Las Vegas Young Artists Honored Young musicians from around the valley took to the stage October 7 at the College of Southern Nevada, Cheyenne Campus to showcase their tal- ents at the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Cox Communications Young Artists’ Concerto Competition. The competition gives young musicians a unique opportunity to showcase their talents in front of professional musicians and gain experience performing for a large audience. This year, 17 student musicians from local middle and high schools competed in piano, wood- winds, strings and bass. Of those competitors, 6 students made it to the final round where they were coached masterclass-style by the LV Phil’s judging panel. The winner and honorable mentions are as follows: 1st Place: Philip Keutgens (alto saxophone) Las Vegas Academy of the Arts 2nd Place: Logan McElroy (horn) Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Honorable Mention: Shlyer Magacci (viola) Green Valley High School Las Vegas Philharmonic Holiday Concerts | December 2 The Las Vegas Philharmonic is set to wow audiences with not just one, but two sublime performances at The Smith Center (361 Symphony Park Ave.). First up, the traditional Home for the Holidays concert returns with a family-friendly afternoon performance of selections from The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf and other holiday favorites. In the evening, Handel’s Messiah enters the Baroque era, featuring Christmas concertos by Manfredini and Corelli, Buxtehude’s Das neugeborne Kindelein, and Handel’s Messiah, Part 1. www.lvphil.org The Nutcracker | December 9-24 Nevada Ballet Theatre continues to delight audiences year after year with their rendition of The Nutcracker. Beautifully choreographed by James Canfield and featuring a cast of nearly 100 dancers, the performance draws audiences into a magical journey with Clara and her prince through a larger than life world filled with waltzing flowers, nimble fairies and moonlit snow. With stunning scenery, a charming cast of characters and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, it’s easily one of the best holiday experiences the city has to offer. www.thesmithcenter.com Honorable Mention: Thomas Kyong (violin) Coronado High School Kuddos to these amazing young musicians for their hard work and dedi- cation. They’re making their community proud. A Holly, Jolly Holiday Sometimes all it takes to get in the holiday mood is a spot of Dickens, the flit of a sugar plum fairy, or a bit of festive chamber music. In Las Vegas, we are lucky to have it all. Find your holiday happy at these delightful per- formances that capture the spirit of the season. Nevada Conservatory Theatre Presents A Christmas Carol December 1-3, 7-10, 14-17 Nevada Conservatory Theatre brings professional actors, designers and directors together with advanced graduate and undergraduate students recruited from around the country to deliver quality entertainment in the intimate setting that is the Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV (4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.). In this new adaptation of the Dickens classic, they explore the diverse, multi-cultural melting pot we live in, while staying true to the sto- ryline of a greedy Scrooge and his ghostly encounters. www.unlv.edu Theatre in the Valley Presents Snow Child | December 1-17 Henderson’s own community theatre (10 West Pacific Ave.) puts their own spin on a Russian folk tale in Snow Child. Set in a village in faraway Russia, the story centers on the toymaker Dimitri and his wife Katya who long for a child to love. A wish is made. Magic happens. Could a child made of snow and ice be just like a real girl? Find out what happens in this warm and tender tale complete with colorful costumes, a charming winter set and plenty of snow. www.theatreinthevalley.org 24 December/January 2018 CREDIT: The Smith Center After the Party: Christmas Tree Recycling After all the Christmas hoopla and hubbub is jingle jangled out, there’s always that one last chore: taking down the tree. But before you drag it out to the curb for the garbage truck, consider this: Valley residents will purchase roughly 200,000 trees for the season, most of which wind up in landfills. The beauty of O Tannenbaum? It’s organic and bio-degradable. If recycled properly, it can be turned to mulch and used to make even more trees! The Las Vegas Christmas Tree Recycling Committee has made this their mission: to recycle trees and provide the mulch to Valley parks and gar- dens. Ultimately, the project promotes the sustainability of live cut trees and frees up valuable landfill space that can be used for non-recyclable materials. They don’t collect curbside, but they do have 30 locations across the valley for convenient drop offs, including the Springs Preserve. To learn more and find a drop site near you, call (702) 822-7700, visit the Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Facebook page, or www.springspreserve.org.