Omaha Symphony Announces New Season
March 20th, 2014
Omaha, NE — A long awaited new season was just announced, and from Carl Nielsen to Queen.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/os-season-web.mp3]
The Omaha Symphony announced its 2014/2015 concert season this Monday. The stylistically diverse offerings this year include six concert series and several special, one-off performances.
The Masterworks Series features the bread-and-butter of Classical musicâ€™s symphonic repertoire. Highlights include Mahlerâ€™s â€œResurrectionâ€ Symphony, Shostakovichâ€™s â€œFirst Symphonyâ€, and guest performances by Garrick Ohlsson, Howard Shelley, and Stephen Hough. The series will also continue the new tradition of a two-night themed festival weekend with the â€œNorthern Lightsâ€, music of Scandinavian and Nordic composers like Carl Nielsen, Edvard Grieg, and Jean Sibelius. Opening the Masterworks Series is a concert featuring Tchaikovskyâ€™s â€œFourth Symphonyâ€ and Erich Korngoldâ€™s â€œViolin Concertoâ€, with the Omaha Symphonyâ€™s Concertmaster, Susanna Perry Gilmore, as the soloist.
Gilmore also takes the spotlight in a performance of Vivaldiâ€™s â€œFour Seasonsâ€ as a part of Symphony Joslyn, a series that brings the Omaha Symphony to the museum and ties in visual art to orchestral music and features Omaha Symphony musicians as soloists.
The Omaha Symphonyâ€™s Pops Series moves in a different direction, bringing Broadway music and performers to the Holland Center. Audiences will hear familiar tunes from Marvin Hamlisch, a performance by Bernadette Peters, and the ever-popular montage of holiday images that is the Â â€œChristmas Spectacular.â€ In a similar vein, the Symphony Rocks Series includes a Motown show, a performance featuring music performed at Woodstock, and a night of hits by legendary British band, Queen.
Building on recent success, the Omaha Symphony will continue its foray into film music with a â€œMonster Mashâ€ of scary movie music, a concert with clips and music from 13 Pixar films, and a live performance of Max Steinerâ€™s score to â€œCasablancaâ€ along with the film.
Much of the Omaha Symphonyâ€™s day-to-day music making involves small-scale educational performances. The Symphonyâ€™s Family Series brings that mentality to a larger audience at the Holland Center. This series include a â€œSymphonic Space Odysseyâ€ with visuals from NASA, music from family films, and a new show called â€œThomasâ€™s Adventures in Music,â€ led by none other than Music Director Thomas Wilkins.
This seasonâ€™s special offerings include a performance featuring actor and comedian Martin Short, a 500-voice high school chorus performing music from Andrew Lloyd Webber, and a program featuring contemporary composer John Corigliano and his music at the KANEKO in Omaha.
For tickets and more information, you can call (402) 345-0606 or visit www.omahasymphony.org
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