The Smith Center Announces January Events
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by BWW News Desk
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has announced the following events for January:
Las Vegas Philharmonic – Masterworks III - Ravel, Sibelius & Mozart –Rising Star
Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $46
Each year the Las Vegas Philharmonic designates one of its Masterworks concerts to showcase an up-and-coming music talent. This year the Philharmonic features violinist Elena Urioste, a two-time winner of the Sphinx Competition. Picture postcards spring to mind as the Las Vegas Philharmonic takes patrons on an aural European tour. A blend of Basque melodies and French style inspired the sensual, hypnotic dance rhythm of Ravel’s “Bolero.” Sibelius evokes the austere winter landscape of Finland in his Violin Concerto, expertly delivered by the radiant Elena Urioste. The journey ends in Austria with Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony, the thrilling and triumphant capstone of his symphonic output.
Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets prices start at $26
Vocalese takes some of the best-known, most complex and sophisticated instrumental solos in jazz and treats them as melodies with swinging, poetic lyrics. For the first time ever living legend Jon Hendricks, the originator of the Vocalese style, will perform with eight-time Grammy® Award-winning vocal group The Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices.
Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $24
DRUMLINE LIVE brings its fourth U.S. tour and energetic cast to The Smith Center in January 2013. The cast has honed its precision and percussion with years of training in marching bands across the southern U.S. The versatile group of musicians and dancers brings explosive beats and athleticism to the stage, expanding the marching band experience to audiences across the country. The group awes with contemporary hip hop, R&B, classic Motown and brass tradition.
The Joffrey Ballet Co-Presented by Nevada Ballet Theatre and The Smith Center
Tuesday, Jan. 22 and Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $22
Founded in 1956 by visionary director and teacher Robert Joffrey and celebrated choreographer Gerald Arpino, The Joffrey Ballet proudly reflects the diversity of America with its varied repertoire and remains one of the most revered and recognizable arts organizations in the U.S. and around the globe. Now under the direction of Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater and Executive Director Christopher Clinton Conway, The Joffrey Ballet presents “Le Sacre du Printemps” (The Rite of Spring) and other unique works, exclusively sponsored by the E.L. Wiegand Foundation, bringing a world-class dance experience to Las Vegas.
Audi Speaker Series Presents Ray Kurzweil “How to Create a Mind”
Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $24.
Patrons will receive a complimentary copy of Kurzweil’s latest book, “How to Create a Mind, The Secrets of Human Though Reveled” with the purchase of a $59 ticket. Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. A leading inventor of our time, he was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Kurzweil will discuss all this and his latest book, “How to Create a Mind, The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.” Open-captioning is scheduled for this event. Tickets in the captioned section can be purchased online or by contacting the box office at 702-749-2000 (voice) or 808- 326-6868 (TTY).
Natalie Merchant-In Concert with Orchestra
Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $29
Natalie Merchant has earned a distinguished place among America's most respected recording artists as a prolific songwriter with a compelling artistic vision and a unique and captivating performance style. Going Platinum as the lead singer of the band 10,000 Maniacs, she helped define college rock and create the first wave of alternative bands. Now on her own, she has become a master of the folk song. Coming to The Smith Center on her world symphonic tour and featuring songs from her latest album, “Leave Your Sleep,” Natalie Merchant has “never sounded quite so right” said The Boston Globe.
Tom Wopat-“Love Swings”
Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
It’s rare when a performer can star on a classic television action series that’s become part of American pop-culture, win top-billing on Broadway marquees in award-winning hit musicals, record solo albums featuring country chart-makers and play the leading man in a hit situation comedy. That rare performer is Tom Wopat. Having performed in television shows such as “Dukes of Hazard,” and off-Broadway productions such as “Oklahoma” and “Guys and Dolls,” Wopat’s experiences have awarded him an expansive repertoire, which continues to wow audiences across the nation.
Monday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $30
The internationally acclaimed Motown-style vocal quartet brings its award-winning show back to Cabaret Jazz for the third time since The Smith Center’s opening less than a year ago. Featuring classics from the Temps, Tops, Miracles, Stylistics and others, the performance will also include Spectrum’s infamous harmonies and deft choreography.
Terry Bozzio with Überschall
Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $24
Überschall is a band comprised of present and past members of Blue Man Group and other talented Las Vegas musicians. Joining for these performances will be legendary drummer Terry Bozzio. With four drum and percussion stations, two guitars and bass, Überschall will take the audience on a sonic journey that defies categorization.
Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $39
Michael Cavanaugh is the new voice of the American Rock ‘n’ Roll Songbook. Cavanaugh is a charismatic performer, musician and actor, made famous for his piano/lead vocals in the Broadway Musical “Movin’ Out.” Cavanaugh was handpicked by Billy Joel to star in his title role and evokes a style rivaling the “Piano Man.” Cavanaugh appeared in the show for three years and more than 1,200 performances, receiving numerous accolades which culminated in 2003 with both Grammy® and Tony® Award nominations.
About The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Located in downtown’s 61-acre urban development, Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public/private partnership that is the new centerpiece of cultural life in Las Vegas, offering a blend of performances by resident companies, as well as first-run touring attractions. The five-acre cultural campus features 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. In addition it is 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 is the cultural center for Las Vegas – a place that educates, entertains and excites the citizens of the Las Vegas community. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.thesmithcenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook