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The Smith Center for the Performing Arts | The Las Vegas Philharmonic

Las Vegas, NV (Jan 17) The Las Vegas Philharmonic performed their third Masterworks concert at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, January 12, 2013. Soloist and violin virtuoso, Elena Urioste, was the evening’s guest artist. Her virtuosity was apparent while performing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor.

Alastair Willis was the guest conductor. The Las Vegas Philharmonic is currently auditioning guest conductors all season and hopes to choose a permanent conductor for their next season. With his energetic personality and his experience as Music Director of the Illinois Symphony, he could be a viable choice as permanent conductor for the Philharmonic.

The program was thoughtfully conceived with each piece adding performers on stage as well as the growing intensity of pieces played. The evening began with a small orchestra playing Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni. More players were added when soloist, Elena Urioste performed Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor. After intermission, the full orchestra played Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration and Ravel’s Bolero. Bolero was the last piece performed for the evening and left listeners leaving the concert humming the theme. Ravel wrote to a critic once that he carried out exactly what he had intended with the repetitive theme and that listeners could choose to take it or leave it. The audience chose to take it and applauded in appreciation.

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2 Responses to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts | The Las Vegas Philharmonic

  1. Carlene L. Cleveland

    February 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Violinist Shannon Lee joins the orchestra for Bruch’s concerto, the composition for which he is best remembered and one of the most popular concertos in the violin repertory.

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  2. Sharon Hood

    February 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    On Thursday, Golijov whiffed again with the announcement that his new violin concerto — already delayed — will not be ready for its scheduled performances in January. The piece had been scheduled to be performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, with violinist Leonidas Kavakos, in concerts in Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall.

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