2013/2014 SEASON


A Concert of American Music

Sunday, October 6, 2013

2 P.M.

Winchester Cultural Center

The Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society opens its 51st season with a "Concert of American Music" at 2:00 p.m., Oct. 6th, at Winchester Cultural Center. The Center is located at 3130 McLeod Drive in Las Vegas, NV 89121.

The 25-voice Musical Arts Singers under the direction of Dr. Douglas R. Peterson will perform hymns, folk songs, spirituals, and patriotic selections from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and World War I & II. The program will conclude with "Irving Berlin's America."

Tickets are $10 in advance at the front desk of the Center or $12 the day of concert from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the door. They may also be purchased on the Clark County Parks and Recreation Website. For more information call (702) 455-7340.

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Masterworks: Mozart, Bach and Brahms

Sunday November 10, 2013, 3 PM

UNLV Artemis W. Ham Hall

The Society's opening Masterworks Concert I will feature illustrious choral-orchestra music by three great composers: "Cantata 34," O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe (O eternal fire, fire, O source of love) by J.S. Bach; "Coronation Mass" by Mozart; and "Schicksalslied" (Song of Destiny) by Johannes Brahms. The program will be presented by the Musical Arts Chorus, Orchestra, and guest soloists. Quartet soloists in the Mozart mass are Linda Lister, soprano; Valeria Ore, contralto; Robert Peterson, tenor; and Neil Wilson, bass-baritone. The Veterans' weekend concert closes with "A Salute to the Armed Forces" by Don Wyrtzen.

Soprano soloist Linda Lister, Director of UNLV Opera Theater and Assistant Professor of Music at UNLV, received her Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and her DMA in Voice Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Valeria Ore, Mezzo-Soprano, holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance & Collaborative Arts from UNLV. Tenor Robert Peterson has performed the Musical Arts Society as a chorus member and soloist for three decades. Neil Wilson, Bass-Baritone, has sung to critical acclaim throughout the United States and Germany during a wide-ranging career as teacher and singer.

Admission to the Masterworks Concert I (Bach, Mozart, and Brahms) on Sunday, November 10th, in UNLV’s Ham Hall is $18 for adults; $12 for seniors, disabled and military; and $8 for students with ID. Tickets are available at UNLV's Performing Arts Center Box Office (895-2787) pac.unlv.edu.

Download the concert flyer here.


A Passion for Life

Andrea Bocelli in Concert

Saturday, December 7, 2013

8:00 PM

MGM Grand Garden Arena

The Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society will provide the choral accompaniment for Andrea Bocelli's 2013 Concert Tour "A Passion for Life" on Saturday evening, December 7, in the MGM Grand Arena. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. Members of the 65-voice Musical Arts Chorus are thrilled to have been invited to perform with Andrea Bocelli for the 5th time during his annual U.S. tour.

This year's program under the direction of maestro Eugene Kohn includes favorite operatic selections by Verdi and Donizetti and "Adeste fidelis" sung by Andrea Bocelli. Soloists are Svetia Vassileva, soprano, and special guest, Heather Headley. The Musical Arts Chorus will be featured in "Che interminabili" by Donizetti.

The Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society is one of six prestigious choral organizations, part of this year's U.S. tour. Gondoliers from the Venetian Hotel will once again join the Musical Arts Chorus in the evening concert.

This year the Society celebrates its 51st season as the oldest performing musical organization of its kind in the state of Nevada.*

*Looking ahead: Thirty-two members of the Musical Art Chorus will participate in a performance of Carol Barnett's "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" in Carnegie Hall on June 9, 2014.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the MGM Grand at (702) 891-7777

Please note that the SNMAS season pass will not be applicable to this concert


Blue Grass Mass by Carol Barnett

Oklahoma (Selections) by Richard Rogers

Saturday March 1, 2014, 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 3 PM

CSN Horn Theatre (Cheyenne Campus)

The Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society will perform Carol Barnett's "The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass" in a return engagement at CSN's Horn Theatre Saturday evening, March 1st, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, March 2nd, at 3:00 p.m.

A five-member Bluegrass Band will accompany the 60-voice Musical Arts Chorus* on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and bass in this unique work. Barnett's "A Bluegrass Mass" is an unlikely blend of the traditional mass form and bluegrass music. Folk ballads and instrumental interludes add a down-home flavor that permeates the work. Last season's audience entreated, "bring the Bluegrass Mass back" and SNMAS has done just that!

Doug Peterson's 60-voice Musical Arts Chorus sings enchanting melodies from Richard Rodgers' "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel." Popuar vocalist Sidra Kain recalls music from the 1940's with Kurt Weill's "Speak Low" and "Almost like being in Love" from "Brigadoon" by Lerner & Lowe.

Tickets priced at $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students, military, and disabled are available at the Horn Theatre Box Office on the CSN campus located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue call 651-5483 (LIVE).

*Thirty-three Musical Arts Chorus members will participate in a performance of the "A Bluegrass Mass" in Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 9, 2014.

The "Gloria" reprise from SNMAS's performance of "A Bluegrass Mass" last season may be accessed here.


Mendelssohn & Bach Masterworks

Sunday, May 4th, 2014, 3 PM

UNLV Ham Hall

The Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society celebrates its 51st season with a Bach/Mendelssohn Masterworks Concert Sunday, May 4th, at 3:00 p.m. in Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall. The afternoon concert features the 60-voice Musical Arts Chorus and Orchestra in performances of Bach Cantata No. 78, "Jesus, by Thy Cross," and three major choral-orchestra works by Mendelssohn: "As the Hart Pants," "Hear My Prayer," and "Hymne, op. 96."

Guest soloists include Linda Lister, Soprano, Valerie Ore, Mezzo-Soprano, Brandon Grayson, Tenor, and Neil Wilson, Bass-Baritone. Dr. Wilson is featured soloist in Bach Cantata 78 in this, his 30th appearance with the Society. Las Vegas Academy's "Les Chanteuses" perform the charming soprano-alto duet, "We hasten with eager yet faltering footsteps" from the Bach Cantata. In Mendelssohn's "As the Hart Pants," male vocalists Robert Peterson, Brandon Grayson, Sean McNelley, and Mark Reynolds accompany Soprano Linda Lister in the unusual "Quintet" movement, "The Lord Hath Commanded."

Admission is $18 for adults, $12 for seniors, disabled and military and $8 for students with ID.

Tickets are available at UNLV's Performing Arts Center Box Office (895-2787).

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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.