I've taken in quite a bit at various theater/concert venues this summer (Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO up next - Steve Winwood in Vegas, later this weekend), but perhaps one of the most charming things I've had the pleasure of sitting through this summer was this past Saturday evening. The Las Vegas Philharmonic played the entire score to Charlie Chaplin's 1931 silent film, CITY LIGHTS, while the movie was projected onto a gigantic screen behind them, center stage at our beautiful new Smith Center/Reynolds Hall.
(Photo credit San Francisco Chronicle - this is SF's Philharmonic, not ours)
Wanting to take my own camera with me that night, I was stopped short by the Smith Center, and told I should probably just pull photos from the Internet...so, by gum, that I did!
(Photo credit NY Times - this is our Smith Center, in their paper)
Our own entertainment review in the Las Vegas Review Journal this morning did not include photos either...evidently, no one from Las Vegas is allowed in with a camera - it's a shame - the Art Deco design inside the lobby is stunning. But, I can't show you...no how, no way.
Suffice it to say that the Philharmonic was outstanding, as always (I went for the orchestra, and ended up falling in love with the movie). The classic film was absolutely charming...so charming, in fact, that I am sure the "fabulousness" of the orchestra went a little unnoticed. I found it pretty remarkable that, in 2012, a silent, slap-stick movie from 81 years ago could elicit the laughter that it did, the entire hour and a half - and, the house was packed. All in all, a very wonderful evening - thanks to Sue S. for accompanying me where my husband would not ("Call me silly", he said..."Charlie Chaplin AND a Symphony Orchestra? I think not!"). I think SO!
From the looks of the photos on the Internet that ARE allowed to be shot in concert venues across the U.S., this very event is being presented elsewhere...keep your eyes open - it's one to catch, for sure.