Rolling onstage via an electric scooter that he remained seated upon throughout the evening, Israeli-born superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman performed a superb, Prokofiev-heavy, program to a sold-out and very appreciative audience. Indeed, the 66-year-old, who made his U.S. television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show when he was just 13, received a standing ovation before playing a single note. When he did finally bow his Stradivarius, he launched into the andante and allegro of Franz Schubert’s earnest, carefully wrought opus for violin and piano, “Rondo Brilliant.” The pianist, Sri Lankan native Rohan De Silva, provided perfect accompaniment, especially on Brahms’ “Hungarian Dances,” during which he and Perlman traded pyrotechnical melodic bursts, much like dueling rock guitarists. After an intermission, the two laid into a big chunk of Prokofiev’s “Violin Sonata No. 2,” an elegant yet virtuosic piece that drew audible gasps from blue-hairs in the orchestra section. Admittedly, I caught my breath, too. ★★★★★
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.