Las Vegas Philharmonic To Feature Unique Instrument And Dvorak Symphony, 2/4

The Las Vegas Philharmonic presents Cabrera Conducts Dvorák on Saturday, February 4th at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center. Music Director Donato Cabrera and Composer Nathaniel Stookey will host a pre-concert conversation at 6:30 p.m. for patrons to learn more about the history and meaning behind the music and the unique instrument that will be featured in the evening's program.

The program begins with the West Coast premiere of the overture, Nhanderú, composed by Grammy nominated Brazilian-American composer, pianist and vocalist Clarice Assad. Nhanderú pronounced (/nyuh.dey.roo/) means "God" in Tupi-Guarani, a language spoken by a group of indigenous people living in areas of the Amazon basin. The music represents the Natives from the Tupi-Guarani tribes practicing a rain dance through prayer, summoning spirits of the land as well as their ancestors to bring in the rain to ensure soil fertility, abundant harvest and to frighten away the spirits of the lost world.

Next, the orchestra performs a world premiere arrangement of Nathaniel Stookey's YTTE (Yield to Total Elation) featuring the "OOVE," a musical instrument engineered by San Francisco-based designer, Oliver DiCicco. "YTTE" is the name of an elaborate imaginary city created by San Francisco "outsider" artist and architectural draftsman, A.G. Rizzoli, from the mid-1930s. Stookey came across the imaginary city in a newspaper article and was inspired to compose music to YTTE. The work features an electro-acoustic stringed instrument called the OOVE, which provides the harmonic background to the piece.

The Philharmonic concludes its performance with Dvorák's Symphony No. 7 in D Minor. The music's dark and dramatic nature sets it apart from his Slavonic dance melodies. This deeply intimate work is considered one of Dvorák's finest symphonies.

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Ticket Prices
Ticket prices for the Cabrera Conducts Dvorák concert are $30, $50, $70, $105 & $109. Concert tickets can be purchased through The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online at

Bus Service

The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers shuttle buses to The Smith Center from Summerlin (Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd.) and Henderson (Anthem Center at Independence Center 2460 Hampton Road). Bus passes must be purchased in advance and can be obtained when purchasing concert tickets, or by calling The Smith Center Patron Services at 702.749.2000. Each bus pass costs $20 roundtrip per concert.



SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2017 - 7:30pm
Pre-concert conversation at 6:30pm in Reynolds Hall

CLARICE ASSAD Nhanderú - West Coast Premiere

NATHANIEL STOOKEY YTTE (Yield To Total Elation) - World Premiere of the Full Orchestral Version

DVORÁK Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Opus 70

YOUR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA GOES TRIBAL as we celebrate Donato's birthday with the West Coast premiere of Clarice Assad's overture, Nhanderú, a musical portrait of an Amazon basin ritual that focuses on faith, prayer, and gratitude. Nathaniel Stookey's orchestral version of YTTE (Yield to Total Elation), a piece inspired by the story of A.G. Rizzoli, a humble draftsman who created elaborate designs for a vast imaginary city, receives its world premiere. Finally, one of Donato's favorite pieces, Antonin Dvo?ák's Symphony No. 7, creates a fantastic counterpoint as the centerpiece for the second half of this celebratory concert. Known for its dramatic expression and brooding atmosphere, this is perhaps one of Dvo?ák's most personal, self-explorative works.

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. A proud resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic brings a valued cultural dimension to the city, providing over 19,000 children each 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 or call 702.258.5438.

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