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.
OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 28, 2017- Celebrate the season with a tap dancing extravaganza of festive Yuletide fun with the Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration, opening Dec. 9 with 10 performances through Dec. 17, at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 14. 2017 – The Omaha Symphony will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert on Saturday, Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 26. 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center, as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The concert will feature Principal Pops Conductor Ernest Richardson conducting the Omaha Symphony performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the entire film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score live to picture. Tickets are currently on sale at www.omahasymphony.org and through Ticket Omaha at 402.345.0606.
OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 7, 2017- In a delightful prelude to the holiday season, the Omaha Symphony brings Tchaikovsky’s iconic characters like the Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara, and the Mouse King to musical life in Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m., in Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Concert Hall.
OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 6, 2017- The Omaha Symphony and Maha Music Festival have partnered for a second year in a row to present A Night of Symphonic Hip Hop featuring Wyclef Jean, a special concert conducted by Music Director Thomas Wilkins, on Friday, January 19, 2018, 8 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Presenting media sponsor is Power 106.9.
OMAHA, Neb., October 31, 2017- The fate of humanity turns on the wheel of fortune as the Omaha Symphony, professional soloists, and a nearly 500-voice chorus of select high school students perform Carl Orff’s masterpiece, Carmina Burana, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
The British are coming! Or, rather, they did come — at least in spirit — to the Holland Center on Saturday night with Billy McGuigan and the Omaha Symphony.
Audiences were delighted from start to finish as the McGuigan brothers and friends took a symphonic tour of some of the greatest hits and most sensitive deep tracks that 1960s British rock brought to the States.
ABRAMS: “The people that climb sheer cliffs, and don’t use ropes, like, why do they do that? I know they do it and they obviously love doing that but why, and what compels someone to get out there? A human being should not be able to play that concerto. I mean, they do, and it’s incredible.”
OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 17, 2017- Omaha’s own entertainment icon is making his Omaha Symphony debut in the Rocks series kick-off concert, The British Invasion with Billy McGuigan, Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 13, 2017- The Omaha Symphony announced today that pianist Natasha Paremski will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor next weekend, part of the orchestra’s Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky program, at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 12, 2017- Avengers, assemble! Bring your capes, cowls, and secret identities to the Omaha Symphony’s Family Series concert, Symphony Spooktacular: Superheroes!, Sunday, October 22, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 10, 2017- Two of Russia’s greatest composers take center stage in the Omaha Symphony’s Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky, Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
Renowned concert pianist, Dr. Washington Garcia will be soloing with the Omaha Symphony this Sunday, in the first concert of the 2017/18 Joslyn Series featuring Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 20 in d minor. Garcia shared his excitement and compassion for this composer.
Unfortunately, Adele, Adam Levine, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli and Smokey Robinson never played any concerts together in Omaha. But on Saturday evening at the Holland Center, through the versatility of doo-wop, the Omaha Symphony in collaboration with the Doo Wop Project was able to give audiences a delightful glimpse of what such a show might have been like.
MORETTI: “I’m Steve Moretti. I am a drummer, percussionist and producer. Gosh, I’ve been doing this Symphonic Pops world now with Mr. Catingub for almost 20 years. Prior to the symphony stuff with Matt we were in Rosemary Clooney’s band for the last four or five years of her life and played with a variety of artist and aside from doing that I do some producing in a variety of styles of music. Recently, Matt and I started our own orchestra in Macon, Georgia, the Macon Pops.”