To look at a performing arts center as merely a building is to miss its true intention. The appeal of The Smith Center goes far beyond what is observed by patrons and casual passersby; this is a place that will truly embrace the community and support artistic excellence.
Serving as an incubator for new artistic endeavors, our programs will reach beyond The Smith Center campus and spread throughout the community, providing inspiration and encouragement to local arts organizations.
Home to resident companies Nevada Ballet Theatre and the Las Vegas Philharmonic, The Smith Center’s state-of-the-art facilities will enable organizations to grow artistically and institutionally, ultimately fulfilling the city’s longstanding dream of engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through an array of inspiring programs.
In the years to come, The Smith Center will attract artists and productions from around the world, develop its own main stage works of the highest caliber and present the best and brightest of Broadway.
Since 1972, Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) has enriched the lives of the people of Las Vegas through powerful ballet and dance performances. Committed to the highest artistic standards, NBT has been an inspiration and a performing arts leader through its versatile professional company and affiliated training Academy as well as through Future Dance, its successful education and outreach program that provides free in-school dance instruction to underserved youth. With a firm adherence to the classical vocabulary, the company has expanded its repertoire over the last several years to include works by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp and increased its national visibility by presenting cutting-edge contemporary works by choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Thaddeus Davis, Matthew Neenan and its own James Canfield. From performing at The Kennedy Center, to its annual A Choreographers’ Showcase, a one-of-a-kind collaboration with the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, NBT remains focused on educating local audiences through premiere dance collaborations, providing the community exposure to internationally recognized guest artists and choreographers. In May 2012, NBT enjoyed its debut as Resident Ballet Company at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, representing a significant step forward in the life of the organization and a timeless gift to the audiences who have sustained and supported it over the past four decades.
The Las Vegas Philharmonic, led by Music Director, Donato Cabrera, established its presence in Southern Nevada in 1998. The mission of the organization is to inspire a life-long appreciation of music through performances and educational experiences for our community that enhance the lives of our residents and the culture of our city. Music education and outreach are the cornerstones of the Philharmonic’s commitment to community. Our Youth Concert Series brings more than 23,000 children annually into the concert hall for a vital music education program, and our Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition recognizes and encourages emerging talent among Nevada youth in the area of music performance. Launched in 2018, our Music Van mobile outreach program allows us to bring music education and experiences out into the community and engage our neighbors in new and different ways through customizable activations and experiences. Our season of concerts showcases local talents alongside stellar nationally and internationally known guest artists on the magnificent Reynolds Hall stage. At the orchestra’s core are 76 contracted professional musicians, many of whom are esteemed educators who also perform in other professional productions in Las Vegas, bringing depth and variety to the organization. As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Philharmonic’s community, education and artistic programs are made possible by the generous donations and support of individuals and corporations. To join us in our mission or learn more, visit lvphil.org or call 702.258.5438.