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[OCTOBER 2013] LA TIMES: Kronos Quartet makes history in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is changing…Although relatively restrained by Las Vegas standards, the Smith [Center], from which you can see the lights of the bigger downtown casinos, is nonetheless built in a grand style. The Kronos Quartet gave the U.S. premiere of Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 6, which the Smith [Center] co-commissioned. This was the center’s first commission and a good gamble in its efforts to help change the town’s artistic reputation. Read full article

[MARCH 2012] USA TODAY: No slots or showgirls at new Vegas culture megacenter
Las Vegas never has been known as a cultural oasis. That changed March 10 with the opening of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, a $470 million facility including a stunning 2,050-seat concert hall (seats are chocolate-colored mohair, the acoustics amazing), jazz club, outdoor stage and other venues. Read full article

[MARCH. 2012] E! NEWS: Stars Land in Vegas for Glam New Venue
Jennifer Hudson and Neil Patrick Harris were just some of the celebrity stars that showed up for the new ‘hot spot’ that is attracting some of music’s biggest names … Watch the video

[MARCH 2012] LA TIMES: Las Vegas: Curtains to open on Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Downtown Las Vegas’ Smith Center for the Performing Arts, set for a March 10 opening, will help fill a community’s thirst for culture. Read the full article

[Feb. 2012] LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL: New Smith Center packs plenty of ‘wow factor’
This joint — if you can call a place that cost half a billion bucks a “joint” — is impressive. Taken in from the outside, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a statement of opulence. Defined by its art deco/Hoover Dam-inspired exterior and its major accent note of Symphony Park, it visually lifts downtown Las Vegas onto its shoulders and carries it forward. Read the full article 

[JAN. 2012] TRAVEL WEEKLY: Museums, other attractions to debut in 2012
Although no new hotel-casinos will be built in Vegas in 2012, the city will open a handful of attractions this year. The following is a list of projects making their debuts in 2012, ranging from a museum dedicated to the city’s history with organized crime to a performing arts center … Read full article

[Jan. 2012] VEGAS SEVEN: On With the Show – How The Smith Center will change the local art scene
An architectural model of The Smith Center sits in the lobby of its temporary offices at the downtown Holsum Lofts. Even in miniature, the building is impressive. Looking down at its courtyard, glowing windows and soon-to-be-iconic tower, it produces a quickening in your chest. It’s as if the future … Read full article

[Jan. 2012] VEGAS SEVEN: Seven Questions with Myron Martin
The Smith Center boss on the historic venue’s breathtaking architecture, the moment he’s most excited about and why his iPod is so confused … Read full article

[Dec. 2011] MORE SHOW: Chenoweth notes excitement about The Smith Center 
Las Vegas’ MORE Show interviews actress, Kristin Chenoweth, and asks about The Smith Center and its plan to bring Broadway’s WICKED to Las Vegas in 2012. “That (The Smith Center) is a performing arts center that I’m very excited about. And, when I go on tour, I do a lot of different things in my show. So, I hope I get to play there,” said Chenoweth, who is well-known for her eight-year stint on Broadway performing in the role of Glinda for the hit musical WICKED. Watch the interview

[Nov. 2011] CNN: Las Vegas’ best new attractions
Opens 2012. While you’ve always been able to catch mind-blowing extravaganzas on the Strip, Las Vegans have had to travel for performances by the likes of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The Cleveland Orchestra. Enter the most hotly anticipated cultural venue in recent Las Vegas history. Read full article 

[Nov. 2011] KTNV: Principals and business leaders switch places for a day
Action News followed along a representative from the Smith Center who visited one local middle school.”There are so many challenges that are facing teachers and administrators,” she said. “Challenges that people in the community are not really aware of.” Watch the interview

[Nov. 2011] RENO GAZZETTE JOURNAL: Nevada’s Big Give tops $210,000
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children Boulder City Campus, The Shade Tree Inc., Project Real and Nevada Cancer Institute were the top 5 charities as of 3 p.m. Read full article

[Nov. 2011] KNPR’s STATE OF NEVADA:The Smith Center prepares for 2012 opening
The Smith Center for performing arts is set to open in early 2012 with numerous Broadway touring shows and local productions. The Smith Center will be one of the new focal points of downtown revitalization. Listen to the interview

[Nov. 2011] Q VEGAS MAGAZINE: The Smith Center
“Fanfare for the Common Man,” the 20th century American masterwork by gay composer Aaron Copland was selected by The Smith Center for the Performing Arts as the “muse” to inspire Las Vegas artist Tim Bavington’s large synthetic polymer painting that will dominate the second floor of The Smith Center’s own masterwork, the 2,050 seat Reynolds Hall.  The theme and the use of a local artist capture The Smith Center’s vision of itself “as the new cultural heart of our community,” said Richard Johnson, vice president and CFO of The Smith Center.  Read full article

[Nov. 2011] VEGASRATED MAGAZINE: Color Code
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, slated to open in March, has commissioned Las Vegas artist Tim Bavington to creat two works for the campus. The first, a painting based on composer Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” will hang in the grand lobby, and the second will be an 80-foot-long outdoor installation in Symphony Park. Read full article

[Nov. 2011] LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE: What happens in Las Vegas, Nevada
Wynn, director of Wynn Resorts, has long been a philanthropist and patron of the art and arts. As she transitions out of the company, she is turning all of her attention and much of her resources to this work. She recently gave $5 million, the largest gift by an individual, to establish the Elaine Wynn Studio for Arts Education at The Smith Center… Read Full Article

[Nov. 2011] AMEX TRAVEL + LEISURE MAGAZINE: Las Vegas’ Best New Attractions
Opens 2012. While you’ve always been able to catch mind-blowing extravaganzas on the Strip, Las Vegans have had to travel for performances by the likes of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The Cleveland Orchestra. Enter the most hotly anticipated cultural venue in recent Las Vegas history: a $450 million performing arts center designed by David M. Schwarz that (finally) puts Las Vegas on par with the world’s great stages. Read Full Article

Fundraising: 333% rise in private donations from 2007 to 2010 to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, in Las Vegas, The center, due to open in the spring … Read full article

[Oct. 2011] TRAVEL TRADE MAGAZINE: Las Vegas
The year 2012 will be a big year for the city with The Mob Museum, Neon Museum, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the new City Hall all scheduled to open. Symphony Park, located in Downtown Las Vegas, is the latest development in the 61-acre … Read full article 

[Aug. 2011] LAS VEGAS SUN/WEEKLY: Strip Scribbles: Smith Center lineup includes jazz greats, cabaret stars
Jazz greats and cabaret stars from across the globe will now have a home in Las Vegas when the new Cabaret Jazz venue at the under-construction Smith Center for the Performing Arts opens downtown at Symphony Park in March. President Myron Martin promises a regular schedule of top performers in an intimate club setting designed for live music. Read full article

[Aug. 2011] NEVADA NEWSMAKERS: Host Sam Shadd interviews Myron Martin of The Smith Center
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[June 2011] The Smith Center reaffirms long-term commitment to Southern Nevada by announcing culinary partnership
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts recently became the newest partner of the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas (formerly the Culinary Training Academy), awarding a service contract to provide food and beverage services for patrons of the performing arts center upon its March 2012 opening. Read Full Article.

[April 2011] BROADWAYWORLD.COM: The Smith Center Announces 2012 Broadway Las Vegas Series
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce its Broadway Las Vegas series as part of the premiere season for this long-awaited performing arts center. This series will feature the best and brightest of Broadway, bringing THE COLOR PURPLE, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and MEMPHIS to the stage in Las Vegas. These exceptional shows join the ranks of the previously announced WICKED, which will open The Smith Center’s first full-length season in August of 2012. Read Full Article.

[May 2011] VEGAS, INC.: The Smith Center Board Chairman: The Greatest Project Since Hoover Dam
Don Snyder is more than a pillar of the community in Las Vegas. Interviewing him about the Smith Center for the Performing Arts under construction in downtown Las Vegas, he strikes us as being, well, almost a human tape recorder. Off the top of his head, Snyder remembers key dates and even days of the week for important events years ago — milestones in the drive to raise the nearly $500 million now in hand for the landmark center opening next year. Read Full Article.

[Dec. 2010] Elaine Wynn Donates $5 Million to The Smith Center
Philanthropist Elaine Wynn has made a commitment of $5 million to establish The Elaine Wynn Studio for Arts Education at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, it was announced today. The gift is the largest contribution from any individual to The Smith Center, a $470 million performing arts and education center in downtown Las Vegas. For full details, read our Official Press Release.

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