Two orchestras combine for outdoor performance
September 11th, 2012
Omaha, NE – On Friday night, over 150 musicians will take the stage together in Omaha for a â€œgrand experiment.â€
â€œThis will be the very first time that weâ€™ve brought both orchestras to the same stage,â€ said Barry Ford, a professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha and director of the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, â€œand will be the first time that weâ€™ve had both orchestras combine to make sort of a super orchestra, if you will, where we play together.â€
Heartland will perform alongside the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra for an outdoor concert at Turner Park in Omahaâ€™s Midtown Crossing at 7 p.m.
Ford said Heartland is made up of about 60 musicians, who include UNO students and community members, young and old. At this time of year, he said, the orchestra is still fresh in the season. â€œThis yearâ€™s orchestraâ€™s personality has yet to emerge,â€ Ford said. â€œIâ€™m amazed at how quickly some things have come together in a very, very short amount of time.â€
Ford said the logistics of bringing so many musicians together has been a challenge, and another was selecting the right pieces. As orchestras donâ€™t typically perform outdoors, Ford selected works that would project well to overcome some of the inherent acoustic obstacles. He said Heartlandâ€™s portion of the program will include light classics such as Franz van Suppeâ€™s Light Cavalry Overture, Edvard Griegâ€™s Peer Gynt and selections from George Bizetâ€™s Carmen. The two orchestras will combine to perform Smetanaâ€™s Moldau, among others.
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