The Las Vegas Philharmonic Celebrates 10th Anniversary Season with Grand Gala and Masterworks I Concert

LAS VEGAS – September 10, 2008 – The Las Vegas Philharmonic kicked off its 10-year anniversary celebration on Saturday, September 6 with a grand gala reception and Masterworks I concert. Philharmonic guests arrived at the Marietta Tiberti Grand Hall at 5:30 p.m. for a celebration catered by Chef Gustav Mauler, and attended a lecture given by Las Vegas Philharmonic music director, David Itkin. At 8 p.m. the Las Vegas Philharmonic played a spectacular performance of Maurice Ravel’s one-movement “Boléro,” followed by legendary pianist Misha Dichter’s performance of Edvard Grieg’s piano concerto in A minor. The evening closed with The Las Vegas Philharmonic playing Dvoøák’s intricate “Symphony No. 7” in D minor.

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From left to right: Las Vegas Philharmonic trustee, Bruce Woollen; President Barbara Lee Woollen; Teri Itkin and music director, David Itkin, receive proclamations from Governor Jim Gibbons’ office and Mayor Oscar Goodman’s office, declaring the grand opening of the Las Vegas Philharmonic 10th Anniversary season on September 6, 2008, as the official “Las Vegas Philharmonic Day.”

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From left to right: Paul Schiffman, head of school for the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus shakes hands with Las Vegas Philharmonic music director, David Itkin at the Las Vegas Philharmonic grand gala reception on September 6, 2008.

**More photos available upon request

About the Las Vegas Philharmonic
Founded in 1998, the Las Vegas Philharmonic is the third largest arts organization in the state and a six-time recipient of the Best Performing Arts Group award. The Philharmonic has grown into a nationally recognized orchestra, entertaining growing audiences with a continuously expanding program which currently includes: a Masterworks Series featuring some of the best touring artists in the world; a Connoisseur Series that presents top soloists performing in some of the city's most luxurious homes; a variety of special events; a new Pops Concert Series for 2008-2009; and its annual Fourth of July “Star Spangled Spectacular” concert. The Philharmonic has created an extraordinary impact on the cultural and educational life of Southern Nevada and will find its new home in the $475M Smith Center for the Performing Arts, slated to open in 2011.


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