LV Philharmonic Performs Sounds From Twilight This February
The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs its Sounds From Twilight concert on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts featuring guest violinist Alexi Kenney. Music Director Donato Cabrera will host his pre-concert conversation at 6:30 PM in Reynolds Hall for patrons interested in learning more about the music in the evening program.
The Las Vegas Philharmonic begins its concert with Michael Torke's Sylvan. This will be the second time the orchestra has performed a work by Torke, the 2016-17 season featured his piece titled Ash. Sylvan contains three themes inspired by the Eastern White Pine, Yellow Birch and Red Spruce trees from Torke's summers in the Adirondack region of upstate New York. Each theme has its own distinct music yet shares the same series of notes to create tonal cohesion.
Next, the orchestra performs Schumann's Violin Concerto in D Minor featuring acclaimed violinist, Alexi Kenney, who performed the Barber Violin Concerto with the Philharmonic in the 2015-16 season. Schumann composed his one and only violin concerto in 1853 for the violinist Joseph Joachim. Although the concerto ends with a cheerful vibrancy, the underlying tone reflects a dark and melancholic state, which many attributed to the composer's declining mental health. As a result, the concerto remained untouched for nearly 80 years after Schumann's death.
Kenney, a recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, has been named "a talent to watch" by the New York Times. He won the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition at the age of nineteen, which led to a critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall.
The Philharmonic ends the evening program with Beethoven's 7th Symphony. The music premiered in 1813 at a concert to benefit wounded soldiers from the Battle of Hanau. The work was well received by Viennese audiences, becoming one of his most popular symphonies.
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 will offer a shuttle bus service to the 7:30 PM concert from the Anthem Center at Independence Center in Henderson and the Starbright Theater in Summerlin, departing at 5:45 PM. A roundtrip bus ticket costs $20 per concert and can be purchased in conjunction with the patron's concert tickets through the box office or online.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018 - 7:30pm
Pre-concert conversation - 6:30pm
SOUNDS FROM TWILIGHT
Cabrera Conducts Torke, Schumann and Beethoven
Donato Cabrera, conductor
Alexi Kenney, violin
SCHUMANN Violin Concerto in D Minor
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92
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.
Listen to Donato's Spotify Playlist: http://tinyurl.com/lvphilfeb10
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 organization is to perform music that enriches and educates, helping to build a vibrant, culturally rich community. The resident symphony orchestra of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued and vibrant cultural dimension to the city, providing more than 23,000 children this year with vital access to a music education program and showcasing 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.