Category: The Smith Center for the Performing Arts


Nevada Ballet Theatre is set to begin its 2012-2013 season in bedazzling style: joined by Pacific Northwest Ballet and Ballet West, the company will perform George Balanchine’s “Jewels” at the Smith Center on October 13 and 14.

Comprising three movements, one each for emeralds, rubies and diamonds (and named accordingly), Balanchine’s work is a truly classical neo-classical piece if there ever was one. Ballet West will be taking on “Emeralds,” the first movement, with NBT undertaking “Rubies” and PNB tackling “Diamonds.”

And, to crown a show featuring three vibrant companies with a history of collaborating with one another, the performance will be set to live music. The performance will – appropriately – be set in the lovely jewel box that is Reynolds Hall.

If you’re interested in seeing the show, call the Smith Center Box Office at 702-749-2000 or click here. Season subscribers can purchase tickets now; single tickets can be purchased beginning Aug. 16. “Jewels” will be performed Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 14 at 1 p.m. at Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets ring in at $35-$128, plus fees.

Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall used to be a catch-all destination for out-of-town artists of all stripes. When the Smith Center opened, suddenly this spotlight zoomed from UNLV’s campus to the crown jewel of Symphony Park, and oft-lauded artists with hefty reputations seemed to follow.

Seems simple, right? Smith Center sells out and Ham Hall shuts down. But wait, because just like those infomercials … there’s more.

Steve Bornfeld wrote a refreshingly optimistic piece for Vegas Seven about the niche that Ham Hall is likely to occupy in the greater swath of performing arts in Las Vegas. It’s titled, appropriately, “The Adjustment Bureau,” and it is certainly worth a read for arts freaks of any degree.

Julia Osborne wrote a great review of Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater’s star-studded fifth anniversary concert at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts on May 29. The show included works by such choreographers as Ulysses Dove, Lorenzo Rennie Harris and LVCDT artistic director Bernard Gaddis, among others. The article has some nice interpretations of the choreography and Osborne gave the show a sparkling review, noting that the concert was excellent despite a few technical malfunctions.

To read the full story, visit the Las Vegas Review-Journal website here.

Update 5/27/12: For some great insight on the artistic work behind Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater’s Smith Center debut, click here for a preview from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

5/23/12: Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater will be stepping onstage at the Smith Center on May 29, backed by a program featuring work by Ulysses Dove, Milton Meyers, Rennie Harris and LVCDT artistic director Bernard Gaddis. The concert will mark the beginning of the company’s spring 2012 concert season and will celebrate its five-year tenure in Las Vegas.

If you’d like to see Dove’s legendary “Vespers,” “Variations” by Meyers, Harris’ “Lifted” or the Vegas classic “Opulence” by Gaddis (as well as a new work, “Metamorphosis II,” by the same), hit up the Smith Center at 7:30 p.m. on May 29. The star-studded program and appropriately elegant venue will likely underscore the artistic quality of the company nicely.

Tickets are $27-$65 and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling the Smith Center box office at 702-749-2000.

Two summer traditions will be gracing stages in Las Vegas in June: the Nevada Ballet Theatre-Cirque du Soleil collaborative concert “A Choreographers’ Showcase,” and “Ribbon of Life,” presented by Golden Rainbow and benefiting those living with HIV/AIDS.

“A Choreographers’ Showcase,” now in its fifth year, gives the artistic minds in NBT and Cirque a chance to choreograph on themselves and each other. The concert tends to be a lively mix of fresh ideas and excellent dancing. Catch the show at 1 p.m. on June  9 and 10 at the Viva Elvis theater at CityCenter. Tickets are $20 and $40 and can be purchased by calling 702-590-7760 or by clicking here.

“Ribbon of Life” is another long-standing tradition; this is the 26th anniversary of the show. Choreographers come from all over the city, lending the show a diverse and vibrant feel that has the added perk of raising thousands of dollars for Golden Rainbow, a nonprofit organization. “Ribbon of Life” will be performed at 1 p.m. on June 24 at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Smith Center box office at 702-749-2000.

Tomorrow’s the big day! NBT will be joined in concert by Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Carla Korbes and Seth Orza and American Ballet Theater’s Herman Cornejo in celebration of NBT’s 40th year and its debut at the Smith Center. Pop musician Matt Goss will be accompanying a new work by Canfield to top off the evening.

“Red Angels,” a work by Ulysses Dove, is on the docket (PNB soloists Lucien Postlewaite and Sarah Ricard Orza will join in for that one), as is the infamous “Serenade” by George Balanchine. On KNPR’s “State of Nevada” program this morning, Canfield and Boal spoke of the Balanchine with a kind of reverence, and they both acknowledging the almost religious feeling that accompanies the number. Pair that with NBT dancers and live music and you’re good to go.

If this tease isn’t quite enough for you, drop by the KNPR website to listen to the full story. The concert is tomorrow, May 5, at 7 p.m. at the Smith Center. Tickets range from $43-$128 and can be purchased online or by calling 702-749-2000.

Nevada Ballet Theatre won’t be alone when it steps a slippered foot onstage in Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center on May 5: an impressive lineup of guest musicians and dancers will join in for the thoroughly dance-centric debut of “Dance, Music, Style and Class.” NBT is celebrating its 40-year tenure in Las Vegas this season and is the resident ballet company of the new venue.

If the splendor of the new performing arts center isn’t enough to make concert-goers a little weak in the knees, the artists that will grace the stage probably will. NBT will open the concert with George Balanchine’s “Serenade,” set to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings,” and will be backed by members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic orchestra.

Live music, check.

Carla Korbes and Seth Orza of Pacific Northwest Ballet are set to dance the classic White Swan pas de deux from “Swan Lake,” and Lucien Postlewaite and Sarah Ricard Orza, also from PNB, will join them for “Red Angels,” a contemporary work by the esteemed Ulysses Dove. Mary Rowell, concertmaster of Radio City Music Hall, will be accompanying the dancers on electric violin for “Red Angels,” exemplifying Dove’s signature drama and excitement.

Gilded guest artists, check.

But wait, there’s more! American Ballet Theater’s principal Herman Cornejo will contribute his balletic two cents as well. NBT is slated to top off the evening with an original piece by artistic director James Canfield that’s set to the music of Matt Goss and his band, which headlines at Ceasears Palace. Goss and his posse have been called the “Best New Act in Vegas” by the L.A. Times, making the group a natural partner for another of Canfield’s collaborative forays into pop culture.

Strong local vibe and multi-genre jamming? Check and check.

Whew. Got all that? If you’d like to see the show, hit up the NBT box office online or call the Smith Center at 702-749-2000. Tickets are $43, $68, $98 and $128 (plus fees). $503 nets access to a gala reception with the artists after the concert. The show starts at 7 p.m. on May 5 at, you got it, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

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