The Union Opens ‘Tempestuous Microcosm’

May 16th, 2019

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Tonight, the Union for Contemporary Art opens a new installation, Jave Yoshimoto’s Tempestuous Microcosm. Formally trained as a painter, Yoshimoto’s large pieces collage Eastern and Western styles, like traditional Japanese printing, mid-century Chinese propaganda, and Western pop culture icons to create animated and politically charged landscapes.

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Quince Marks One Year with Vespers

April 26th, 2019

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Amanda DeBoer Bartlett: “I’ve been friends with Stacie Haneline who runs the Series now for several years and we’ve always had really inspiring conversations about the arts and programming in Omaha, so it worked out eventually that Quince could make it to Omaha a couple times so we could collaborate on making these programs happen for a while now actually and it’s been really exciting and we want to keep growing the project and adding more educational operations with it so, yeah, it’s been very exciting for us.”

That was Dr. Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, a member of Quince Ensemble, talking about their involvement with the Vespers Concert Series. Quince is celebrating a year of residency with Vespers with a performance this Sunday. Quince is a vocal ensemble made up of four incredible women with varied backgrounds from all over the country who commission music from living composers. Amanda talks about how Quince takes their time to select pieces from whom to commission.

Bartlett: “We try to commission pieces from people who have something to say we want to perform pieces that feel like they’re reflecting on society, feel like they’re commenting on something important, or telling a story that we think needs to be told. So, we spend a lot of time researching, who’s writing, who’s interesting to us and we’ve developed those relationships for a long period of time.”

Which then provides the opportunity to participate in residencies like the one they just finished at UC Berkley.

Bartlett: “Oh, it’s the best. We love doing these residencies at universities. We usually get the music from the student composers a month or two beforehand, rehearse it a little before we get here. But, then we spend a week, not only rehearsing the pieces, but, discussing their work, talking about composing for the voice. These are typically folks who want to try new things, want to explore, want to learn about the voice and all its capabilities. So, we sit down and geek out with them as long as they want to, and giving the composer extra workshop time and rehearsal time that they might not get in a professional situation which is often very, very restricted.”

They’re also hosting a free public workshop the day before their performance, Saturday, April 27th from 10 am-noon. It’s open to any experience level and age.

Bartlett: “We’re going to improvise, explore the voice, different timbres, look at graphic scores, and talk about the voice’s capabilities. We’ve all had a lot of different experiences within the voice realm so the four of us will bring our different perspectives to the workshop.”

Quince released a new album earlier this April called Motherland. Amanda touched on just some of the pieces she’s excited for the Vespers audience to hear.

Bartlett: “I’m really excited about our Vesper’s Program. The program deals with a lot of very contemporary ideas and issues. We’re performing this piece called 3 Erasures by Cara Haxo. The poet for the piece used women’s beauty magazines, (sarcastically) ‘great literary objects’, and she took articles and erased certain words out of them and what happens is it becomes this meditation on expectations of femininity and expectations on women in contemporary society and it’s also quite funny but very bittersweet.”

Quince Ensemble performs at the Presbyterian Church of the Cross in Omaha, Sunday, April 28th at 3 pm. This concert is open to the public. Find more information at vespersconcerts.org, quince-ensemble.com, or follow them on instagram @quincetagrams.

Now in its 99th year, Omaha Symphony Announces their 2019/2020 Season

April 10th, 2019

By Melissa Dundis

For more information, head to omahasymphony.org

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Bemis Opens an ‘Allusive and Enigmatic Nature of Sound and Form’

April 4th, 2019

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—At the moment, the gallery at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art is divided by the works of two artists from opposite coasts, Lui Shtini and Alison O’Daniel. Together, their work offer audiences a spectacle of various media, 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, photography, film, and even audio, all opening to the public tonight.

Featuring artists Lui Shtini and Alison O’Daniel

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Movement Series’ ‘mode of being’

March 29th, 2019

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—This weekend, Tbd. Dance Collective returns to Kaneko for the next installment of the Movement Series, “mode of being.” Now officially a non-profit, the modern dance troupe’s productions have expanded along with their role in the community.

Featuring Co-Directors of Tbd. Kat Fackler and Stephanie Hittner

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Vesper Concerts’ ‘From Russia with Love

March 9th, 2019

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE— The Vesper Concert Series will feature a collaboration between two of Omaha’s prominent musicians and instructors
this Sunday, From Russia With Love. Pianist Yulia Kalashnikova and violinist Olga Smola were eager to work together and share their connected personal narratives on the stage. Both from Russia, conservatory trained, and now active members of Omaha’s music community, the duo has devised a concert featuring a selection of fellow Russian emigrants who have shaped musical canon.

Featuring Olga Smolna

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