philharmonic opens its new Tuesday Spotlight Series on February 16th at 7:30 p.m. in the intimate Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Two additional Spotlight Series performances are scheduled for April 26th and May 3rd. The new series features members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic performing classical works composed for small ensembles narrated by Music Director Donato Cabrera.

The first performance on Tuesday, February 16 is titled Brahms: First & Foremost featuring three beautiful works by Johannes Brahms including the Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, the Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major and the Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor. The program will be performed by three of the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s principal strings players, including concertmaster De Ann Letourneau, principal violist Jason Bonham, principal cellist Andrew Smith and guest pianist Sandra Rivers.

The second Spotlight Series performance on April 26th includes Mozart’s Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, Poulenc’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano and Beethoven’s Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Winds. The musicians performing these piano and winds masterpieces include principal oboist Stephen Caplan, principal clarinetist Cory Tiffin, principal horn Bill Bernatis, principal bassoonist Janis McKay and guest pianist Mykola Suk.

The final performance in the series, Baroque Splendour, on May 3rd showcases gems of the Baroque period including works by Bach and Vivaldi. Concertmaster De Ann Letourneau and principal cellist Andrew Smith return for the final performance and are joined by our principal flutist Alexander Viazovtsev and principal pianist Voltaire Versoza who will play harpsichord in this Baroque performance.

"The Las Vegas Philharmonic musicians are so excited about this new "Spotlight Series" because it gives us yet another opportunity to share a unique side of these great composers in a smaller and more intimate setting,” said concertmaster De Ann Letourneau. “For the listener, it’s a fun, up close and personal interaction with the composer and players. It's like your own private home concert with your close friends! When you see our Spotlight Series for the first time, you will want more. We are thrilled to begin this new series and present the joy of creating music, right next to you!"

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Ticket Prices
The Spotlight Series can be purchased as a three-concert package for $168 through The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org.

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Calendar Editors:
Brahms: First & Foremost
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – 7:30 P.M.
Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center

De Ann Letourneau, violin
Jason Bonham, viola
Andrew Smith, cello
Sandra Rivers, piano

BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Opus 78
BRAHMS Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Opus 8
BRAHMS Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Opus 25

Our Spotlight Series begins with some of the most beautiful music Brahms ever wrote, featuring three of our principal string players, including our Concertmaster, De Ann Letourneau along with pianist, Sandra Rivers.

Mozart, Poulenc & Beethoven
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – 7:30 P.M.
Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center

Stephen Caplan, oboe
Bill Bernatis, horn
Cory Tiffin, clarinet
Janis McKay, bassoon
Mykola Suk, piano

MOZART Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, K. 452
POULENC Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
BEETHOVEN Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Winds, Opus 16

Musical masterpieces for piano and winds by Mozart, Beethoven, and Francis Poulenc, featuring pianist Mykola Suk with Principal Winds of the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Baroque Splendour
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 – 7:30 P.M.
Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center

De Ann Letourneau, violin
Andrew Smith, cello
Alexander Viazovtsev, flute
Voltaire Versoza, harpsichord

A concert featuring gems of the Baroque period, including a soulful cello suite by Johann Sebastian Bach, and intimate chamber works by Vivaldi and others.

The price of the three-concert Spotlight Series is $168 and can be purchased at The Smith Center box office, by phone: 702.749.2000, or online at lvphil.org.

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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. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued 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 nationally and internationally known 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438.

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

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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.

Accommodation for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s music director and guest artists is provided by MGM Resorts at The Signature Suites at MGM Grand.
1/28/2016

The Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild launches instrument collection program to benefit area schools’ music programs

LAS VEGAS (January 28, 2016) – The Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild has launched an instrument collection program to benefit local school music programs. This initiative is intended to address the great need for musical instruments for school music programs, particularly in charter schools in the Las Vegas valley. After researching the need for 6 months, the Guild entered into a partnership with Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, who recently expanded their music program to a yearlong platform covering band, orchestra, and smaller ensembles. Currently, there are as many as three students sharing a single instrument, which limits performance and practice times.

“Considering the wealth of musical resources in Las Vegas, we feel certain that with increased awareness, we can attract many people who have lonely instruments hiding in the backs of their closets or in garages that are waiting for a second chance,” shares Guild President, Juliana McRae. “We believe that people would be willing to donate these instruments for a vital and worthy charitable cause, plus reap the tax benefits from such a donation.”

The organization is seeking playable instruments in good condition and because these instruments may need some refurbishing, they are also seeking interested parties for monetary contributions or donations of instrument repair services. Since the young students of today are tomorrow’s musicians and audiences, and since there is such a high value of self-esteem earned through music education, we are very excited about this project, The Gift of Music.

For more information, to donate, or get involved, contact Monica Fuller at GuildEducation@lvphil.com or 702.580.8528.

About the Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild
The Guild, comprised of almost 300 members, has been supporting the orchestra through its volunteering and fundraising efforts since July 2003 and has donated a total of $425,000 over the past twelve years. Their mission is to support the orchestra in its musical performances and education initiatives. In 2015, the Guild received two awards from the League of American Orchestras for their 10th Anniversary Gala, A Decade of Musical Memories, and their ongoing Martini Monday Musicales and Winey Wednesday events.

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. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued 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 nationally and internationally known 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438.

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

Accommodation for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s music director and guest artists is provided by MGM Resorts at The Signature Suites at MGM Grand.
1/21/2016

LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC PERFORMED FOR OVER 14,000 STUDENTS DURING ITS YOUTH CONCERT SERIES THIS SEASON

Over 70% of the students in attendance represented Title 1 Schools

Kelsea Au, the Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition Winner, performed her winning concerto with the Las Vegas Philharmonic

Las Vegas Philharmonic and the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum collaborated in a pilot program offering students the opportunity to participate in a post-concert presentation called the “Science Behind Sound” at the museum


LAS VEGAS (January 21, 2016) - The Las Vegas Philharmonic presented ten free youth concerts to fourth-grade students in the Clark County School District during its Youth Concert Series in November 2015 and January 2016. The over 14,000 students in attendance watched and listened as the orchestra performed a 45-minute set that featured seven unique works that showcased different sections of the orchestra and varying techniques and styles of classical music. The repertoire included Mussorgsky’s The Hut on Fowls’ Legs from Pictures at an Exhibition, Strauss’s Excerpt from Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Tchaikovsky’s Odette and the Prince from Act II of Swan Lake, Rouse’s Ku-Ka-Ilimoku, Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Britten’s Storm from Four Sea Interludes and Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Mvmt. III featuring our Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition Winner, Kelsea Au.

The purpose of the Youth Concert Series is to expose students to live symphonic music before they select a musical instrument and enroll in band by sixth grade. Prior to each season, Music Director Donato Cabrera and representatives from the Clark County School District Partnership Office plan the repertoire to be presented to students at the upcoming youth concerts. The teachers receive information about the composers, the music and the history behind each piece so that they can prepare the students ahead of time, thus enabling the students to have a better understanding of the music they will hear the Las Vegas Philharmonic perform.

Carol Veslany, the Music Specialist at Joseph M. Neal Elementary School, one of the Title 1 schools, which attended, said the concert was appropriate for the age of the students who attended and was very impressed with the number of students who were able to participate. She called the experience “a great opportunity” for her students.

A new component to the Philharmonic’s Youth Concert Series was the collaboration with the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum. More than 1,200 students from Title 1 schools were given the opportunity to participate in a pilot program during November and January youth concerts. Educators from DISCOVERY Children’s Museum tailored four interactive exhibits to the youth concert repertoire. Children learned about sound waves, created puppets to Tchaikovsky’s Odette and the Prince from Swan Lake, painted to the tempo of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and engaged in the Water World Gallery after hearing Britten’s Storm from Four Sea Interludes. According to Tifferney White, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum’s CEO & President the pilot program was a success. “Since each child may favor one or more approaches to learning, our goal was to take the students’ experience from the concert hall a step further by engaging their visual and tactile senses to create a comprehensive musical experience.” The Las Vegas Philharmonic and DISCOVERY Children’s Museum plan to raise additional funding in order to continue the program in subsequent seasons and engage a greater numbers of students in the collaborative program.

The Youth Concert Series was generously underwritten by individual supporters, foundations and corporate sponsors including The Bennett Family Foundation, Cox Communications, Green Valley Grocery, Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild, NV Energy, Bank of Nevada, Target, Kinder Morgan, South Point, Wells Fargo, Southern Nevada Music, MGM Resorts, National Endowment for the Arts, Arts4Nevada.org and the Nevada Arts Council.

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. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued 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 nationally and internationally known 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438.

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

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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.

Accommodation for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s music director is provided by MGM Resorts at The Signature Suites at MGM Grand.
1/19/2016

LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC MUSICIANS RATIFY NEW 36-MONTH CONTRACT

LAS VEGAS (January 19, 2016) – The Las Vegas Philharmonic announced today that the musicians of the Orchestra have approved and ratified a new 36-month collective bargaining agreement. The agreement sets a course for the Orchestra’s future artistic and audience development and underscores the organization’s commitment to the Las Vegas community through performance and education.

The new agreement includes slight increases in base pay over the next three years. Musicians also receive increases in fringe benefits, including seniority pay and travel accommodations for traveling musicians.

Negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement began in April of 2015 and the CBA was ratified in January of 2016. The agreement covers a three season period, beginning retroactively to July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2018.

“The success and continued artistic development of the Las Vegas Philharmonic lies in the active partnership among the musicians, Donato Cabrera, the attentive stewardship of the board, continued diligence of the staff, and the enthusiastic and steadfast support of the community,” said Jeri Crawford, president of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. “This new agreement represents the shared vision and dedication that will aid us in striving to break new ground, achieve new levels of artistic excellence, develop a broader audience, achieve our education and community outreach goals, and insure the long-term vitality of our great orchestra as we enter our eighteenth season and beyond.”

"Philharmonic musicians are excited that Management has committed to three years of growth and innovation allowing us to continue bringing the highest quality live performances to Las Vegas audiences,” adds Stephen Caplan, Chair of the Orchestra committee.

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The Orchestra’s negotiating committee was chaired by Principal Oboist Stephen Caplan and included Concertmaster De Ann Letourneau, Principal Second Violinist Shakeh Ghoukasian, Violinist Jennifer Eriksson, Principal Clarinetist Cory Tiffin, Bassist Geoff Neuman, and Cellist Ted Hartwell. Also instrumental was Frank Leone, past president of Musicians’ Union Local No. 369 of the American Federation of Musicians. Negotiating for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s administration and Board of Directors were President and CEO Jeri Crawford, Treasurer Ellis Landau and Legal Counsel Mark Ricciardi.

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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. Our Youth Concert Series brings more than 16,000 children annually into the concert hall for a vital music education program, and our Young Artists’ Concerto Competition recognizes and encourages emerging talent among Nevada youth in the area of music performance. Our rich offerings of season concerts showcase local talents alongside stellar nationally and internationally known 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438.

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

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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.
1/7/2016

LIVE IN CONCERT PINK MARTINI WITH THE LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC

Featuring vocalist Storm Large
Elegant and Romantic Latin-tinged Pop from the Golden Age of Song

Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center

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


LAS VEGAS (January 7, 2016) - The Las Vegas Philharmonic presents a special engagement with the internationally acclaimed 12-piece “little orchestra” Pink Martini on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. featuring chanteuse, Storm Large, in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

Celebrating their 21st birthday, Pink Martini was founded by band leader, Thomas Lauderdale in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. After an early career in politics, Lauderdale formed the band to create music that crossed genres and appealed to conservatives and liberals alike. Lauderdale recruited Harvard classmate, China Forbes to join Pink Martini. The first song they wrote, “Sympathique” became a hit in France, getting nominated for “Song of the Year” at France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards. In 2011, Storm Large stepped in to perform lead vocals while Forbes underwent vocal cord surgery. Now both vocalists perform regularly with the band.

With their multilingual mix of classical, jazz, Latin and classic pop music, Pink Martini has performed with more than 50 orchestras around the globe in Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. Lauderdale describes Pink Martini as, “….a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure… If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.”

After their debut album, Sympathique (1997), Pink Martini went on to release seven more albums including Hang On Little Tomato (2004), Hey Eugene! (2007), Splendor in the Grass (2009), Joy to the World (2010), A Retrospective (2011), Get Happy (2013), and Dream a Little Dream (2014). They have sold over 3 million albums worldwide.

Pink Martini has collaborated with many notable entertainers over the years including Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing, Jane Powell, Rufus Wainwright, and the original cast of Sesame Street. The band often invites local student musicians to join them on stage. For Pink Martini’s upcoming performance with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, winner Kelsea Au and runner-up Erika Dalton from this year’s Cox Communications’ Young Artists’ Concerto Competition will have the opportunity to perform a selection with Pink Martini and the Las Vegas Philharmonic on Reynolds Hall stage.

Ticket Prices
Ticket prices for the February 6th Pink Martini concert are $250, $200, $150 and $100 and can be purchased through The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org.

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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 $20 roundtrip per concert.

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Calendar Editors:
Saturday, February 6, 7:30 p.m.

Pink Martini



Las Vegas Philharmonic

Donato Cabrera, music director


Pink Martini

Thomas Lauderdale, band leader
Storm Large, vocals

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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 $250, $200, $150 & $100 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. The mission of the organization is to perform music that enriches and educates, helping to build a vibrant, culturally rich community. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued 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 nationally and internationally known 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438.

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

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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.

Accommodation for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s music director and Pink Martini provided by MGM Resorts at Bellagio Las Vegas.
1/4/2016

The Las Vegas Philharmonic hosts its Annual Fundraising Gala on Friday, February 19, 2016

This year’s gala theme is Singing In The Rain with special guest,
Patricia Ward Kelly, wife of the late Gene Kelly

Table sponsorships available at the $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000 level
Individual ticket price is $600 per person

Contact the Las Vegas Philharmonic office at 702.258.5438 for information


LAS VEGAS (Monday, January 4, 2016)- The Las Vegas Philharmonic will host its annual fundraising gala themed Singing in the Rain, on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The evening will begin with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction in The Smith Center lobby, followed by dinner, entertainment and a live auction on Reynolds Hall stage starting at 8:00 p.m. Chet Buchanan, host and creator of 98.5 KLUC’s Chet Buchanan and the Morning Zoo radio show, will serve as emcee and auctioneer for the gala. The event will feature special guest, Patricia Ward Kelly, who will present an intimate look at the life of her late husband, Gene Kelly. The Hollywood actor, dancer and choreographer is best known for his films including An American in Paris (1951), Anchors Aweigh (1945), and Singin' in the Rain (1952). Performances by members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic will highlight the music from Kelly’s films. In addition, the winner of the 2015 Cox Communication’s Young Artists’ Concerto Competition, Kelsea Au, will perform during the event. Proceeds generated from the gala will benefit the Las Vegas Philharmonic and its educational initiatives.
Ticket Prices
Table sponsorships are available at the $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000 level and include benefits during the event and concert season. Individual tickets are priced at $600 per person. Attendees can RSVP and/or receive additional information by calling the Las Vegas Philharmonic office at 702.258.5438 or visiting http://lvpgala16.auction-bid.org.

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Calendar Editors:
Friday, February 19, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Las Vegas Philharmonic 2016 Annual Gala

Singing In The Rain with Special Guest, Patricia Ward Kelly



The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Reynolds Hall
361 Symphony Park Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89106

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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. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued 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 nationally and internationally known 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438.

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

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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.

Accommodation for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s music director and guest artists is provided by MGM Resorts at The Signature Suites at MGM Grand.
1/1/2016

The Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild launches instrument collection program to benefit area schools’ music programs

LAS VEGAS (January 28, 2016) – The Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild has launched an instrument collection program to benefit local school music programs. This initiative is intended to address the great need for musical instruments for school music programs, particularly in charter schools in the Las Vegas valley. After researching the need for 6 months, the Guild entered into a partnership with Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, who recently expanded their music program to a yearlong platform covering band, orchestra, and smaller ensembles. Currently, there are as many as three students sharing a single instrument, which limits performance and practice times.

“Considering the wealth of musical resources in Las Vegas, we feel certain that with increased awareness, we can attract many people who have lonely instruments hiding in the backs of their closets or in garages that are waiting for a second chance,” shares Guild President, Juliana McRae. “We believe that people would be willing to donate these instruments for a vital and worthy charitable cause, plus reap the tax benefits from such a donation.”

The organization is seeking playable instruments in good condition and because these instruments may need some refurbishing, they are also seeking interested parties for monetary contributions or donations of instrument repair services. Since the young students of today are tomorrow’s musicians and audiences, and since there is such a high value of self-esteem earned through music education, we are very excited about this project, The Gift of Music.

For more information, to donate, or get involved, contact Monica Fuller at GuildEducation@lvphil.com or 702.580.8528.

About the Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild
The Guild, comprised of almost 300 members, has been supporting the orchestra through its volunteering and fundraising efforts since July 2003 and has donated a total of $425,000 over the past twelve years. Their mission is to support the orchestra in its musical performances and education initiatives. In 2015, the Guild received two awards from the League of American Orchestras for their 10th Anniversary Gala, A Decade of Musical Memories, and their ongoing Martini Monday Musicales and Winey Wednesday events.

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. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued 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 nationally and internationally known 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438.

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

Accommodation for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s music director and guest artists is provided by MGM Resorts at The Signature Suites at MGM Grand.
12/18/2015

LIVE IN CONCERT PINK MARTINI WITH THE LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC

Featuring vocalist Storm Large
Elegant and Romantic Latin-tinged Pop from the Golden Age of Song

Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center

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


LAS VEGAS (December 18, 2015) - The Las Vegas Philharmonic presents a special engagement with the internationally acclaimed 12-piece “little orchestra” Pink Martini on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. featuring chanteuse, Storm Large, in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

Celebrating their 21st birthday this year, Pink Martini was founded by band leader, Thomas Lauderdale in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. After an early career in politics, Lauderdale formed the band to create music that crossed genres and appealed to conservatives and liberals alike. Lauderdale recruited Harvard classmate, China Forbes to join Pink Martini. The first song they wrote, “Sympathique” became a hit in France, getting nominated for “Song of the Year” at France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards. In 2011, Storm Large stepped in to perform lead vocals while Forbes underwent vocal cord surgery. Now both vocalists perform regularly with the band.

With their multilingual mix of classical, jazz, Latin and classic pop music, Pink Martini has performed with more than 50 orchestras around the globe in Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. Lauderdale describes Pink Martini as, “….a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure… If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.”

After their debut album, Sympathique (1997), Pink Martini went on to release seven more albums including Hang On Little Tomato (2004), Hey Eugene! (2007), Splendor in the Grass (2009), Joy to the World (2010), A Retrospective (2011), Get Happy (2013), and Dream a Little Dream (2014). They have sold over 3 million albums worldwide.

Pink Martini has collaborated with many notable entertainers over the years including Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing, Jane Powell, Rufus Wainwright, and the original cast of Sesame Street. The band often invites local student musicians to join them on stage. For Pink Martini’s upcoming performance with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, winner Kelsea Au and runner-up Erika Dalton from this year’s Cox Communications’ Young Artists’ Concerto Competition will have the opportunity to perform a selection with Pink Martini and the Las Vegas Philharmonic on Reynolds Hall stage.

Ticket Prices
Ticket prices for the February 6th Pink Martini concert are $250, $200, $150 and $100 and can be purchased through The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org.

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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 $20 roundtrip per concert.

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Calendar Editors:
Saturday, February 6, 7:30 p.m.
Pink Martini

Las Vegas Philharmonic
Donato Cabrera, music director

Pink Martini
Thomas Lauderdale, band leader
Storm Large, vocals

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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 $250, $200, $150 & $100 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. The mission of the organization is to perform music that enriches and educates, helping to build a vibrant, culturally rich community. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued 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 nationally and internationally known 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438.

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

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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.

Accommodation for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s music director and Pink Martini provided by MGM Resorts at Bellagio Las Vegas.
12/11/2015

The Las Vegas Philharmonic starts the New Year with Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2

Other works include Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major featuring guest soloist Martina Filjak and Mason Bates’s Devil’s Radio

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


LAS VEGAS (December 11, 2015)- The Las Vegas Philharmonic kicks off the New Year with the program Cabrera Conducts Rachmaninoff on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center. The performances will open with Mason Bates’s Devil’s Radio followed by Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major featuring guest Croatian pianist Martina Filjak and will conclude with Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E Minor. Music Director Donato Cabrera will host his Classical Conversation at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday in Reynolds Hall for patrons interested in learning more about the music and history behind the works being performed that weekend.

American composer, Mason Bates, combines his training in orchestral music and electronic dance music to create innovative works that have drawn the attention of the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where he has currently been appointed composer-in-residence. Mason Bates describes Devil’s Radio as “a fanfare with equal parts darkness and groove.” Written for the Sun City Summer Symphony in 2014, the work combines bluesy licks, big-band swing, energetic percussion, and thunderous low brass to “give the Devil his due,” as Bates puts it.

The orchestra switches gears to perform the early twentieth-century Piano Concerto in G Major by French composer, Maurice Ravel. The concerto’s jazz elements are inspired by Ravel’s travels to the U.S. in 1928. Piano soloist Martina Filjak, gained international acclaim after winning the Gold Medal, the 1st prize and the Beethoven prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2009. She has performed world-wide with orchestras including the Strasbourg Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, and the Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra.

The evening concludes with one of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s best known works, Symphony No. 2 in E Minor. The composition is reflective of the late Romantic symphonies in which Rachmaninoff focuses on the melodies and theme, transforming them throughout the work.
Probably the most familiar section of this symphony is the third movement, Adagio, which starts with the languorous melody in the strings and segues into the beautiful clarinet solo.

Ticket Prices
Ticket prices for the January 9th and 10th Cabrera Conducts Rachmaninoff concert are $26, $46, $66 and $96 and can be purchased through The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org. In addition, the Las Vegas Philharmonic is offering a new concert package this season; the Flex Passport, priced at $300, offers patrons the opportunity to purchase six seats to redeem at a later date for the concert(s) of their choice.

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Bus Service
The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers shuttle buses for the evening performances 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 $20 roundtrip per concert.

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Calendar Editors:
Saturday, January 9, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 10, 2:00 p.m.

Cabrera Conducts Rachmaninoff

Classical Conversation with Donato Cabrera at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts



Las Vegas Philharmonic

Donato Cabrera, music director
Martina Filjak, piano



PROGRAM:

MASON BATES - Devil’s Radio

MAURICE RAVEL - Concerto for Piano in G Major

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF - Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Opus 27

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Music that is bold and beautiful features in this rollicking program that will see fingers fly and pulses race. Acclaimed American composer Mason Bates’s Devil’s Radio is equal parts darkness and groove. This is a fantastic opportunity for Las Vegans to experience Bates’s propulsive and engaging music, which is sweeping the country’s concert halls. Maurice Ravel’s first jazz experiences fed directly into his “lighthearted and brilliant” piano concerto performed by charismatic Croatian pianist, Martina Filjak. Considered a triumph of confident craftsmanship and filled with melodic and poetic lushness, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s second symphony is a testament to creative courage.

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. The mission of the organization is to perform music that enriches and educates, helping to build a vibrant, culturally rich community. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued 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 nationally and internationally known 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438.

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

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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.

Accommodation for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s music director and guest artists is provided by MGM Resorts at The Signature Suites at MGM Grand.
12/9/2015

The Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild donates $25,000 to the orchestra at the holiday performance

LAS VEGAS (December 9, 2015) – On behalf of The Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild, Toni Carpenter, Guild Vice President, presented a check for $25,000 to the Las Vegas Philharmonic before its evening performance of The Snowman on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Amy Wiles, Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Vice President of Development accepted the check on behalf of the orchestra.

The Guild, comprised of almost 300 members, has been supporting the orchestra through its volunteering and fundraising efforts since July 2003 and has donated a total of $400,000 over the past twelve years. Some of their programs and events have included the Adopt-a-Musician program, Martini Mondays, Runway Rhythms, Oktoberfest and It’s In The Bag luncheon. Earlier this year, the Guild received two awards from the League of American Orchestras for their 10th Anniversary Gala, A Decade of Musical Memories, and their ongoing Martini Monday Musicales and Winey Wednesday events.

“We are proud to have such a fine volunteer organization supporting the symphony orchestra,” said Amy Wiles, Vice President of Development. “The Guild has played an integral part in the development and success of the Las Vegas Philharmonic in our community.”

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. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued 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 nationally and internationally known 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438.

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

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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.
11/13/2015

Las Vegas Philharmonic Launches The City’s Festive Season With A Family-Friendly, Fun-Filled Holiday Concert

Concert to include a special screening of the film The Snowman based on the beloved children’s book, with orchestral accompaniment and boy soprano Noah Pastor

The Las Vegas Master Singers will join the orchestra on-stage for a selection of holiday favorites and the traditional audience sing-along

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


LAS VEGAS (November 13, 2015) - The Las Vegas Philharmonic presents its annual holiday program conducted by Music Director Donato Cabrera with three performances on Saturday, December 5, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 6, at 2:00 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center. This year’s holiday theme is The Snowman, and will feature a selection of holiday classics, the children’s film, The Snowman, based on the popular children’s book created and illustrated by Raymond Briggs, featuring boy soprano Noah Pastor from Cashman Middle School, and an audience sing-along. The orchestra will be accompanied by the Las Vegas Master Singers, led by University of Nevada, Las Vegas Choral Director, David Weiller. We encourage patrons to arrive early to meet with Santa in the lobby!

The performances will include two excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Russian Dance and Waltz of the Snowflakes. The first half of the program will feature a series of choral selections performed by the Las Vegas Master Singers including the Many Moods of Christmas, O Magnum Mysterium, Songs of Freedom: A Celebration of Chanukah, Wassail Song, and Do You Hear What I Hear? The Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Las Vegas Master Singers have collaborated on performances throughout the orchestra’s 16 seasons and just recently the orchestra announced the Las Vegas Master Singers as the official Chorus-In-Residence of the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

After a brief intermission, the program will feature the film, The Snowman, based on the beloved children’s book by Raymond Briggs. This short film is accompanied by the orchestra performing the beautiful score and eighth-grade boy soprano, Noah Pastor from Cashman Middle School. A member of the National Junior Honor Society, Pastor has been singing in choirs for five years, including the Clark County School District Middle School Honor Choir. The Las Vegas Philharmonic will conclude the concert with Sleigh Ride and its traditional audience sing-along including Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Jingle Bells, and Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Ticket Prices
Ticket prices for the December 5th and 6th performances of The Snowman are $26, $46, $66 and $96 and can be purchased through The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org. In addition, the Las Vegas Philharmonic is offering two new concert packages this season; the Flex Passport, priced at $300, offers patrons the opportunity to purchase six seats to redeem at a later date for the concert(s) of their choice and the Sunday Matinee 4-Pack, starting at $142, offers patrons four Sunday 2 p.m. performances during the orchestra’s 2015-16 season.

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.) for the evening performances only. 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, December 5 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, 2:00 p.m.
The Snowman

Las Vegas Philharmonic
Donato Cabrera, music director
Noah Pastor, Boy Soprano
Las Vegas Master Singers
David Weiller, choral director

PROGRAM:
Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky Russian Dance from The Nutcracker

Shaw/Bennett
Many Moods of Christmas,Suite 3
Las Vegas Master Singers
What Child is This?
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
Angels We Have Heard on High

Morten Lauridsen
O Magnum Mysterium
Las Vegas Master Singers

Clurman/Hochman/Mitchell
Songs of Freedom: A Celebration of Chanukah
Las Vegas Master Singers

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Wassail Song
Las Vegas Master Singers

Regney/Shayne Baker arr. Simeone, orch. Adams
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Las Vegas Master Singers

Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky
Waltz of the Snowflakes from The Nutcracker

INTERMISSION

Howard Blake
The Snowman, film
Noah Pastor

Coots/Cerulli
Santa Claus is Coming to Town (audience sing-along)

Finnegan/Pierpont
Jingle Bells (audience sing-along)

Marks/Ployhar
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (audience sing-along)

Leroy Anderson
Sleigh Ride

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!

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. The mission of the organization is to perform music that enriches and educates, helping to build a vibrant, culturally rich community. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued 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 nationally and internationally known 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 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.

Accommodation for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s music director and guest artists is provided by MGM Resorts at The Signature Suites at MGM Grand.
10/15/2015

LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC’S Music Director Donato Cabrera Conducts Sibelius’s First Symphony in Celebration of the Composer’s 150th Birthday

Other works include Barber’s Violin Concerto featuring guest soloist Alexi Kenney and the world premiere of Desert Flight by Las Vegas Philharmonic’s own Principal Trombonist, Nathan Tanouye

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

LAS VEGAS (October 15, 2015)- The Las Vegas Philharmonic continues its 2015-16 concert season with a performance on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center. The program Cabrera Conducts Sibelius will feature three unique works starting with the world premiere of Desert Winds composed by Principal Trombonist, Nathan Tanouye, followed by Barber’s Concerto for Violin featuring award-winning guest violinist Alexi Kenney, and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1 in E Minor. Music Director Donato Cabrera will host his Classical Conversation at 6:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall for patrons interested in learning more about the music and history behind the works being performed that evening.

Continuing Cabrera’s commitment to showcase new classical works, the orchestra will perform a piece composed by Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Principal Trombonist, Nathan Tanouye. Desert Flight was commissioned by the Las Vegas Philharmonic in 2014. Tanouye describes the work as “a cross between a John Williams film score and a Stravinsky ballet. As I started writing this piece, I was imagining flying over the beautiful desert landscape. It is my hope that this music will both move and inspire people in a unique way.” Tanouye has written works for many different sized ensembles, from jazz trios to concert bands. Currently, Tanouye is Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and Studio Trombone at UNLV, and is a trombonist, orchestrator and arranger for Celine Dion.

The next piece, Concerto for Violin, was written by early twentieth century American composer Samuel Barber. The concerto opens with a sweet and refined melody played by guest violinist, Alexi Kenney, winner of the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. Kenney made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in the 2014-15 season and has performed concerti with the Santa Fe Symphony, the China Philharmonic, and Santa Maria Philharmonic, to name a few. He is an Artist Diploma candidate at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he also received his Bachelor's Degree and is the recipient of the Charlotte F. Rabb Presidential Scholarship.

The evening concludes with Symphony No. 1 in E Minor by one of Finland’s most prominent composers, Jean Sibelius. Composed in 1899 during a contentious political time for Finland and Russia, the work exudes a Nationalistic and Nordic quality, which is demonstrated thru a haunting clarinet solo and a series of long-held notes or pedal-notes. Although similarities have been drawn to works by Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Bruckner, this heroic symphony is indicative of Sibelius’s style.

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Ticket Prices
Ticket prices for the November 21st Cabrera Celebrates Sibelius concert are $26, $46, $66 and $96 and can be purchased through The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org. In addition, the Las Vegas Philharmonic is offering two new concert packages this season; the Flex Passport, priced at $300, offers patrons the opportunity to purchase six seats to redeem at a later date for the concert(s) of their choice and the Sunday Matinee 4-Pack, starting at $142, offers patrons four Sunday 2 p.m. performances during the orchestra’s 2015-16 season.

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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.

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Calendar Editors:

Saturday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.

Cabrera Celebrates Sibelius

Classical Conversation with Donato Cabrera

at 6:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall

Las Vegas Philharmonic

Donato Cabrera, music director
Alexi Kenney, violin



PROGRAM:

NATHAN TANOUYE Desert Flight

SAMUEL BARBER Concerto for Violin, Opus 14

JEAN SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Opus 39

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Music that encapsulates time and place features in this evocative program celebrating Jean Sibelius’s 150th birthday. The Finish composer’s first symphony illustrates his heartfelt tonal palette allowing the listener to experience the glories of his natural world. Samuel Barber’s violin concerto performed with Alexi Kenney-a young artist of uncommon depth, poise and instinct-conjures echoes of the turbulent 1930s. The world premiere of Desert Flight, a sprightly ode to Southern Nevada’s own landscape composed by Principal Trombonist Nathan Tanouye, launches the celebration.

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. The mission of the organization is to perform music that enriches and educates, helping to build a vibrant, culturally rich community. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued 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 nationally and internationally known 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 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.

Accommodation for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s music director and guest artists is provided by MGM Resorts at The Signature Suites at MGM Grand.
10/13/2015

Las Vegas Master Singers of UNLV Named Official Chorus-In-Residence for the Las Vegas Philharmonic

LAS VEGAS (October 13, 2015) – The Las Vegas Master Singers, part of the UNLV School of Music, was recently named the official Chorus-In-Residence of the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Founded in 1993 by Susan Johnson, and led to further levels of excellence by Jocelyn K. Jensen from 2003-2015, Las Vegas Master Singers is recognized as one of the premiere community choral organizations in Southern Nevada. The chorus of 80-100 experienced musicians comes from many walks of life to raise their voices in song. Many members are UNLV choral alumni and/or music specialists and choral conductors in the Clark County School District.

David Weiller, UNLV director of choral studies and associate professor of music, assumes the reigns of the Las Vegas Master Singers this season. He is a past recipient of the UNLV William Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching and the UNLV Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award. Professor Weiller also is a principal conductor for the College Light Opera Company at Highfield Theatre on Cape Cod, one of the most respected educational theatre companies in the country.

The Las Vegas Master Singers and the Las Vegas Philharmonic have enjoyed a relationship that spans several years and have collaborated on some of the orchestra’s most notable performances. The next joint performances are scheduled for December 5 and 6 when the orchestra presents a series of holiday concerts entitled The Snowman, based on the beloved classic children’s book turned film. The performance will include a mutli-media holiday feast of film, live music and singing that will make for a rousing celebration.

“The artistry and mastery of the UNLV Master Singers has long been admired by our organization and shines when accompanied by our dynamic orchestra,” shares Jeri Crawford, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. “We are thrilled to further our artistic collaboration through this new partnership with the Master Singers and the UNLV School of Music and look forward to expanding our tradition of bringing music, voice and celebration to our audiences.”

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 Youth Concert Series brings more than 16,000 children annually into the concert hall for a vital music education program, and the Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition recognizes and encourages emerging talent among Nevada youth in the area of music performance.

The 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 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438.

Media Contacts:

For Las Vegas Philharmonic
Michele Madole, VP of Marketing & PR
Michele@lvphil.org
702-462-2005

For UNLV/Master Singers
Jennifer Vaughan, Public Relations Director
jennifer.vaughan@unlv.edu
702.895.1575
10/8/2015

Las Vegas Philharmonic Announces the Winner and Runner-up of the Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition

Winner receives $2,000 prize and runner-up receives $1,000 prize to use toward their music education

Winner will perform on stage with the Las Vegas Philharmonic during the annual Youth Concert Series

LAS VEGAS (October 8, 2015) - The Las Vegas Philharmonic is pleased to announce the results of the Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition that took place Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the College of Southern Nevada, Cheyenne Campus. The panel of judges selected violinist Kelsea Breanne Au as winner and violinist Erika Dalton as runner-up of the 2015 Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition. Au will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and the opportunity to perform as soloist in all 10 performances of the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Youth Concert Series, which is scheduled for November 19 – 20, 2015 and January 6 – 8, 2016. Dalton will receive a cash prize of $1,000 to use towards her music education. The judges also announced two honorable mentions from the competition, cellist Devon Zubka and pianist Jenny Han.

Au is 16 years old and is a junior at Green Valley High School. A native Las Vegan, Au has been playing violin for 11 years and currently studies under Ms. Yuri Cho. She was awarded a scholarship to participate in the seven week Chautauqua Music Festival and has performed as soloist with the Ottawa Chamber Symphony and as concertmaster for the Honor Orchestra and Nevada All-State Orchestra. Au plans to use the prize money towards performing in a music festival next summer.

Dalton is 15 years old and attends Nevada Virtual Academy. She has played violin for 11 years and currently studies under Las Vegas Philharmonic Concertmaster, De Ann Letourneau. Dalton has won several competitions including last year’s concerto competition, the American Protégé International and the ENKOR International. Dalton’s goal is to attend a top music conservatory on full scholarship. She plans to use the prize money towards Meadowmount Music Camp to study with Sally Thomas in the summer of 2016.

The Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition has been a key component of the orchestra’s education and community outreach since 1999, with the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s free annual Youth Concert Series reaching 180,000 school children to date. By presenting a young musician on stage in close age to the children in the audience, the organization hopes to inspire young students to play an instrument and develop a life-long appreciation for classical music.

Cox’s support of The Las Vegas Philharmonic is part of the Company’s longstanding support of the arts – in particular, youth art education – and is part of the Cox Hearts for Arts program.

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. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued 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 nationally and internationally known 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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About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For eight years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity 10 times, including the last nine years. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.

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.
9/8/2015

Jeri Crawford, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, joins Kennedy Center advisory board, the National Symphony Orchestra National Trustees

Las Vegas philanthropist and champion of the arts will represent Nevada

LAS VEGAS (September 8, 2015) – The Las Vegas Philharmonic is pleased to announce that President and CEO, Jeri Crawford has been named to the prestigious National Symphony Orchestra National Trustees (NSONT), an important advisory board with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The NSO National Trustees are a coalition of arts supporters from around the country who act as a link between their home communities and the nation’s center for the performing arts.

Crawford was invited to join the board due to her ardent support of the arts and years of leadership with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. As the representative for Nevada, Crawford will provide counsel to the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center and help extend the organizations’ outreach within the state.

“I am honored to have been invited to join this distinguished group of arts leaders and champions and look forward to creating deeper synergy for Nevada with this historic national cultural center,” shares Crawford. “It is a dream come true for me.”

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. Our Youth Concert Series brings more than 16,000 children annually into the concert hall for a vital music education program, and our Young Artists’ Concerto Competition recognizes and encourages emerging talent among Nevada youth in the area of music performance. Our rich offerings of season concerts showcase local talents alongside stellar nationally and internationally known 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 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
9/2/2015

Cox Communications' Young Artists Concerto Competition

LAS VEGAS (September 2, 2015)- The Las Vegas Philharmonic will hold its annual Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Horn Theater Recital Hall on the College of Southern Nevada, Cheyenne Campus. Young musicians who are legal residents of Nevada and are students through senior year in high school are eligible to compete. Musicians must perform one movement from a standard concerto in front of a panel of judges. One winner and one runner-up will be selected from the pool of applicants participating in the competition. The presenting sponsor of the Young Artists’ Concerto Competition, Cox Communications, will award the winner $2,000 in prize money and $1,000 to the runner-up. Cox Communications’s support of the Las Vegas Philharmonic is part of their company’s longstanding support of the arts – in particular, youth art education – and is part of the Cox Hearts for Arts program. The winner and runner-up will have the opportunity to perform on Reynolds Hall stage at The Smith Center with the Las Vegas Philharmonic during the orchestra’s Youth Concert Series. There will be a total of 10 youth concerts with 2 performances per day scheduled for November 19 and 20, 2015 and January 6 - 8, 2016. The application to enroll in the competition is available online to download. The Las Vegas Philharmonic is accepting applications for the competition until Friday, September 18, 2015.

The Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition has been a key component of the orchestra’s education and community outreach since 1999, with their free annual Youth Concert Series reaching 180,000 school children to date. The purpose of the competition is to offer young musicians a taste of what it’s like to perform on stage with a professional orchestra and to inspire students to study music, learn an instrument and consider a career in music. "Performing with the orchestra was instrumental in forming the young artist I have become today. I had never experienced such professionalism as I had with the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra," said Devon Zubka, 17-year old cellist from Green Valley High School and two-time Concerto Competition winner.

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. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued 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 nationally and internationally known 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.
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:

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8/24/2015

Cox Communications Multi-Year Sponsor

LAS VEGAS (August 24, 2015) - The Las Vegas Philharmonic is pleased to announce that Cox Communications of Las Vegas will sponsor the annual Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition and has committed to funding the program for five years at a total investment of $65,000, supporting the orchestra’s mission to perform music that enriches and educates, helping to build a vibrant, culturally rich community. Additionally, Cox will award prize money of $2,000 to the winner and $1,000 to the runner-up to be used toward their music education. The 2015 competition will take place on October 3 at the College of Southern Nevada, Cheyenne Campus. Applications are now online at lvphil.org/community_outreach.

Each Fall, the Las Vegas Philharmonic presents a competition for young Nevada musicians through senior year in high school. Winners of the competition perform as soloists at the annual Youth Concert Series, providing many with their first opportunity to play with a professional symphony orchestra. By presenting young musicians on stage in close age to the children in the audience, the organization hopes to inspire young students to learn to play an instrument and study music. The 2015-16 Youth Concert Series is scheduled for November 19 & 20, 2015, and January 6 - 8, 2016.

The Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition has been a key component of the orchestra’s education and community outreach since 1999, with their free annual Youth Concert Series reaching 180,000 school children to date.

“Education, children and families are part of our philanthropic cornerstones at Cox Las Vegas and for this reason we’re very excited about this five-year sponsorship of the Young Artists’ Concerto Competition,” noted Mike Bolognini, vice president & market leader at Cox Las Vegas. “Music has an important function in our lives and supporting talented young artists in their endeavor to perform with the Philharmonic ensures this musical tradition will be kept alive.”

“The students of Clark County and future musicians of Nevada this program allows us to reach are some of the greatest sources of pride for this orchestra and our staff,” says Jeri Crawford, president & CEO of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. “We are grateful for the support of Cox Communications on these vital initiatives and appreciate their eagerness to join us in the privilege of fostering, encouraging and supporting young talent.”

Cox’s support of The Las Vegas Philharmonic is part of the Company’s longstanding support of the arts – in particular, youth art education – and is part of the Cox Hearts for Arts program.


About Cox Communications

Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For eight years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity 10 times, including the last nine years. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.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. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued 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 nationally and internationally known 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.

8/17/2015

The Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Flex Passport

LAS VEGAS (August 17, 2015) – The Las Vegas Philharmonic is excited to announce the new Flex Passport, a membership-based program offering customization and flexibility for patrons that want to decide which concert(s) they want to attend and with whom at a later date. The Flex Passport offers 6 seats to *any concert (*some restrictions apply) in the current season. The seats can be redeemed all at once or broken into any configuration, using up to a maximum of 6 seats. Patrons can redeem benefits and book their seats through the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Concierge line at 702.462.2009, Monday – Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Seats must be redeemed by the Friday before the selected Saturday or Sunday concert.

The cost of a Flex Passport is $300, which is a 20% savings over the full retail price or six seats for the price of 5 seats. All seating is best available in the Philharmonic’s orchestra, dress circle and gallery “B” sections of Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, which includes the main floor, the 3rd level dress circle, and the 4th level gallery. Any unused seats at the end of the season will be considered an automatic donation to the Las Vegas Philharmonic and patrons receive a donation letter for tax purposes.

The Flex Passport benefits include:

• Distinctive Flex Passport membership card (seasonally marked)
• Discount (price of membership card reflects purchase of 5 seats, 6th seat is free)
• Flexibility to select only the dates that work
• Direct Membership Concierge phone line at 702.462.2009
• Best available membership seats at time of redemption
• Choose the concert(s)*see restrictions
• Any quantity of seats (up to the max value on the membership card)
• Membership news (via monthly e-newsletter)
• Unused value rolls into a donation at the end of the season; if you are too busy to exhaust your membership—you become philanthropic automatically!

“There is a growing demand for customizable, flexible options when selecting entertainment and more than ever, individuals are seeking the ability to book with shorter windows and allow for spontaneity. This new product caters to those looking for these types of benefits. It also enables patrons to bring a different number of guests to the symphony for each concert and makes the perfect gift for a colleague, friend or loved one without having to pre-select the concerts and dates ahead of time, “ said Michele Madole, VP of Marketing.

The Flex Passport will be available for sale from August 17, 2015 – Friday, June 3, 2016. The last redeemable performance for the Flex Passport is Saturday, June 4, 2016.

*Concerts excluded from the Flex Passport program include Pink Martini on 2/6/16 and the Spotlight Series on 2/16/16, 4/26/16 and 5/3/16.

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.

Concerts Redeemable for the Flex Passport Program:

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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. Our Youth Concert Series brings more than 16,000 children annually into the concert hall for a vital music education program, and our Young Artists’ Concerto Competition recognizes and encourages emerging talent among Nevada youth in the area of music performance. Our rich offerings of season concerts showcase 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. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 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.
7/21/2015

Las Vegas Philharmonic celebrates its 17th season with opening night performance on Saturday, September 12th

LAS VEGAS (July 21, 2015) – The Las Vegas Philharmonic introduces the 2015-2016 concert season with an opening night performance of Beethoven and Brahms on Saturday, September 12th at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center. Music Director Donato Cabrera will lead the orchestra in a performance featuring Breakdown by young American composer, Dan Visconti, followed by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 performed by emerging artist Andrew Tyson and Brahms Symphony No. 2. Prior to the performance, Cabrera will host a Classical Conversation at 6:30 p.m. to share the history and meaning behind the music being performed. After the concert, the Philharmonic will host a cocktail party to toast the new season in The Smith Center.

The evening will open with Breakdown, a work premiered just earlier this year with the California Symphony by their Young American Composer in Residence, Dan Visconti. The music combines the classical tradition with elements of jazz, bluegrass, and rock.

Next, the orchestra performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 featuring guest pianist Andrew Tyson. The concerto, composed during the illustrious mid-point of Beethoven’s career, shows strong influences from Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, sharing the same signature key of C minor and similar phrasing.

Tyson was born in North Carolina and made his orchestral debut at the age of 15. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music under Claude Frank and received his Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School where he won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and received the Arthur Rubinstein Prize in Piano. In 2012, he won fifth prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition. This year, Tyson captured first prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zürich. As a result of his win, he will perform close to 100 performances throughout Europe over the next three years. Some of his prior engagements include the North Carolina Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the National Orchestra of Belgium.

To conclude the program, the orchestra will perform Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73. Although Brahms initially refused to write a symphony in the wake of Beethoven’s triumphant symphonies, he reluctantly composed his first and then second symphony to much success. This work, also known as a landscape symphony, was inspired by his summer travels in southern Austria.

“I selected this opening night repertoire to demonstrate the dynamic breadth of classical music, from the beloved early nineteenth century works to a new generation of classical music that interweaves established styles yet explores new thematic techniques in composition.” “We have the opportunity to perform these innovative works for the very first time,” stated Music Director Donato Cabrera.

Ticket Prices
Single ticket prices for the September 12th performance are $26, $46, $66 & $96. Opening night cocktail party tickets are $50 per person. Concert and party tickets can be purchased through The Smith Center Box Office. Five-concert and 10-concert subscriptions starting at $130 and $260, respectively, are available through The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org.

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:

Beethoven & Brahms: Opening Night
Saturday, September 12, 7:30 PM
Classical Conversation 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

This celebratory opening night concert unleashes the symphonic power of two timeless and titanic German masters and matches it with modern day exuberance. This exciting night of music begins with the pulsating and energetic overture, Breakdown, by the young American composer and Rome Prize recipient, Dan Visconti. Emerging artist Andrew Tyson, described by BBC Radio 3 as “a real poet of the piano,” is the soloist for Beethoven’s third piano concerto. The concert concludes in a vivid display of ensemble strength with Brahms’ radiant and triumphant second symphony.

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. Our Youth Concert Series brings more than 16,000 children annually into the concert hall for a vital music education program, and our Young Artists’ Concerto Competition recognizes and encourages emerging talent among Nevada youth in the area of music performance.

Our rich offerings of season concerts showcase 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 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.

7/13/2015

The Las Vegas Philharmonic launches the first-ever Sunday Matinee 4-Pack

LAS VEGAS (July 13, 2015) – The Las Vegas Philharmonic is launching an exciting new experience called the Sunday Matinee 4-Pack for its 2015 – 2016 concert season starting Monday, July 13, 2015 through The Smith Center Box Office. The package includes four Sunday concerts at 2 pm on December 6, 2015, January 10, 2016, April 3, 2016 and May 22, 2016. The concerts will represent a dynamic mix of the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s classical and pops style programming, led by Music Director Donato Cabrera to include:

The Snowman, an animated, heartwarming holiday film playing on a large screen while the orchestra provides the beautiful score for the annual holiday concert, Cabrera Conducts Rachmaninoff featuring guest pianist Martina Filjak performing Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Gershwin: Music of the Jazz Age showcasing the timeless classic Rhapsody in Blue and Cabrera Conducts Tchaikovsky featuring two works by the composer including Variations on a Rococo Theme and Symphony No. 6.

Three of the four performances will include a Classical Conversation hosted by Cabrera at 1 pm to share the history and meaning behind the music being performed.

When patrons purchase the Sunday Matinee 4-Pack, they will receive four concert tickets for the price of three tickets or 25% off the full single ticket price. The discounted ticket prices are $292, $202 and $142 and can be purchased from The Smith Center box office at 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org.

“This will be the first time in the orchestra’s 17 seasons that it will perform Sunday afternoon concerts. Many of our patrons have expressed interest in attending an afternoon performance so we are excited to share this opportunity for greater flexibility and convenience with them,” says Michele Madole, Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. “And what better way to welcome those new to attending the Philharmonic but by offering them the option for great entertainment on a Sunday afternoon.”

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 the new weekend matinees. Currently, the Las Vegas Philharmonic is selling 10-concert and 5-concert Series I, II and III subscriptions, a Tuesday night Spotlight Series in Troesh Studio Theater and individual tickets to its Series II and III programs in Reynolds Hall.

Calendar Editors:

SUNDAY MATINEE 4-PACK
The Snowman: A Holiday Tradition
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
Sunday, January 10, 2016 – 2:00 PM
Classical Conversation with Music Director Donato Cabrera 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



Gershwin: Music of the Jazz Age
Sunday, April 3, 2016 – 2:00 PM
Classical Conversation with Music Director Donato Cabrera 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
Sunday, May 22, 2016 – 2:00 PM
Classical Conversation with Music Director Donato Cabrera 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”

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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 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.
6/9/2015

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

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.
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.
1/1/2015

LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC’S Music Director Donato Cabrera Conducts Sibelius’s First Symphony in Celebration of the Composer’s 150th Birthday

Other works include Barber’s Violin Concerto featuring guest soloist Alexi Kenney and the world premiere of Desert Flight by Las Vegas Philharmonic’s own Principal Trombonist, Nathan Tanouye

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

LAS VEGAS (October 15, 2015)- The Las Vegas Philharmonic continues its 2015-16 concert season with a performance on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center. The program Cabrera Conducts Sibelius will feature three unique works starting with the world premiere of Desert Winds composed by Principal Trombonist, Nathan Tanouye, followed by Barber’s Concerto for Violin featuring award-winning guest violinist Alexi Kenney, and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1 in E Minor. Music Director Donato Cabrera will host his Classical Conversation at 6:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall for patrons interested in learning more about the music and history behind the works being performed that evening.

Continuing Cabrera’s commitment to showcase new classical works, the orchestra will perform a piece composed by Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Principal Trombonist, Nathan Tanouye. Desert Flight was commissioned by the Las Vegas Philharmonic in 2014. Tanouye describes the work as “a cross between a John Williams film score and a Stravinsky ballet. As I started writing this piece, I was imagining flying over the beautiful desert landscape. It is my hope that this music will both move and inspire people in a unique way.” Tanouye has written works for many different sized ensembles, from jazz trios to concert bands. Currently, Tanouye is Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and Studio Trombone at UNLV, and is a trombonist, orchestrator and arranger for Celine Dion.

The next piece, Concerto for Violin, was written by early twentieth century American composer Samuel Barber. The concerto opens with a sweet and refined melody played by guest violinist, Alexi Kenney, winner of the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. Kenney made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in the 2014-15 season and has performed concerti with the Santa Fe Symphony, the China Philharmonic, and Santa Maria Philharmonic, to name a few. He is an Artist Diploma candidate at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he also received his Bachelor''''s Degree and is the recipient of the Charlotte F. Rabb Presidential Scholarship.

The evening concludes with Symphony No. 1 in E Minor by one of Finland’s most prominent composers, Jean Sibelius. Composed in 1899 during a contentious political time for Finland and Russia, the work exudes a Nationalistic and Nordic quality, which is demonstrated thru a haunting clarinet solo and a series of long-held notes or pedal-notes. Although similarities have been drawn to works by Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Bruckner, this heroic symphony is indicative of Sibelius’s style.

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Ticket Prices
Ticket prices for the November 21st Cabrera Celebrates Sibelius concert are $26, $46, $66 and $96 and can be purchased through The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org. In addition, the Las Vegas Philharmonic is offering two new concert packages this season; the Flex Passport, priced at $300, offers patrons the opportunity to purchase six seats to redeem at a later date for the concert(s) of their choice and the Sunday Matinee 4-Pack, starting at $142, offers patrons four Sunday 2 p.m. performances during the orchestra’s 2015-16 season.

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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.

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Calendar Editors:

Saturday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.

Cabrera Celebrates Sibelius

Classical Conversation with Donato Cabrera

at 6:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall

Las Vegas Philharmonic

Donato Cabrera, music director
Alexi Kenney, violin



PROGRAM:

NATHAN TANOUYE Desert Flight

SAMUEL BARBER Concerto for Violin, Opus 14

JEAN SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Opus 39

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Music that encapsulates time and place features in this evocative program celebrating Jean Sibelius’s 150th birthday. The Finish composer’s first symphony illustrates his heartfelt tonal palette allowing the listener to experience the glories of his natural world. Samuel Barber’s violin concerto performed with Alexi Kenney-a young artist of uncommon depth, poise and instinct-conjures echoes of the turbulent 1930s. The world premiere of Desert Flight, a sprightly ode to Southern Nevada’s own landscape composed by Principal Trombonist Nathan Tanouye, launches the celebration.

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. The mission of the organization is to perform music that enriches and educates, helping to build a vibrant, culturally rich community. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued 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 nationally and internationally known 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 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.

Accommodation for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s music director and guest artists is provided by MGM Resorts at The Signature Suites at MGM Grand.
1/1/2015

LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC’S Music Director Donato Cabrera Conducts Sibelius’s First Symphony in Celebration of the Composer’s 150th Birthday

Other works include Barber’s Violin Concerto featuring guest soloist Alexi Kenney and the world premiere of Desert Flight by Las Vegas Philharmonic’s own Principal Trombonist, Nathan Tanouye

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

LAS VEGAS (October 15, 2015)- The Las Vegas Philharmonic continues its 2015-16 concert season with a performance on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center. The program Cabrera Conducts Sibelius will feature three unique works starting with the world premiere of Desert Winds composed by Principal Trombonist, Nathan Tanouye, followed by Barber’s Concerto for Violin featuring award-winning guest violinist Alexi Kenney, and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1 in E Minor. Music Director Donato Cabrera will host his Classical Conversation at 6:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall for patrons interested in learning more about the music and history behind the works being performed that evening.

Continuing Cabrera’s commitment to showcase new classical works, the orchestra will perform a piece composed by Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Principal Trombonist, Nathan Tanouye. Desert Flight was commissioned by the Las Vegas Philharmonic in 2014. Tanouye describes the work as “a cross between a John Williams film score and a Stravinsky ballet. As I started writing this piece, I was imagining flying over the beautiful desert landscape. It is my hope that this music will both move and inspire people in a unique way.” Tanouye has written works for many different sized ensembles, from jazz trios to concert bands. Currently, Tanouye is Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and Studio Trombone at UNLV, and is a trombonist, orchestrator and arranger for Celine Dion.

The next piece, Concerto for Violin, was written by early twentieth century American composer Samuel Barber. The concerto opens with a sweet and refined melody played by guest violinist, Alexi Kenney, winner of the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. Kenney made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in the 2014-15 season and has performed concerti with the Santa Fe Symphony, the China Philharmonic, and Santa Maria Philharmonic, to name a few. He is an Artist Diploma candidate at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he also received his Bachelor''s Degree and is the recipient of the Charlotte F. Rabb Presidential Scholarship.

The evening concludes with Symphony No. 1 in E Minor by one of Finland’s most prominent composers, Jean Sibelius. Composed in 1899 during a contentious political time for Finland and Russia, the work exudes a Nationalistic and Nordic quality, which is demonstrated thru a haunting clarinet solo and a series of long-held notes or pedal-notes. Although similarities have been drawn to works by Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Bruckner, this heroic symphony is indicative of Sibelius’s style.

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Ticket Prices
Ticket prices for the November 21st Cabrera Celebrates Sibelius concert are $26, $46, $66 and $96 and can be purchased through The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org. In addition, the Las Vegas Philharmonic is offering two new concert packages this season; the Flex Passport, priced at $300, offers patrons the opportunity to purchase six seats to redeem at a later date for the concert(s) of their choice and the Sunday Matinee 4-Pack, starting at $142, offers patrons four Sunday 2 p.m. performances during the orchestra’s 2015-16 season.

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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.

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Calendar Editors:

Saturday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.

Cabrera Celebrates Sibelius

Classical Conversation with Donato Cabrera

at 6:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall

Las Vegas Philharmonic

Donato Cabrera, music director
Alexi Kenney, violin



PROGRAM:

NATHAN TANOUYE Desert Flight

SAMUEL BARBER Concerto for Violin, Opus 14

JEAN SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Opus 39

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Music that encapsulates time and place features in this evocative program celebrating Jean Sibelius’s 150th birthday. The Finish composer’s first symphony illustrates his heartfelt tonal palette allowing the listener to experience the glories of his natural world. Samuel Barber’s violin concerto performed with Alexi Kenney-a young artist of uncommon depth, poise and instinct-conjures echoes of the turbulent 1930s. The world premiere of Desert Flight, a sprightly ode to Southern Nevada’s own landscape composed by Principal Trombonist Nathan Tanouye, launches the celebration.

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. The mission of the organization is to perform music that enriches and educates, helping to build a vibrant, culturally rich community. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued 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 nationally and internationally known 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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 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.

Accommodation for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s music director and guest artists is provided by MGM Resorts at The Signature Suites at MGM Grand.
1/1/2015

The Las Vegas Philharmonic launches the first-ever Sunday Matinee 4-Pack

LAS VEGAS (July 13, 2015) – The Las Vegas Philharmonic is launching an exciting new experience called the Sunday Matinee 4-Pack for its 2015 – 2016 concert season starting Monday, July 13, 2015 through The Smith Center Box Office. The package includes four Sunday concerts at 2 pm on December 6, 2015, January 10, 2016, April 3, 2016 and May 22, 2016. The concerts will represent a dynamic mix of the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s classical and pops style programming, led by Music Director Donato Cabrera to include:

The Snowman, an animated, heartwarming holiday film playing on a large screen while the orchestra provides the beautiful score for the annual holiday concert, Cabrera Conducts Rachmaninoff featuring guest pianist Martina Filjak performing Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Gershwin: Music of the Jazz Age showcasing the timeless classic Rhapsody in Blue and Cabrera Conducts Tchaikovsky featuring two works by the composer including Variations on a Rococo Theme and Symphony No. 6.

Three of the four performances will include a Classical Conversation hosted by Cabrera at 1 pm to share the history and meaning behind the music being performed.

When patrons purchase the Sunday Matinee 4-Pack, they will receive four concert tickets for the price of three tickets or 25% off the full single ticket price. The discounted ticket prices are $292, $202 and $142 and can be purchased from The Smith Center box office at 702.749.2000 or online at lvphil.org.

“This will be the first time in the orchestra’s 17 seasons that it will perform Sunday afternoon concerts. Many of our patrons have expressed interest in attending an afternoon performance so we are excited to share this opportunity for greater flexibility and convenience with them,” says Michele Madole, Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. “And what better way to welcome those new to attending the Philharmonic but by offering them the option for great entertainment on a Sunday afternoon.”

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 the new weekend matinees. Currently, the Las Vegas Philharmonic is selling 10-concert and 5-concert Series I, II and III subscriptions, a Tuesday night Spotlight Series in Troesh Studio Theater and individual tickets to its Series II and III programs in Reynolds Hall.

Calendar Editors:

SUNDAY MATINEE 4-PACK
The Snowman: A Holiday Tradition
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
Sunday, January 10, 2016 – 2:00 PM
Classical Conversation with Music Director Donato Cabrera 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

Gershwin: Music of the Jazz Age
Sunday, April 3, 2016 – 2:00 PM
Classical Conversation with Music Director Donato Cabrera 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
Sunday, May 22, 2016 – 2:00 PM
Classical Conversation with Music Director Donato Cabrera 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”

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.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438.

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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.