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OWH REVIEW: Omaha Symphony performs triumphant, evocative tribute to Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich

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.
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OWH REVIEW: Omaha Symphony and Shakespeare make for a delightful combo

The combination of William Shakespeare, great composers and an orchestra in fine form made for an evening of beauty at the Holland Center on Saturday. The Omaha Symphony’s Shakespeare Festival featured works inspired by the Bard’s plays. That’s a large list — in a press release previewing the concert, Music Director Thomas Wilkins said one of the hardest parts of the event was narrowing down which pieces to play. Wilkins and the orchestra were up to the task. Saturday’s concert, the first of two in the festival, featured a well-curated and diverse lineup of works.

OWH: Two nights of music inspired by the Bard

The works of William Shakespeare have inspired films, artwork, baby names, advertisements, even Disney cartoons. Perhaps his biggest influence outside of movies, however, has been music. In fact, said Omaha Symphony Music Director Thomas Wilkins, the breadth of music inspired by Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets led to the theme for the symphony’s fifth annual festival, which runs over two weekends beginning Saturday night.
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PRESS RELEASE: Get to know the musical families of the symphony in The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins

OMAHA, Neb., January 17, 2017- Who better to start your family’s unforgettable adventure with symphonic music than Thomas Wilkins? The Omaha Symphony Music Director will introduce children and their families to the symphony in The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Art Center.

OWH REVIEW: Singing mix of old and in Omaha, Darlene Love proves she's not done yet

In a short, twinkly silver dress — accessorized by a huge, engaging grin — singer Darlene Love bounced out to the Holland Center stage Saturday night and launched into a rocking version of a 37-year-old gospel song. “Please be patient with me,” she sang with the Omaha Symphony in its first pops concert of the new year. “God is not through with me yet.” She’s got that right. Love still has the stuff she had in the 1960s as a vocalist for uber-successful producer Phil Spector, known for his “wall of sound.” And she could have delivered a perfectly credible and enjoyable program singing only that music.
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PRESS RELEASE: Omaha Symphony’s Shakespeare Festival showcases the timeless works of the Bard

OMAHA, Neb., January 11, 2017- From Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to The Tempest and Henry V, no other writer has inspired quite like William Shakespeare. The Omaha Symphony will present two evenings of music based on the timeless texts of the Bard in its Shakespeare Festival, Saturday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., and Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
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PRESS RELEASE: Omaha Symphony's latest Mission Imagination program blasts off four performances at the Holland Center

OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 5, 2017- Enlist in Symphonic Starfleet, board the Sonic Spaceship, and set a course for intergalactic adventure, as the Omaha Symphony brings its latest Mission Imagination program, Symphony in Space, to the Holland Performing Arts Center for four sold-out performances Wednesday, Jan. 11 and Thursday, Jan. 12. Performance times are 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. each day in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Recital Hall.
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PRESS RELEASE: Omaha Symphony starts new year with Symphony Joslyn’s Schubert’s Sixth

OMAHA, Neb., Dec. 27, 2016- The Omaha Symphony will kick off the new year at Joslyn Art Museum with Schubert’s Sixth, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2 p.m. in the Witherspoon Concert Hall. Led by guest conductor Paul Watkins, the program will include Schubert’s Symphony No. 6 in C Major, also known as the “Little C Major,” Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, and Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge.
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KMTV: Morning Blend- Christmas Celebration Singers

Omaha's holiday tradition is back and better than ever before! The Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration brings Broadway singers, dancers, and memorable holiday songs. Performances continue at the Holland Performing Arts Center stage through this weekend! We'll learn more about the show and enjoy a live performance!
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OWH: Boys Town Choir, set to perform before symphony show, gets advice from Broadway veterans

It was billed as a master class on music. Members of the Boys Town Voices sang side-by-side Tuesday with seven Broadway performers in the Music Hall on campus. The professional singers, in town for the Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration, joined the 41-member choir on “O Holy Night,” offering an audio-visual tutorial on expression and breath control and sharing a few thoughts about the song. After that, in a revealing question-and-answer session, it morphed into a master class on life.
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