Mao and the foxtrot and other thrilling musical rides. Thank you, LV Phil

So much music: The Philharmonic will play works from the 1880s to the 1980s.
Todd Rosenberg

Titled “100 Years of Music,” the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Masterworks V program could refer to any old century, but centers on wildly exhilarating and emotion-driven works, beginning with a 1985 John Adams composition written for an opera scene in which Mao Tse-tung and his wife do the foxtrot (an outtake from the minimalist composer’s Nixon in China). From there it heads into Rachmaninoff’s 1934 rousingly flamboyant piano concerto “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” featuring Joyce Yang on piano, before plunging into Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony—a crowd pleaser with beautiful melodies and a triumphant ending that will launch anyone into a standing ovation, making us wonder how the self-doubting, tormented Russian composer in the summer of 1888 believed himself (in many instances) to be “played out.” This powerful combination almost guarantees “100 Years of Music” to be an easily accessible, thrilling ride for anyone wanting a little end-of-Masterworks-season excitement to heighten the senses.

Masterworks V April 25, 7:30 p.m., $26-$94. Smith Center's Reynolds Hall, 702-749-2000.

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