OAYO Goes Side by Side with Omaha Symphony


May 1st, 2014

Omaha, NE — It’s three for the price of two at the Holland Center.


The Omaha Area Youth Orchestra(OAYO) joined the Omaha Symphony for its annual side-by-side concert May 4. The youth orchestra’s Music Director, Aviva Segall, said that playing alongside the Symphony and working with Maestro Thomas Wilkins is a fantastic learning opportunity for the students.

Aviva-Segall-conducting1-web“It’s a great opportunity for our…excellent experience,” Segall said.

Together, the orchestras played music from composers like Carl Maria von Weber, Richard Wagner, and Aaron Copland. One of the works, Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet,” appeared on an Omaha Symphony program earlier this season. Segall and the students were able to attend that performance and use it as an example while they prepared for this concert.

“We can play with them…learning experience,” Segall said.

She also said that this year OAYO will be joined on stage by yet another ensemble.

“Besides the usual, wonderful…orchestra and jazz orchestra,” Segall said.

Segall said that new work will challenge the young musicians in different ways.

“It’s a different kind of rhythmic structure…thinking about intonation,” Segall said.

In addition to jazz solos, the work featured an orchestral instrument that rarely gets the spotlight.

“And then it moves into part…in the orchestra,” Segall said.

More information is available online at www.oyao.org.


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