CEO of the Omaha Symphony James Johnson is passing the baton as he enters his last month with the Omaha Symphony before moving on to lead as Chief Executive Officer of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. For the last seven years, he has brought new life to the Omaha Symphony and new meaning to their relationship with the community. As a leader and someone who is always looking for new opportunities, I was eager to find out when and where his musical aspirations began.
After the departure of Gary Ginstling, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has hired a new CEO: James M. Johnson.
Johnson, who will begin his term April 30, comes from the Omaha Symphony Association, where he is the president and CEO. Ginstling left the ISO in September to become executive director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.
Wyclef Jean is a hip-hop luminary, having written, produced and performed hits since his group The Fugees broke through in 1996. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, rapper and singer, Jean’s done songs with the likes of Carlos Santana, Shakira and even the Rock and created global smashes.
ABRAMS: “The people that climb sheer cliffs, and don’t use ropes, like, why do they do that? I know they do it and they obviously love doing that but why, and what compels someone to get out there? A human being should not be able to play that concerto. I mean, they do, and it’s incredible.”
Renowned concert pianist, Dr. Washington Garcia will be soloing with the Omaha Symphony this Sunday, in the first concert of the 2017/18 Joslyn Series featuring Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 20 in d minor. Garcia shared his excitement and compassion for this composer.
Harry Potter, the world’s foremost ABBA tribute band and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony don’t seem to have much in common.
For the Omaha Symphony, that’s all good. Each plays a part in the orchestra’s 2017-2018 season, giving fans lots to choose from.
Fate stepped in to change the course of this weekend’s Omaha Symphony programs.
Pianist Stewart Goodyear had been scheduled to appear with the orchestra at its Masterworks concerts on Friday and Saturday night, but he canceled due to an injury.
Cellist Joshua Roman returns to Omaha Symphony with a performance titled, Dreamsongs and Haydn this Sunday at the Joslyn Art Museum.
“Dreamsongs” is a piece written for Roman by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Aaron Jay Kernis. He and Kernis met back in 2007.
The works of William Shakespeare have inspired films, artwork, baby names, advertisements, even Disney cartoons.
Perhaps his biggest influence outside of movies, however, has been music. In fact, said Omaha Symphony Music Director Thomas Wilkins, the breadth of music inspired by Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets led to the theme for the symphony’s fifth annual festival, which runs over two weekends beginning Saturday night.
Never finished, always wonderful.
Two of the Romantic era’s most beloved composers’ unfinished final works will take center stage in the Omaha Symphony’s Schubert and Bruckner Unfinished Symphonies. The performances will be Friday, March 18th and Saturday, March 19th at 7:30 p.m. inside the Holland Performing Arts Center.
A two-evening Shakespeare Festival, the return of Pink Martini and the launch of “Only in Omaha” — concerts you won’t hear anywhere but here — are highlights of the 2016-2017 season for the Omaha Symphony.
Omaha Symphony patrons can relive the decade of polyester and 8-tracks this weekend.
The orchestra will present “ ’70s Top 40,” a concert of hits by 1970s superstars, on Saturday at the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St.
In some religious traditions, November is set aside to remember those who have gone before. Roman Catholics, for instance, observe All Saints Day on Nov. 1, celebrating Masses that honor people who have died over the previous year.
The Holland Performing Arts Center has played host to many memorable performances. The World-Herald asked three writers who have reviewed concerts there during the past decade to reminisce about their favorites.