Thursday, January 29, 2009

Last Call for the "Piano Man"

KFAB's Scott Voorhees interviews Michael Cavanaugh about having a piano duel with Billy Joel and playing with an orchestra versus Broadway touring.

Check out Scott's page.

And invite your friends and family to a rockin' night with the symphony... this Saturday @ 8 PM.

Get tickets here.

Friday, January 23, 2009

JUST ANNOUNCED!! The Irish Tenors

Enjoy a memorable St. Patrick’s Day with the
Irish Tenors & the Omaha Symphony!
Get Your Tickets here.

WHAT: The Irish Tenors, in a special, one-night performance with the Omaha Symphony

WHEN: Tuesday, March 17 @ 8 PM

WHERE: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas Street

TICKETS: $20 - $80; available at 402.342.3560 or

Omaha, Neb – Spend St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Tenors live in Omaha! Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, and Karl Scully join voices to breathe new life into Ireland’s most beloved traditional songs. Enjoy favorites like “Danny Boy,” “My Wild Irish Rose,” and “Fields of Athenry” complimented by the lush sounds of the Omaha Symphony March 17 at 8 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center. The Irish Tenors are one of the most successful Irish touring acts ever, second only to U2. Since their debut on PBS in 1998, the group has produced seven best-selling albums that have reached the upper echelons of the Billboard charts. Get your tickets now to experience an authentic, unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Get tickets now...don't miss Engelbert Humperdinck!

What: Engelbert Humperdinck – Omaha Symphony Pops Concert
Sponsored by the Nebraska Medical Center and Midwest Airlines
When: Friday, January 23 8 PM
Saturday, January 24 8 PM
Sunday, January 25 2 PM

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center 1200 Douglas Street
Tickets: $20- $85; 402.345.0606, 402.342.3560 or

The “King of Romance” with the unforgettable name is in Omaha this weekend! The Omaha Symphony welcomes Engelbert Humperdinck January 23-25 at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

This well-known pop singer rose to fame in the 1960s after adopting the name of the famous German opera composer as his stage name. Once called “the premier voice of the 20th century” by the London Times, the multiple Grammy nominee with the smooth three and ½ octave range and natural charm has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, including 64 gold and 24 platinum albums.

It was 40 years ago that he first hit the charts with the smash single “Release Me (and Let Me Love Again).” The song went to #1 in 11 countries; in fact, it was such a big success in the United Kingdom that it managed to prevent The Beatles’ two-sided hit “Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever” from reaching the top of the charts!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bravo, bravo!

Click here to read the Omaha World-Herald's glowing review of this weekend's concert...

Some highlights:

"Goodyear did the concerto full justice. He played with real Lisztian abandon, dashing off notes at blistering speeds. Liszt, a Faustian virtuoso, would have approved."

"Goodyear also gave the concerto's less-showy sections their due, playing with lyrical warmth and an almost balletlike grace."

"Wilkins and the orchestra provided taut accompaniment, staying dead-on with the soloist even in the most frenetic moments."

"The orchestra gave it a crisp, snappy reading, with every section of the orchestra performing with energy and joy."

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Get your kid in the band... directed by Maestro Wilkins!

Strike Up the Band ...
How Your Child Can Perform at the Holland!

The Omaha Symphony has teamed up once again with the Omaha Children's Museum to help local children create a "homemade instrument band." Instrument-building stations are set up at the museum (see workshop times below) and in the Holland Center lobby on January 18. Dozens of kids will take over the Holland stage immediately after our Symphonic Story Time Family Concert to play under the direction of Maestro Thomas Wilkins. There is no registration and the only cost is admission to the museum or concert. Talk about a memorable experience for your child (and a fun addition to any photo album!)

Workshop times @ Omaha Children's Museum
January 8 6-6:45 PM
January 10 11-11:45 AM
2-2:45 PM
January 15 6-6:45 PM
January 17 11-11:45 AM
2-2:45 PM

Symphonic Story Time Family Concert
January 18 2 PM

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

"Set your heart on fire..." with Ravel's Boléro!

Our first MasterWorks program of 2009, Ravel's Boléro, is coming up quickly. This is music that will "set your heart on fire" and have your "blood boiling from excitement."
Strong words, right? Those are direct quotes from Maestro Thomas Wilkins. Hear more of his thoughts on what makes this program a powerhouse of entertainment:

Listen to the podcast here.

Don't miss it, January 16 & 17... get your tickets NOW!