by Darryl Martin
From the “Messiah” to “My Fair Lady”, the choirs of the Red Mountain Music Company have sung a lot of songs. Holiday hymns, Broadway scores, traditional, folk and Disney have all been part of the music presented since the choir’s beginning.
The first performance in December 1998 was a result of Trudy Larsen’s vision to bring a community choir to Boulder City. Mrs. Larsen recruited singers, and under the direction of Bruce Green, Director of the Bluth Chorale, accompanied by world renowned organist Ethelyn Peterson, the newly formed 80-member Boulder City Community Chorus presented Handel’s “Messiah” to an enthralled Boulder City.
Several talented conductors have led the choir in past seasons, and in 2002, Jeffrey Skouson agreed to become the choir’s Conductor in Residence. Musical Director for the production of Utah! for two years at Tuacahn Amphitheater, Jeffrey has been vocal coach for several Signature Production musicals in Las Vegas. Under his leadership, the energy and vision of the choir increases with every performance.
David Skouson, a former Broadway conductor/pianist, re-located from New York to Las Vegas in 2004, and is both the pianist for the choir and the conductor of the Red Mountain Youth Choir.
The Red Mountain Music Company, renamed to be more inclusive of the southern Nevada area it draws from, includes a non-auditioned adult choir, a 12-voice auditioned ensemble, and a youth choir for children age eight to twelve. Musical production best describes recent performances, which have included a talented array of showcased soloists and dancers, some taking time off from their Broadway or road show performances to be a part of the entertainment in Boulder City and Las Vegas.
On May 6 and 7, the Red Mountain Music Company presents its Spring Concert, “Once Upon a Time”, featuring the Red Mountain Choir, a live band, fabulous guest soloists and dancers. Join us at the Boulder City High School auditorium for an evening of entertainment and fun. The Red Mountain Youth Choir pre-show begins at 6:30 p.m., the main performance at 7:00 p.m. A repeat performance will be held on May 14 at Artemus Ham Hall on the UNLV campus. A $10 per person donation is requested. For more information, call 294-0043 or visit us at www.redmountainmusic.org.