Las Vegas Philharmonic concertmaster: two performances, one busy evening

Posted on: July 8, 2013

In Sunday’s (7/7) Las Vegas Sun, John Katsilometes writes, “The Las Vegas Philharmonic’s concertmaster had to scramble just to make the stage in time for Thursday’s ‘Fourth With the Phil’ show at Reynolds Hall. De Ann Letourneau was at The Smith Center in plenty of time before the 7:30 p.m. show. That was not the problem. Before she took her position as the Phil’s first-chair violinist, she had a commitment at Symphony Park, during which she was to perform.” Letourneau did perform outdoors until 7:15. “By then, many ticket-holders who had been enjoying the music on the lawn were headed for the indoor pops show that, naturally, was to include the Phil’s first-chair violinist. The audience was seated at 7:30. Letourneau’s chair was the last to be filled, which is common at symphony shows as the concertmaster is the last orchestra member to take her position. What the audience didn’t realize is at that moment, Letourneau was running in high heels … across The Smith Center complex from the grassy Symphony Park stage to the Reynolds Hall dressing room. … After a quick change … Letourneau strode to the stage.” The conductor for “Fourth With the Phil” was Matt Catingub.

Posted July 8, 2013