Omaha Symphony Announces New Music Director

June 24th, 2020

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Following news that Maestro Thomas Wilkins is stepping down from his position with the Omaha Symphony, President and CEO Jennifer Boomgaarden finally has the announcement patrons have been waiting for. Ankush Kumar Bahl will serve as Omaha Symphony’s new Music Director.

Featuring Omaha Symphony President and CEO, Jennifer Boomgaarden

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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

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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Opera Omaha’s ‘Abduction at the Seraglio’ This Week

February 3rd, 2020

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Opera Omaha will present The Abduction from the Seraglio next weekend, another example of how easily classic works of music and theater can find a home in more modern settings—especially when they’re written by Mozart. Opera Omaha’s production is set in Germany’s Weimar Republic, in a club where Belmonte must rescue his beloved Konstanze. Jack Swanson plays the role of the hero.

Featuring Opera Singer Jack Swanson

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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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Eko Nova Presents ‘The Forces Inside’

April 20th, 2019

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Clarinetist John Klinghammer returns to Omaha for Eko Nova’s concert at Kaneko on Monday, The Forces Inside. He’s no stranger to the series, since he is its co-founder and first Artistic Director. Klinghammer has since accepted a chair in the Kansas City Symphony, but Eko Nova and its dedication to innovative chamber music survive.  

Featuring Kansas City Symphony Clarinetist John Klinghammer

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