Munich orchestra to take stage

Feast on their music. With some fava beans. And a nice Chianti.

Yes, they recorded music to dine to for Hannibal the Cannibal in "The Silence of the Lambs." But unless you’re that unfortunate census-taker whose liver Anthony Hopkins snacked on, you’ve got nothing to fear from the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the next visitor on the internationally flavored bill for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Performing Arts Center season.

Obeying the bouncing baton of guest conductor/pianist Philippe Entremont for an all-Beethoven program — he’ll also solo on the ol’ 88s — the Munich musicians follow the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Russian National Ballet in globalizing the stage of Artemus Ham Hall.

Entremont brings a whopper of a resume, launched by playing piano concertos at Carnegie Hall at age 18, to the podium.

As a conductor for the past three decades, he’s fronted symphony orchestras seemingly from one end of the planet to the other, with stops at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquestra Nacional de Espana, Rome’s Academy of Santa Cecilia, L’Orchestre de France, KBS Orchestra of Seoul and the Vienna Symphony, as well as with orchestras in Stockholm, Oslo, Warsaw and Tokyo. Stateside, he’s made the rounds of symphonic outfits in such cities as Philadelphia, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas and Pittsburgh.

Commanding the Munich Symphony on Sunday, he leads an outfit that has recorded music for more than 500 movies, including "The Wind and the Lion" and — we’re not making this up — "Hellbound: Hellraiser II."

So before you arrive, why not crack open a Chianti and enjoy a few hors d’oeuvres? And in tribute to one of their most famous movie soundtracks … make it chopped liver.

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