2017/2018 SEASON


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Cinemagic! Hollywood's Best Movie Music

Sunday, September 16, 2017, 3 PM

Dr. Rando-Grillot Recital Hall

The Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society opens its 55th season with "Cinemagic! Hollywood's Best Movie Music" in its "Pops" concert at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, September 16, in Dr. Rando-Grillot Recital Hall inside Beam Music Center at UNLV.

Vocalist Sidra Kain and Pianist Tyrone Bowers are among the featured guest soloists.

The program under the direction of Dr. Douglas R. Peterson spans eight decades of movie magic including "Happy Trails" "The Last Time I Saw Paris" "Raiders March" "Born Free" "Moon River" "That's Entertainment!" "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" and "Thanks for the Memory."

This is the opening concert of Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society's 55th season and marks Dr. Peterson's 50th Aniversary as Music Director of SNMAS. SNMAS is Nevada’s distinguished Choral Society and Nevada's longest running arts organization!

Tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students, military, and disabled and may be reserved at the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office (702-895-2787).


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An American Music Concert

Sunday October 22, 2017, 2 PM

Winchester Cultural Center

The Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society celebrates its 55th season with "An American Music Concert" by the Musical Arts Singers at the Winchester Cultural Center. The 20-voice Singers will perform a concert of American music featuring "A Stephen Foster Tribute," "A Civil War Medley," "Irving Berlin's America," and selections from Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess." Featured soloists include pianist Masha Pisarenko.

The Winchester Cultural Center is located at 3130 McLeod Drive in Las Vegas, NV 89121. For information on ordering tickets call Winchester Cultural Center at (702) 455-7340 or visit their website.


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Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 3 PM

Dr. Rando-Grillot Recital Hall

The Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society celebrates the Christmas season with a performance of Ed Lojeski's attractive new Choral Medley, I'll Always Love Christmas. The Christmas concert, featuring popular and traditional holiday favorites, under the direction of Dr. Douglas R. Peterson, begins at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 17, in the Dr. Rando-Grillot Recital Hall in Beam Music Center at UNLV. Pianist Tyrone Bowers and vocalist Darla Brighton are featured guest soloists.

Program highlights include "There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth" from the lovely Christus by Mendelssohn, a SNMAS favorite Christmas masterwork; and a lively "Three Wise Men" from Anders Ohrwall's The Three Kings. The Musical Arts Chorus closes its Christmas concert with the delightful An Irving Berlin Christmas featuring Berlin favorites, "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Happy Holiday" and "White Christmas." The Choral Fantasy "Christmas Day," by Gustav Holst, based on old carols "Good Christian Men Rejoice," "God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen," and "Come, ye lofty, come, ye lowly" opens the program.

This concert, accompanied by Eric Eichorst, is part of Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society's 55th season and marks Dr. Peterson's 50th Anniversary as Music Director of SNMAS, Nevada's distinguished Choral Society, and it's longest running arts organization! Tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students, military, and disabled and may be reserved at the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office (702-895-2787).


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Haydn and Handel

Sunday January 21, 2018, 3 PM

UNLV Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall

The Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society presents Te Deum by Haydn and Coronation Anthems by G. F. Handel at the Artemis W. Ham Concert Hall on UNLV campus.

The Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society's 55th Season opening Masterwork Concert will be held at Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall on Sunday, January 21, at 3 p.m. The afternoon concert features Joseph Haydn's splendorous "Te Deum in C" and three of G. F. Handel's majestic Coronation Anthems: "Zadok the Priest," "Let thy Hand Be Strengthened," and "The King Shall Rejoice" by the Musical Arts Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Douglas Peterson. The Musical Arts Orchestra will delight listeners with John Rutter's "Suite for Strings" based on English folk songs.

The "Te Deum in C" (Hymn of Praise), dedicated to Empress Marie Therese, is a mature choral orchestra work of Haydn's last period. Written with text from the King James Bible, Handel's Coronation Anthems are the best-known coronation anthems. Full of grandeur, exuberance, broad contrasts, and ceremonial in style, Handel composed them to be performed at the coronation of the British monarch. From their inception, they have been popular and regularly played in concerts and festivals. Audiences will be familiar with the anthem "Zadok the Priest" which was used in the film, "The Madness of King George."

In the tradition of Britten, Holst and Vaughan Williams before him, British composer John Rutter composed "Suite for Strings" based on the rich legacy of folk music of the British Isles. The four movements are each based on a well-known folk song: "A-roving," "I have a bonnet trimmed with blue," "O waly waly" and "Dashing away."

This concert is the first of two masterwork concerts of Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society's 55th Anniversary season and marks Dr. Peterson's 50th Anniversary as Music Director of SNMAS, Nevada's distinguished Choral Society and longest running arts organization!

Admission is $20 for adults; $15 for seniors, disabled, and military; and $10 for students with ID. For more information call the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office at (702) 895-2787 or visit www.unlv.edu/pac.


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Easter Concert

Sunday, March 11, 2018, 3 PM

Dr. Rando-Grillot Recital Hall Beam Music Center

The Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society celebrates its 55th season with an Easter program by the 20-voice Musical Arts Singers at Dr. Rando-Grillot Recital Hall Beam Music Center at UNLV at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11.

The Easter season concert under the direction of Dr. Douglas Peterson features selections from "The Robert Shaw-Alice Parker Easter Carol Collection," a set of nine traditional Easter carols. The program includes "Lift your heads, O ye gates" and "Surely he hath born our griefs" from Handel's "Messiah." The Society's Easter concert concludes with selections from Irving Berlin's "Century of Song."

The Musical Arts Singers, a chamber vocal ensemble of semi-professional singers founded in 1980, performs two concerts annually. The 55th season marks Dr. Peterson's 50th Anniversary as Music Director of the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society. Eric Eichorst is in his 9th season as the Musical Arts Society accompanist.

Tickets are priced at $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students, military, and disabled and may be reserved at the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office (702-895-2787).


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Masterworks

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 3 PM

UNLV Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall

The Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society's 55th Season spring Masterwork Concert will be held at Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. The afternoon concert features Joseph Haydn's majestic Creation Mass in B Flat Major and Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite, Op. 40 performed by the Musical Arts Chorus, Orchestra, and guest soloists under the direction of Dr. Douglas Peterson. Guest soloists for the "Creation Mass" are Suzanne Russell, soprano; Valeria Sokolova Ore, contralto; Robert Peterson, tenor; and Nathan Van Arsdale, bass-baritone.

Composed by Joseph Haydn in 1801, the Creation Mass in B Flat Major obtained its name because of the words "Qui tollis peccata mundi" in the Gloria movement in which Haydn quotes a musical passage from his famous oratorio The Creation first performed in 1798. One of the most distinguishing features in the Creation Mass is its marvelous musical illustration.

One of Edvard Grieg's most beloved and beautiful works, the Holberg Suite was originally composed for piano in 1884. Grieg adapted the work for string orchestra a year later. Consisting of an introduction and a set of dances, it is a tribute to the Baroque suite genre and its enduring vitality.

This concert is the second of two masterwork concerts of Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society's 55th Anniversary season and marks Dr. Peterson's 50th Anniversary as Music Director of SNMAS, Nevada's distinguished Choral Society and longest running arts organization!

Admission is $20 for adults; $15 for seniors, disabled, and military; $10 for students with ID; and free for middle school and high school students with ID. For more information call the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office at (702) 895-2787 or visit them online.


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Hollywood and Broadway Music (Annual Pops Concert)

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 3 PM

Dr. Rando-Grillot Recital Hall



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This program has been funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.