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.”
OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 19, 2017- What do you get when you mix stars of Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical with tight harmonies and slick dance moves, and add in the Omaha Symphony? You’ll get Oh, What a Night with the Doo Wop Project, the opening Symphony Pops concert of the 2017/2018 season, Saturday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 1, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 13, 2017- The Omaha Symphony will open the 2017/2018 season with what is considered by many to be Antonin Dvořák’s greatest symphony, his seventh, in Dvořák’s Seventh, Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., July 26, 2017- Join the Omaha Symphony for a one-day ticket presale to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert on Monday, July 31, in preparation for the concerts on November 25 & 26. The tickets will be available at the Holland Performing Arts Center Box Office, 1200 Douglas Streets, or online at ticketomaha.com. Presale tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. and will be available until 11:59 p.m., July 31 only.
OMAHA, Neb., July 24, 2017- Omaha Symphony Assistant Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez will step down from his position with the Omaha Symphony on September 1, 2017, to take a one-year posting with the Nashville Symphony as assistant conductor. During his Nashville tenure, he will return to Omaha in the 2017-18 season to conduct three subscription concerts with the Omaha Symphony as well as several community engagement programs.
The Omaha Symphony will hold auditions for his successor in early autumn and will name a new assistant conductor soon after.
OMAHA, Neb., June 22, 2017- The Omaha Symphony has named Enrico Lopez-Yañez as the orchestra’s assistant conductor through the 2018-19 season. Lopez-Yañez previously held the title of Conducting Fellow, a position created in 2015.
OMAHA, Neb., June 13, 2017- The Omaha Symphony has broken records for paid attendance and ticket sales in the 2016-17 season, achieving new highs since the orchestra moved to the Holland Performing Arts Center in 2005.
In the 2016-17 season, which spanned 38 weeks from September 2016 through June 2017 and encompassed 54 concerts, paid attendance for Omaha Symphony performances at the Holland Performing Arts Center and Joslyn Art Museum was 64,938 - a new record. This is a 2.1 percent increase since last season, and a 34 percent increase since the 2011-12 season. Including attendance at education programs, community engagement events, and free concerts, more than 120,000 people attended the Omaha Symphony in 2016-17.
t was a summery 89 degrees in downtown Omaha on Friday night, but inside the Holland Center at the Omaha Symphony’s presentation of Gustav Mahler’s 9th Symphony, it was 98.6 and spectacularly human.
It was the Omaha Symphony MasterWorks Series season finale, and the first time the ensemble has tackled the work in more than 20 years. Thomas Wilkins, music director of the symphony, conducted. Wilkins, though a lover of Mahler, was conducting the 9th Symphony for the first time.
“I was probably in college by the time I got to Mahler, and it was his first symphony. The conductor was George Solti, but it wasn’t Chicago, it was the London Symphony, and I think I wore the grooves out of the LP. I knew right away that this was music that knew me and I knew that it was a world that I certainly wanted to be a part of.”-Thomas Wilkins
OMAHA, Neb., May 23, 2017- The Omaha Symphony will close the 2016-2017 season with Gustav Mahler’s vision of life both earthly and eternal, his profound and poignant masterpiece, Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
This has to be said: It was a grand night for singing.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the first person to steal a riff from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “State Fair” to rave about a concert featuring Rodgers and Hammerstein.
OMAHA, Neb., May 9, 2017- A celebration of American life through the music of Copland, Daugherty, and other composers is the subject of the Omaha Symphony’s closing Symphony Joslyn concert of the 2016-2017 season, American Vignettes, Sunday, May 21, 2 p.m., in Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Concert Hall.
OMAHA, Neb., May 2, 2017- The treasured music and lyrics of Broadway’s greatest duo get symphonic treatment as the Omaha Symphony closes out its 2016-2017 Symphony Pops series with The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Saturday, May 13, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 14, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., April 26, 2017- “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” an epic space opera franchise was born! The Omaha Symphony will perform music from all seven episodes of the blockbuster Star Wars film franchise in The Music of Star Wars, Saturday, May 6, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., April 18, 2017- The Omaha Symphony will close out the Symphony Rocks series with 1969’s Greatest Hits, featuring music by the Byrds, the Doors, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, the Moody Blues, and more, Saturday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Tickets are extremely limited for this concert.
OMAHA, Neb., April 11, 2017- Motown legend Smokey Robinson will headline the Omaha Symphony’s annual Gala concert on Saturday, April 22, 8 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
Led by Music Director Thomas Wilkins, Robinson will sing songs from his four decades of hits like “I Second That Emotion,” “The Tears of a Clown,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” and “Cruisin’.” The orchestra will open with Bernstein’s West Side Story: Overture.
Nothing transforms whatever is “old” into something new and exciting again like spring cleaning — and that is the satisfaction the Omaha Symphony delivered on Friday night at the Holland Center.
The theme was a night of prodigies. The three works featured were not only written by young geniuses of their eras, but were also examples of stylistic or personal milestones in their careers.
“I think that a piece of music, in our minds, one that we know very well, is like a house that we live in. So, the more pieces of music you have, the more homes you feel you are inhabiting. It’s in your memory….
You know the rooms, the turn here, there’s an architecture. The comfort of a piece of music which is from beginning to end, bottom to top, there is this perfect structure. Music helps us feel like there is nothing missing there.”