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Las Vegas Philharmonic to pay homage to the golden age of Hollywood & Broadway with “Dancing & Romancing” on Saturday, October 12 at The Smith Center

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Pops Series concert to feature the orchestra performing the music of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter & others conducted by Stuart Chafetz with guest singers & dancers Kirby Ward & Joan Hess

Tickets $25, $46, $64 & $94 available from The Smith Center Box Office 702.749.2000 or

            The glamor of legendary film dance duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and the timeless songwriting skills of composers including George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter will be celebrated at the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s first Pops Series concert for the 2013-14 season called “Dancing& Romancing” on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30PM in Reynolds Hall, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

            The concert will feature the full orchestra conducted by Stuart Chafetz and guest singers and seasoned Broadway performers Kirby Ward and Joan Hess.  In addition to singing, Mr. Ward and Ms. Hess will also display fancy footwork, dancing on the Reynolds Hall stage.  The program includes jewels from the Great American Songbook such as The Song Is You (Jerome Kern), Cheek to Cheek, Top Hat, Steppin’ Out (Irving Berlin), I Could Have Danced All Night (Frederick Lowe) alongside orchestral performances of classic tunes including Begin the Beguine (Cole Porter), Girl Crazy Overture (George Gershwin), and many more.  Taken from the scores of hit Hollywood movies and timeless Broadway shows, the program is designed to conjure up the glamor and romance of the era.

            The concert will be conducted by Stuart Chafetz, a celebrated American Pops conductor known for his affable podium presence and engaging performances.  Mr. Ward and Ms. Hess have performed “Dancing & Romancing” with orchestras around the country and both are experienced musical theater professionals.  Mr. Ward choreographed and performed in Debbie Reynolds’ show when she performed in Las Vegas and choreographed for the late Donald O’Connor.  He also worked with Bette Midler and James Caan, choreographing their 1991 film For the Boys.  Ms. Hess played the role of Tanya in Mamma Mia! on Broadway and toured regionally in the title role of Gypsy.  She is also known to HBO viewers as the “Leggy Blonde” on the comedy, Flight of the Conchords.

“Pops” is the term used by symphony orchestras to describe programs that feature more traditional pop music by composers such as George Gershwin and from genres such as film and theater.  The Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform five Pops Series programs during the 2013-14 season, including its annual holiday concert on December 7 and a presentation of the classic film Casablanca on February 15 featuring the orchestra performing the film score live on stage.  (Full Pops Series program online here.)  With many members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic also seasoned Las Vegas Strip show musicians, the orchestra demonstrates an unusual adaptability and skill for pops performances that is often praised by visiting conductors and guest artists.


This season the Las Vegas Philharmonic is offering a new low-cost ticket price of $25 for balcony seating at all of its concerts.  Seats in other sections are priced $46, $64 and $94.  Tickets are available from The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online from  A 50% student discount is available on all single ticket purchases (ID required.)  Group sales are available by calling the Las Vegas Philharmonic 702.258.5438.

The Smith Center ticket link

Las Vegas Philharmonic ticket link

2013-14 Pops Series Subscription Packages

Subscribers can still purchase tickets to the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s complete five-concert Pops Series.  Packages begin at $125 for a five-concert balcony section subscription through to $470 for an A section subscription.  Full details are available online at

Bus Service

The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers shuttle buses to The Smith Center from Summerlin (Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd) and Henderson (Anthem Center at Independence Center 2460 Hampton Road.)  Buses depart at 6:30PM for Pops concerts.  Bus passes must be purchased in advance and can be obtained when purchasing concert tickets, or by calling The Smith Center Patron Services at 702.749.2000.  Each bus pass costs $15 roundtrip per concert.

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