The Smith Center Introduces Three Distinct Series Bringing the Best of Jazz, Classical and the New York Stage to Las Vegas

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The Smith Center Introduces Three Distinct Series Bringing the Best of Jazz, Classical and the New York Stage to Las Vegas

Subscriptions to all three series on sale to the public beginning July 15

 

 

From the best of jazz and most celebrated classical musicians to the biggest voices from the New York stages, The Smith Center brings three diverse series to Las Vegas from October 2013 through May 2014. The three series bring patrons on a journey deep into the heart of American music to see the masters perform right before their eyes or visit the New York stage without leaving Las Vegas.

The Smith Center’s popular “Jazz Roots” will be joined by two new series including “Classical & Beyond” featuring Renee Fleming, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin & The Fields with Joshua Bell, among others, and “Best of the New York Stage” bringing the likes of Patti LuPone, Michael Feinstien and Audra McDonald and more to the stage.

As a series subscriber, patrons enjoy exclusive benefits including first access to best available seating, keeping the same seats throughout the duration of the season and saving 20 percent when compared to buying individual show tickets. On sale dates for individual tickets will be announced at a later date.

Subscriptions for all three series go on sale to the public beginning Monday, July 15 and must be purchased by Monday, Sept. 30 at The Smith Center Box Office, located at 361 Symphony Park Avenue, by phone at 702-749-2000 or 808-326-6868 (TTY) and online at www.TheSmithCenter.com. For preferred seating and special rates for groups of 10 or more, contact 702-749-2348. 

Jazz Roots
“Ladies of Jazz” featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Mosaic Project consisting of Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, Gretchen Parlato, Gerri Allen and Tia Fuller
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Dee Dee Bridgewater, the world’s most highly acclaimed female jazz vocalist and host of NPR’s award-winning “JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater,” has gathered the finest female jazz musicians alive today to create an unparalleled musical collaboration. For one night, see the 2011 Grammy’s® “Best New Artist” Esperanza Spalding, Grammy-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, first place Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition winner Gretchen Parlato, Grammy-winning pianist, composer and educator Gerri Allen and sax star Tia Fuller.

“The Blues” featuring Keb Mo and Shemekia Copeland
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Without the blues, there would be no jazz, R&B, rock ‘n roll or hip hop. Blues is the link that ties modern music together. It is the sound of the American experience, raw and untamed and something worth celebrating. This November, two generations of blues stars will take the stage. Keb Mo, a living link to the delta blues and a three-time Grammy-winning singer/guitarist, will showcase the blues in all its heartfelt glory alongside acclaimed vocalist Shemekia Copeland, the daughter of guitar legend Johnny Copeland.

“Georgia on my Mind: Celebrating Ray Charles” featuring Take 6, Nnenna Freelon, Clint Holmes, Kirk Whalum, Shelly Berg, Raelettes and the UNLV Singers and Orchestra conducted by David Loeb
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Frank Sinatra called him “the only true genius in show business.” Ray Charles transcended racism, faced cultural upheavals head on and helped bring jazz, blues and soul to the rest of the world. In honor of Black History Month, an all-star cast of performers will celebrate Ray’s life, music and undeniable spirit. You’ll see ten-time Grammy winners Take 6, Clint Holmes, Vocalist of the Year Nnenna Freelon, Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum, music director Shelly Berg and the UNLV Singers and Orchestra conducted by David Loeb as they honor the beloved genius from Georgia.

“Satin & Soul” featuring David Sanborn and Jonathan Butler
Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
“Satin & Soul” is a concert as smooth and sexy as satin and as deep and earthy as the roots of American music. This special performance brings together two award-winning stars to create a perfect blend of sounds that will touch the soul. David Sanborn, the six-time Grammy winner and multi-platinum alto sax star, will grace the stage alongside Jonathan Butler, the platinum-selling singer/guitarist and winner of the famed South African Sarie Award – where Africa, America, Jazz and Soul come together.

Classical & Beyond
Kronos Quartet: Kronos at 40
Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
A spirit of fearless exploration separates the Kronos Quartet from all others as they don’t simply play music but create atmospheres of rich emotion. They conjure up powerful experiences that never quite fade from memory. The illustrious and Grammy-winning quartet will premiere a special new work from Philip Glass, alongside moving works from Laurie Anderson, Bryce Dessner of The National and composer Clint Mansell.

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at 5 p.m.
“America’s Orchestra” brings a delightful range of the world’s first and most famous Pops orchestra to experience the majesty of Dvorak and Copland, swing with Ellington and Gershwin, get a little crazy with Queen and soar with the film music of John Williams. In addition, audience-favorite Michael Chertock joins the Pops for a performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” It’s music for the ages – and for all ages – that the whole family will treasure.

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with Nikolai Alexeev, Conductor & Vilde Frang, Violin
Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Founded in 1882, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the world’s greatest orchestras, is Russia’s oldest symphonic ensemble and a beacon of the country’s passion for art and music. It was with this orchestra that Tchaikovsky chose to premiere his Symphony No. 6 (“Pathetique”) and share its cultural spirit with the world. This performance will be rising Norwegian violinist, Vilde Frang’s, first appearance in Las Vegas.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell, Director & Solo Violin
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Master violinist Joshua Bell commands and directs this brilliant chamber orchestra, known worldwide for its polished and refined sound. Formed in 1958, they have come to represent the pinnacle of musicianship. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is purity put to music, perfection played out loud and every performance is a true treat for fellow performers and lovers of music everywhere.

Renée Fleming, Soprano
Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming is known for her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence. She has performed across the world, from the Beijing Olympics to Buckingham Palace to the Obama Inaugural Celebration. For her first-ever public performance in Las Vegas, she will sing beloved songs and arias ranging from grand opera favorites to Broadway and The Great American Songbook.

Best of the New York Stage
Audra McDonald in Concert
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Broadway legend Audra McDonald returns to the concert stage after four seasons on the hit ABC television series “Private Practice” and after winning a record-tying fifth Tony Award® for her unforgettable performance in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.” Joined by a jazz ensemble, the two-time Grammy Award winner will perform an intimate evening of favorite show tunes, classic songs from the movies and original pieces written especially for this extraordinary artist who is at the height of her expressive powers. “Ravishing of voice and Olympian of stature, she’s an overwhelming presence,” The New York Times.

Michael Feinstein: The Gershwins and Me
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
This April Feinstein released a new CD, in collaboration with legendary composer-conductor-pianist Andre Previn, with an album celebrating Previn’s repertoire from his catalog of pop songs. Previn’s work is highlighted with four Oscars® and 11 Grammy Awards. Gershwin’s influence provided a solid base upon which Feinstein evolved into a captivating performer, composer and arranger of his own original music. Feinstein has received three honorary doctorates. Through his live performances, recordings, film and television appearances, and his songwriting, Feinstein is an all-star force in American music. 

The Ten Tenors
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Classical comes to life when The Ten Tenors take the stage with their wild blend of rock and classical music that has astounded audiences and powered them into stardom. Now, ever evolving and always entertaining, the tenors have crafted a special, limited-run performance featuring their favorite Broadway hits. Come see ten of Australia’s hottest tenors and enjoy an evening of raw power, soothing beauty and the very best Broadway has to offer.

Patti LuPone in “Far Away Places”
Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
In her new, critically-acclaimed concert “Far Away Places,” two-time Tony Award winner (“Gypsy,” “Evita”) Patti LuPone shares her penchant for wanderlust by taking us on a musical journey with thrilling renditions of songs by an eclectic list of songwriters which includes Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Willie Nelson, Kurt Weill, Edith Piaf, Frederick Hollander and the BeeGees.

For more information on the upcoming series, visit www.TheSmithCenter.com.

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, a 258-seat Cabaret Jazz club, the 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.

Aliante Casino + Hotel Announces Anthony James Baker

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Jazz Guitarist Anthony James Baker Brings Soul to Aliante

 

WHAT: Aliante Casino + Hotel’s summer concert series, Jazz Under the Stars, presents Anthony James Baker. The English guitarist has shared the bill with jazz classicists like Tower of Power, Michael McDonald, Norman Brown and the Neville Brothers. After years of residing in England, Baker is back in the States where he is writing and performing his music.

Patrons can sit back and unwind with the cool sounds of today’s most talented jazz musicians every last Thursday of the month through August, 7 – 10 p.m. The soothing summer concert takes place at the property’s resort style pool where guests can escape to another world as they enjoy the melodic entertainment in a plush daybed under the twinkling lights.

WHO: Aliante Casino + Hotel sits on 40 acres nestled within the Aliante master-planned community at Aliante Parkway and Interstate 215 and is North Las Vegas’ only Four Diamond AAA-rated resort. Opened in 2008, Aliante has more than 200 hotel rooms and suites, a resort-style pool, no resort fees and has major freeway access from the Las Vegas Strip, McCarran International Airport, Nellis Air Force Base and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

WHEN: June 27, 2013

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

WHERE: Poolside at Aliante Casino + Hotel
7300 North Aliante Parkway
North Las Vegas, NV 89084

For cabana reservations, please call 692-7777.

Anthony James Baker 

Aliante Casino + Hotel Presents Guitarist Peter White

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Jazz Fusion Guitarist Peter White Jams at Aliante Casino + Hotel

 

Aliante Casino + Hotel presents international jazz musician Peter White at Access Showroom on Saturday, July 6 at 8 p.m.

Peter White gained fame with his unique guitar style and as accompanist to Al Stewart. White spent 20 years collaborating with Stewart and co-wrote many songs, including “Time Passages.” In 1990, he began to record his own albums and has appeared in recordings of many talented jazz artists, including Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and many more. White is a three-time Oasis Contemporary Jazz Award winner for Best Guitarist, Song of the Year for “Midnight in Manhattan” and CD of the Year for “Perfect Moment.”

The British artist will perform his top tracks including his Billboard Jazz number one hits like “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)” and “Midnight in Manhattan.” Tickets start at $20 and are available at www.aliantegaming.com.

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About Aliante Casino + Hotel:
Aliante Casino + Hotel sits on 40-acres nestled within the Aliante master-planned community at Aliante Parkway and Interstate 215 and is North Las Vegas’ only Four Diamond AAA-rated resort. Opened in 2008, Aliante has more than 200 hotel rooms and suites, a resort-style pool, no resort fees and has major freeway access from the Las Vegas Strip, McCarran International Airport, Nellis Air Force Base and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For more information and reservations, please contact Aliante Casino + Hotel at 702.692.7777 or visit www.aliantegaming.com. Follow Aliante on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest happenings, enjoy exclusive giveaways and more.

Aliante Casino + Hotel Kicks off Jazz Under the Stars with Guitarist Nils

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Aliante Casino + Hotel Kicks off Jazz Under the Stars with Guitarist Nils

 

Aliante Casino + Hotel launches their Jazz Under the Stars summer concert series with the smooth sounds of guitarist Nils Thursday, May 30.

Nils’s first single “Jump Start” topped the Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts and “What the Funk?” spent eight weeks at number one. His second album, “City Groove,” also produced hits with “Let’s Bounce,” which reached number two on the charts. The German born musician has worked with legends like George Clinton and George Benson and has reached platinum record success with his contributions to The Temptations’ 1998 album, “Phoenix Rising.”

Patrons can enjoy the cool sounds of today’s most talented jazz musicians every last Thursday of the month from May to August, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. The summer festivities take place at the property’s resort style pool, under the twinkling lights.

The expansive deck lined with giant palm trees and shady umbrellas make it an oasis nestled in the desert, perfect for an outdoor concert experience. Bebop into the warm weather with Jazz under the Stars – tickets are $15. For day bed and cabana reservations, visit www.aliantegaming.com or call 702.692.7777.

 Nils

About Aliante Casino + Hotel:
Aliante Casino + Hotel sits on 40-acres nestled within the Aliante master-planned community at Aliante Parkway and Interstate 215 and is North Las Vegas’ only Four Diamond AAA-rated resort. Opened in 2008, Aliante has more than 200 hotel rooms and suites, a resort-style pool, no resort fees and has major freeway access from the Las Vegas Strip, McCarran International Airport, Nellis Air Force Base and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For more information and reservations, please contact Aliante Casino + Hotel at 702.692.7777 or visit www.aliantegaming.com. Follow Aliante on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest happenings, enjoy exclusive giveaways and more.

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones to Perform at The Smith Center

THE ORIGINAL LINEUP OF BELA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES TO APPEAR AT
THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS ON MARCH 12
GRAMMY NOMINATED PERFORMERS (“LIFE IN ELEVEN” FROM ROCKET SCIENCE) SET TO ROCK LAS VEGAS

The eOne Music Group is proud to announce that Bela Fleck & the Flecktones have garnered a GRAMMY nomination for best instrumental composition for “Life In Eleven,” off their hit 2011 record, Rocket Science and will perform at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. The much anticipated reunion record marked the original founding members of the Flecktones’ first recording together in 20 years and immediately jumped to #1 on both Billboard’s Jazz Charts and Soundscan’s Jazz Charts upon its release.  Rolling Stone notes Rocket Science “finds the Grammy® Award-winning group still in fine progressive form.”

Tickets for Bela Fleck & the Flecktones in Reynolds Hall start at $26 and are available now at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts by calling (702) 982-7805 or by visiting www.thesmithcenter.com.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at The Smith Center ticket office at 361 Symphony Park Avenue.

The final US tour with the original lineup of the Flecktones launches on March 1st in Madison, WI and rolls across the country through the end of April, culminating with a performance at the W. L. Lyons Brown Theatre in Louisville, which is the city where the band played their first show together on The Lonesome Pine Special.  Other stops include San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, and Nashville.

The collaboration of Bela Fleck (banjo), Howard Levy (piano/harmonica), Victor Wooten (bass), and Roy “Futureman” Wooten (percussion/Drumitar) has been leaving audiences mesmerized, surprising fans with groundbreaking compositions and nontraditional improvisation. After a recent show at New York’s legendary Town Hall, Relix Magazine commended the group’s “incredibly impressive and well-executed” musicianship, noting “the crowd was silent throughout the majority of the show, only erupting into applause between songs and after impeccable solos.”

 

Rocket Science has been met with wide critical acclaim.  Jazz Times was impressed by the compositions, which “are all quite bold, showcasing everyone’s versatility and highlighting the collective power of the band,” while All About Jazz declared “Rocket Science recaptures everything that made The Flecktones so fresh, so innovative, so important.” Popmatters called it “an album of stirring ingenuity from musicians rediscovering each other and having tremendous fun doing so,” while Downbeat praised, “Together, these are four of the finest musicians on the planet.  They push, pull and complement each other to create a sound that is unmistakably their own.”

 

About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts:

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public/private partnership that will become the centerpiece of cultural life in Las Vegas, offering a blend of performances by resident companies, as well as first-run touring attractions. The 5-acre cultural campus will feature three performance spaces, the 2,050-seat main performance area in Reynolds Hall and Boman Pavilion’s 258-seat Cabaret Jazz and 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater, and will also be home to a 1.7 acre park, which can be used for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus will be the new location of the Discovery Children’s Museum.  The Smith Center will be the cultural center for Las Vegas – a place that will educate, entertain and excite the citizens of our great community.  Located in downtown’s 61-acre urban development, Symphony Park, The Smith Center broke ground in May of 2009 with a ceremonial carillon bell casting and ringing. In February 2010, it celebrated its “Topping Out” with the raising of 50 tons of steel.  The Smith Center will open in March 2012. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.thesmithcenter.com.  Keep up with news and events on Facebook.

 

August performers for free Jazz on the Lake series announced

“Jazz on the Lake” FREE concert series at The Village Lake Las Vegas announces August performers

WHO:
The Village Lake Las Vegas and a selection of local musical artists from all genres of jazz.

WHAT:
The Village provides a relaxing environment for jazz fans to kick back and enjoy Las Vegas’ top jazz artists by water’s edge every Saturday night in August.

The Village Lake Las Vegas boasts restaurants along the cobblestone streets of the Mediterranean style village offering options for everyone’s taste buds for dining pre- or post-show. Coolers outside food & alcoholic beverages prohibited.

WHEN:
Every Saturday
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

August 6Carmine Mandia – Traditional jazz, Las Vegas artist Carmine Mandia performs a variety of Sinatra inspired traditional jazz; FREE

August 13Lady J Huston –Variety jazz and blues; Vocalist and trumpeter Lady J Huston & the Fireballs perform an energetic variety of jazz and blues; FREE

August 20Anduze –Smooth jazz and R&B; FREE

August 27Slick Willie Orchestra –Variety jazz and R&B; Nine piece group performs jazz and blues; FREE

WHERE:
The Village Lake Las Vegas
Lakeside lawn
15 Costa di Lago
Henderson, NV 89011

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Concerts are free and open to the public of all ages. Additional dates for Jazz on the Lake will be announced at a later date.

Overnight stays are available at Aston MonteLago Village Resort and Vacation Villas. To book a special weekend package at the Resort, please call 1-888-600-2688 or visit http://www.astonmontelago.com/. For Vacation Villas, please call 702-568-1174 or visit http://www.lakelasvegasrentals.com/.

July performers announced for the free Jazz on the Lake concert series at The Village

“Jazz on the Lake” FREE concert series at The Village Lake Las Vegas announces July performers

WHO:
The Village Lake Las Vegas and a selection of local musical artists from all genres of jazz.

WHAT:
The Village provides a relaxing environment for jazz fans to kick back and enjoy Las Vegas’ top jazz artists by water’s edge every Saturday night in July.

The Village Lake Las Vegas boasts restaurants along the cobblestone streets of the Mediterranean style village offering options for everyone’s taste buds for dining pre- or post-show. Coolers outside food & alcoholic beverages prohibited.

WHEN:
Every Saturday
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

July 2 – The Starlight Quartet – Variety jazz, featuring local talent Erik Moore, singing timeless classic songs in his own unique style; FREE

July 9 – Tommy Thompson – Smooth jazz, Las Vegas artist Tommy Thompson performs a variety of smooth jazz; FREE

July 16Mr. Hajee – Smooth jazz and R&B; FREE

July 23 –Release Allstars – Smooth jazz; FREE

July 30 – No Limit 9:23 – Variety jazz featuring smooth and traditional jazz; FREE

WHERE:
The Village Lake Las Vegas
Lakeside lawn
15 Costa di Lago
Henderson, NV 89011

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Concerts are free and open to the public of all ages. Additional dates for Jazz on the Lake will be announced at a later date.

Overnight stays are available at Aston MonteLago Village Resort and Vacation Villas. To book a special weekend package at the Resort, please call 1-888-600-2688 or visit www.astonmontelago.com. For Vacation Villas, please call 702-568-1174 or visit www.lakelasvegasrentals.com.