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Picks: Las Vegas Philharmonic: Mardi Gras in Las Vegas

[MUSIC] Saturday, Feb. 16

The Las Vegas Philharmonic steps well outside its wheelhouse to offer a program indicative of the Big Easy. To commemorate Mardi Gras, the pre-Lent, weeks-long carnival that gives Sin City revelry a run for its money, the orchestra fattens up with guests (including Byron Stripling) to bring Dixie and gospel standards to The Smith Center. Need beads? Just flash the string section. 8 p.m.; Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park, 749.2000, $25-$94.