OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 13, 2016- The Omaha Symphony will open the 2016/2017 MasterWorks series with the stirring and spontaneous spirit of Beethoven’s beloved Seventh Symphony in Beethoven’s Seventh, Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 8, 2016- The Omaha Symphony will open the 2016/17 season with Beethoven’s sunniest symphony paired with a concerto featuring two harps in Beethoven’s Fourth, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2 p.m., in Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Concert Hall.
OMAHA, Neb., Aug. 21, 2016- The Omaha Symphony and Maha Music Festival are partnering to present a special concert featuring innovative singer-songwriter and acclaimed pianist Ben Folds in concert with the Omaha Symphony, conducted by Thomas Wilkins, on Friday, February 24, 2017, 8 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
Summer break is coming to a close for area students and teachers, and the Omaha Symphony is ready to welcome everyone back with an exciting year of education programs! Beginning on Monday, August 8th, Omaha Symphony education programs are officially open for reservations online, and no shortage of enthusiasm is anticipated.
Last month, the Omaha Symphony unveiled its education programming for the 2016-17 season! Leading the charge are three all-new iterations of our most popular programs: Mission Imagination, Margre Durham Concerts for Youth, and Link Up.
All Susanna Perry Gilmore lacked was a veil to complete her musical depiction of the enticing, sweetly pleading heroine of Arabia’s “thousand and one nights.”
The Omaha Symphony’s final 2015-16 weekend is all about “program music” — the art of telling stories and painting scenes through aural media. Brilliant solos by the symphony’s principals permeated Friday night’s opener, as they will again in today’s 7:30 p.m. season finale.
The last show of the Omaha Symphony’s season will weave spellbinding tales of adventure.
Starting Friday, June 3rd, the Omaha Symphony will close out it’s 2015-16 season with Rimsky-Korsakov’s dazzling showcase for violin and orchestra, Scheherazade. Conducted by Music Director Thomas Wilkins, the final MasterWorks concert of the season will feature Susanna Perry Gilmore in the title role as the gifted storyteller.
Zap! Pow! Bam! Saturday night, the Omaha Symphony delivered a thrilling night of musical derring-do with Superheroes!, an evening featuring music from films and television shows featuring Batman, Superman and Spider-Man.
OMAHA, Neb., May 24, 2016- The Omaha Symphony’s concertmaster will weave spellbinding tales of adventure and daring in Rimksy-Korsakov’s dazzling showcase for violin and orchestra, Scheherazade, Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
OMAHA, Neb., May 18, 2016- Avengers, assemble! The Omaha Symphony is bringing the music of the Last Son of Krypton, the Caped Crusader, Spidey, and other blockbuster movie superheroes to the Holland Performing Arts Center for Superheroes!, Saturday, May 28, 7:30 p.m. Concert attendees are invited to dress in costume for a special costume contest.
OMAHA, Neb., May 10, 2016- Beethoven’s youthful first symphony caps the final concert of the Omaha Symphony’s 2015/2016 Symphony Joslyn series on Sunday, May 22, 2 p.m., at Joslyn Art Museum.
Conducted by Music Director Thomas Wilkins, the Beethoven’s 1st Symphony concert will also include Richard Strauss’ charming Duet-Concertino, inspired by a tale by Hans Christian Andersen and performed by two of the Omaha Symphony’s outstanding principal woodwinds, Carmelo Galante, clarinet, and James Compton, bassoon. Zemlinsky’s Sinfonietta will open the program.
Twenty-five years ago next month, Whitney Houston canceled her first appearance at Omaha’s Civic Auditorium since 1987. She never made it back.
But last night, in the person of her former backup singer Amanda Cole, the Omaha Symphony audience experienced the reflected musical light of Houston’s once white-hot shooting star.
Schools across the metro area are quickly approaching their final days of the year, and that means the Omaha Symphony’s education season is officially coming to a close! It’s been a busy and very successful season. Here are a few highlights:
The Omaha Symphony is proud to be participating in Omaha Gives! - a one-day fundraising event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation. Omaha’s fourth annual, 24-hour charitable challenge will take place May 25th. The giving begins at midnight with a minimum $10 donation. Mark your calendars because we will need your help! We will be joining over 700 local nonprofits to raise money together. Hourly drawings, prizes and bonus dollars make your donations go further. The more money we raise, the larger percentage of the bonus dollars we will receive. The more donors we get to give to us, the greater our chances become to win cash prizes.
OMAHA, Neb., May 3, 2016- Oh, What a Night! Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons headline the symphony’s 95th Anniversary Gala concert on Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
Led by Music Director Thomas Wilkins, Valli will perform the hits that brought The Four Seasons to the top of the charts of the ‘60s and ‘70s, such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “December ’63 (Oh, What a Night).” With his signature three-octave range, Valli and The Four Seasons will join the orchestra for an electrifying evening of entertainment.
The talent and vocal accomplishments of the Oak Ridge Boys are beyond question. And in the best moments of Saturday night’s weekend opener with the Omaha Symphony, their loving audience could aurally bask in their full harmonic glory.
OMAHA, Neb., April 27, 2016- Get ready to explore the musical landscapes of the Omaha Symphony at Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium! The symphony will present two special performances of its Mission Imagination education program, The Musical Adventures of Melvin the Explorer, Tuesday, May 3, with performances at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium. Over 600 students from 17 area schools will attend the event.
OMAHA, Neb., April 26, 2016- The Omaha Symphony will celebrate one of the greatest singers of our time in The Music of Whitney Houston, Saturday, May 7, 7:30 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center.