Extending Viewing Venues
Tom Axtell, General Manager
Given the size of our performing arts audiences, it is not hyperbole to say that Vegas PBS is Nevada’s Largest Stage. Our commitment to presenting music and drama performances is embedded in our nonprofit mission. Since Las Vegas is a world performance Mecca, members have unusual opportunities to watch and then attend exciting performances of the artists they see on TV. We actively partner with appreciative resident and touring artists to secure tickets to thank our loyal donors.
Vegas PBS kicks off the June membership campaign with the newest special from a talented Canadian group, The Tenors — Under One Sky. Members of The Tenors will be live in studio on May 30 to tell you how to see them in person later this year. We will also have hundreds of ticket opportunities for live local performances by Frank Sinatra Jr., The Fab Four, Brian Wilson, Mannheim Steamroller, Australian Pink Floyd and Tommy Emmanuel.
Vegas PBS will also offer an opportunity for viewers to go behind the scenes of the biggest Cirque show on the Strip with the premiere of Cirque du Soleil Presents FLOW: A Tribute to the Artists of “O”. During the broadcast, you can secure your own set of tickets to see “O” in person on the date of your choosing.
Sunday nights continue our commitment to drama, including the season premiere of Poldark on Masterpiece — a drama that makes soap operas and telenovelas seem tame! Poldark originally aired in the 1970s and became one of Masterpiece’s most beloved series. With a romantic historical storyline and breathtaking Cornwall backdrop, Masterpiece fans will enjoy this new adaptation of the storyline.
Premiering this month is the third season of Last Tango in Halifax and The Crimson Field, a six-part British drama series following the lives of medics and patients at a field hospital in France during the First World War.
Members tell us they love to explore new ideas and new worlds through the programs on Vegas PBS, and to explore the world in person. That’s why we offer member travel experiences based on our most popular programs. Last month, members journeyed to Catalina Island for the Avalon Ball with Big Band music from the ’20s and ’30s. At the end of June, British programming fans can travel to London and Port Isaac to explore the recording locations of Doc Martin and Sherlock.
Members who prefer to stay a little closer to home will enjoy our popular trips to the beautiful theaters of the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City and the outdoor Tuacahn Amphitheatre. For more information on these trips and upcoming concert specials, visit page 12 of Source magazine or VegasPBS.org/specials.
Thank you for making a renewed, additional or sustainer pledge of support during the June membership campaign. We hope you can enjoy one of our special concert events or unique trips. Your support makes the arts accessible to everyone in our community and helps create the next generation of artists and audiences.