Opening Night – Celebrating Bernstein
Performance Concluded

The 2018-19 Season

Opening Night – Celebrating Bernstein

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 7:30pm

Pre-concert conversation at 6:30pm in Reynolds Hall

Opening Night Post-Concert Reception on stage at 9:30 PM - $50 per person; reservations required; ticket purchase separate from concert. Call the Philharmonic office at 702.462.2008.


BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide *2007

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Opus 18 *2001, 2012

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy *2009, 2011

BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story *2012

*Indicates previous performance dates

Timeless stories of forbidden love, an American Icon and Russian Romantics kick off our 20th season.

We celebrate the 100th Birthday of the renowned composer, conductor, educator, humanitarian and American treasure, Leonard Bernstein.

Bernstein’s West Side Story and Candide are both based upon classic literature. West Side Story is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet while Candide is inspired by Voltaire’s novel of the same name.

Joyce Yang returns for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the composer’s most enduringly popular pieces, demonstrating once again, her “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post).  

Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy is the product of Shakespeare’s tragedy and Tchaikovsky’s tortured personal life colliding to produce what has been heralded as the first true expression of the composer’s genius.

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