“I was there” is the oft-quoted catchphrase of the Smith Center’s inaugural season, and it couldn’t be more appropriate than for Richard Velotta, a Las Vegas Sun writer and editor who saw Reynolds Hall from the best seat in the house: the stage. The Las Vegas Master Singers performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic orchestra on March 24 in Gustav Mahler’s five-movement Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, “Resurrection.” Velotta, with enough choir experience himself to warrant a spot onstage, sang as part of a 240-voice chorus and wrote about the experience.

The killer acoustics in Reynolds Hall cut both ways, as just as much sound is projected from the audience to the stage as vice versa. And applause, Velotta said, can be a kind, magical thing. For more about his experience, find the story here. The Review-Journal ran a review of the concert itself; find it here.