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OWH REVIEW: Whitney Houston honored in luminous tribute

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.
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School’s (Almost) Out for Summer!

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:
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Let’s give together! Support the Omaha Symphony through Omaha Give

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.
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PRESS RELEASE: Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons headline Omaha Symphony’s 95th Anniversary Gala

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.

PRESS RELEASE: Omaha Symphony performs two educational children’s concerts at Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

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.
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OWH REVIEW: Symphony transports crowd to harmonic heaven

In the space of two hours, through two works separated by nearly two centuries, the Omaha Symphony illustrated how the historic harmonic grandeur of orchestral composition is being rediscovered again. In the process, Friday night’s Holland Performing Arts Center audience also discovered two rising stars of the concert hall.

OWH REVIEW: Symphony gets spicy, creative with Latin pop

Matt Catingub’s annual spell of Omaha musical magic had a Latin sparkle — and he conjured it for Omaha’s orchestra first. In his previous guest-conductor visits, Catingub energized the Omaha Symphony and excited audiences by drawing from a deep catalogue of rock and pop arrangements. Saturday night, however, marked the premiere of Catingub’s new “Latin Pop Revolution” show tracing south-of-the-border influences on big-band jazz, 1960s and ’70s rock and the dance tunes of more recent decades.

OWH REVIEW: Orchestra coaxes surprises, nuance from 'unfinished' works

No matter what type of music they come to hear, concertgoers expect to leave with some sense of completion. That isn’t at all the theme of this weekend’s Omaha Symphony MasterWorks program, which presents the great “unfinished” 19th-century symphonies of Franz Schubert (1822) and Anton Bruckner (1896).
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KVNO: Unfinished Business for the Omaha Symphony

Never finished, always wonderful. Two of the Romantic era’s most beloved composers’ unfinished final works will take center stage in the Omaha Symphony’s Schubert and Bruckner Unfinished Symphonies. The performances will be Friday, March 18th and Saturday, March 19th at 7:30 p.m. inside the Holland Performing Arts Center.
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