How do you fit five decades of iconic music into a two-hour symphony orchestra concert? The answer is you can’t, but on Friday night at the Holland Center the Omaha Symphony and The Beach Boys gave a delightful show trying.
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.
You cannot put a price on authenticity. At the Holland Center on Saturday night, Vanessa Williams gave a priceless and genuine performance with the Omaha Symphony at its 2018 Gala.
Resident conductor Ernest Richardson led the orchestra through a review of Williams’ pop hits, Broadway highlights and album favorites.
Never during my own study of opera was I given the advice, “Bigger belt buckles and more denim, please.” But on Saturday night at the Holland Center, under the baton of music director Thomas Wilkins, the Omaha Symphony and the Texas Tenors presented operatic skill, buckles and blue jeans to prove there is a lid for every pot.