New festival in Las Vegas pairs music and wine

Posted on: June 12, 2015

In Thursday’s (6/11) Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada), Carol Cling previews the Las Vegas Wine and Music Festival, taking place at the Nevada State Museum from June 11 to 13, in which “more than 20 musicians— including Grammy winners, Carnegie Hall and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra veterans and Juilliard faculty members—will perform works by acclaimed composers from Tchaikovsky and Dvorák to Barber and Copland…. Players will chat with audience members, comparing notes on the music—and on the wines chosen to complement the melodies, which share a ‘Landscapes’ theme…. ‘For me, it’s about breaking down the fourth wall between audiences and musicians,’ [festival founder Alexandria] Le explains. ‘It’s about sharing an experience together. The audience is as much a part of the event as the musicians are.’ ” Performers at the festival include violinist Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet; David Chavez, principal viola for the UNLV symphony and Henderson symphony orchestras; and musicians from the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet orchestras. “Several local musicians also are part of the festival, including Las Vegas-born harpist Michelle Gott (who teaches at Canada’s University of Ottawa) and Paul Firak, principal bass player for the Las Vegas Philharmonic.”

Posted June 12, 2015