Ancient Airs & Dances

The Omaha Symphony leans into looking back, with masterclasses in neo-classical writing by Respighi, Prokofiev, and Brahms, while Principal Timpani Jack Rago steps forward for his Omaha Symphony solo debut.

Sunday, Apr 16 | 2:00 PM


Ankush Kumar Bahl Music Director More
Jack Rago* Principal Timpani More

Program Info

  • RESPIGHI: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3

  • PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 1, “Classical”

  • BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn

The musicians of the Omaha Symphony present a program that serves as a collective hat-tip—composers of the 19th and 20th centuries bring their own takes to celebration of music from a bygone era. Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances resulted from the composer’s obsessive study of 16th-century lute music. Of his “Classical” Symphony, Prokofiev said “It seemed to me that if Haydn had lived into this era, he would have kept his own style while absorbing things from what was new in music. That’s the kind of symphony I wanted to write.” Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn draws from an obscure woodwind quintet that was mistakenly attributed to the Father of the Symphony. Amid this programming, Principal Timpani Jack Rago makes his first appearance as soloist in front of the Omaha Symphony.

The Strauss Performing Arts Center (building 24 on the map below) is located on University Drive North between the Criss Library and the Milo Bail Student Center, parallel to Dodge Street. Parking lots D, E, F, and M are the closest options and will NOT require parking permits on the day of the event. View full map below.

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