By DiMarkco Chandler
Las Vegas Nevada, often called Sin City, has often been a glamor haven for the rich and famous and the haves instead of the have nots. Well, it appears that
that impression will soon be challenged as a result of the grand opening of “The Smith Center,” a temple of visual and performing arts. It’s not the first new cultural center in Las Vegas, but it is quite evident that it is destined to be the most breath-taking architectural design ever built for the residents of Southern Nevada. As one writer put it, “it was not only built for people who have a lot of money, this is a place for the entire community to gather.”
Plans have already been made and schedules set for the “The Smith Center for the Performing Arts” to host Broadway tours, jazz artists, classical singers, The Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Nevada Ballet Theatre. Carole King and Mavis Staples, in duet, have been confirmed in a lineup that already features emcee Neil Patrick Harris and performers Willie Nelson and Jennifer Hudson. Yo-Yo Ma, Branford Marsalis, David Sedaris, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Joshua Bell, Savion Glover, Barbara Cook, Andrea Marcovicci, all scheduled to perform at The Smith Center. This broad treasure trove of talent is likely to launch a cultural transformation that could surely enhance the quality of life for the residents throughout Clark County and its neighboring cities.
Perhaps the potential delivered by The Smith Center can be summed up in one word: “Enrichment.”
The $470-million Smith Center will open on March 10, 2012. President and CEO of the Center, Myron Martin proclaims “This will be an unforgettable night in an unforgettable new performing arts center.” The Smith Center opening is being produced and directed by George Stevens, Jr., and Michael Stevens, who produce the Kennedy Center Honors each year, and it will be taped for a national television broadcast at a later date.
Ultimately, The Smith Center, named after Fred W. Smith and his wife Mary, will be the cultural center for Las Vegas – a place that will educate, entertain and inspire — the citizens of their great diverse community.