For the third time in three years, the Omaha Symphony has broken records for paid attendance and ticket sales, with more ticket revenue in the 2017-18 season than ever before.
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.
The Omaha Symphony also achieved a new record in overall ticket sales revenue at $2.8m, which is a 17.5% percent increase since last season.
“The Omaha Symphony seeks to be a source of pride and pleasure for the community and region, as well as a key provider of entertainment, enrichment and education,” said D. David Slosburg, chairman of the Omaha Symphony’s Board of Directors. “Audiences are growing in response to the orchestra’s excellence and its wonderful diversity of programming. For that we thank our talented conductors, Music Director Thomas Wilkins and Principal Pops Conductor Ernest Richardson, orchestra members and staff, and the generous support of thousands of contributors and ticket buyers who value the Omaha Symphony’s music and mission.”
In addition to record paid attendance and ticket sales, the symphony also excelled in its educational and community offerings. In 2017-18, 24,806 students and teachers from 333 different schools attended 56 education events offered by the symphony. These education programs include Mission Imagination for pre-school through third grade; Carnegie Hall’s Link Up and Margre Durham Concerts for Youth for fourth through sixth grades; Celebrate Creativity and Music Mentors for middle school and high school students; and Choral Collaborative for high school vocalists.
As for community engagement in 2017-18, the Omaha Symphony welcomed 20,862 participants to its programs, logging 28,240 hours of engagement across 96 unique events.
Overall, education and community engagement activities at the Omaha Symphony attracted 45,668 total participants, totaling 63,558 hours of engagement.
This season was also successful in acquiring new contributed support. During the 2017-18 season the symphony had a 30% increase in the number of individual donors including a 3% increase in the number of subscribers who donate.
Season tickets to the symphony’s 2018-19 season are currently on sale. Big performers, such as Leslie Odom Jr. of Hamiltonfame, and performances such as Star Wars: A New Hope in Concerton the Movies Series, are expected to draw in larger and more diverse audiences to the symphony.