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Matthew Bushey

The Holland Center for Peforming Arts will hold its first indoor concert this weekend since the beginning of the pandemic. Singer-songwriter Willy Porter will perform Saturday, Oct. 3 to a socially distanced crowd. 

Porter is a Wisconsin musician best known for his 1994 album "Dog Eared Dream." His blues-rock songs are often accompanied by impressive fingerstyle guitar playing.

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The Holland Center reopens for in-person entertainment this weekend with two days of free concerts. Holland Center Outdoors will take place on the building’s lawn with up to eight patrons inside one of a series of 10-foot by 10-foot painted squares.

Omaha Performing Arts’ Jazz Academy fosters quality jazz education in Omaha area middle schools.  This free program connects students and teachers with a professional teaching artist to explore jazz on a deeper level.

Participating schools receive free in school clinics tailored to the needs of individual jazz bands throughout the school year, free jazz education workshops for middle and high school teachers, and performance opportunities for students.

Jazz Academy teaching artist, Shawn Bell, and Associate Director of Education for Omaha Performing Arts’ Jazz Academy, Kathleen Lawler–Hustead, join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program and the difference it makes in the lives of the students and the faculty.

More information can be found at https://o-pa.org/learn-and-engage/student-programs/jazz-academy

Officials have announced plans to build a flexible music venue in downtown Omaha.

 Omaha Performing Arts President Joan Squires said Wednesday that it's hoped the venue's size and configuration will appeal to touring artists. Fundraising has begun for the $109 million facility. Officials say it will be able to hold up to 3,000 patrons and have no fixed seats. It will sit just north of the Holland Performing Arts Center. The opening is planned for 2023.

Omaha Performing Arts and the Omaha Symphony are partnering once again to help community members revive their musical talent through the Rusty Musician Experience on Sunday September 23, 2018.  The Rusty Musician Experience allows musicians of any experience level age 16 and older to play alongside Omaha Symphony musicians in the world-class Holland Performing Arts Center’s Kiewit Hall.  Joanie Mathis (VP  at Omaha Symphony) and Dominic Green (Community Engagement Manager Omaha Performing Arts) stop by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan. 

Jay Hanson, lead guitarist and vocals in the show "Yesterday and Today" talks to Mike Hogan about the show, The Beatles, and the music.  More information regarding the show can be found at www.OmahaPlayhouse.com.

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee talked with This American Life host Ira Glass yesterday about the elements that make up a good story.  Ira Glass is at the Holland Center Saturday night.  Tickets are available at TicketOmaha.com

Omaha Performing Arts President Receives National Honor

Jun 19, 2017

Omaha Performing Arts President Joan Squires recently received the Broadway Presenter of the Year award from The Broadway League for her contributions to the Broadway industry and to the arts in Omaha.