New Series ‘Eko Nova’ Showcases ‘Modern Classical’
September 18th, 2015
Omaha, NE — Some new sounds are coming from downtown.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/eko-nova-night-web.mp3]
Several area performers are ready to make some noise.
â€œItâ€™s called Eko Nova, and itâ€™s a new music series thatâ€™s being produced in conjunction with the Omaha Chamber Music Society and the KANEKO, and Iâ€™m the Artistic Director of that series.â€
Thatâ€™s John Klinghammer, Assistant Principal Clarinettist with the Omaha Symphony. He is also working with the Kansas City Symphony.
â€œI really look at it as a two-part mission with the concert series,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s going to be mostly new music. My impression of the arts community in Omaha, thereâ€™s a lot of being that love art who might go to the Bemis or the KANEKO, others to the Slowdown for a concert, or Film Streams for film. But, they are a little disconnected to classical music for whatever reason. I think itâ€™s a perception problem. Maybe they think itâ€™s music for old people or music from long ago. Itâ€™s unfortunate but itâ€™s what comes across. With this series, we want to present classical music thatâ€™s written today so that it has a modern language. I find that a lot of people who donâ€™t â€˜getâ€™ classical music might hear composers that are writing stuff today and think â€˜Thatâ€™s really beautiful. I like that.â€™ I at the same time, I want more traditional concert goers who go to a symphony to come check out Eko Nova to hear what weâ€™re trying to program as modern masterworks…we want to find music that will inspire you to communicate and make you excited to come back and hear more.â€
The concerts will take place in the KANEKO downtown, a modern space for a modern music series.
â€œThe space is called Space Five. Itâ€™s a modern warehouse space with brick walls and really cool glass windows. In fact, theyâ€™re going to have a show in the building called Design in Motion, featuring different classic cars, bicycles, different things that move. Weâ€™re going to be in a space full of bicycles.â€
The first Eko Nova performance is Monday, September 21, and features three area musicians:
â€œThe performers will be flutist Maria Harding, violist Brian Sherwood, and harpist Katie Wychulis,â€ Kinghammer said. â€œThe concert is called Night Visions. The theme is music that is evocative of nighttime and darkness. Thereâ€™s a piece by David Bruce called The Eye of Night, a piece by Anna Clyne called Beware Of, and another piece by Robert Patterson called Embracing the Wind. Then weâ€™ll feature each of the performers as unaccompanied soloists so you can get a chance to experience how talented they are on their own.â€
The inaugural Eko Nova concert, Night Visions, is Monday, September 21 at 7 pm at the KANEKO in downtown Omaha, at 1111 Jones St. For tickets and more information, visit thekaneko.org or omahachambermusic.org.
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