The holidays are the only time of the year when it's appropriate to point at a dead plant and expect a kiss. Get in the holiday spirit with this GrouponLive deal to see the Las Vegas Philharmonic perform “A Very Vegas Holiday” at The Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall on Saturday, December 8, at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $32, you get one ticket for dress circle or gallery B price seating (up to a $64 value).
- For $47, you get one ticket for premium A price seating (up to a $94 value).
Since white Christmases are rare in Las Vegas, the musicians of the Las Vegas Philharmonic take it upon themselves to paint their own winter wonderland with sonic brushstrokes. Guest conductor Robert Bernhardt leads the ensemble through a program of holiday favorites, including a unique interpretation of “The Little Drummer Boy” performed by percussionists from Foothill High School. Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and her husband, the Ghost of Governance Past Oscar B. Goodman, narrate a special performance of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. Captivating youngsters throughout the audience, a visit from Santa tops off the afternoon’s wintry revelry.
Las Vegas Philharmonic
Las Vegas doesn't necessarily have a reputation for high culture, but the founders of the Las Vegas Philharmonic showed they were serious from their very first concert. In 1999, the orchestra debuted with Mahler's Resurrection Symphony, a demanding work with unusual instrumentation that can stretch up to 90 minutes in length. "As far as we know, this is the largest staging of a classical music piece in the city's history," cofounder Harold Weller told the Review-Journal of the 260-musician production. In the decade-plus since then, the Philharmonic has continued its record of accessible ambition with a pops series, live accompaniment to silent films, and collaborations with superstars such as Sarah Brightman, Placido Domingo, and Andrea Bocelli.
In 2012, the orchestra moved into The Smith Center, a brand new cultural center built from 2,458 tons of Indiana limestone and crowned by an art-deco-style carillon tower that holds 47 bells. Inside the theater, streamlined chandeliers evoke 1920s elegance, and a wide, palm-tree-flanked lawn frames the massive building with enough space for outdoor spectacles and double dates with other orchestras.