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June 25, 2017

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Major omission on Smith Center show

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I just watched the PBS special on the opening of the Smith Center in Las Vegas. I can remember having lunch years ago with former Las Vegas Philharmonic music director Hal Weller and Susan Tompkins when they talked about trying to get a performing arts center for Las Vegas.

I was really disappointed that out of a two-hour program, the only classical music was a pair of short pieces played by Joshua Bell and a female pianist. It’s pretty sad but, I suppose, not unexpected.

It was also unfortunate that no mention was made of, nor was there a performance by, the Las Vegas Philharmonic. In addition, no mention was made of the Herculean efforts on the part of Weller to expand the footprint of classical music in the city and the school system. A tragic omission, in my humble opinion.

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