Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 7:30PM

The January 6, 2022 Spotlight performance has been postponed due to COVID-19.  We will provide an update as soon as this concert has been rescheduled.

We invite you to enjoy the unique experience of being up close and personal in these intimate chamber concerts featuring members of our orchestra and our new artist-in-residence, Joshua Roman.  Hear the stories behind the music and the inspiration they’ve provided as our musicians share their favorite pieces for small ensembles.

Spotlight concert seating in Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center is general admission.  The single ticket price is $72 and the 3-concert subscription package is $180.

Spotlight on Piazzolla
Curated by Omar Shelly

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA  Histoire du Tango
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA / arr. EDWARDS  Estaciones Portenas (Four Seasons)


Shakeh Ghoukasian is an active chamber music and orchestral musician. She is the Principal 2nd Violinist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic since 1998. Ms. Ghoukasian also performs with the Nevada Ballet and the Las Vegas Philharmonic Principals Quartet, presenting educational outreach and chamber music concerts in the community.

Ms. Ghoukasian the Executive and Artistic Director of the Nevada School of the Arts, and has been the driving force of the school’s new vision, new initiatives and community partnerships. Her vision and passion for NSA’s artistic and educational growth has inspired her to create many innovative programs for students and community alike. Ms. Ghoukasian has established Guest Artists, Musical Crossroads Concert series since 2009. These concerts establish guest artists short term residencies and introduce NSA and Clark County School District students to renowned classically trained musicians and educators who are equally well versed in performing in other genres and introducing students to concepts of jazz, rhythms of the tango and flavors of Latin music.

Ms. Ghoukasian’s own curiosity in film music has also created a program called “Kids2Kids” concerts prepared and performed by students for students. These concerts have been received with great acclaim by administrators and student audiences.

She has performed with many notable classical and pop artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Boccelli, Placido Domingo, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Itzhak Perlman and others. Her solo performances include appearances with Henderson Symphony and Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Ms. Ghoukasian has received her early music training in Armenia. After moving to the United States she has received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in performance from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has studied with Lori Ulanova, Haik Balian and John Kendall.

Ms. Ghoukasian is an established pedagogue. Consequently she has been invited to present master classes and teach workshops in Arizona, Utah, California, Idaho, South Dakota, Alaska, Oregon, New York and Las Vegas Summer Music Festival. Shakeh Ghoukasian was one of the presenters at the American String Teachers National Conference in February 2005 and Suzuki National Conference in Minneapolis in 2006. She is a recipient of ASTA’s Studio Teacher Award in Nevada. Shakeh Ghoukasian is the founding member and Program Director of Green Valley Chamber Music Festival.

Ms. Ghoukasian’s students are winners of several local and national competitions and have been chosen to participate in numerous notable summer music festivals and camps. She enjoys working with young musicians and guiding their musical and artistic development.

Voltaire Verzosa, pianist/countertenor, received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree from the University of Montana and his Master of Music in Voice Performance degree from the University of Colorado. He pursued further studies in piano at the Eastman School of Music and at the Dorothy Taubman Piano Institute. Voltaire has performed at the International Bamboo Organ Festival, the Las Vegas International New Music Festival, s’Hertogenbosch Internationaal Vocalisten Concours, the Bach Aria Festival, the Vancouver Early Music Festival Baroque Programme, Amherst Early Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival and Seattle Accademia d’Amore. He has won top prizes at the District Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition. On January 24, 2010, Voltaire made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall as a result of winning first prize in the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. He has been a guest countertenor soloist with the Colorado Springs Symphony, the Chiara String Quartet, the Montana Baroque Ensemble, the Philippine Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Baroque Players, the Boulder Philharmonic and the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society Orchestra, with which he also has performed several times as solo pianist in several piano concertos. Currently, he holds the post of Principal Pianist for the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Also in demand as a collaborative pianist, Voltaire coaches classical vocal repertoire, with special emphasis on Baroque vocal performance practices. He has served as musical director for several local productions in musical theatre. He is presently the pianist for several classical ensembles locally and throughout the Northwest. Voltaire teaches voice and piano privately at his home as well as at the College of Southern Nevada and at Nevada School of the Arts. An all-around musician, his extensive piano and voice background has enabled him to maintain a dual career as solo pianist and singer.