UNO’s Creative Forum Brings Great Opportunity to Students

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October 21st, 2014

Omaha, NE — Everyone’s invited to UNO for a preview of the next Omaha Symphony Masterworks concert.

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This year the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media created a new series of Creative Forums. Organizing and moderating these events is Hal France, who says the goal of the Creative Forums was student-centered.

Thomas Wilkins

Thomas Wilkins

“Create an opportunity for students to interact with professionals,” he said. “So, we have a series that brings professional artists to campus. We have forums, we talk, we ask questions, we feature them, and usually we preview an upcoming performances that students will then have access to.”

The discussions will center on different artistic disciplines, like theatre, art, and music. France says these free events are open to all students and the general public. All attending UNO students will receive complimentary admission to the event featured in the forums. The next Forum is this Tuesday and features a presentation from the Omaha Symphony.

“We’re really proud and pleased to welcome the wonderful Music Director Thomas Wilkins to campus to talk about a big upcoming event,” France said. “I think one of the biggest of the season, one of the biggest of any symphony’s seasons is to play Mahler.”

The Symphony will play Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony No. 2 in November. This forum will give attendees a preview of the performance and a background on the music, the composer, and the performers. For example, Mahler was born to a Jewish family but converted to Catholicism shortly after this work was completed. However, Hal France says that Mahler’s interest not religion or theology.

“Mahler was very concerned about the afterlife,” he said. “He had an interesting spiritual life. His works are extraordinarily spiritual, they’re all geared toward spirituality in some form or another.”

With such a significant underlying theme, Mahler made use of an extensive group of performers.

“Well it’s a gargantuan orchestra,” he said. “Quadruple winds…there are ten horns and eight trumpets, a huge percussion section, a big string section….choral symphony.”

The next CFAM Creative Forum featuring Thomas Wilkins speaking about Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony is this Tuesday, Tuesday, October 21 at 7 pm. It will be in Room 105 of UNO’s Strauss Performing Arts Center. It is open to all students and community members, and on-campus parking is available near the Weitz community engagement center, Lots D & E. More information on the Creative Forum can be found at unomaha.edu. More information and tickets to Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony can be found at omahasymphony.org.

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