“3 Russians and 2 Frenchmen” may sound like the beginning of a joke, but in classical music circles, the names Maurice Ravel, Mikhail Glinka, Sergei Prokofiev, Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky represent some serious content.
At the Holland Center on Friday night, for the first of its two-weekend “Russian, French and American Tales” festivals, the Omaha Symphony presented these composers in a seriously successful program.
OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 7, 2019- The Omaha Symphony’s latest Symphony Rocks show is sure to be a “Thriller” as the orchestra pays homage to the King of Pop, with Windborne’s The Music of Michael Jackson, Saturday, January 12, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Dec. 31, 2018- The Omaha Symphony invites you to lose yourself in the mystical and romantic tales from Russian folklore, French exoticism, and American adventure, in a two-night festival featuring different programs each evening. Russian, French & American Tales: A Festival, will take place Friday, Jan. 11, and Saturday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. each night, at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 29, 2018- The Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration is the merriest way to celebrate the Yuletide season! Come home for the holidays with the Omaha Symphony’s singing, dancing, and musical extravaganza, opening Dec. 8 with 10 performances through Dec. 16, at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 13. 2018 – The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to the Holland Center with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert, the second film in the Harry Potter series. On November 24 & 25, Principal Pops Conductor Ernest Richardson will conduct the Omaha Symphony in performing John Williams’ unforgettable score live from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen.
OMAHA, Neb., October 30, 2018- Mendelssohn’s stirring oratorio about the prophet Elijah will be performed by a near 500-voice chorus and professional and local soloists in a grand, once-in-a-decade presentation of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Omaha Symphony, Sunday, November 11, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 19, 2018- Calling all Jedi and Sith Lords! Come trick-or-treat with the Omaha Symphony and find out who’s strongest with the Force as the orchestra performs music from Star Wars, Star Trek and more in Symphony Spooktacular: Out of this World!, Sunday, October 28, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 17, 2018- Perhaps the greatest and most powerful of all piano concertos will crown the Omaha Symphony’s latest all-Russian MasterWorks program, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto, on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
Conductors don’t often have to argue about who “wears the pants.”
At the Holland Center on Saturday night, Ernest Richardson conducted the Omaha Symphony beautifully, but there isn’t any doubt that Frankie Moreno wore the pants — made of leather and sequins to boot. In his Omaha debut, Moreno presented an incredible array of eclectic hits from the past seven decades.
OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 4, 2018- The Omaha Symphony will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a free concert Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. at Omaha South High Magnet School, 4519 S. 24th Street, featuring Omaha-based mariachi ensemble Luna Y Sol and classical music by Hispanic composers.
OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 2, 2018- What do you get when you mix some of the biggest rock songs of the 1970s and ‘80s with the brass, sax, strings, and rhythm of a symphony orchestra? It’s the Omaha Symphony’s opening Symphony Rocks concert of the season, ‘70s and ‘80s Power Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 26, 2018- He rules the Vegas strip, and now Frankie Moreno is taking on Omaha with help from the Omaha Symphony, performing Blue Suede Tunes: The Music of Elvis, The Beatles, and More Saturday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
What fate destroys, faith renews.
This conflict and comfort were the center of the Omaha Symphony’s season-opening concert on Friday night at the Holland Center.
Almost 250 years after Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, during the centenary year of Leonard Bernstein, the orchestra presented three works by the two composers meant to light up Omaha’s imagination on the topics of mortality, destiny and how art can express each. Music Director Thomas Wilkins conducted.
Guest pianist Spencer Myer opens the new season tonight with Maestro Wilkins in Beethoven and Bernstein. Myer lives in New York but started making his connection to the symphony growing up in Cleveland.
OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 20, 2018- A symphony full of youthful exuberance, another showcasing the talents of individual musicians, and a double violin concerto kick off the opening Symphony Joslyn concert of the season, Schubert & Haydn, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m., at Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Concert Hall.
This Friday and Saturday mark the start of the Omaha Symphony's "MasterWorks" series. Pianist Spencer Myer stops by the studios to chat with Mike Hogan about being featured on Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety" and the thrill of his first concert at The Holland Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 11, 2018- The Omaha Symphony will open the 2018/19 season with the most famous four-note motif in music history with Beethoven’s Fifth, Friday and Saturday, September 21 & 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., July 10, 2018 - Omaha Symphony Board Chairman D. David Slosburg announced today the appointment of Jennifer Boomgaarden to the position of President and CEO of the Omaha Symphony. Boomgaarden, currently the Executive Director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO), will begin her new post September 4, 2018. She succeeds James M. Johnson, who left Omaha in April 2018 to become CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Veteran arts administrator David J. Hyslop has been serving as interim CEO since Johnson’s departure and will continue in that role as Boomgaarden assumes her new position, assisting in the leadership transition.
In the 2017-18 season, which spanned 38 weeks from September 2017 through June 2018 and encompassed 55 concerts, paid attendance for Omaha Symphony performances at the Holland Performing Arts Center and Joslyn Art Museum was 70,261 - a new record. This is an 8.2% increase over last season. Including attendance at education programs, community engagement events, and free concerts, more than 121,000 people attended the Omaha Symphony in 2017-18.
How do you fit five decades of iconic music into a two-hour symphony orchestra concert? The answer is you can’t, but on Friday night at the Holland Center the Omaha Symphony and The Beach Boys gave a delightful show trying.