Nevada Chamber Symphony
Who, What, When, Where and How
Founded in 1985 by Rodolfo Fernandez,Conductor and Music Director, as the Serenata Chamber Orchestra which presented a full season of classical music as Orchestra-in-Residence at the Clark County Library, from 1985 - 1994. Under the baton of Maestro Fernandez, the orchestra made its national debut at Moscone Center in San Francisco in June of 1986 as Ambassadors of Culture for the City of Las Vegas as appointed by Mayor, Bill Briar.
In 1994 the orchestra was incorporated as the Nevada Chamber Symphony, a non-profit association in the state of Nevada and was awarded 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. Governed by a volunteer board of local citizens and musicians, the association presented MUSIC WITH THE CLASSIC TOUCH, a free concert series of professionally performed 'live' music and developed an exciting and diverse program of educational and community outreach which provided artistic services and support to local schools, young musicians, and non-traditional audiences across the Valley. These activities, and the free concert series, addressed the primary goals of its Mission: to provide the greatest possible access to quality live music performance, and to encourage and support the growth and development of music and musicianship in our community. Please check out the following pages for details about our primary outreach programs: FINAL 4+1, ORQUESTA FUTURA and EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS.
The Nevada Chamber Symphony ranged from string orchestra to theater orchestra to full orchestra depending on the demands of the music. The classical repertoire included music from the 17th, 18th and 19th century and featured the work of contemporary composers in Nevada, Utah and California. The popular repertoire included music from radio, stage and screen, holiday, traditional ethnic and patriotic favorites. Customarrangments and orchestrations by Maestro Fernandez expanded both the classical and popular repertoire and included an extensive body of work specifically designed to facilitate and support the orchestra's educational outreach programs . The NCS was the only orchestra of its kind in Southern Nevada providing A TOUCH OF CLASS whenever and wherever it performed.
Its music welcomed the Olympic torch bearer as he came through Las Vegas on the way to the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, entertained 5000 visitors and citizens at the opening celebrations of the Fremont Street Experience and the 100 year anniversary of the famous Golden Gate Casino . The NCS was invited to perform at the openings of the city's major new performance venues including the Clark County Government Amphitheater, the Starbright Theater in Sun City Summerlin and the Henderson Liberty Point Pavilion in Green Valley. Sponsored by the America Nevada and Del Webb Corporations, the Nevada Chamber Symphony welcomed new residents at the opening celebrations of the beautiful new communities of Green Valley, Anthem Country Club, Seven Hills, Summerlin and Sun City.
The NCS Board, with the assistance and support of the members of the orchestra, local volunteers and Citizen Advisors, and with the financial support of the private and corporate community invested in creating a valuable cultural asset which was enjoyed by thousands of Nevadans over three decades.
To all of those who helped in realizing the dream of the NCS.
It would not have been possible without your support for the love of music.