Dereck Higgins to Perform at Bemis’ LOW END

June 16th, 2020

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Nebraska Music Hall of Famer Dereck Higgins will perform this Thursday, June 18, part of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts’ virtual series broadcasted from their performance space, LOW END. A lifelong musician, Higgins incorporates guitar, bass, and synthesizers, and at times his music can be described as anything ranging from rock or punk to ambient and New Wave. It’s impossible to categorize Higgins’ music and what he’ll be playing, because there’s no emphasis on genre.

Featuring Dereck Higgins

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Omaha Community Playhouse’s Rock and Roll Drive in: ‘Rave On!’

June 11th, 2020

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Beginning tonight, Billy McGuigan and his band will perform a run of his tribute to Buddy Holly, Rave On!. The family friendly—and now Covid-friendly—drive in show at the playhouse is a favorite of McGuigan’s, who has performed many covers of classic rock heroes throughout his career.

Featuring Billy McGuigan

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Omaha Performing Arts’ Live on the Stream Series

May 21st, 2020

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—To keep performers and audiences in touch during the time of COVID, Omaha Performing Arts has hosted its new Live on the Stream Series, broadcasting live performances twice a week via Facebook and Youtube. There are three performances left, and this Saturday evening, Dani Cleveland will sing with accompaniment.

Featuring Dani Cleveland

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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

‘A Memory Held in You’ Opens Virtually

May 7th, 2020

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Amplify Arts’ Generator Space Grant recipients, artists  Alex Jacobsen and Allegra Hangen, will virtually present A Memory Held in You, a collaborative experiment in sound, video, and memory. Initially set to be performed live at the space, the work has been reimagined for a Facebook and Instragram livestream. The artists met at the Bemis Center as interns, and Jacobsen and Hangen have unique interests in audio and visual presentation respectively.  

Featuring Alex Jacobsen and Allegra Hangen

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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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