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.
OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 9, 2018- The Omaha Symphony and Maha Music Festival will present A Night of Symphonic Hip Hop featuring Wyclef Jean, Friday, January 19, 2018, 8 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 4, 2018- The Omaha Symphony and Temple Israel are reuniting for a free symphonic and choral community concert, Tradition to Tradition, Saturday, January 13, 7 p.m., at Temple Israel, 13111 Sterling Ridge Drive.
OMAHA, Neb., January 2, 2018- From West Side Story to Candide, no one made the orchestra sound as cool as Leonard Bernstein! Music Director Thomas Wilkins takes children and families on an adventure of discovery to find out what makes music groove in Bernstein Grooves!, Sunday, January 14, 2 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
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.
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.
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.