OMAHA, Neb., February 26, 2015- The Omaha Symphony today announced an exciting 2015/2016 season that includes some big names in music and an acknowledgement of the rising popularity of the Omaha Symphony as a family destination for the holidays.
OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 17, 2015- The familiar melodies and rhapsodic beauty of one of Sergei Rachmaninoff's most popular works will dazzle audiences when guest pianist Garrick Ohlsson takes on the Russian composer’s Second Piano Concerto in Garrick Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninoff Friday, February 27, and Saturday, February 28, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Feb.10, 2015- Join Omaha Symphony Music Director Thomas Wilkins as he takes families on an exhilarating journey full of energy and fun in Thomas’s Adventures in Music, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 3, 2015- Whether it is “to infinity…and beyond,” Radiator Springs, or Paradise Falls in a house lifted by balloons and piloted by a lovable curmudgeon, the Omaha Symphony has a little something for every Pixar film lover in Pixar in Concert, Saturday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
Many people inside the Holland Performing Arts Center had good reason to miss the singular presence of the late Marvin Hamlisch as the Omaha Symphony opened a weekend showcase of his music Saturday night.
OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 30, 2015- Lovers of true “classical” music are in for a treat as the Omaha Symphony presents three pieces of music that extol the virtues of the Classical period in Haydn’s London Symphony, Sunday, February 8, 2 p.m., Joslyn Art Museum.
Jodi Benson, Disney Legend and voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid and Barbie in Pixar's Toy Story films, reflects on her career with Chris and Ricky from Star 104.5's Morning Show. Benson will appear with the Omaha Symphony in The Music of Marvin Hamlisch: One Singular Sensation, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
By Casey Logan, Omaha World-Herald
Picture this: Denmark, by way of Norway. 1868. A 24-year-old composer and pianist named Edvard Grieg introduces himself to the world with the thunderous opening to a piano concerto that to this day remains one of the most popular and instantly recognizable in classical music.
OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 21, 2015- Nobody does it better than the Omaha Symphony with a group of Broadway entertainers, who together will perform The Music of Marvin Hamlisch: One Singular Sensation, Saturday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 1, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
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.
OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 14, 2015- The majesty and rugged beauty of the Nordic landscape will be celebrated in the Omaha Symphony's two-part Northern Lights Festival, Friday, January 23, and Saturday, January 24, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 9, 2015- With Maestro Ernest Richardson and Nebraska's astronaut, Clayton Anderson, at the helm, the Omaha Symphony will blast off from earth, travel to distant stars, and explore galaxies with space-inspired music and intergalactic visuals projected above the orchestra in Symphonic Space Odyssey, Sunday, January 18, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
It’s not an outdoor field in the middle of August, and concertgoers must keep their shirts on, but The Music of Woodstock will live again when the Omaha Symphony and Jeans ‘n’ Classics present the music that defined an era on Saturday, January 17, 7:30 p.m.
Opera Unbound” is the slogan for Opera Omaha’s 2014-2015 season, and the company successfully let loose with vibrant, contrasting visual and musical colors in its season’s first production, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, on October 17. A co-production with Boston Lyric Opera and Atlanta Opera, this Rigoletto was set in its original historical context, depicting a world where absolute rulers have absolute power over life and death. The scenic design by John Conklin, vibrantly lit by designer Robert Wierzel, featured a white marble replica of an ideal city taken from a Piero della Francesca painting, set above large walls creating “a dark pit where love, lust and revenge fuel the city.” The dark walls were brightened by a fractured Italian-style painting of Mars and Venus that symbolized the conflict within Rigoletto, trapped between his desire for vengeance against the Duke and his love for his daughter. Costume designer Victoria Tzykun crafted spectacular, colorful period clothes, among them the Duke’s gilded costume and Rigoletto’s blood red jester’s outfit in Act I, and a stunning vibrant blue cloak worn by Gilda in Act III.