Las Vegas Philharmonic’s 2012-13 season opening concert Saturday, October 20 to be conducted by Andrew Grams with guest artists Navah Perlman, Philippe Quint and Zuill BaileyThe Las Vegas Philharmonic will launch its 2012-13 season on Saturday, October 20 at 8:00 p.m. with a concert conducted by one of America’s most promising and talented young conductors, Andrew Grams, and three internationally acclaimed guest soloists, pianist Navah Perlman, violinist Philippe Quint and cellist Zuill Bailey. The concert will mark the start of the orchestra’s first full season in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Andrew Grams is an American conductor who, at 35, has already appeared with many of the world’s great orchestras both throughout the U.S. and internationally. A former assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst, he made his subscription series debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in 2006 and has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra and the orchestras of Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, New Jersey and others in the United States. Following his debut with Chicago’s esteemed Grant Park Orchestra last year, The Classical Review described him as “…displaying natural authority, a graceful podium presence and an impressive musicality…”. In demand around the world as a guest conductor who garners numerous repeat engagements, Mr. Grams is also an accomplished violinist. He was a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra at the Lincoln Center from 1998 to 2004, serving as acting associate principal second violin in 2002 and 2004.
Mr. Grams will lead the Las Vegas Philharmonic in two works, opening the season with a performance of Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 56 (known as the ‘Triple’ concerto) that will showcase the talents of the three internationally renowned soloists, Navah Perlman, Philippe Quint and Zuill Bailey, the latter familiar to Las Vegas audiences following his much-lauded performance of the Dvořák Cello Concerto last season. All three guest artists enjoy successful solo careers and having all three on stage with the orchestra at once is a rare occasion, adding to the celebratory nature of the opening night.
This season the Las Vegas Philharmonic has created concert programs based around the theme ‘A Year in Pictures’. This theme is introduced in the second half of the opening night program with a performance of Mussorgsky’s colorful Pictures at an Exhibition, arranged for orchestra by Ravel. Composed as a heartfelt homage to Mussorgsky’s friend, the artist Viktor Hartmann, the work takes the listener on an aural journey through 10 of Hartmann’s artworks. The Las Vegas Philharmonic performance will feature a visual presentation of Hartmann’s work, the first of numerous multi-media elements that will be employed by the orchestra throughout the season. A pre-concert discussion will be held in Reynolds Hall at 7:15 p.m. and is open to all ticket holders.
To further mark the beginning of its first full season in Reynolds Hall, the Las Vegas Philharmonic is holding a celebratory pre-concert Champagne Dinner Reception from 5:30 p.m. in the Upper Lobby Mezzanine Lounge. Tickets for the reception and three-course dinner, including live entertainment by pianist Corbin Beisner, are $250 per person and available from the LV Philharmonic, (702) 258-5438, ext. 221. (Note: the price for the dinner does not include a concert ticket which should be purchased separately.)
Guest Conductors 2012-13
The 2012-13 season features five Masterworks Series concerts and four Pops Series concerts. In addition to Mr. Grams, the conductors engaged for the Masterworks Series performances are: Case Scaglione, November 17, ‘An American Portrait’; Alastair Willis, January 12, ‘Rising Star’; Daniel Meyer, April 6, ‘A Touch of Brass’; and David Lockington, May 4, ‘Celestial Bodies’.
The conductors engaged for the Pops Series concerts are: Taras Krysa, November 3, ‘Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights’; Robert Bernhardt, December 8, ‘A Very Vegas Holiday’; Steven Jarvi, February 16, ‘Mardi Gras in Las Vegas’; and Randall Craig Fleischer, March 9, ‘Lights, Camera, The Oscars!’.
The Las Vegas Philharmonic is currently searching for a new music director and President & Chief Executive Officer, Jeri Crawford, says the stellar line-up of new talent and established masters engaged to lead the 2012-13 season concerts reflects the interest that the classical music community has in the post.
Tickets to the opening night concert are priced from $46 to $96 and are available from The Smith Center Box Office, Phone (702) 749-2000. Details of all of the 2012-13 ‘A Year in Pictures’ concerts are available online at www.lvphil.org. Season subscriptions are still available. Subscribers can purchase a 9 concert package (of both the Masterworks & Pops Series), or individual Masterwork Series (5 concerts) or Pop Series (4 concerts) packages.
Saturday, October 20
Las Vegas Philharmonic Opening Night Celebration
Masterworks I, 8:00 p.m.
Reynolds Hall, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Celebration Champagne Dinner Reception, 5:30 p.m.
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Mezzanine Lounge, Upper Balcony
Pre-concert conversation, 7:15 p.m.
Las Vegas Philharmonic
Andrew Grams, conductor
Navah Perlman, piano
Philippe Quint, violin
Zuill Bailey, cello
Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano
Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition
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