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Monday, May 28, 2012

The Kaiser Report... Musical happenings for the week of May 28..

Friday June 1st 8:00pm 
Charlie Chaplin's film: "Modern Times" screened
to live music provided by the Henderson Symphony Orchestra
Henderson Pavilion
200 S. Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson NV 89012
more info: 702-267-2171 or to order tickets 702-267-4TIX

Saturday June 2nd 2:00pm
Classical Guitar concert: Michael Nigro " A Journey Through Latin America"
includes works by Lauro, Villa-Lobos, Merlin, Cardoso and Brouwer
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo
Las Vegas NV
Free and Open to the Public? (I'm assuming, couldn't find any info)
more info: 702-507-3400http://www.lvccld.org/events/event.cfm?nID=41203

Sunday June 3rd 1:00pm
Voice, Cello and Piano recital by Valeria Ore (mezzo-soprano), Elena Kapustina (cello) and Albina Asryan (piano)
program includes Glaeser, Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Arensky
Bernstein, Brahms, Bach and Vivaldi presented by the Gateway Arts FoundationArtisan Hotel, Chapel
1501 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas NV 89102
$15 reservations required!
more info: 702-255-0695

Sunday June 3rd 2:00pm
Classical Guitar concert: Michael Nigro " A Journey Through Latin America"
includes works by Lauro, Villa-Lobos, Merlin, Cardoso and Brouwer
Summerlin Library
1771 Inner Circle Dr.
Las Vegas NV
Free and Open to the Public? (info couldn't be found)
more info: 702-507-3860http://www.lvccld.org/events/event.cfm?nID=41203

Sunday June 3rd 2:00pm
British style brass ensemble: Las Vegas Brass Band performs short works
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo
Las Vegas NV
more info: 702-507-3400 or Pete Cooper at 702-373-4476http://www.lvccld.org/events/event.cfm?nID=4120

Sunday June 3rd 3:00pm
Opera selections, original compositions and much more performed by
Mark Wherry (director of vocal studies at CSN); Voltaire Versoza, piano;
Gary Queen, guitar; and Scott Watanabe, baritone
Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd
Las Vegas NV
Free and Open to the Public, (donations to benefit the musicians accepted)
more info: 702-341-7800

Upcoming Concerts - 

Sunday June 17th 2:00pm 
(that's correct 2:00pm) at Mountain View Presbyterian Church the Firenze Strings will perform music by Bach and Vivaldi
Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd
Las Vegas NV
Free Admission, donations to benefit the musicians will be collected

Firenze Sextet includes some long term friendships. All professional musicians, three are core members of Lion King and the Las Vegas Philharmonic and others all have played in either group.

Rebecca Ramsey, Violin is the current concertmaster for the Lion King at the Mandalay Bay. She has played concertmaster for many of the musical giants, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Andrea Bocelli, Johnny Mathis and Pavarotti’s farewell performance at Caesar’s Palace. A composer herself, her music has been performed by The Nevada Chamber Symphony, the Southwest Symphony of Utah, and the Las Vegas Jazz Society. Her recording of The Stone Sanctuary, Silhouettes of Zion National Park is heard frequently on KCNV-FM 89.7 Nevada Public Radio. She is also a member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Celine Dion Orchestra at Caesars Palace.

Geri Thompson, Violin was a showroom orchestra member backing headliner entertainment at Harrahs’ Reno, Desert Inn and Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas prior to leaving Nevada for 15 years. She was then a member of the Grand Rapid Symphony, Syracuse Symphony and various musical theatre productions thru-out the Midwest and Northeast. Since her return to Las Vegas, Geri has played in the orchestras of Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot and The Producers and is currently playing in the Lion King Pit Orchestra.

Hanna Suk, Viola received both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music at the National Music Academy of Ukraine. She was a member of Caprice Classic String Quartet, Cunard String Quartet, and the artist with the Kiev Chamber Orchestra. She has toured throughout Europe and Ukraine as a solo performer and chamber musician. Ms. Suk has collaborated in numerous premier performances of new music at music festivals in Ukraine, Poland, Croatia, Germany among others and had recently fulfilled contracts with the renown company Cunard, performing on the famous cruise liner Queen Mary 2.

Tiana Harjo, Viola is currently the instructor of viola and chamber music coach at the University of Las Vegas. In addition to her duties at the University, she also works as a Paraprofessional for the Clark County School District – traveling to various middle and high schools throughout the district and conducting instrumental sectionals and workshops. She holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in viola performance from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Moonlight Tran, Cello is currently a member of the Lion King Pit Orchestra, as well as the Las Vegas Philharmonic. She graduated from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, with a degree in Cello Performance. Born in Vietnam, she grew up in Las Vegas. She also has a studio of aspiring cello students of all ages.

Lindsey Springer, Cello graduated from Cincinnati Conservatory with a Master's degree in Music. In addition to being a current member of Lion King Pit Orchestra, she played in the Phantom of the Opera and Producers Orchestras. She has recorded with Air Supply, Beyonce, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Latin Grammys. Lindsey also is a member of of the Celine Dion Orchestra at Caesars Palace, in addition to being a full time teacher at K.O. Knudsen Junior High School.

Firenze Sextet is dedicated to performing and preserving the culture and the tradition of classical music in a town full of entertainment choices.

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