LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC
Beethoven Was Not Cute - The Las Vegas Philharmonic treated its guests to a concert exclusively of works by this musical genius (Beethoven, not Schroeder). Ludwig von Beethoven wrote some truly heroic music in his time, and his talent made the composer’s contemporaries forgive his dour nature. As Schroeder indignantly corrected Lucy in the Peanuts comic strip, “Beethoven was NOT cute!”
100 Years Of Hoopla In Las Vegas - In 2005
We Came, We Saw, We Smiled - Greek gods! Beasts and birds! Shenanigans! Peace offerings! Toga parties! Tonight’s performance by the Las Vegas Philharmonic, titled “A World in Harmony,” was a veritable fun-house of images. I’ll try to limit my use of exclamation points.
Music of the Spheres - Composers have long described the natural world in music: Beethoven wrote his sensual “Pastoral” Symphony, Stravinsky the tempestuous “Rite of Spring,” Led Zeppelin the “Misty Mountain Hop.” (You may have different examples.) Few, however, can surpass Gustav Holst’s spectacular suite, The Planets, performed tonight by the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
The Stunning Romantics - Sibelius Violin Concerto - "Stradivarius" refers to an instrument crafted by Antonio Stradivari, born in Italy in 1644. He built cellos, guitars, and even harps but is best known for making the most distinctive violins in the world.
2-1/2 Centuries Of Mozart Sonatas - In the midst of our city’s 100th anniversary, the Las Vegas Philharmonic is celebrating a much older one: the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A veritable feast of the great composer’s works will be performed by the Phil at their February 25, 2006 concert, but tonight we were treated to a Mozart “snack” at a Cartier Connoisseur Soirée.
Got Horns? - Just the other day I was downtown when I heard a distant trumpet. Instantly I could tell it wasn’t a recording. Sure enough, a street musician was performing two blocks away, and the breeze carried the clear notes easily to my ears. It sharpened my anticipation for tonight’s performance, the final Soirée of the Cartier Connoisseur Series.