RELEASE: Omaha Symphony Announces "After Hours" Series

The Omaha Symphony Announces After Hours Series

Concert-goers are invited to experience the Symphony in a new setting
Maestro Ankush Kumar Bahl and collaborators present new and immersive musical events beyond the regular concert experience

OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 18, 2022—Maestro Ankush Kumar Bahl and the Omaha Symphony will present a new series of immersive musical experiences in Omaha Symphony After Hours. These events will give attendees new ways to experience the orchestra with the music director, guest artists and musicians of the Omaha Symphony in a less formal, more intimate cocktail-hour setting.

The first After Hours event will take place Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Holland Center after the “Bahl and Time For Three” Masterworks concert. The second will take place Wednesday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Art Museum. The third will take place Friday, May 20 at the Holland Center after the Masterworks concert “Tchaikovsky 4 with Maestro Bahl.”

“We are extremely excited to launch this new series for the Omaha Symphony community,” said Music Director Ankush Kumar Bahl. “After Hours will allow guests unprecedented access to guest artists in a more casual and less traditional setting, which we know our audiences will enjoy. Over the course of the current and future seasons we will collaborate with a host of partners around Omaha to present similar events—we are looking forward to seeing this concept grow!”

Omaha Symphony After Hours, which begins its inaugural run in 2022, will be a recurring series of events that augment the regular season and give patrons new and exciting ways to engage with the musicians and artists they see on stage.

“The Symphony plans to expand this programming in the years to come to offer even more options for music lovers; it will allow attendees to have close-up experiences with the incredible artists we bring in from around the world and the talent that sits on stage every concert,” said Omaha Symphony President & CEO Jennifer Boomgaarden Daoud. “This series, which was the brainchild of the Maestro, is an example of how the Symphony plans to innovate and engage our community in new and exciting ways, and we’re so excited share it with you!”

Performance Details:

After Hours I - Time For Three

Saturday, Feb. 12, immediately following the “Bahl and Time For Three” performance

Holland Performing Arts Center - Orchestra Level Lobby


Ankush Kumar Bahl
Time For Three

Following the Feb. 12 Masterworks performance of “Bahl and Time For Three,” concert-goers are invited to gather in the orchestra level lobby for an immersive performance by the genre-bending trio, Time For Three. Admission is free with a ticket to the Masterworks performance. Cash bar available.

After Hours II - Maestro's Mixtape

Wednesday, March 16 at 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Joslyn Art Museum - Selected galleries and Witherspoon Concert Hall


Ankush Kumar Bahl
Musicians of the Omaha Symphony

Maestro Bahl has curated a program that lets patrons choose their own adventure, culminating in a finale that gathers the full orchestra and audience in the Witherspoon Concert Hall. Audience members will begin by choosing two of four simultaneous small-ensemble performances in the Joslyn Art Museum’s galleries, with audience and orchestra reuniting after a brief intermission.

Limited space available. $25 per ticket - Tickets at

After Hours III - Lara St. John and Martin Kennedy

Friday, May 20, immediately following the “Tchaikovsky 4 with Maestro Bahl” performance
Holland Performing Arts Center - Orchestra Level Lobby

Ankush Kumar Bahl
Lara St. John

Martin Kennedy

Following the evening's performance of Tchaikovsky 4 with Maestro Bahl, patrons are invited to gather in the orchestra level lobby for an engaging performance by world-renowned violinist Lara St. John and composer and pianist Martin Kennedy. Admission is free with a ticket to the Masterworks performance. Cash bar available.

Ticketing Information

Participation options for Omaha Symphony After Hours differ by event. Admission to After Hours I and After Hours III are included in the price of tickets for the performances listed above. Ticket holders for alternate days may exchange their current tickets at no cost by calling Ticket Omaha at 402.345.0606. Tickets for After Hours II at the Joslyn are available for purchase at, the Ticket Omaha app, or by calling 402.345.0606.

Performance dates are subject to change. In the event of performance changes or cancellations, the Omaha Symphony will email ticket holders to inform them of new dates and ticketing options. Patrons with questions may email The Omaha Symphony also regularly posts performance updates at, along with the Omaha Symphony’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. Patrons can sign up for the latest updates at

About Ankush Kumar Bahl

Ankush Kumar Bahl is currently the 13th Music Director in the Omaha Symphony's 100-year history. He is recognized today by orchestras and audiences alike for his impressive conducting technique, thoughtful interpretations, and engaging podium presence. In concert, he has left The Washington Post “wanting to hear more” and has been praised by The New York Times for his “clear authority and enthusiasm” and ability to “inspire.” His recent guest conducting highlights include performances with the New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orchestre National de France, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, the Richmond Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.). Summer festival engagements include the Copenhagen Philharmonic at Tivoli, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institute, and at Wolf Trap with the NSO.

A protégé of former New York Philharmonic Music Director Kurt Masur, Bahl served as his assistant conductor at the Orchestre National de France from 2008-2011. From 2011-2015, he served as the assistant conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. In addition to Maestro Masur, Bahl is fortunate to count Jaap van Zweden, Zdenek Macal, Christoph Eschenbach, David Zinman and Gianandrea Noseda among his mentors.

Public Health Information

The safety of our patrons, musicians, staff, and community is the Omaha Symphony’s priority. The Omaha Symphony continues to work closely with the Douglas County Department of Health and our partners at Omaha Performing Arts and UNMC to ensure the safety of all involved in the Omaha Symphony’s return to live performances. All patrons will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire prior to accessing their mobile tickets via the Ticket Omaha app. Masks are required at indoor Omaha Symphony performances.

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The Omaha Symphony is a non-profit organization that presents more than 100 live orchestral performances from September through June. In addition to Masterworks, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Movies, Symphony Joslyn, and Family series concerts, the Omaha Symphony’s nationally recognized education and community engagement programs touch the lives of more than 40,000 people each year. For tickets or information regarding the Omaha Symphony, call 402-345-0606 or visit Programs, artists, dates, times, prices, and availability are subject to change.

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