Dear Friends and Supporters,

The limitations of COVID-19 continue to restrict in-person gatherings, and we know that large concert gatherings will be among the last to return.  Unfortunately, our previously announced concert programming at The Smith Center for the Performing arts is cancelled through the end of calendar year 2020. We continue to hold the shared goal of returning to the concert hall in January 2021 and have adjusted our concert programming in those months as follows.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic is an essential cultural anchor within the city’s robust performing arts community. The only resident, professional orchestra in Southern Nevada, the LVP proudly serves our community through music, culture, and education and through the power of collaboration with our partners in the performing arts and broader community. Today, as we enter our 22nd season, ensuring the future of our orchestra takes on new meaning, as we look for ways to expand our impact and maintain the sense of connection that music offers in a time when it is perhaps needed more than ever. While the 2020-21 season may not follow our traditional path of 10+ concerts on the Reynolds Hall stage where we can all gather and experience the power of music, it can still build community through music, enrich lives through culture and ignite passion through education.

Our 5-concert spring season will feature beloved works and spotlight brilliant artists as we plan and hope for a return to the Reynolds Hall stage. This adapted schedule combines some of the Fall programs into the Spring schedule as follows:

Saturday, January 23, 2021 – Gershwin & Ellington

Classical form and jazz rhythms collide in this dynamic program featuring works by three composers that helped define the American classical tradition from Antheil’s playful Hot Time Dance and Gershwin’s rhythm and blues inspired melodies, to Ellington’s symphonic masterpiece of the African American experience.

Donato Cabrera, conductor
Stewart Goodyear, piano

Antheil Hot-time Dance
Gershwin Piano Concerto in F
Ellington Black, Brown, and Beige Suite
Gershwin An American in Paris

 Saturday, February 20, 2021 – Appalachian Spring & Grand Canyon Suites

The spirit and beauty of the American frontier are captured in these selections that embody the sounds of nature, the virtuosity of the violin and the Shaker-inspired melody of Appalachian Spring.

Donato Cabrera, conductor
Jennifer Cho, violin

Grofé Grand Canyon Suite 
Jennifer Higdon Violin Concerto
Copland Appalachian Spring Suite

Saturday, March 6, 2021 The American Woman

The American Woman pays homage to 20th and 21st century female composers who made an indelible mark on classical music.

Donato Cabrera, conductor
De Ann Letourneau, violin

Joan Tower Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
Peggy Stuart Coolidge Pioneer Dances
Florence Price Violin Concerto No. 2
Jennifer Higdon Loco 
Joan Tower Made in America

Saturday, March 20, 2021 – Beethoven’s Eroica and other beloved works

In honor of Beethoven’s 250th Birthday, we present an evening of all Beethoven works including one of his most celebrated symphonies, Eroica.

Donato Cabrera, Conductor

Saturday, April 10, 2021 – Season Finale – Symphonie Fantastique

Feel the passion, power and tenderness of our grand finale featuring Boulanger’s playful ‘One Spring Morning,’ Ravel’s profoundly moving piano concerto performed by our American German Cultural Exchange soloist, Till Hoffman and Berlioz’s tour de force, Symphonie Fantastique.

Donato Cabrera, conductor
Till Hoffman, piano (American German Cultural Exchange Fellowship Recipient)

Boulanger D’un matin de printemps (Of a Spring Morning)
Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Note: all dates, repertoire and artists are subject to change.

Concerts that have been cancelled in the previously announced 2020/2021 spring season include Handel’s Messiah, Very Vegas Holiday, Beethoven V. Coldplay and Meow Meow’s Pandemonium.

Ticket-holders for any of the cancelled concerts will be contacted by our Patron Services Manager to discuss options including:

  • Donate value of cancelled concerts to our Audience CARES Endowment Fund
  • Receive a full or partial refund

Your Ticket Donation Is An Investment in the future of the Philharmonic:

With the cancellation of the Fall 2020 concerts, patrons may choose to invest their ticket income in the future of the Philharmonic by donating the value of their tickets back to our Audience CARES Endowment Fund. The fund will be invested providing long term support of a designated chair chairs within the orchestra, ensuring the future of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and paving the way for continued artistic excellence.

Audience members choosing this option will be

  • Recognized by name in concert programs, or other printed materials for a period of 5 years, as part of the Audience CARES Endowment Fund
  • Invited to vote on the designated chair to be endowed*
  • Given special access to the musicians holding the endowed chair each year through either digital recital/conversation opportunities or in-person reception with artist (when permitted)
  • The knowledge that you are helping secure the future of the LVP for years to come

In order to continue to grow and flourish, your Las Vegas Philharmonic is committed to building a financial infrastructure that enhances its long-term stability and provides an important framework to support strategic vision and a path forward for delivering our art in both traditional and new ways. Providing our musicians opportunities to do what they love most, perform for our audience, and create special, magical moments that are shared requires the support of both ticket-buyers and donors.

With your ticket donation to the Audience CARES Endowment, you will be part of the Philharmonic’s legacy, directly supporting the artists and the organization’s artistic future. Donors for the Audience CARES Endowment will be recognized in special ways including access to the artists and recognition within the organization’s communication channels and print materials.

Thank you for your support of music, culture and education in Southern Nevada. We will continue to keep you up to date as new information is available, and look forward to sharing many wonderful performances with you in the near future.