Vesper Concert Series’ Unusual Combination


January 2nd, 2014

Omaha, NE – One local concert series is starting the year off with something a little different.


Vesper WoodwindThe Vesper Concerts Series continues its 25th season with a performance this Sunday at 3 pm. Dana Sloan, the series Director, says the first concert of the new year features a rare combination of instruments.

 “The program is music for woodwind sextet. There will be two French horn players, two clarinet players, and two bassoonists,” said Sloan. “It is an unusual combination, I grant you that, I’m not sure I’ve even heard it before.”

Sloan says that it is not unusual for a Vesper Concert to be a bit “outside the box.”

“This is one of the hallmarks of the series, we do ‘off the beaten track’ music.”

The reason for the uncommon instrumentation is simple. Sloan says that, for their 25th season, they wanted to bring back some friends to perform.

“Three of the musicians are from St. Louis. Thomas and Tricia Jöstlein, who are former Omahans, and Henry Skolnick is a bassoonist from St. Louis. They’ll be joined by Carmelo Galante from the Omaha Symphony, John Klinghammer from the Symphony, and James Compton.”

The combination of instruments isn’t the only unique aspect to this concert. Sloan points out that music by greats like Beethoven will be heard alongside selections by other, less familiar composers.

“There’s a ‘Serenade’ by Matyas Seiber, who was a Hungarian composer, written in 1925…combination of instruments.”

The next Vesper Concerts performance featuring music for wind sextet is this Sunday, January 5 at 3 pm. The concert will be at the Presbyterian Church of the Cross in Omaha, and for more information, you can visit



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