Cellist opens Philharmonic's new season

The Las Vegas Philharmonic will open its 2010-11 Masterworks Series season with Beethoven's "Egmont Overture" at 8 p.m. Saturday at Artemus Ham Hall at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway.

The guest soloist will be American cellist Julie Albers performing Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto. The program also will include Hector Berlioz's best-known work, "Symphonie Fantastique."

Tickets are $35 to $75 general admission; $31.50 to $67.50 for senior citizens and students 18 and younger. Tickets are available online at www.lvphil.com or by calling the UNLV box office at 895-2787.

Maestro David Itkin will give audience members a chance to find out more about the artists, the orchestra and the program during a talk at 7:15 p.m. before each Masterworks Series performance.

Albers is originally from Colorado, and made her major orchestral debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1998. She has since performed across the United States, Europe, Korea, Taiwan and New Zealand. In North America, Albers has performed with the Florida, Utah, San Diego, Edmonton, Memphis, Syracuse, West Virginia and Fairfax symphony orchestras, among others.

In 2001, she received two major awards while in Germany and recorded solo and chamber music. She was named the first Gold Medal Laureate of South Korea's Gyeongnam International Music Competition in 2003.  

The Philharmonic provides a shuttle service to the UNLV campus from Summerlin's Starlight Theatre, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd., and Anthem's Independence Center, 2460 Hampton Road in Henderson. Bus passes are $15 and can be purchased at the box office when buying concert tickets.


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