It’s time for the metro’s largest orchestra to start a new season, one that’s sure to please from start to “unfinished.”
The Omaha Symphony’s new season is packed with audience favorites while delving into unexplored territory with new composers and rediscovered gems.
Close to 69,000 people attended symphony programs during the 2014-15 season, including the largest number of paying attendees (59,450) since the orchestra starting playing at the Holland Performing Arts Center a decade ago. Average attendance per concert was 1,369 — another record.
Think big. That’s the idea propelling the Omaha Symphony this weekend in a Pops series concert featuring some of classical music’s most ubiquitous hits. In fact, the music in the program is so recognizable, some listeners will immediately associate them with their adoptive pop culture parents.
It’s February. You probably feel like you’re staring down the long stretch of winter right now, squinting just to convince yourself that the shimmer at the end of this cold and colorless corridor of time really is a sign of spring. But it’s not; it’s probably just April. Mother Nature is cruel. That groundhog lies.
Concerts at the Holland Performing Arts Center typically begin with a public announcement of some sort. Please turn off your cellphone. No photography inside the concert hall. Don’t eat the brown acid.
Hear the name Andrew Lloyd Webber, and you probably think of “Cats” or “Evita” or “Jesus Christ Superstar,” or any of the other notable Broadway musicals for which the incredibly successful composer has provided music.
You probably don’t think of death.
The Omaha Symphony opens a new season of its “Rocks” series Saturday night with a concert devoted to one of pop music’s most remarkable eras and certainly one of its most astonishing recording companies.