Janis McKay
Janis McKay
Bassoonist • Educator • Author
Las Vegas Philharmonic: Copland in Mexico
Nov
4
7:30pm 7:30pm

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Copland in Mexico

YOUR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS Copland in Mexico, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the “Music Unwound” initiative, which will feature performances, lectures, recitals, exhibitions, and similar events in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and other community partners. The works of American composer Aaron Copland and Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas honor the culture, people and the undeterred spirit of Mexico and the American Southwest. Copland is referred to as “the Dean of American Composers.” His ballet score Rodeo, a tale of a ranch wedding is one of his many enduring works. Hoe-Down, the ballet’s finale, is one of the most well-known compositions by any American composer, used frequently in movies and television. Revueltas was a noted composer, musician and conductor. His Homenaje a Federico García Lorca expresses outrage that he and many other intellectuals and artists of the era felt about the murder of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca at the hands of the fascist militia. Redes, his first film score, concerns the efforts of exploited fishermen to unite and will be shown with the orchestra performing this powerful score. Punctuating the evening is Copland’s El Salón México, a musical depiction of a raucous dance hall in Mexico City.

Ticketing and further information can be found at www.LVPhil.org.

  • COPLAND Selections from Rodeo
  • REVUELTAS Homenaje a Federico García Lorca
  • REVUELTAS Redes
  • COPLAND El Salón México
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Las Vegas Philharmonic: Home for the Holidays
Dec
2
2:00pm 2:00pm

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Home for the Holidays

LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC’S TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION returns with all the wonder and magic of the season. This festive, family-friendly concert begins with Leroy Anderson’s nostalgic and popular A Christmas Fantasy, setting spirits alight. The merriment continues with selections from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker. Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless classic, Peter and the Wolf opens the second half with Clint Holmes narrating the elaborate tale. Johann Strauss’s celebratory Radetzky March invites the audience to clap along. The spirited performance concludes with a traditional audience sing-along of holiday favorites accompanied by your symphony orchestra.

Ticketing and further information can be found at www.LVPhil.org.

  • ANDERSON A Christmas Fantasy
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Selections from The Nutcracker Suite, Opus 71a
  • STRAUSS Radetzky March
  • PROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf, Opus 67
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Las Vegas Philharmonic: A Baroque Holiday – Handel’s Messiah
Dec
2
7:30pm 7:30pm

Las Vegas Philharmonic: A Baroque Holiday – Handel’s Messiah

WE USHER IN THE SEASON with music from the Baroque era. Francesco Manfredini’s Christmas Concerto opens the program, setting the seasonal mood. An Italian composer, violinist and church musician, he demonstrated a gift for easy melodic invention. Dieterich Buxtehude was a Danish-German organist whose works are frequently performed in church services. Das neugeborne Kindelein (newborn infant child), taken from a collection of sacred poetry circa 1558, celebrates the newborn Jesus and the coming of a new church. Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto was published in 1714 and bears the inscription Fatto per la notte di Natale (made for the night of Christmas). It is one of the most often performed pieces of classical music ever composed for the holiday season. We conclude the musical feast with our Chorus-In-Residence, the Las Vegas Master Singers, joining the orchestra for Part One of George Frideric Handel’s uplifting and transcendent Messiah, a hallmark of holiday choral works.

Ticketing and further information can be found at www.LVPhil.org.

  • MANFREDINI Concerto Grosso Opus 3, No. 12 “Christmas”
  • BUXTEHUDE Das neugeborne Kindelein
  • CORELLI Concerto Grosso, Opus 6, No. 8 “Christmas”
  • HANDEL Messiah, Part I
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Las Vegas Philharmonic: Musician's Choice
Jan
13
7:30pm 7:30pm

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Musician's Choice

SPOTLIGHTING THE VIRTUOSITY of our esteemed musicians serves as inspiration for this robust program featuring pieces selected by members of the orchestra. Harpist Kimberly Glennie shines on Claude Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane, she says, “These dances transport me to a mythical time and place. I love this piece because it gives voice to the magic and enchantment of the harp.” Oboist Stephen Caplan demonstrates command of his instrument in Vaughan Williams’s Oboe Concerto. Caplan enthuses, “This piece is one of my favorite works to play. It’s the composer’s highly personal response to World War II–beautiful, nostalgic, and intensely moving.” Cellist Andrew Smith solos on C.P.E. Bach’s, Cello Concerto in A Major and shares, “The charming Cello Concerto in A Major, though rarely programmed, is worthy of having its place in the standard repertory. The second movement, marked ‘mesto’ (sad), is especially notable.” Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis ends the evening. Featuring a rising, organ-like melody used to create somber effect, the piece was used in the 2003 film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

Ticketing and further information can be found at www.LVPhil.org.

  • DEBUSSY Danses sacrée et profane 
  • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Oboe Concerto 
  • BACH, C.P.E. Cello Concerto in A Major
  • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
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Las Vegas Philharmonic: Sounds from Twilight
Feb
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Sounds from Twilight

TWILIGHT’S MAGICAL PROPERTIES and marking of time resonate in this musical feast. Las Vegas resident and renowned composer Michael Torke’s work returns with Sylvan. The piece, inspired by his summers spent in the Adirondacks harkens to the sites, smells and sounds forever imprinted on his memory. Comprised of three movements named in homage to the Eastern White Pine, Yellow Birch, and Red Spruce trees, he was intrigued by the notion that each of the three trees have their own distinct music. Alexi Kenney, who captivated all during a guest appearance in our 2015-16 season, is back to perform Robert Schumann’s only Violin Concerto. Considered a significant composition from the twilight of his career, the concerto was written for acclaimed violinist, Joseph Joachim, and the finale is influenced in part by Schumann’s acquaintance with a young Johannes Brahms. The work remained unknown to most for nearly 80 years. “Of the many great concerti available to violinists, Schumann’s is an unjustly neglected jewel. Its intimate lyricism remains even in the most virtuosic passages, and its middle movement is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful pieces I can think of. I’m so excited to be bringing this wonderful work to life in Las Vegas,” expresses Kenney. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, part of the composer’s late symphonic output closes the performance. His contemporaries considered it one of his more inspirational symphonies and Beethoven agreed, stating it was one of his greatest works.

Ticketing and further information can be found at www.LVPhil.org.

  • TORKE Sylvan
  • SCHUMANN Violin Concerto in D Minor
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92
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Las Vegas Philharmonic: Pink Martini – Annual Gala Concert
Mar
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Pink Martini – Annual Gala Concert

MULTILINGUAL SENSATION PINK MARTINI returns to headline our annual gala, along with members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, dazzling with their signature, seductive style that has won them fans all around the globe. The twelve musician “little orchestra” fronted by China Forbes, one of their two beguiling chanteuses, will bring their intoxicating mix of international music styles and lush vocals to the concert hall in an experience that is uniquely part musical spectacle, part samba parade, part dance hall throwback, part sultry jazz club. The rollicking musical adventure will feature selections from their nine studio albums and emphasize the energetic, international mystique that has led to over 3 million album sales worldwide. Get ready for the conga line! This electrifying concert is part of our annual gala experience and will be complemented by an evening of separately ticketed events including a cocktail reception, silent auction, elegant dinner on the 5th floor of The Smith Center and a live auction.

Ticketing and further information can be found at www.LVPhil.org.

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Las Vegas Philharmonic: Spotlight Series II "A Little Romance"
Mar
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Spotlight Series II "A Little Romance"

GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. As we celebrate our 3rd season of Spotlight performances, don’t miss this unique opportunity to see and hear first-hand the musical stories shared by members of our orchestra as they perform their favorite pieces for small ensembles! 

Janis McKay, bassoon
Bill Bernatis, horn
Voltaire Verzosa, piano

Ticketing and further information can be found at www.LVPhil.org.

  • F. STRAUSS Nocturno, Opus 7 for Horn and Piano
  • R. STRAUSS Andante in F, Opus Posthumous for Horn and Piano
  • SAINT-SAËNS Sonata, Opus 168 for Bassoon and Piano
  • EWAZEN Trio for Bassoon, Horn and Piano
  • BRAHMS (arr. Reynolds) Five Brahms Songs for Horn, Bassoon and Piano
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Las Vegas Philharmonic: Carmina Burana
Apr
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Carmina Burana

STORYTELLING THROUGH DYNAMIC MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA and choir complemented by dance comes to the fore in this vivid program beginning with Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, written by German composer Paul Hindemith in America in 1943 with the virtuosity of American symphony orchestras in mind. The second half of the evening welcomes the Las Vegas Master Singers, our Chorus-In-Residence, as well as the UNLV Concert Singers and Chamber Chorale to the stage for Carl Orff’s towering and beloved cantata Carmina Burana. Members of the UNLV Department of Dance will perform original choreography. The piece, composed in the early 20th Century and based on 24 poems from the original medieval collection of the same name, explores a wide range of topics, as familiar in the 13th Century as they are today: the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust.

Ticketing and further information can be found at www.LVPhil.org.

  • HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
  • ORFF Carmina Burana
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Reno Philharmonic: 100 Years of Bernstein
Apr
22
4:00pm 4:00pm

Reno Philharmonic: 100 Years of Bernstein

  • Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ticketing and further information can be found at www.RenoPhil.com.

  • BERNSTEIN West Side Story–Concert Suite No. 1
  • BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms
  • BERNSTEIN Make Our Garden Grow from Candide
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 47

Featuring the Reno Phil Chorus & guest vocalists Elena Perroni, Olga Perez Flora, and James Flora.

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Reno Philharmonic: 100 Years of Bernstein
Apr
24
7:30pm 7:30pm

Reno Philharmonic: 100 Years of Bernstein

  • Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ticketing and further information can be found at www.RenoPhil.com.

  • BERNSTEIN West Side Story–Concert Suite No. 1
  • BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms
  • BERNSTEIN Make Our Garden Grow from Candide
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 47

Featuring the Reno Phil Chorus & guest vocalists Elena Perroni, Olga Perez Flora, and James Flora.

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Las Vegas Philharmonic: Spotlight Series III "Windsongs"
Apr
26
7:30pm 7:30pm

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Spotlight Series III "Windsongs"

GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. As we celebrate our 3rd season of Spotlight performances, don’t miss this unique opportunity to see and hear first-hand the musical stories shared by members of our orchestra as they perform their favorite pieces for small ensembles! 

Alexander Viazovtsev, flute
Christina Castellanos, flute
Cory Tiffin, clarinet
Janis McKay, bassoon
Bill Bernatis, horn

Ticketing and further information can be found at www.LVPhil.org.

  • HAYDN Trio No. 3 in G Major, Hob. IV:3 ("London")
  • BEETHOVEN Flute Duo, WoO 26
  • GABAYE Sonatine for Flute and Bassoon
  • BRAHMS (arr. Viazovtsev) String Quartet No. 3 in B Major, Opus 67 for Flute, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon
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Las Vegas Philharmonic: Season Finale
May
19
7:30pm 7:30pm

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Season Finale

IN HONOR OF internationally beloved American Composer Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday and to mark the second year of our American German Cultural Exchange Fellowship, we present an evening that begins with Bernstein’s Fancy Free Variations from the ballet about three sailors on shore-leave in New York City, which premiered to instant popularity in 1944.  Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, nicknamed  “Emperor” is one of his most famous and the final piano concerto he wrote.  A colossal work, it amplifies the virtuosity demanded of the player.  Rising star Danae Dörken, one of the most sought-after soloists of her generation, will captivate with her breathtaking technique, profound musicality, and color-rich sound as part of our American German Cultural Exchange Fellowship, which promotes cultural unity through music. “Full of grandeur and overwhelming power, this concerto feels like a true force of nature,” reveals Dörken. After catching our breath from Germany’s “poet at the piano,” we launch into Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, written in Soviet Russia in the span of one month in 1944 at the height of WWII. He intended it to be a hymn to the free and happy man.  It is a powerhouse symphony, which utilizes the full panoply of colors and textures of the orchestra in quintessential Russian style to convey the complete spectrum of the human condition.

Ticketing and further information can be found at www.LVPhil.org.

  • BERNSTEIN Fancy Free: Three Dance Variations
  • BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Opus 73, “Emperor” 
  • PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Opus 100
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Las Vegas Philharmonic: Oktoberfest
Oct
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Oktoberfest

Fellow Las Vegans and Music Lovers,

Our greatest musical citizen of the world, Leonard Bernstein, once said, “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”

Music heals, and in response to the tragic events of October 1st, we are changing the program for our October 14th concert to honor and reflect upon what makes us stronger when we face the future together. We will now perform a program of works by Barber, Beethoven & Mozart that pays tribute to our citizens and their resilience.

We invite all First Responders from the city’s police, fire and EMS services, and hospitals, or anyone who seeks the refuge and solace of music, to attend the concert at no charge. These tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and supplies are limited. Tickets can be reserved at the Box Office, online or by calling 702-749-2000 and using the redemption code LVPHPM. Limit 4 tickets per person. Read more in our Press Release.

Ticketing and further information can be found at www.LVPhil.org.

  • BARBER Adagio for Strings
  • BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture, Opus 62
  • MOZART Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622 (featuring Cory Tiffin, soloist)
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
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Las Vegas Philharmonic: Opening Night – Don Juan
Sep
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

Las Vegas Philharmonic: Opening Night – Don Juan

OPENING NIGHT ON OUR 19TH SEASON features one of the greatest symphonic blockbusters of all time, music from an American icon to mark his 70th birthday and a concerto performed by an award-winning pianist who calls Las Vegas home. Richard Strauss, a versatile artist with a library of work spanning tone poems, opera and concerti, was deeply rooted in the Romantic Era, the artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th Century. His more mature voice emerged with the tone poem Don Juan, which premiered in 1889 and conveys the story of the legendary lothario. John Adams is one of the best known and most often performed of American composers. His Common Tones in Simple Time premiered in 1979 and this will be the orchestra’s first performance of this work, which was composed to create the sense of soaring above landscapes, evoking emotion and excitement. We conclude the evening with Johannes Brahms’s first Piano Concerto and soloist Mykola Suk, internationally recognized pianist and Las Vegan. Brahms, considered one of three prolific “B’s” of German composers (in the company of Bach and Beethoven) wrote solo piano music often described as rapturous.

Ticketing and further information can be found at www.LVPhil.org.

  • STRAUSS, R. Don Juan, TrV 156, Opus 20
  • ADAMS Common Tones in Simple Time
  • BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Opus 15
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