Sunday, February 20, 2011

Beethoven's Ninth. Hear it live March 4 & 6 at the Holland.

We recently came across a fascinating documentary called "Following the Ninth." It's a film that explores the meaning, mystery, and global impact of one of the world's greatest works of art, Beethoven's hymn to human connection, the glorious Ninth Symphony.

What is ultra-amazing is that Beethoven composed his masterpiece entirely deaf! What a gift to the world. Please join us on March 4 & 6 as we celebrate our 90th Anniversary in the Omaha area with this timeless "Ode to Joy." Click here to purchase tickets online.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

90 Years - Join the Celebration!

Ninety years ago, the Omaha Symphony consisted of a small but mighty band of talented local players. No one could have dreamed of a home like the Holland Performing Arts Center. No one could have foreseen performing with the world’s best artists, the likes of Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma. However, with a passion for artistic excellence and the backing of a generous community, the Omaha Symphony has grown—in size, in artistry, and in impact.

The orchestra marks its 90th Anniversary March 4-6 with a weekend of exceptional music and tremendous gratitude for the community it serves. Two special concerts, featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, will be performed at the Holland Center Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m., both conducted by Omaha Symphony Music Director Thomas Wilkins. A black-tie formal Gala event will be held on Saturday, March 5 at the Joslyn Art Museum. The entire weekend is presented by sponsors HDR, Inc. and the Silverstone Group.“We live in an age when orchestras across America are experiencing challenges that threaten their very existence. In Omaha, we thrive. It is a testament not only to who we were, but also who we continue to be, as a community of artists and lovers of great art,” said Maestro Thomas Wilkins.

Wilkins chose the music for the March 4 and 6 concerts to reflect the grandeur and passion behind the 90th anniversary. “Beethoven’s Ninth is the culmination of both the life and life’s work of one of the greatest composers of all time. In this music, there is the voice of a genius who has much to say and does so patiently, expansively, and poetically,” Wilkins said. Beethoven’s timeless masterpiece will be elevated by a host of beautiful voices—four talented guest soloists, the Omaha Symphonic Chorus, Nebraska Wesleyan University Chorus, and the University of Nebraska-Omaha Concert Choir and Chamber Choir. The program also includes Symphony No. 2 (“Romantic”) by composer Howard Hanson, a native Nebraskan. Tickets for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony are $20 to $75. Husch Blackwell is Friday’s concert sponsor.
HDR, Inc. and the Silverstone Group will present the Omaha Symphony’s 90th Anniversary Gala Saturday, March 5 at the Joslyn Art Museum. The event’s honorary co-chairs are Pat and Richard Bell and Anne and John Nelson. Gala attendees will experience an evening of timeless elegance and entertainment, including a concert by the orchestra and a special tribute to Richard Holland, a longtime friend of the Omaha Symphony, in honor of his 90th year. For more information or to purchase tickets to the Gala, please contact Heather Hoyt at 402.342.3836 x125 or

Please join the Omaha Symphony as it celebrates 90 years—a proud history and bright future. “We intend to be innovative, while preserving the great musical history that has sustained us these many years. We intend to be artist-teachers, pursuing not only our own growth, but indeed that of those in our midst, as well. We intend to partner with other community entities, to create a quality of life that leaves no one behind,” said Wilkins.
For more on the Omaha Symphony’s history, please visit


Three Dog Night is an official sell-out! Here's the preview with Danny Hutton in today's OWH Go! Section.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

BSO Names Wilkins to lead Family & Youth Concerts

Congratulations to Maestro Wilkins!

Click here to read Boston Globe coverage of the announcement.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cassidy on performing in Omaha: "I cannot wait"

Don't miss the huge David Cassidy/Omaha Symphony spread in today's Omaha World-Herald GO! section... it's fantastic with very Valentine visuals--pinks, reds, and lots of dreamy pics of this former teen heartthrob.

Here's a great quote:
“I cannot wait,” Cassidy said during a recent phone interview from his home in Florida. “This is a very special occasion for me and a really exciting one. I feel so enthusiastic about it. It's really, genuinely got my blood racing.”

The source of all that excitement is a series of concerts Cassidy will perform with the Omaha Symphony. The singer-actor takes the stage of the Holland Performing Arts Center for three concerts Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Read the whole article--click HERE. Thanks to reporter Niz Proskocil and the entire Omaha World-Herald team for such great (and fun!) coverage.

Monday, February 7, 2011

C'mon Get Happy this Valentine's Weekend!

Feel the love this Valentine's Weekend with David Cassidy and the Omaha Symphony!
Friday, Feb. 11 @ 8 PM
Saturday, Feb. 12 @ 8 PM
Sunday, Feb. 13 @ 2 PM
Call 402.342.3560 OR Click here for tickets.

FUN FACT-->We're entertaining some folks from across the pond this weekend: 17 from the UK, 5 from the Netherlands, and 1 from Switzerland. Nothing can keep those European fans from David Cassidy! Most of them are going to all 3 shows, too!