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.”
OMAHA, Neb., March 28, 2017- The Omaha Symphony is heading for the Highlands with Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony, Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
Led by guest conductor Ken-David Masur, the concert will include music by “prodigies:” Strauss, Mozart and Mendelssohn. The program will feature Strauss’s orchestral fantasy Macbeth, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major featuring violinist Paul Huang, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, known as his “Scottish” Symphony.
Symphonygoers were able to see a vivid recreation of entertainment history at the Holland Center on Saturday night. Under the baton of the resident and principle pops conductor, Ernest Richardson, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra presented the arrangements of Judy Garland’s 1961 Carnegie Hall performance and live album. That album won the 1962 Grammy for Album of the Year and has been in print ever since.
OMAHA, Neb., March 24, 2017- Experience a delectable feast of sights and sounds as the Omaha Symphony performs Pixar’s Ratatouille on Saturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
Chances are you weren’t at Judy Garland’s epic concert at Carnegie Hall in 1961.
You can get a glimpse of what happened that night this weekend at “The Judy Garland Songbook,” an Omaha Symphony Pops series event.
Harry Potter, the world’s foremost ABBA tribute band and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony don’t seem to have much in common.
For the Omaha Symphony, that’s all good. Each plays a part in the orchestra’s 2017-2018 season, giving fans lots to choose from.
OMAHA, Neb., March 22, 2017- The Omaha Symphony announced its 2017/2018 season today, which includes the kick off of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, well-known symphonic works, a two-season-long celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial, and the return of the “Only in Omaha” program that started it all, Celtic Journey™.
“It all has this just incredibly emotional, tied together feeling, and for me it’s one of the most powerful works.
I love the twisted story behind it, but in the end it’s incredibly human and beautiful.
Joining the Omaha Symphony for the third time in one month, renowned cellist, Joshua Roman will be performing music of Dvorak in this weekend’s masterworks concert, “Pines of Rome”.
Fate stepped in to change the course of this weekend’s Omaha Symphony programs.
Pianist Stewart Goodyear had been scheduled to appear with the orchestra at its Masterworks concerts on Friday and Saturday night, but he canceled due to an injury.
OMAHA, Neb., Mar. 16, 2017- Omaha Symphony Music Director Thomas Wilkins will become the symphony’s longest-serving music director with the extension of his contract through the symphony’s 2020-2021 centennial season. Omaha Symphony Association Chairman D. David Slosburg announced today that Wilkins has signed a new three-year agreement to remain as music director through the 2020-2021 season, whereupon he will become Music Director Emeritus.
Omaha Symphony Music Director Thomas Wilkins has signed his last contract extension with the orchestra.
The new three-year agreement keeps Wilkins on the podium in Omaha through the 2020-2021 season. After that, he will become the symphony’s music director emeritus.
OMAHA, Neb., March 14, 2017- Relive the greatest night in show business as the Omaha Symphony celebrates Judy Garland’s epic 1961 Carnegie Hall concert in The Judy Garland Songbook, Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 26, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
Cellist Joshua Roman returns to Omaha Symphony with a performance titled, Dreamsongs and Haydn this Sunday at the Joslyn Art Museum.
“Dreamsongs” is a piece written for Roman by Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Aaron Jay Kernis. He and Kernis met back in 2007.
OMAHA, Neb., March 9, 2017- Once upon a time, children used their imaginations to help the Omaha Symphony write and score an original story for the orchestra—wait, that’s not just in a fairy tale, but happening in real life! The Omaha Symphony will close the 2016/2017 Family series with Once Upon a Time, Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., March 7, 2017- Be transported to the Italian countryside in the Omaha Symphony’s stirring and cinematic performance of The Pines of Rome, March 17 and 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 28, 2017- Virtuoso cellist Joshua Roman will return to Omaha to perform a concerto written for him by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis in the Symphony Joslyn program Dreamsongs and Haydn, Sunday, March 12, 2 p.m., at Joslyn Art Museum.
Pink Martini brought an international marketplace of music to the Holland Center on Saturday night.
The innovative jazz group is known for a wide repertoire of songs from Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, among many other global locales. But playing with the Omaha Symphony in a Pops series concert, it also served up some locally sourced fun.