Although 20% of babies who were exposed to classical music in utero become doctors or lawyers, 100% of babies born on stage during a classical-music performance become Bill Gates. Upgrade your evening with this GrouponLive deal to see Las Vegas Philharmonic presents Masterworks IV – "A Touch of Brass!" at Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 6, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $23, you get one ticket for balcony seating in section C (up to a $46 value)
- For $32, you get one ticket for gallery seating in section B (up to a $64 value)
Masterworks IV: "A Touch of Brass!"
Trumpet duo Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer join the Las Vegas Philharmonic for an evening of brass-based arrangements anchored by Brahms' Symphony No. 3. The masterwork's heavy opening notes peel away to a soft bed of strings, carrying listeners through moments of peace and frenzy. Then Barber's cinematic Overture to School for Scandal draws upon the spirit of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 18th-century play, partnering the sweeping emotion of violins with the comedic trill of flutes and the climactic gusto of horns. Butler and Geyer round out the evening at center stage, leading the symphony in Carmen Fantasia, an arrangement of Bizet's operatic melodies commissioned especially for the two. But before this, before Brahms even, the Las Vegas Philharmonic pairs with members of Clark County School District's honors brass ensemble to bring Gabrieli's Canzon Septimi Toni a 8 to life with skill and a mad-scientist's starter kit. .
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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.