OMAHA, Neb., September 2, 2015- The Omaha Symphony will kick off the 2015/2016 season with a program that features Brahms’s most lyrical symphony, as well as the acclaimed Hawthorne String Quartet performing works by Edward Elgar and Clint Needham, Friday, Sept. 18, and Saturday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
The Omaha Symphony Conducting Fellowship is a new initiative developed for emerging conductors. A two-year appointment, the fellowship is designed to provide training and conducting opportunities for talented conductors with the Omaha Symphony. Enrico Lopez-Yañez was recently appointed the Conducting Fellow of the Omaha Symphony after completing his M.M. in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Maryland with Professor James Ross.
With teachers preparing to head back to school, it is officially time to kick-off our 2015/16 season of education programs at the Omaha Symphony! Registration opens for all of our programs – Mission Imagination, Margre Durham Concerts for Youth, Link Up, Celebrate Creativity, and more – on August 5th, and requests are not anticipated to be in short supply.
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.
With guest pianist Stephen Hough reinforcing his musicians’ practiced virtuosity, Music Director Thomas Wilkins gratefully received the audience’s ovations Friday night for a program featuring Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto and the Second Symphony of Johannes Brahms.
Schools across the metro-area are now out for the summer, and that means the Omaha Symphony’s education season is officially coming to a close! It’s been a busy season including two all-new concert experiences in our trademark programs (Mission Imagination and Margre Durham Concerts for Youth), tour visits to Wakefield and Grand Island, Nebraska, our New Music Symposium: Fresh Ink with John Corigliano at KANEKO, and occurring this week, Educator as Maestro, our professional development program for area teachers.
Reviewers aren’t supposed to be star-struck. That makes it particularly difficult for this reviewer to write about Bernadette Peters’ Saturday night performance with the Omaha Symphony without dwelling on my age — or hers.
OMAHA, Neb., May 27, 2015- The Omaha Symphony will end its 2014/2015 season with a program featuring two of classical music’s brightest stars in Beethoven and Brahms, Friday, June 5, and Saurday, June 6, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., May 20, 2015- Broadway’s brightest star, Bernadette Peters, joins the Omaha Symphony for two glamorous performances Saturday, May 30, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 31, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center, concluding the 2014/2015 Pops Series.
Four emerging composers will premiere new works in Omaha this Saturday following a weeklong master class with a Pulitzer-, Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer — and you can witness some of the creative process as it unfolds.
OMAHA, Neb., May 12, 2015- Here’s looking at you, kid! The Omaha Symphony will present the Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman classic film Casablanca Saturday, May 23, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., May 7, 2015- Experience the creation of music as four emerging composers develop new works over the course of three days with the Omaha Symphony and Pulitzer- and Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano, capping the experience with a concert Saturday, May 16, 7:30 p.m., in the BowTruss space at KANEKO, in Fresh Ink with John Corigliano.
The Old Market is certainly known as Omaha’s happening place. No surprise, then, that it’s a site for something new, entirely fresh: a concert on May 16 at Kaneko of music of today, works in progress, written by people still emerging into the light. They are composers in their mid-30s, whose studies continue even while their careers already show promise. They are the focus of Fresh Ink, a seven-year project fostered by the Omaha Symphony Orchestra dedicated to making sure such creations flourish and prosper.
OMAHA, Neb., April 29, 2015- The beauty of nature blooms into gorgeous aural sound as the Omaha Symphony’s concertmaster leads the orchestra in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Sunday, May 10, 2 p.m., at Joslyn Art Museum in the final Symphony Joslyn concert of the season.