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Las Vegas Philharmonic recruits local high school students for upcoming concert

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17-year-old percussionist John Melton performs a solo with the Las Vegas Philharmonic during the Youth Concert Series at The Smith Center, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

The Las Vegas Philharmonic will give 32 high school musicians a chance to play with the big leagues, inviting members of the Clark County School District Honor Brass Ensemble to perform with the orchestra at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts on April 6.

The Brass Ensemble, which includes the best players from high schools in the district, will collaborate with Las Vegas Philharmonic in a concert titled “A Touch of Brass.” The Philharmonic’s 12-person brass section will join the young musicians for a special performance of Gabrieli’s Canzon Septimi Toni 2 led by conductor Daniel Meyer.

The concert also will feature an arrangement of excerpts from “Carmen,” Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 and Barber’s Overture to “School for Scandal.”

“A Touch of Brass” marks Las Vegas Philharmonic’s penultimate concert of the 2012-2013 season, which concludes May 4 with a final concert titled “Celestial Bodies” featuring Holst’s “The Planets.”

The concert begins at 8 p.m., with a pre-concert talk at 7:15 in Reynolds Halls. Tickets for “A Touch of Brass” are $25 to $94 and can be purchased at The Smith Center Box Office or online at LVPhil.org.

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