An evening of programmatic drama awaits as GRAMMY® Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor joins the Omaha Symphony in Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs. Leanna Primiani’s 1001 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade tell musical tales of Scheherazade as she fights to stay alive.

Holland Center
Friday, Feb 23 | 7:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 24 | 7:30 PM


Ankush Kumar Bahl Music Director More
Kelley O’Connor Mezzo Soprano More

Program Info


  • LIEBERSON: Neruda Songs

  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade

Tugging at the heartstrings through song, GRAMMY® Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor performs Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs, musical settings of five sonnets written by Chilean-born Pablo Neruda, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, known chiefly for his poems about love and loss. The work was composed for Lieberson’s wife who heartbreakingly passed away right after recording these songs and whose recording was posthumously awarded a 2008 GRAMMY® for Best Classical Vocal Performance. The trials of love are echoed as Leanna Primiani explores the psyche of Scheherazade as she lives in fear, constantly postponing her own execution in 1001. Finally, a tale told through a musical masterpiece, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade showcases brilliance of orchestration, tender and heart-wrenching melodies, and a glorious vitality of spirit.

After Hours performance on Friday

Join us after Friday's concert in the orchestra level lobby for a special, intimate performance from Kelly O'Connor accompanied by our very own principal keyboardist Christi Zuniga.

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