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OWH REVIEW: Omaha Symphony opens season with triumphant night of Beethoven, Bernstein

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.
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OWH REVIEW: Omaha Symphony's 'The Planets' is a soaring success

Why look up to see the stars? At the Holland Center on Friday night, the Omaha Symphony let audiences simply close their eyes and enjoy Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.” Andrew Grams returned to conduct. He was buoyant with energy as he led the orchestra through a mostly thrilling program.
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OWH REVIEW: Omaha Symphony wows with night of quintessential American music

Omaha Symphony Music Director Thomas Wilkins had a confession to make at Friday night’s MasterWorks concert. He told the crowd he considered talking about Duke Ellington’s “Harlem” before the orchestra played it, but rejected that idea. “I thought ‘I’ll walk out with a little grin, and just whack ’em over the head,’ ” Wilkins said.
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OWH REVIEW: Omaha Symphony, Billy McGuigan thrill with British invasion showcase

The British are coming! Or, rather, they did come — at least in spirit — to the Holland Center on Saturday night with Billy McGuigan and the Omaha Symphony. Audiences were delighted from start to finish as the McGuigan brothers and friends took a symphonic tour of some of the greatest hits and most sensitive deep tracks that 1960s British rock brought to the States.
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OWH REVIEW: Omaha Symphony showcases the work of three musical prodigies

Nothing transforms whatever is “old” into something new and exciting again like spring cleaning — and that is the satisfaction the Omaha Symphony delivered on Friday night at the Holland Center. The theme was a night of prodigies. The three works featured were not only written by young geniuses of their eras, but were also examples of stylistic or personal milestones in their careers.
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OWH REVIEW: Beloved songs sparkle in Omaha Symphony's tribute to Judy Garland

Symphonygoers were able to see a vivid recreation of entertainment history at the Holland Center on Saturday night. Under the baton of the resident and principle pops conductor, Ernest Richardson, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra presented the arrangements of Judy Garland’s 1961 Carnegie Hall performance and live album. That album won the 1962 Grammy for Album of the Year and has been in print ever since.

OWH REVIEW: Singing mix of old and in Omaha, Darlene Love proves she's not done yet

In a short, twinkly silver dress — accessorized by a huge, engaging grin — singer Darlene Love bounced out to the Holland Center stage Saturday night and launched into a rocking version of a 37-year-old gospel song. “Please be patient with me,” she sang with the Omaha Symphony in its first pops concert of the new year. “God is not through with me yet.” She’s got that right. Love still has the stuff she had in the 1960s as a vocalist for uber-successful producer Phil Spector, known for his “wall of sound.” And she could have delivered a perfectly credible and enjoyable program singing only that music.

OWH REVIEW: Many favorites among songs at Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration

Only a Scrooge could resist young violinists — some barely beyond their toddler years — playing a Christmas tune with precision and panache. Or a Rockettes-style kick line featuring a lot of Santas. Or a fluffy pup named Rudolph, the Claus family’s best friend. And Saturday night, when the Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration featured all these things, there wasn’t a Scrooge in the house.
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