November 5, 2020 - 6:00pm



Join us for a digital livestream Spotlight Concert on Thursday, November 5th at 6 pm presented at The Space with Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Principal Clarinet, Cory Tiffin, Principal Bassoon, Janis McKay and guest pianist Alexandria Le.

The Spotlight on Sounds of Latin American Dances will feature:

MIGUEL DEL ÁGUILA  Tango Trio Op. 71c
GUASTAVINO  Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, 2nd and 3rd Movements
CASTELNUOVOTEDESCO  Sonatina for Bassoon and Piano, “Rondo alla marcia“
GINASTERA  Danzas Argentinas
PIAZZOLLA  Otono Porteno
PAQUITO D’RIVERA  Paquito Danzon
ABREU  Tico-Tico no Fubá


Thank you to the Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild for sponsoring this Spotlight Concert.

Cory Tiffin is the principal clarinetist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, having performed in this role with numerous orchestras, including the Green Bay Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, and New Hampshire Music Festival, in addition to numerous other orchestras around the country.

As a chamber artist and soloist, Tiffin has performed in recital with the Grammy Award-winning Chicago Chamber Musicians; the Grammy- nominated Lincoln Trio; collaborated with Chicago’s leading new music ensemble, Fulcrum Point New Music Project; and performs regularly with Access Contemporary Music’s resident ensemble. Tiffin enjoys being featured as a chamber musician across Chicagoland, throughout Las Vegas, and elsewhere in North America and Europe.

He founded and ran the eclectic Chicago-based Anaphora Ensemble for several years; is a founding member of the New York City-based baroque and contemporary chamber opera company, Operamission; and is continually featured on concerts and radio programs, including curating his own headline programs for Live From WFMT.

Tiffin has been invited to perform concertos with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra multiple times. Time Out New York called Tiffin a “clarinet maverick” and Lawrence Johnson of Chicago Classical Review wrote: “…Tiffin’s understated virtuosity was the fulcrum of the performance – as it was all afternoon…”

Tiffin was the Instructor of Clarinet at Loyola University and Affiliate Instructor at The University of Chicago before relocating to the Bay Area. He has also served on the faculties of DePaul University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, The Chicago High School for the Arts, and other institutions. He appears as a guest clinician and lecturer at universities and schools nationwide. Tiffin can be heard on the Southport and Albany record labels.

Janis McKay is the Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the Principal Bassoon of the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra. She also performs as Principal Bassoon for the Classical Music Festival in Austria and as Contrabassoon for the Reno Philharmonic. McKay has held positions and performed with numerous orchestras including the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston (WV) Orchestra, the Springfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and the Louisville Orchestra among many others. As a free-lance musician in Las Vegas, McKay has performed and/or toured with such artists as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Charlotte Church, John Williams, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Gloria Estafan, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Metallica, Stevie Wonder, and Tony Bennett.
She has twice been a featured soloist with the International Music Festival in the Ukraine, twice with the Classical Music Festival touring Austria and Hungary, and once with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. She may be heard on Summit, d’Note, Starkland Records, and First Edition recordings. Her new solo cd, Dark Wind, will be released by Troppo Note Publishing in October 2015.

Janis McKay received her D.M.A. from The Ohio State University, the Master of Music degree from the University of Louisville, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia. Her major teachers were Christopher Weait, Matthew Karr, and William Davis. Dr. McKay previously taught at Baylor University, Capital University, the Ohio Wesleyan University, and Wright State University.

She is the author of a book about Las Vegas casino musicians that will be published by the University of Nevada Press in the spring of 2016.

Praised as “…a warm, animated, outgoing, confident, hypertalented pianist whose greatest asset is her ability to communicate” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Alexandria Le’s multi-faceted career as a performer, educator, and arts advocate brings her to the world’s most illustrious stages to the farthest-reaching places.

A winner of over twenty first-prize music awards, she gave her solo debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Paris’ Salle Cortot as a laureate of the Pro Musicis International Award. She established a career in New York where she appeared regularly at Carnegie Hall, Trinity Wall Street, Consulate General of France, Spectrum NY, and the Yamaha Artist Salon, in addition to appearing in numerous series across Long Island. Her music has also made an impact in more unusual spaces, like the jails of Riker’s Island.

She is a sought-after chamber musician and collaborator, performing with principal players of the world’s leading orchestras and ensembles including Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Orpheus, American Brass, and Canadian Brass. She is a winner of the Ackerman Chamber Music Competition, juried by the Emerson String Quartet. From 2012-2014, she was pianist with Ensemble Connect, the performance and teaching artist ensemble of Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School.

She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music. A native of Las Vegas, she returned to her roots in 2016. She is familiar to audiences through her performances with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Opera Las Vegas, the Composer’s Showcase, Green Valley Presbyterian Church Concert Series, and her nonprofit, Notes with a Purpose. Regarded as a “community musical leader” (Las Vegas Review-Journal), she has directed numerous events over the past four years which have brought innovative music programming to over 4,000 adults and 10,000 CCSD students.

She is a passionate educator, currently running a private piano studio in addition to serving as a visiting piano professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas during Fall 2020. She is a Yamaha Artist. More at