Omaha Performing Arts’ Live on the Stream Series

May 21st, 2020

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—To keep performers and audiences in touch during the time of COVID, Omaha Performing Arts has hosted its new Live on the Stream Series, broadcasting live performances twice a week via Facebook and Youtube. There are three performances left, and this Saturday evening, Dani Cleveland will sing with accompaniment.

Featuring Dani Cleveland

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CD Review: Tafelmusik’s ‘Vivaldi con amore’

May 19th, 2020

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Featuring KVNO’s Music Director, Darci Griffith

“The renowned Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra out of Toronto, Canada has released ‘Vivaldi con Amore’, there first recording under the direction of Elisa Citterio. Citterio took the reigns from Music Director Emerita, Jeanne Lamon in 2017. Much of the orchestra personnel remains the same, but the ‘listening profile’ of the ensemble has morphed into a much lighter, lively, and to be honest, Italian sound.

-Released in 2019, Vivaldi con Amore, is a delightful morsel that will please lovers of the Red Priest everywhere. The opening Sinfonia to Ottone in villa, RV 729 is vivacious, energetically moving us into a series of seven concerti highlighting the talents of this Baroque orchestra to its fullest.

-Based out of Toronto, Canada, this period ensemble are a hallmark for artistic excellence. Former Artistic Director, Jeanne Lamon, and Choral Director Ivars Taurins have built a reputation based on informed performances, touring widely as an orchestra, creating new innovative projects such as, ‘The Four Seasons Mosaic’, featuring a special recording and documentary with the world music artists, and continued relevance to the period performance orchestral scene.

-The scope of this recording, although narrow in its focus, is full of a wide variety of colors, timbres, and fantastic musicianship. In particular, the genius of harpsichordist Charlotte Nediger, and her continuo realizations – a technique that requires a true mastery of theoretical knowledge. -For the most part, the orchestra’s founding members trained in the Western Europe with Music director, Elisa Citterio hails from Milan with over 35 recordings, and an active orchestral, and chamber music career. Citterio assumed her duties as Music Director with Tafelmusik in 2018, taking the reins with a deft hand, leading the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra forward with an energy, and lightness that is a breath of fresh air.”

–Darci Griffith, KVNO

‘A Memory Held in You’ Opens Virtually

May 7th, 2020

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Amplify Arts’ Generator Space Grant recipients, artists  Alex Jacobsen and Allegra Hangen, will virtually present A Memory Held in You, a collaborative experiment in sound, video, and memory. Initially set to be performed live at the space, the work has been reimagined for a Facebook and Instragram livestream. The artists met at the Bemis Center as interns, and Jacobsen and Hangen have unique interests in audio and visual presentation respectively.  

Featuring Alex Jacobsen and Allegra Hangen

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Eko Nova to Host Quince

February 7th, 2020

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—The Eko Nova Concert Series returns to Kaneko with the Quince ensemble. Dedicated to contemporary music arranged for treble voices, the quartet creates narrative soundscapes on stage, sometimes with the assistance of electronics and mixed percussion, but this time with voice alone.

Featuring Singer, Amanda Deboer Bartlett

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Sub Bass and Darkness at Bemis’ LOW END

January 21st, 2020

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—New York based Sound Artist, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste will perform an original piece, “Epistemophobia”, at the Bemis Center’s LOW END this Thursday evening. Having a diverse musical background, moving from classical saxophone, to heavy metal, to a formal education in music, Toussaint-Baptiste’s curiosity has led to tinkering with electronic music hardware.

Featuring Artist, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste

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400 Voices to Sing “Lord Nelson Mass”

November 7th, 2019

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—This weekend, Omaha Symphony will perform a special concert, Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass.” Not only featuring regular symphony performers, the production will include a 400 voice choir made up of area high school students and four opera singers, like Soprano, Sarah Shafer, visiting from Philadelphia. Shafer, and the other featured singers have been travelling school-to-school, preparing eager choir students for a milestone opportunity.

Featuring Soprano Sarah Shafer

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