The Las Vegas Philharmonic Presents Ode To Joy in the Season Finale on Saturday, May 11 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Performance to Include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto
Violinist, Thomas Reif, Performs with the Orchestra as the American German Cultural Exchange Fellowship Recipient
Acclaimed Vocalists Felicia Moore, Kelley O’Connor, Sean Panikkar and Raymond Aceto will Take the Stage with the Orchestra
Las Vegas Master Singers, UNLV Concert Singers and UNLV Chamber Chorale to Serve as Chorus
Tickets Start at $30 and are Available for Purchase Online at lvphil.org and Through The Smith Center Box Office at 702.749.2000
LAS VEGAS – Concluding their celebratory 20th Anniversary Season, the Las Vegas Philharmonic will present Ode To Joy in the season finale on Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The program will feature one of the most celebrated and beloved works by Beethoven, his joyous Symphony No. 9, whichwas the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony, making it a “choral” symphony. The words are sung during the final movement by four vocal soloists and a chorus and were taken from “Ode to Joy“, a poem written by French poet, Friedrich Schiller in 1785 and revised in 1803, with text additions made by Beethoven. The Philharmonic’s chorus-in-residence, Las Vegas Master Singers, and acclaimed vocalists, Felicia Moore (soprano), Kelley O’Connor (mezzo), Sean Panikkar (tenor) and Raymond Aceto (bass) will lend their exquisite voices to the rousing and celebratory finale. UNLV Concert Singers and UNLV Chamber Chorale will join in the chorus. German violin sensation, Thomas Reif, will perform with the orchestra on Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.
Reif is the recipient of the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s American German Cultural Exchange Fellowship. The fellowship, established by Cabrera and his former classmate now conducting in Germany, Evan Christ, promotes cultural unity through showcasing American and German soloists exchanged between the Las Vegas Philharmonic and German orchestras. Cabrera’s and Christ’s vision for this collaboration, now in its third year, is made possible by the generosity of German philanthropist and arts proponent Dorothee Hennings-Holtmann.
Lobby doors open at 6:00 pm and patrons are invited to enjoy lobby entertainment and attend the pre-concert conversation hosted by Music Director, Donato Cabrera beginning at 6:30 pm. Joining Cabrera for the conversation will be David Weiller, director of the Las Vegas Master Singers, violinist, Reif and vocalist, Aceto.
Concert Ticket Prices and Shuttle Bus Services
Single tickets include five price levels in Reynolds Hall:
PT Box = $109, A Seating = $105, B Seating = $70, C Seating = $50 and D Seating = $30
Tickets can be purchased online through lvphil.org or The Smith Center Box Office at 702.749.2000.
The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers a roundtrip shuttle bus service to the evening performance only from designated Henderson and Summerlin locations to the performance. A roundtrip bus pass costs $25 per concert and can be purchased in conjunction with the patron’s concert ticket.
Concert Calendar Listing
Season Finale – Ode To Joy
Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 7:30p.m.
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Thomas Reif, violin
Las Vegas Master Singers, UNLV Concert Singers, UNLV Chamber Chorale, David Weiller and Joseph Svendsen,directors
Felicia Moore, soprano
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo
Sean Panikkar, tenor
Raymond Aceto, bass
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor, Opus 64
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Opus 125 “Choral”
About the Las Vegas Philharmonic
The Las Vegas Philharmonic, led by Music Director, Donato Cabrera, established its presence in Southern Nevada in 1998. The mission of the Las Vegas Philharmonic is to inspire a lifelong appreciation of music through performances and educational experiences for our community that enhance the lives of our residents and the culture of our city.
Music education and outreach are the cornerstones of the Philharmonic’s commitment to community. Our Youth Concert Series brings more than 23,000 children annually into the concert hall for a vital music education program, and our Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition recognizes and encourages emerging talent among Nevada youth in the area of music performance. Launched in 2018, our Music Van mobile outreach program allows us to bring music education and experiences out into the community and engage our neighbors in new and different ways through customizable activations and experiences.
Our season of concerts showcases local talents alongside stellar nationally and internationally known guest artists on the magnificent Reynolds Hall stage. At the orchestra’s core are 76 contracted professional musicians, many of whom are esteemed educators who also perform in other professional productions in Las Vegas, bringing depth and variety to the organization.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438.
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