UNLV Symphony Orchestra Presents: Berlioz & Beethoven

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By Kayla Roberts.

The UNLV Symphony Orchestra will introduce a concert that features pieces from Hector Berlioz and Ludwig van Beethoven, which will take place March 27 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall.

According to the UNLV event calendar, the symphony orchestra will be performing a program that includes Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival” overture, Mozart’s “Horn Concerto No. 4” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7.” The concert will be under the direction of Taras Krysa, the Director of Orchestras at UNLV. It will also feature soloist Bill Bernatis, professor of horn and associate director of the UNLV School of Music, and will include guest conductor Lawrence Loh, Music Director of the Waco Symphony Orchestra and the Syracuse Orchestra. 

Krysa is a Ukrainian American conductor who has guest conducted for the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, New World Symphony, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony, Moscow Soloists, Slovak Sinfonietta, Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Orchestra, Kiev Chamber Orchestra, the Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic and several others. Before becoming professor of horn and associate director of the UNLV School of Music, Bernatis was professor of horn and orchestra director at Del Mar College and professor of horn at Baylor University and Ithaca College. Prior to becoming Music Director of both the Waco Symphony Orchestra and The Syracuse Orchestra, Loh also held several other conducting positions. Some of these positions are the Pittsburgh Symphony, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Syracuse Opera and many more. Under the direction and with the help of these great artists, along with the incredible talents of UNLV’s Symphony Orchestra, the concert will be sure to bring the works of these composers to life.

UNLV first-year double bass performance major and double bassist for the UNLV Symphonic Orchestra Abe Flannigan gave his thoughts on the upcoming concert during a written interview. 

“I’m very much anticipating a great concert on the 27th,” wrote Flannigan. “We are working with a great guest conductor on some really great repertoire. I encourage people to come even if you don’t like classical music. Everyone is in for a treat on the 27th.” 

Flannigan then went into detail about the program order of the concert and his favorite among the three pieces.

“The program in order is Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Mozart: Horn Concerto No.4 w/ Dr. Bill Bernatis (guest soloist) and Beethoven: Symphony No. 7,” wrote Flannigan. “My personal favorite is Beethoven’s 7th Symphony because of Beethoven’s brilliance as a composer, but also just the way it’s written and composed, with very grand larger than life moments but also more intimate and personal sections that add a lot of contrast to his work.” Tickets for the concert can be purchased online or at the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office for $20. $10 discounted tickets are available to military members, seniors, UNLV faculty/staff and all students. UNLV students may receive one free ticket if they present a valid RebelCard ID. There will also be free parking at the Cottage Grove Parking Garage, right next to Ham Hall, at the time of the concert.

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