Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to see the Las Vegas Philharmonic perform "Masterworks II: An American Portrait" at The Smith Center's Reynolds Hall on Saturday, November 17, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-concert lecture led by the conductor, Case Scaglione at 7:15 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $27, you get one ticket for balcony seating (up to a $46 value).
- For $50, you get two tickets for balcony seating (up to a $92 value).
For the Las Vegas Philharmonic's third performance in their new home at the Smith Center, American musical traditions old and new come to life via the works of Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives, and Samuel Barber. Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man opens the show with an overture of inspiring chords. His Old American Songs follows with throwback arrangements of traditional tunes such as “The Boatman's Dance,” “Simple Gifts,” and “At the River,” featuring tenor Mark Thomsen and soprano Linda Lister.
Next, Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story incorporates such distinct features of the American musical landscape as swinging jazz rhythms and musical street gangs. Copland's Lincoln Portrait concludes the evening, a brass-heavy meditation that subtly assimilates strains of mid-19th century songs including “Camptown Races” and “Shenandoah” and climaxes with an extended narration from Lincoln's writings, here performed by bestselling author, Zappos.com founder Tony Hsieh. New York Philharmonic assistant conductor Case Scaglione will take the baton for this concert.
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.