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.
Johnson: “I grew up in a place where there weren’t orchestras around every street corner and it wasn’t accessible. When I first heard an orchestra as a teenager, my world changed. The sound, in fact, just the tuning note of the orchestra was unlike anything I had ever heard. And then of course, the music these musicians made, un-amplified, acoustic music, nothing in between the listener and the instrumentalist and a conductor to shape the sound, that changed my world.”
Singer and actor Vanessa Williams has been in theatrical films, Broadway shows and television series. She has had numerous top-10 hits. She’s been nominated for Grammys, Tonys and Emmys, among other honors. She performs live concerts in large halls and more intimate settings.
She’s proud of her accomplishments. What she enjoys the most about her career, however, is the folks she meets along the way.
Principal Pops conductor, Ernest Richardson leads the Omaha Symphony, the vocal group, Resonance and Broadway singers this weekend in celebrating Bernstein’s Broadway! They’re performing a lot of his music this year in honor of his centennial, a great time to reflect on his influence.
Wyclef: “This is a space I look forward to owning with all of the musicians that are coming up and that feels like, “Yo, where’s our space?”. Well, you found your space, now you’re part of the hip hop symphonic. This is the most important tone as we move towards legacy and I’m happy that I was one of those chosen to lead this chart and I plan to take the bull by the horn and run with it.”