Monday, November 10, 2008

Romantic "Rococo Variations" this weekend

What: Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, Omaha Symphony Chamber Series concert featuring principal cellist, Paul Ledwon

When: Saturday, November 15 at 7 PM
Where: UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center 6001 Dodge Street

Tickets: $30 General Admission; available by calling 402.342.3560 or at

Comprised of a theme and seven variations, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations is one of the most popular works for cello and orchestra. The word “rococo” comes from a decorative style of 18th century architecture, known for elegance and lavish ornamentation. You’ll hear those traits as the Omaha Symphony presents this warm, romantic piece Saturday, November 15 at 7 p.m. at the UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center.

Cellist Paul Ledwon is featured. Ledwon has served as principal cellist of the Omaha Symphony since 1999. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, South Bend Symphony, and Chicago Opera Theater orchestras. Andrew Grams, guest conductor, has served as resident conductor of the Florida Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. One of America’s most promising and talented young conductors, Grams has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and the National Symphony, among others.

Also featured on this program is Haydn’s Symphony No. 49, also known as “The Passion.” This work dates from the composer’s “Storm and Stress” period, meaning you can expect an exciting, dramatic listening experience. Tickets are $30 and are available at 402.342.3560,, or at the symphony Box Office, 1605 Howard Street.

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