Las Vegas Philharmonic opens new Smith Center with Mahler Second

Posted on: March 23, 2012

In Thursday’s (3/22) Review Journal (Las Vegas, Nevada), John Przybys writes, “It was in February, during a sort of tuneup rehearsal at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, that David Itkin, conductor and music director of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, noticed something odd. About 10 or 15 minutes into rehearsal, Itkin recalls, ‘I said, “Are you all playing louder than normal?” ’ Actually, Itkin says, the change in sound—in both volume and clarity—was Itkin and the orchestra’s musicians discovering what it will be like to play in the acoustically impressive Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center which, beginning Saturday, will be their new home. On Saturday, the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Smith Center era begins with a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection.’ Also scheduled to perform will be soprano Marie Plette, mezzo-soprano Eugenie Grunewald, the Las Vegas Master Singers, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Concert Singers & Chamber Chorale, and the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society. … DeAnn Letourneau, Philharmonic violinist and concertmaster, suspects that even casual concertgoers ‘are going to realize how amazing’ the sound in Reynolds Hall is. … For Philharmonic musicians, playing at The Smith Center is ‘so much fun,’ Letourneau adds. ‘It’s like a race car or something. You drive a good car, and then you get into some superfast or superluxurious car and you totally notice the difference.’ ”

Posted March 23, 2012