It started with Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights on a warm summer night in 2011, when conductor Taras Krysa walked onstage in full Tramp regalia, waved the baton and set 87 minutes of magic into motion. In June, Krysa returned to the scene of the triumph, the outdoor Henderson Pavilion, to again lead silent film night with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, this time entrancing an audience of 1,530 with Chaplin’s original score to Modern Times. (At $10 a ticket, that’s more than twice the usual attendance for the orchestra’s free, Chaplin-less concerts.) The musicians’ timing was so perfect that it was easy to forget they were there—invisibility as the price of excellence. The orchestra hasn’t finalized its plans for next year, but let’s hope this is one Vegas tradition that lasts.
Best of the City 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products