Omaha Chamber Music Society Returns to the Jewish Community Center

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March 22nd, 2017

Photo courtesy of Omaha Chamber Music Society

Omaha, NE—Omaha Chamber Music Society will be presenting a free concert, “Voices,” at the Jewish Community Center, Sunday March 26th.

Partnered with the Sokolof Javitch Foundation, The Society performs at the Jewish Community Center annually, and for the first time, there will be a preview of the show on Saturday morning at the Omaha Conservatory of Music.
Dani Meier, president of Omaha Chamber Music Society, explained the theme of their concerts at the Community Center.

“We try to have different instrumentations come in every year,” she said. “We try to have a different theme going on, and we try to feature different pieces than what audience members have heard before, because this is a different venue for us and because we don’t play at the J.C. regularly. It’s a chance for different audience members to come in as well and so something we like to do is also try and honor the Jewish heritage of our composers when we can.”

Sunday’s program will include Lillian Fuchs’ “Sonata Pastorale,” Max Bruch’s “Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano,” and “Five Songs for Soprano and String Quartet,” by Karl Weigl. The performance of these pieces together, according to Meier, led to the concert’s name.

“So we’re actually calling the program ‘Voices,’” she said, “because all three of these pieces have and incredible use of the color that occurs when these specific instrumentations come together. So with Weigl, the soprano’s voice, the way it kind of mixes with the strings, its idea is not to be in stark contrast on top of it but rather to create something totally new timbre-wise, and the same idea even though the voice is not featured in the Bruch or Fuchs, that same idea of creating this very unique voice, this very unique tone color through unique instrumentation.”

Omaha Chamber Music Society’s partnership with the Jewish Community Center makes for interesting performance opportunities, according to Meier.

“One of the things we love about this concert is it’s a chance to perform works that sometimes center around a theme but really just kind of showcase music that might not fall into other categories,” Meier said. “It’s not new music necessarily and we’re not following a certain instrumentation for the entire concert. We’re not going based off of what one group looks like for an entire program so we’re able to use a lot of musicians for this one concert.”

“Voices” will be performed by Omaha Chamber Music Society at the Jewish Community Center, Sunday, March 26th at 7:00pm. “Voices” will preview at the Omaha Conservatory of Music on Saturday at 10:30am. For more information, visit omahachambermusic.org.

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