The Omaha Symphony Gets “Out of Control”

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January 9th, 2014

Omaha, NE — Unbridled passion and a little insanity are on display (musically speaking) at the next Omaha Symphony concert.

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On Sunday afternoon the Joslyn Art Museum hosts the Omaha Symphony for a performance titled “OUT OF CONTROL: MADNESS, PASSION, OBSESSION”. The concert includes Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” a work featured in many classic films. Also on the concert is music from another film: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”

Susanna Perry-Gilmore

Susanna Perry-Gilmore

The featured soloist for this performance is the Omaha Symphony’s own Concertmaster, Susanna Perry-Gilmore. Gilmore will play two works by French composers. The first is the “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” by Camille Saint-Saens. Gilmore says the two-part piece resembles music from a dramatic opera while performing technical feats at an olympic level.

 “It begins in a very reflective, kind of operatic recitative slower section, more thoughtful section at the start. And then, the music shifts into this virtuosic aria,” Gilmore said. “If I were an olympic gymnast doing a floor routine, it’s that equivalent. OK, I do this summersault, then I do a backflip, and then I have to do this…on the instrument.”

The second work Gilmore will perform with the Symphony is called “Tzigane” by Maurice Ravel. The music is inspired by the Romani fiddle tradition and opens with a long, dramatic violin cadenza.

 “I imagine that opening violin cadenza as a monologue of whatever the internal landscape of the gypsy violinist, telling you stories of their live, their joys, their sorrows, their suffering, their love.”

Gilmore says that the music has a quality that seems to draw people to it, which is just what happened at a recent rehearsal in the Joslyn. She was practicing by herself, or at least she thought she was. When she opened her eyes, she was surprised to find an impromptu audience of museum patrons in the hall.

“I think what it really was that music was so different sounding that people were wandering through the museum trying to find out what it was…or maybe they thought that I was an art exhibit, I’m not sure.”

The next concert in the Omaha Symphony’s Joslyn Series is Sunday, January 12, at 2 pm at the Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Concert Hall. More information is available online at omahasymphony.org.

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