Las Vegas Philharmonic to perform 10 Free Concerts for 15,000 Kids, 1/13-17
The Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform 10 free concerts for the largest number of schoolchildren in its 15 year history in January by expanding its annual Youth Concert Series to five days Monday, January 13th through Friday, January 17th. Over the week close to 15,000 fourth and fifth grade students from 122 schools throughout the Las Vegas Valley will attend a Las Vegas Philharmonic concert held in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. (Note: these concerts are not open to the general public.)
The orchestra will perform two 45-minute concerts each day throughout the week. The concerts are themed "Music in Motion" and will be conducted by Rei Hotoda who recently completed her two-year tenure as the Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. While in Las Vegas, Ms. Hotoda will also visit local schools in a mentoring role, including conducting a rehearsal of the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic.
In addition to bringing thousands of children into the concert hall, the Las Vegas Philharmonic's Youth Concert Series brings music into the participating schools' curriculum. Educational materials based on the concert program are developed by a team of Clark County School District elementary music teachers. These materials are then used by the schools' music specialists to prepare the children for the Las Vegas Philharmonic concert.
The theme of the January concerts is "Music in Motion" and includes excerpts from works that demonstrate the varying pace of orchestral playing including Aaron Copland's "Hoe-Down" from his Rodeo ballet, excerpts from works by Mozart and Beethoven and orchestral excerpts from the operas Hansel & Gretel and Russlan & Ludmilla.