UNO’s Creative Forum Brings Great Opportunity to Students
October 21st, 2014
Omaha, NE — Everyoneâ€™s invited to UNO for a preview of the next Omaha Symphony Masterworks concert.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/cfam-mahler-web.mp3]
This year the University of Nebraska at Omahaâ€™s College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media created a new series of Creative Forums. Organizing and moderating these events is Hal France, who says the goal of the Creative Forums was student-centered.
â€œCreate an opportunity for students to interact with professionals,â€ he said. â€œSo, we have a series that brings professional artists to campus. We have forums, we talk, we ask questions, we feature them, and usually we preview an upcoming performances that students will then have access to.â€
The discussions will center on different artistic disciplines, like theatre, art, and music. France says these free events are open to all students and the general public. All attending UNO students will receive complimentary admission to the event featured in the forums. The next Forum is this Tuesday and features a presentation from the Omaha Symphony.
â€œWeâ€™re really proud and pleased to welcome the wonderful Music Director Thomas Wilkins to campus to talk about a big upcoming event,â€ France said. â€œI think one of the biggest of the season, one of the biggest of any symphonyâ€™s seasons is to play Mahler.â€
The Symphony will play Mahlerâ€™s â€œResurrectionâ€ Symphony No. 2 in November. This forum will give attendees a preview of the performance and a background on the music, the composer, and the performers. For example, Mahler was born to a Jewish family but converted to Catholicism shortly after this work was completed. However, Hal France says that Mahlerâ€™s interest not religion or theology.
â€œMahler was very concerned about the afterlife,â€ he said. â€œHe had an interesting spiritual life. His works are extraordinarily spiritual, theyâ€™re all geared toward spirituality in some form or another.â€
With such a significant underlying theme, Mahler made use of an extensive group of performers.
â€œWell itâ€™s a gargantuan orchestra,â€ he said. â€œQuadruple winds…there are ten horns and eight trumpets, a huge percussion section, a big string sectionâ€¦.choral symphony.â€
The next CFAM Creative Forum featuring Thomas Wilkins speaking about Mahlerâ€™s â€œResurrectionâ€ Symphony is this Tuesday, Tuesday, October 21 at 7 pm. It will be in Room 105 of UNOâ€™s Strauss Performing Arts Center. It is open to all students and community members, and on-campus parking is available near the Weitz community engagement center, Lots D & E. More information on the Creative Forum can be found at unomaha.edu. More information and tickets to Mahlerâ€™s â€œResurrectionâ€ Symphony can be found at omahasymphony.org.
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