The Smith Center Kicks Off Holidays with Free Symphony Park Concert

Guests enjoying Christmas Tree  in Symphony Park
The Smith Center
officially kicked off the holiday season in Las Vegas with a free concert last night in Symphony Park, generously underwritten by Founder and Board of Advisor member, Janice Allen (Photo credit: Devin Lloyd, Cashman Productions)

Guests laughing waiting for concert to begin
Guests laughing waiting for concert to begin

Photo credit: Devin Lloyd, Cashman Productions.

Famed Broadway actress and singer Linda Eder, known for her award-winning role in “Jekyll and Hyde,” took to the stage in front of the signature Bavington Statue for the park’s first concert.

Symphony Park Holiday Concert
Symphony Park Holiday Concert

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Eder looked festive wearing cranberry red Smith Center mittens while singing Broadway favorites and holiday classics including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Let It Snow” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” The Minnesota native remarked on the great cooler weather during the holidays and the many good times she has had in Las Vegas while guests looked on and enjoyed hot apple cider, frothy hot chocolate and other holiday treats.

Linda Eder performing holiday classics
Linda Eder performing holiday classics

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“The Smith Center has changed the face of the arts in Las Vegas and Symphony Park can change the holidays,” said Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center. “It gives us a new way to celebrate great traditions and I hope this is the first of many concerts in the park. We are starting a new tradition tonight.”

Linda Eder performing
Linda Eder performing

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Throughout December, The Smith Center will celebrate the holiday spirit with festive décor throughout the campus including a 23-foot traditional Christmas tree draped with 11,500 white lights in Symphony Park making for the perfect holiday photo opportunity.

Guests enjoying concert
Guests enjoying concert

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The Smith Center is offering a festive roster of holiday entertainment in December including  “The Deana Martin Christmas Show” on Dec. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. featuring the soundtrack of the holiday season including “Silver Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” “The Christmas Song,” and a newly recorded duet of “White Christmas;” “The Nutcracker,” a brand-new, original production featuring new sets, costumes and surprises by the Nevada Ballet Theatre from Dec. 15 to Dec. 23; and Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2012 on Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m., featuring Grammy®-nominated pianist and composer David Benoit, winner of NBC’s “The Voice” Javier Colon, drummer and vocalist Sheila E. and singer/songwriter Margo Rey.

Tickets for remaining holiday performances are at The Smith Center Box Office, located at 361 Symphony Park Avenue, by phone at 702-749-2000 or 808- 326-6868 (TTY) and online at www.TheSmithCenter.com.

Crowd enjoying Linda Eder
Crowd enjoying Linda Eder

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Christmas Tree in Symphony Park
Christmas Tree in Symphony Park

Photo credit: Devin Lloyd, Cashman Productions.