Carson City, Nev. – In an extraordinary show of Nevada pride and camaraderie artists, entertainers and celebrities who call the Silver State home came together last night at The Smith Center to celebrate the Nevada Sesquicentennial with a star-studded concert before a sold-out crowd, which included Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and other dignitaries.

It was a rare evening in Las Vegas where the best from throughout the state performed in the ultimate variety concert including Cirque du Soleil, Jubilee!, Jersey Boys and Penn & Teller. Additionally, singers Human Nature, Clint Holmes and Frankie Moreno were accompanied by The Lon Bronson Band and the Las Vegas Mass Choir. The evening also included an inspiring reading by Nevada Sesquicentennial Honorary Poet Waddie Mitchell, performance by Broadway in the Hood and tributes to Frank Sinatra by Bob Anderson, Mark Twain by McAvoy Lane and Liberace by Phillip Fortenberry. Las Vegas legend Jerry Lewis along with Las Vegas residents Susan Anton, Leigh Zimmerman, Domeinck Allen, Antonio Fargas, Mark Shunock from “Rock of Ages,” Justin Shandor of “Million Dollar Quartet” and Wayne Newton were also on hand last night to help celebrate this historic milestone for Nevada.

“Nevada’s 150th birthday will be long remembered as one of the grandest celebrations in our state’s history – and The Smith Center concert will be one of the crowning events,” said Lt. Gov. and Nevada 150 Chairman Brian Krolicki. “By the end of our year-long Sesquicentennial celebration we will have had over 450 events honoring the rich history and culture of our extraordinary state and paying tribute to the many characters who have made Nevada their home. What an exhilarating and fitting year it has been.”

“Nevada has a rich and eclectic history that started with President Lincoln during the Civil War,” said Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center and Nevada 150 Commissioner. “What better way to commemorate the state’s one hundred and fiftieth anniversary than by inviting the entertainment community to come together to celebrate Nevada’s cultural heritage in Las Vegas – The Entertainment Capital of the World?”

Net proceeds from the evening’s event will benefit The Smith Center’s education outreach programs.



Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission to the Union, will provide opportunities for celebration and reflection as we come together statewide to commemorate our shared history and build a foundation of cultural appreciation for generations to come. Nevada’s one of a kind and diverse history will be celebrated throughout the state for an entire year in order to promote pride in the shared heritage of all Nevadans. Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration will commence on Nevada Day 2013 and conclude with an expanded Nevada Day celebration October, 2014. For more information, please visit


The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, the 258-seat Cabaret Jazz club, the 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.

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