Monday, May 28, 2007

Heating up in LV

So, I hope you had a chance to catch a great concert earlier this month in Las Vegas, with the Chamber Music Society.

You can read about it here:
May 18, 2007
Vegas: Past, present and future
By Kristen Peterson <>
Chamber music
Almost four years ago Robert Stewart and John Clare decided our rapidly growing city could use a little chamber music.
The Las Vegas Philharmonic had a foothold, as did university groups, but there was no formal support for the delightful, democratic, conductorless ensembles that can really flavor a classical music scene.
With a tiny board and only 15 members, the Las Vegas Chamber Music Society has managed to present a few concerts a year, beginning with a solo recital by pianist Awadagin Pratt before an audience of 60 at the Guggenheim-Hermitage museum in 2004.
"We were trying to figure out how to fill the hole. There was no chamber music going on," Stewart, the group's president, says. Clare, the former classical program manager for KNPR, has moved to Pennsylvania.
Tonight's performance by the Ouroboros Piano Quartet from the University of Southern California ends this season. The group features violist Kaila Potts, a former student of the Las Vegas Academy of Performing and Visual Arts and winner of the Sphynx Competition.
The program includes Mozart's Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Piano Quartet in E flat major and Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor.
Stewart says the group is planning its next season and will probably throw in a jazz quartet. To keep it going, he grovels for members before concerts.
"We're struggling, but we have a nice little history."
Details: 7 tonight, Summerlin Library Theatre, 1771 Inner Circle Drive.
Admission is free, 507-3863.
Kristen Peterson can be reached at 259-2317 or at

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