Maestro's Mixtape

Omaha Symphony After Hours begins its inaugural run in 2022! The Maestro is rolling out this new series of unique events that enhance the traditional symphony season by giving patrons an innovative way to complement the concert experience.

Wednesday, Mar 16 | 5:30 PM


Ankush Kumar Bahl Music Director More
Ernest Richardson Resident Conductor & Principal Pops Conductor More
Deanna Tham Assistant Conductor More
Austin Chanu Conductor More

The Omaha Symphony's new Music Director has put together a program that lets you choose your own adventure, culminating in a finale for the entire audience in the Witherspoon Concert Hall. Four simultaneous performances will take place in different spaces around Joslyn Art Museum, and each patron gets to choose two. After an intermission, everyone comes together to experience a choice playlist from the Maestro. Tickets are limited, so reserve your seats today!

Choose Your Own Adventure!

Four spaces, four totally unique experiences – two choices to make!

Pick your first work and gallery before the initial performance at 5:30 p.m. You’ll have ten minutes between performances to make your way to location number two before the second performance begins at 6 p.m. Following intermission, meet up with Maestro, the Omaha Symphony, and your fellow adventurers for a performance of four orchestral favorites from Maestro in the Witherspoon Concert Hall. It’s a brand new way to experience your Omaha Symphony and the Joslyn Art Museum – we’ll see you there!

About the Music

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

One of the most popular of Bach’s set of concerti for large ensemble, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 is a tour de force for strings and harpsichord, a whirlwind of bows and notes. Three violins, three violas, three celli and keyboard all share, chase, and toss themes to one another, racing each other to a rapturous explosion in G Major. (Baroque & Dutch Golden Age Gallery)

Schulhoff: Suite for Chamber Orchestra, Op. 37

Jazz pianist and composer Erwin Schulhoff never feared blurring the lines between classical and popular music. His 1921 Suite for Chamber Orchestra, written just as he launched himself into the Dada craze, features six movements, each named after trending dance hall styles – Ragtime, Valse Boston, Tango, Shimmy, Step, and Jazz. The instrumentation is deliberately, delightfully varied, and every musician gets their turn in the spotlight. (Witherspoon Concert Hall)

William Grant Still: Ennanga

American composition giant William Grant Still’s ode to the harp – named for the Ugandan word for miniature harp – brings its virtuosity together with strings and piano over the course of three movements. Written in 1958, Still consulted with extraordinary harpist Lois Adele Craft to create a piece that both framed the harp in a prominent role as well as bring the ensemble together in a cohesive sound. Movement I is striking and forceful, while Movement II is pensive and luxurious, creating waves of sound through delicate chords in the harp. Movement III, the finale, is exuberant and triumphant, giving the harp one final, virtuosic cadenza before the work concludes. (U.S. Bank/Rismiller Galleries)

Stravinsky: Octet

Stravinsky was the epitome of 20th century trendsetter: no matter how his musical choices were received at first, they would inspire other composers to go the same way. His 1923 Octet for winds and brass was his first foray into neoclassicism – using the musical sensibility of the 18th century to inform 20th century composition – and where Rite of Spring inspired a riot, the first performance of the Octet left even Aaron Copland totally at a loss.

... yet guess who got the last laugh? Stravinsky, his now beloved Octet, and the bevy of neoclassical works that popped up all over the 20th century in his wake. (Strauss Bridge)

Health and Safety Guidelines

The health and safety of our musicians, patrons, staff, and community is the Omaha Symphony's priority. Masks are required at this performance. Read our latest health and safety guidelines below.