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.
OMAHA, Neb., February 24, 2017- Imagine playing with the Omaha Symphony while you’re still in grade school. That’s exactly what nearly 5,000 fourth- through sixth-grade students from 91 Nebraska and Iowa schools will do in four interactive performances of The Orchestra Rocks, part of the symphony’s annual Link Up program, presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall.
OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 23, 2017- “Don’t Stop Believing” that the ‘80s are back! The Omaha Symphony teams ups with ReCaptured, the Midwest’s No. 1 Journey tribute band, for A Tribute to Journey, Saturday, March 4, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 20, 2017- Back by popular demand, the sizzling 12-piece ensemble known as Pink Martini will bring their exciting musical extravaganza of cabaret, samba, pop, and jazz to the Omaha Symphony on Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
A profound program held a thrilled audience captive at the Holland Center on Friday evening. Music Director Thomas Wilkins conducted the Omaha Symphony for an especially evocative performance of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Dmitri Shostakovich. Joshua Roman, Oklahoma native and senior Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) fellow, was the guest cellist in the concert’s opening segment.
OMAHA, Neb., February 14, 2017- Singer-songwriter Ben Folds will perform with the Omaha Symphony Friday, February 24, 2017, 8 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center, headlining a “mini-Maha” experience in partnership with Maha Music Festival.
OMAHA, Neb., February 9, 2017- Lions, elephants, kangaroos, tortoises, and more lively animals come to life in a symphonic safari in The Carnival of the Animals, Sunday, February 19, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.