Janis McKay
Janis McKay
Bassoonist • Educator • Author
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Las Vegas Philharmonic: Opening Night – Don Juan

  • The Smith Center 361 Symphony Park Avenue Las Vegas, NV, 89106 United States (map)

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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