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Ankush Kumar Bahl is the 13th Music Director in the Omaha Symphony's 100-year history, succeeding Maestro Thomas Wilkins.  He takes the podium for the first time as Music Director of the Omaha Symphony tonight (September 24th) in the “Bahl Conducts Beethoven 7,” which runs through September 26th.

Bahl also made his second appearance on “Live & Local” when he chatted with Mike Hogan in this two-part interview about becoming the music director, his love of all types of music, and the future of the symphony under his watch.

More information about “Bahl Conducts Beethoven 7” and other concerts can be found at https://www.omahasymphony.org/

Take the world class Omaha Symphony, mix in “Bruce In The USA,” billed as the world’s greatest tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and add Ernest Richardson, Resident Conductor & Principal Pops Conductor and you are in for an evening of spectacular music and fun.  September 17th is the night these stars align.

Ernest took some time to talk to Mike Hogan on the “Live & Local” segment to discuss not only this project, but some of the other upcoming performances on the docket.  More information about the Omaha Symphony can be found at http://www.omahasymphony.org/.

Rocker and local favorite Billy McGuigan is back at the Holland Center with his band in tow for a collaboration with the Omaha Symphony – this time at the brand new outdoor venue for a weekend of celebratory shows that are sure to bring the party and the hits! 

McGuigan talked to Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM about bringing his lineup of heavy-hitting band members to perform symphonic arrangements of hits from The Rolling Stones, Queen, Elton John, The Beatles, and more with original tunes in the mix.  The Omaha Symphony adds dramatic color to these crowd favorites, making for an incredible weekend of safe community gathering around the music we all love conducted by Maestro Ernest Richardson.  

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5 at the Holland Center Outdoors.  More information can be found at https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/billy-mcguigan-2021

After his 2017 performance to a sold-out Omaha audience, nationally renowned cellist Joshua Roman returns to the Holland Performing Arts Center stage – once again under the baton of Maestro Thomas Wilkins, the two join the Omaha Symphony to perform Saint-Saëns’ groundbreaking Concerto No. 1 in A minor for Cello and Orchestra.  The performances March 26 and 27 are Omaha’s chance not only to see one of the beloved Maestro’s final performances as Music Director of the Omaha Symphony, but also to see one of the United States’ greatest soloists in action.

In this two-part interview, Joshua shares some insights into his approach to music, fond memories of Maestro Wilkins, and much more with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local.”

For information or tickets to this socially distanced Holland Center performance, go to https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/wilkins-roman

Following a two-year search process, a unanimous decision, and a much-anticipated announcement, Ankush Kumar Bahl returns to Omaha to conduct his first performance as recently named Music Director Designate of the Omaha Symphony.  The Maestro takes the podium to  lead the orchestra in a jubilant program featuring Mendelssohn’s unfettered concert overture, “The Hebrides” and Sibelius’ colorful Symphony No. 2 in D Major.

Ankush recently sat down with Mike Hogan for a two-part "Live & Local" interview about his new role, how he stayed “fresh” during the shutdowns, and gave insights into his conducting heroes.

Performances with Ankush on the podium will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 13 and 2 p.m. Sunday, February 14 at the Holland Performing Arts Center Peter Kiewit Hall. 

Performances at the Holland Performing Arts Center feature physically distanced seating and will only be seated at a maximum of 30 percent capacity.  All patrons will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire prior to accessing their mobile tickets via the Ticket Omaha app.  Masks are required at indoor Omaha Symphony performances.

For information, one can go to the website  https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/mendelssohn-sibelius

Pandemic or not, it's still the holidays with the Omaha Symphony, though a little different this year!  No live audience allowed due to the pandemic, but that won’t stop the Omaha Symphony from providing a holiday extravaganza…Free of charge to all of the Greater Omaha metro!

Conductor Ernest Richardson and Stage Director/Choreographer Parker Esse joined Mike Hogan for a three-part “Live & Local” interview to discuss how they tackled the Herculean task of adapting, restaging, filming, and editing this huge production in a safe, healthy, and entertaining manner.  The holidays will not be stopped, and these two tell the story of how the holiday show was saved.

Omaha Symphony has teamed up with WOWT Channel 6 to broadcast “Physicians Mutual Presents: Home for the Holidays with the Omaha Symphony” straight to your home!  The holiday program audiences have grown to love will feature a physically distanced orchestra, singers, and dancers filmed remotely.  It is with great pride and a team effort that Omaha Symphony brings this holiday tradition safely to the homes of Omahans completely free of charge as a gift to the community.  The program will air December 23rd at 7:00 p.m. and December 25th at 1:00 p.m. on WOWT. 

For more information on how you can join them for Christmas pop tunes, orchestral features, and exciting dance numbers, or to see a program of the numbers, you can go to http://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/home-for-the-holidays

Due to forecasted cold weather, the previously scheduled free outdoor Omaha Symphony performances at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct 4 will now be held indoors at the Holland Performing Arts Center Peter Kiewit Concert Hall.   

Dani Meier, Vice President of Artistic Administration and a member of the bass section, joined Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM to chat about the thrill of getting together and playing live music again.

Both performances will remain free and open to the public, but the events will now require that audiences RSVP via free ticket reservation.  It is recommended that attendees reserve their ticket ahead of time. Tickets may be reserved online at ticketomaha.com, by calling Ticket Omaha at (402) 345-0606, or through the Ticket Omaha app.  

With a nod to the past, and an eye toward the future, the Omaha Symphony announced details of its diverse and vibrant centennial season, celebrating 100 years of music in Omaha, and a year-long swan song for Music Director Thomas Wilkins, who will retire from the position at the close of the season.

Special guest artists include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist André Watts, and jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis, the Omaha premiere of several new works, the return of popular groups like Pink Martini and the Doo Wop Project, and a free community concert at Turner Park to kick off the season.

Anwar Nasir, (Vice President, Marketing & Communications) and Dani Meier, (Vice President of Artistic Administration and symphony bass player) joined Mike Hogan at the KIOS-FM studios to share the exciting news around the centennial celebration.

Wilkins, who has helmed the Omaha Symphony since 2005, will retire at the close of the 2020/2021 season.  He is the longest-serving music director in the organization’s history. A search for his replacement is underway. 

“In my final year as the Omaha Symphony’s artistic leader, it is a joy to showcase the incredible talent and unmatched versatility of this orchestra,” added Music Director Thomas Wilkins. “What an honor it is to invite world-renowned guest artists and friends to share our stage and join in celebrating this milestone season and the great community we call home.”

More information can be found at www.omahasymphony.org

Omaha Symphony presents another installment of their Masterworks series, Brahm's Symphony No. 1.

You’ll feel like you’ve gone to New York City with the strutting strings, powerful brass, and wicked rhythms in Bernstein’s opening Three Dance Episodes from On the Town!  Concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore (“Luminous and hypnotic.” – The Omaha World-Herald) will then whisk you off to Scotland with Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, with romantic and popular tunes that spin out beautiful songs and virtuosic showcases.  Brahms makes his symphonic debut with the thunderous, resounding Symphony No. 1, a stormy work that gives way to a radiant, triumphant finale.

Concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore checks into the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the program and how she has approached the music, both fifteen years ago when she first played it and today when she has tackled it again.

The performances are at the Holland Center both February 21st and 22nd.  More information can be found at https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/brahms-symphony-no-1

"Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration" Featured Performers Siri Howard and Kevin Vortmann are two of the principal singers in the Christmas show.  And this isn't their first trip to the River City.  Siri has been to Omaha five times while Kevin has appeared with the Omaha Symphony 10 times!

Both spent time with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM to talk about their fondness for the city, some of their favorite places to visit, how welcoming and friendly the Omaha community has been to them, as well as the singing and dancing extravaganza that is the annual Christmas show.

The show opens Thursday, December 19th and runs through Sunday December 22nd.  For more information or tickets one can go to https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/physicians-mutual-omaha-symphony-christmas-celebration

The Omaha Symphony’s Choral Collaborative program brings high school vocal programs and the Omaha Symphony together in collaboration for a unique concert experience.  Choral Collaborative affords students the opportunity to perform world-class repertoire, work with professional soloists, and participate in an intense learning and rehearsal process with the artistic staff of a professional orchestra.

The performance will feature a 400-voice chorus from selected Omaha-area high schools. Schools taking part in Choral Collaborative this year include Bellevue West, Bennington, Blair, Omaha Burke, Creighton Prep, and Papillion-LaVista.  The concert is Sunday, November 10th at 2:00 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

World class tenor Anthony Webb is participating for the second time and he sat down with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program, how rewarding the experience is, and the joy of singing.

For more information or tickets, one can navigate to the website https://omahasymphony.org/concerts/haydns-lord-nelson-mass

The Omaha Symphony presents the latest in the "MasterWorks" series.

"Chopin & Swan Lake" will be performed on October 18th and 19th.  Curtain rises at 7:30 at the Holland Center.  

Conductor Ankush Bahl joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" fresh off his flight to Omaha.  During the interview, Ankush explains how this presentation of Tchaikovsky’s suite from "Swan Lake" will be very different than the average, as he inserted additional selections to the standard suite.  He also talks about his work with jazz genius Wayne Shorter and other topics.

For more information one can go to https://www.omahasymphony.org/concerts/chopin-swan-lake

The last of the MasterWorks series for the season happens this weekend at the Holland Performing Arts Center for the Omaha Symphony.  "Mozart & Mahler" starts at 7:30 each night. 

With stirring music both beautiful and poignant, Mahler’s The Song of the Earth depicts the cycle of life and death amidst the enduring glory of nature.  Soloist and three-time Grammy Award winner, Michelle DeYoung makes her Omaha debut. 

Michelle also chats "Live & Local" with Mike Hogan about the two night program (May 31st and June 1st), winning the Grammy Award (three times!), and the signature role in her career.

More information can be found at www.OmahaSymphony.org. 

Omaha Symphony is proud to present another MasterWorks installment, "Tchaikovsky’s 5th," which runs May 10th and 11th, 7:30 p.m. at the  Holland Performing Arts Center.

Guest conductor Ruth Reinhardt joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the music, rehearsals, and how preparing for a concert can be like making a gourment meal!

More information can be found at www.omahasymphony.org.

Concert Selections

- Tchaikovksy: Cossack Dance from Mazeppa

- Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A Minor

- Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor

The summation of Brahms’ entire career, his Fourth Symphony, is an intense and exciting tribute to the musical masters who came before him, setting a pathway for all composers who followed.

Barber’s quintessentially American concerto is an exuberant and optimistic tour-de-force.  Both pieces of music will be performed this weekend.

Guest conductor of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, James Feddeck, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss this installment of the "Masterworks" series.  March 1st and 2nd at 7:30 are the show times. 

For more information one can visit the website www.OmahaSymphony.org

The Omaha Symphony invites you to lose yourself in the mystical and romantic tales from Russian folklore, French exoticism, and American adventure, in a two-night festival featuring different programs each evening. Russian, French & American Tales: A Festival, will take place Friday, Jan. 11, and Saturday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. each night, at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Concert Master, First Chair, and Soloist violinist Susanna Perry Gilmore joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss this exciting two weekend show, how she works with conductors, and the "behind the scenes" game planning that goes into presenting a symphonic concert.

More information can be found at OmahaSymphony.org

The Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony "Christmas Celebration" is the merriest way to celebrate the Yuletide season!  The Omaha Symphony’s singing, dancing, and musical extravaganza, opens Dec. 8 with 10 performances through Dec. 16, at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Director and Choreographer Parker Esse chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the magic of the season and the beauty of the show coming together.

More information can be found at https://www.omahasymphony.org/

Bold, melodic, stormy – Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto grips listeners from its opening notes.  Perhaps the greatest and most recognizable of all piano concertos, it shares the program with Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, a hymn to freedom and the power of humankind’s noble spirit. 

Bulgarian conductor, Stilian Kirov, chats with Mike Hogan about this powerful show, (October 26th and 27th at The Holland Center), how he has to approach the music, and the "team" relationship with the entire symphony. 

More information can be found at https://www.omahasymphony.org/

This Friday and Saturday mark the start of the Omaha Symphony's "MasterWorks" series.  Pianist Spencer Myer stops by the studios to chat with Mike Hogan about being featured on Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety" and the thrill of his first concert at The Holland Center.  More information is available at https://www.omahasymphony.org/ 

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. 

From solo artist to Concert Master and classical music to Celtic fiddling, Susanna Perry Gilmore talks about her role with the symphony, making music, and she provides insights into how the creative process works.  She is a soloist for the new concert "The Planets" which opens Friday, May 11th.  Information is available at www.OmahaSymphony.org.

Dance Kaleidoscope Artistic Director David Hochoy chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" on Morning Edition about the current production of "Appalachian Spring & West Side Story"

Joshua Bell plays with the Omaha Symphony

Nov 16, 2012

Virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell performs with the Omaha Symphony tonight and tomorrow at the Holland Center. 

Bell will be performing Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto,” a piece he says was considered unplayable when it was composed because of its considerable technical challenges.

Though Bell has played the piece more than a thousand times, he says he never tires of it.