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Charlie Chaplin and Tony Hsieh onstage with the Las Vegas Philharmonic?

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For its inaugural performance at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Las Vegas Philharmonic wowed its audience with Mahler’s five-movement, dramatic “Resurrection” Symphony, complete with a 240-voice choir and two guest opera singers. We sat through the sold-out performance holding a glossy booklet announcing the 2012-13 season. Next comes Saturday’s sold-out Pops Concert and possibly more trumpeting of next season’s lineup, which begins in October with the return of pianist Navah Perlman and cellist Zuill Bailey, performing Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano with violinist Philippe Quint. The following month’s Pops Concert brings the showing of Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 silent film City Lights with the orchestra playing the original score. Two weeks later, it’s the orchestra’s concert of American music—Copland, Bernstein, Ives and Barber—with Tony Hsieh narrating Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.” And that’s just the beginning of the season. You might consider buying tickets sooner than later.

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Kristen Peterson joined the Las Vegas Sun in 1998 as a general assignment reporter. In 2003, she turned her focus ...

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