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Monday, January 11, 2010

After 25 years the Chamber Symphony still amazes...

There is something fitting to be said about any non-profit organization that has survived in Las Vegas as long as the Nevada Chamber Symphony. But make no mistake that the survival of this mainstay of Las Vegas' classical music scene has undoubtedly been attributed to its fans and of course to its colorful Maestro Rodolfo Fernandez. Sunday afternoons concert at the Clark County Library was a magical tribute to this longevity.

In celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 219 birthday the concert began with a celebratory happy birthday in which the audience sang along with the Chamber Symphony. As the birthday melody came to a close its ending immediately segued into Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Allegro in G Major (1787) which was composed by the prodigy no less then four years before his death.

The two hour concert composed of some of the most recognized and favorite pieces from the Classical to the Romantics like Beethoven's Minuet in G and Theme from the Symphony No. 6 by Tchaikovsky. Included in the repertoire was one my favorite contemporary movements, Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber. There was also a gorgeous piece composed by Maestro Fernandez himself 25 years ago, when the Chamber Symphony was chosen to represent Las Vegas as ambassadors of culture at a concert in San Fransisco.

In addition to Mozart's birthday, a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King brought the audience several amazing African-American spirituals like, Nobody Knows, Where you There and Go Down, Moses! The concert finale was Toma a Sorrento by Giambattista de Curtis a fitting end to a wonderful beginning of the new year with the Nevada Chamber Symphony.

If you did not get an opportunity to see the concert the next shows are on February 7 and March 7 at 3pm at the Clark County Library Theater on East Flamingo. All the concerts are FREE. For more information on the Nevada Chamber Symphony please call 702-433-9280.

Nevada Public Radio
For more information on the Cultural Arts in Las Vegas please visit Nevada Public Radio. NPR has detailed listings of many cultural and civic events hosted by area non-profits click on this link
http://www.knpr.org/common/psa/listNEW.cfm and if you are planning an event in the next few months, be sure to get your free listing in NvPR's Desert Companion magazine by submitting the information here at http://www.knpr.org/culture/eventaddnew.cfm

posted by Brian Paco Alvarez, Curator and Chronicler of Culture at


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