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PRESS RELEASE: Next Symphony Joslyn concert features Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony

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.

INDY STAR: Indianapolis Symphony hires new CEO from New York Pops, Omaha Symphony

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.

PRESS RELEASE: Omaha Symphony President & CEO Accepts Indianapolis Position

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.
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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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KVNO: A Symphonic Night of Hip Hop with Wyclef

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.”

LJS: Wylef Jean brings his hip-hop to performance with Omaha Symphony

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.
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OWH: Wyclef brings winning mix to the Omaha Symphony

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.”
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