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Performances and Artists

Inside the World of Duncan Sheik

With undeniably catchy lyrics and a sing-along chorus, “Barely Breathing” stayed on the U.S. Billboard charts for more than a year. With its staying power, the song won a BMI Award for most played song of 1997. It was also nominated for a Grammy® Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

Performances and Artists

Bruce Hornsby Arranges Decades of Music

In late 1986, a distinctive natural sound hit the pop charts during an era of highly produced music. It was organic and lyrical. It was a piano-driven album, The Way It Is, by Bruce Hornsby and The Range.

Performances and Artists

Keillor Country Coming to Las Vegas

Surely a rarity in contemporary culture, Keillor has also created a poetry industry. His daily broadcast, The Writer’s Almanac, has highlighted literary gems since 1993.

Education and Outreach

Clark County Students Share Disney Musicals on Stage

On the evening of March 9, Reynolds Hall was transformed into both a forest and a desert when The Smith Center’s Disney Musicals in Schools program held its 2015 Student Share Celebration.

Performances and Artists

Making History With the London Symphony Orchestra

Even if you consider yourself a newbie to classical music, you’re almost certainly familiar with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). Remember the thrilling score of Star Wars? That’s the LSO. It’s the same for Superman and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Those classic movie soundtracks – and many others – were all performed by the acclaimed orchestra.

Education and Outreach

Meet the Story Pirates

In late January, Reynolds Hall was filled with nearly 4,800 Clark County School District elementary school students for three days of performances by Story Pirates. This nationwide educational organization teaches children vocabulary development, story structure, revision, and confident self-expression through the process of storytelling.

Education and Outreach

The ‘A’ Difference – The Power of Arts Education

When the subject of education arises, it is common in today’s increasingly computer-driven climate to hear about the need for more STEM classes (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) for American students – including Southern Nevada’s school children. In an increasing number of conversations, the notion of STEAM is gaining traction, in which the arts are included and integrated.