In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s statehood, Las Vegas Philharmonic performed Equus as part of “Battle Born, Nevada Proud” in Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center for Performing Arts, Las Vegas. The piece featured alongside “Four Sea Interludes” from Peter Grimes, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto featuring violinist Alina Ming Kobialka and Debussy’s La Mer.
Conductor, Donato Cabrera, said of the event, “[h]aving the opportunity to perform Equus by fellow Nevadan, Eric Whitacre, is such an exciting opportunity for the Las Vegas community to celebrate the success of one of their own”.
Alan Adams of the Las Vegas Review Journal writes, “Cabrera took “Equus” at a fast clip which made its almost constantly shifting rhythmic patterns both effective and demanding of the listener”. You can read the review in full on the Las Vegas Review Journal website.