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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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Star 104.5 with Christmas Celebration

We sat down for our annual chat with Ernest Richardson and the principal singers from this year's Physician's Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration. We learned what's new and were introduced to two new singers.
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KVNO: Omaha Symphony annual Christmas Celebration

Omaha, NE—Omaha Symphony celebrates the holidays this week with their annual Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration, conducted by Ernest Richardson and choreographed by Parker Esse. Each year, the Symphony puts on a show of seasonal favorites, like “O Holy Night,” “Be a Santa,” and “Sleigh Ride.” Not just a concert, the Christmas Celebration is a fully staged, scripted and choreographed spectacle.
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OWH: Mom, daughter help make Christmas symphony show magical

If not for a mother and daughter, the Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration wouldn’t have clever reindeer outfits and towering Christmas trees. Linda Runice is the costume designer for the orchestra’s annual holiday spectacular, and her oldest child, Chanda Hestwood, is the props master. They spend much of their holiday season in the wings and backstage at the Holland Center, making sure the concert runs like a well-oiled sleigh.
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