Monday, March 30, 2009

The RESULTS are IN! ... (and they're heavy!)

Omaha Symphony patrons who attended this past weekend’s concerts with The Beach Boys not only supported their orchestra at the performances, but also supported community members who need a helping hand. In response to a food drive coordinated by the Omaha Symphony and The Food Bank of Omaha, concertgoers donated 396 pounds of food items. In addition to exceptional taste in music, it’s clear our patrons also display big-hearted generosity.
All donations directly benefit The Food Bank of Omaha. This food drive is part of the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation “Million Dollar Match.”

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Have "fun, fun, fun" while helping Omaha's hungry

Great preview coverage of the Beach Boys concerts in this week's Omaha World-Herald GO! section. Read it here.
Get tickets at 402.342.3560, 402.345.0606, or

Don't forget to bring a nonperishable food item this Friday-Sunday... all donations go directly to The Food Bank of Omaha!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

New ways to connect...



Thomas on "From the New World"... explaining the history of Dvorak's "New World" Symphony and the talent of his friend, Edgar Meyer...

Ern shares what the music of The Beach Boys meant to him growing up... get your tickets fast, this weekend's concerts WILL sell out!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Education... in the news!

WOWT-Channel 6 covered our Carnegie LinkUP! education concert in Omaha this week... the result was a beautiful story that captured the energy and inspiration of the event.

Check it out here. Just click the video icon... and enjoy!

Film Streams collaboration: 'Amadeus' coming soon!

WHAT: Amadeus film screening in conjunction with symphony’s Mozart & Salieri concert

WHEN: Amadeus at Film Streams April 24*-30, 2009 TBA
*Opening Night: Maestro Wilkins introduces film & leads Q & A forum.

Mozart and Salieri concert May 9, 2009 7 PM

WHERE: Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater 1340 Webster Street

Holland Performing Arts Center 1200 Douglas Street

TICKETS: To Amadeus: Adults $8, Students/Seniors $6, Film Streams members $4
To concert: General Admission $30*

The Omaha Symphony and Film Streams have partnered to present the life and work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through two distinct, but complementary, mediums: film and live orchestral music. In doing so, both organizations hope to educate and inspire community members through the power of legendary art.
Film Streams will screen the Oscar-winning film Amadeus April 24-30 at the Ruth Sokolof Theater. To kick off the screening, Omaha Symphony music director Thomas Wilkins will introduce the film and lead an interactive Q & A forum on opening night. Amadeus is the perfect introduction to the Omaha Symphony’s Mozart and Salieri concert on May 9th, which will feature some of Mozart’s most popular compositions.
*See AMADEUS and receive 25% off tickets to the Omaha Symphony's Mozart and Salieri concert at the Holland Center on May 9! Bring your ticket stub to the Omaha Symphony Ticket Office or use the special promo code (given at the screening) online or via phone.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Help the hungry, while having “fun, fun, fun” at the Omaha Symphony Beach Boys concerts!

The Omaha Symphony and The Food Bank of Omaha have partnered to hold a food drive March 27-29 during the symphony’s concerts at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to these performances. Donation drums will be located at each of the hall’s three ground level entrances. All donations will go directly towards The Food Bank of Omaha. This food drive is part of the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation “Million Dollar Match.”
This weekend effort is part of a nationwide initiative called “Orchestras Feeding America,” organized by the League of American Orchestras, Feeding America (the nation’s largest hunger relief organization), and Participant Media. The large-scale effort coincides with the release of The Soloist, an upcoming film based on the true-life relationship between a newspaper columnist and a gifted string player struggling with mental illness and homelessness. The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr., is a testament to the redemptive power of music and a reminder of our connections to the most vulnerable among us.
This March 27-29, give the gift of nourishment while your soul is nourished by the beauty and inspiration of music!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Meet Clay

We are gearing up for Sunday's Family Concert, the Final Frontier, featuring Nebraskan astronaut Clay Anderson.

He talked with Glennboy and Glo from Star 104.5 earlier this week about the concert, walking in space, and more.

CLICK HERE to hear the podcast.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Omaha World-Herald Previews: From 'Spring' to St. Patrick's day!

What's so scandalous about Stravinsky's Rite of Spring?
Hear what Thomas has to say about it... in this article by World-Herald reporter John Pitcher.

"The Omaha Symphony must have stumbled upon a four-leaf clover." Why? All is explained here, in an interview with Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns.

For tickets, call 342-3560, 345-0606, or visit!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dress Up For Disney... A Fun Success!

Before the Sunday matinee of The Magical Music of Walt Disney, families were invited to the orchestra level for some pre-concert Disney-themed activities. Kids got to meet and listen to Jodi Benson--the original voice of the Little Mermaid. And don't forget the "dress up" part of the event... check out all the great Disney costumes! It was a truly magical day at the Holland Performing Arts Center with the Omaha Symphony.