A mid-October concert at the Las Vegas Philharmonic, initially scheduled around an Oktoberfest theme, was altered in the wake of the October 1 mass shooting tragedy in the city. The new program was conceived as a way to bring the community together and share a message of hope.
The Bruckner symphony originally planned was replaced with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Barber’s famous, elegiac “Adagio for Strings” was added to the program. First responders from the city’s police, fire, and emergency services were invited free of charge; 600 free tickets were distributed.
The program served as a healing moment for the philharmonic’s musicians as well, many of whom know people personally affected. The musicians are members of Local 369 (Las Vegas, NV).