OMAHA, Neb., March 14, 2018- From Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke and all of the “Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes” in between, the Omaha Symphony will pay tribute to the legendary David Bowie in a tribute concert Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., March 6, 2018- Just in time for Easter, Martin Luther's triumph during the Reformation will be explored in Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony, Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m., at Joslyn Art Museum.
Led by Music Director Thomas Wilkins, the symphony's latest Symphony Joslyn concert will also include Hindemith's Spielmusik, and Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, featuring tenor Marc Molomot and principal horn Brett Hodge.
OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 27, 2018- The Omaha Symphony is returning to the Emerald Isle for another spirited trip across Ireland in Celtic Journey®: The Return, Saturday, March 10, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 11, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 22, 2018- The game is afoot! Join the Omaha Symphony for its latest Family series concert, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Music, as the famed detective investigates the orchestra’s missing melody Sunday, March 4, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 21, 2018- Two of history’s greatest composers will be featured at the Omaha Symphony’s upcoming MasterWorks concert, Beethoven & Mozart, Friday and Saturday, March 2 & 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
After the departure of Gary Ginstling, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has hired a new CEO: James M. Johnson.
Johnson, who will begin his term April 30, comes from the Omaha Symphony Association, where he is the president and CEO. Ginstling left the ISO in September to become executive director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.
OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 20, 2018- D. David Slosburg, Chairman of the Omaha Symphony Association, announced today that President & CEO James M. Johnson has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra starting April 30, 2018. The Omaha Symphony’s Board of Directors will form a search committee to seek his successor. An interim CEO will be named to lead the organization after Johnson steps down in late April.
OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 14, 2018- The Grammy, Emmy, and Tony-nominated star of Broadway, television, and film, Vanessa Williams, will headline the Omaha Symphony’s annual Gala concert in a one-night-only performance Saturday, April 21, 8 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center, the organization announced today.
OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 13, 2018- Great Scott! Join the Omaha Symphony in an adventure more than 30 years in the making with Back to the Future in Concert, Saturday, February 24, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
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.
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.
That was cool. Crazy. Insane. So much fun.
That was the buzz as people walked out of the collaborative concert between Wyclef Jean and the Omaha Symphony.
“Is the symphony always like that?” one fan wondered aloud as he walked out.
Wyclef: “This is a space I look forward to owning with all of the musicians that are coming up and that feels like, “Yo, where’s our space?”. Well, you found your space, now you’re part of the hip hop symphonic. This is the most important tone as we move towards legacy and I’m happy that I was one of those chosen to lead this chart and I plan to take the bull by the horn and run with it.”
Wyclef Jean is a hip-hop luminary, having written, produced and performed hits since his group The Fugees broke through in 1996. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, rapper and singer, Jean’s done songs with the likes of Carlos Santana, Shakira and even the Rock and created global smashes.
Wyclef Jean used to be an outlier.
Now his template for mixing styles — pop with hip-hop, singing with rap — is commonplace. And in the ultimate hip-hop salute, the Grammy-winning rapper’s music is being sampled for new songs.
Carlos Santana and Jean’s “Maria Maria” has been sampled by DJ Khaled and Rihanna for the song “Wild Thoughts,” and Young Thug released a tribute song called “Wyclef Jean.”
OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 17, 2018- Two of America’s most lauded composers and their celebrated works take center stage in the kick off to the Omaha Symphony’s Leonard Bernstein centennial celebration, Appalachian Spring & West Side Story, Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
Omaha, NE—Omaha symphony is reuniting with Temple Israel this weekend for a free symphonic and choral concert, Tradition to Tradition. The concert will feature the Temple Israel choir, with Cantor Wendy Shermet as a soloist, concertmaster of Omaha Symphony, Susanna Perry Gilmore playing works for solo violin, and the San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir.
OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 10, 2018- It will be a night of country, classical, Broadway, and pop music, with a touch of cowboy charm, as The Texas Tenors take center stage with the Omaha Symphony in two performances Saturday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.