Vancouver Symphony Orchestra wows 'em in Las Vegas

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      What happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas: a glowing review has gotten out about the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's performance there as part of its Western U.S. tour. 

      According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the ensemble "brought the audience to its feet" on January 25 "with its rousing performances of Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, and Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 in B-flat minor, Op. 100" at Artemus Ham Hall at the University of Nevada.

      Apparently, our maestro made quite an impression: "The highlight of the evening was watching Bramwell Tovey perform."

      Pianist Jon Kimura Parker, who is touring with the VSO to play the Grieg concerto, seemed to take the most accolades when the band played in the Emerald City a few days earlier, and again earned a standing O. According to the Seattle Times, "Parker gave the Grieg Concerto a masterly touch, extracting every ounce of drama from the declamatory passages of the opening and the visceral excitement of the first-movement cadenza, ending the movement at such a spectacular pitch that the audience burst into startled applause. Parker built the crescendos with great skill, brought out the charming folk dance elements, and attacked the virtuoso passages with tremendous verve."