- $39 for one ticket to see the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s “Love on the Big Screen—Casablanca” the film (up to a $94 value)
- When: Saturday, February 15, at 2 p.m.
- Where: The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
- Seating: best available seating in the orchestra, box tier, dress circle or gallery sections
- Door time: 12:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
“Love on the Big Screen—Casablanca”
At a distance of seven decades from its 1942 debut, Casablanca remains one of cinema’s most iconic romances. Maybe it’s the chemistry between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, two lovers torn between duty and passion. Maybe it’s the setting, the dusty, ancient port city in Morocco. Or maybe it’s the mischievous cyber-monkey immortalized by Peter Lorre. Or maybe it’s all of the above, tied together by composer Max Steiner’s sweeping score. While the film flickers in black and white behind them, the Las Vegas Philharmonic performs those lush orchestral songs live, ranging from Middle Eastern–inflected themes to the stirring strains of “La Marseilles.”<p>
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.