Omaha Symphony Announces New Season


March 20th, 2014

Omaha, NE — A long awaited new season was just announced, and from Carl Nielsen to Queen.

Omaha Symphony

Omaha Symphony

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 music’s symphonic repertoire. Highlights include Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony, Shostakovich’s “First Symphony”, 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 “Northern Lights”, music of Scandinavian and Nordic composers like Carl Nielsen, Edvard Grieg, and Jean Sibelius. Opening the Masterworks Series is a concert featuring Tchaikovsky’s “Fourth Symphony” and Erich Korngold’s “Violin Concerto”, with the Omaha Symphony’s Concertmaster, Susanna Perry Gilmore, as the soloist.

Gilmore also takes the spotlight in a performance of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” 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 Symphony’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  “Christmas Spectacular.” 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 “Monster Mash” of scary movie music, a concert with clips and music from 13 Pixar films, and a live performance of Max Steiner’s score to “Casablanca” along with the film.

Much of the Omaha Symphony’s day-to-day music making involves small-scale educational performances. The Symphony’s Family Series brings that mentality to a larger audience at the Holland Center. This series include a “Symphonic Space Odyssey” with visuals from NASA, music from family films, and a new show called “Thomas’s Adventures in Music,” led by none other than Music Director Thomas Wilkins.

This season’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

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