Arts
6:06 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Living Voices Concert Takes Place Tonight

The Omaha Symphony and Omaha Central High School are offering a free community concert tonight at 7:00.

Thomas Wilkins, Omaha Symphony Conductor
Thomas Wilkins, Omaha Symphony Conductor

The program is called Living Voices: A Legacy of Hope, An Affirmation of Promise and is a celebration of Black History Month. 

Thomas Wilkins, Conductor of the Omaha Symphony, says one of the things they wanted to do with the program is demonstrate the involvement black people have had with classical music. 

Wilkins says the program celebrates the diversity of African-American culture.

"We have music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor who was a black British composer of the 19th century.  He was very well respected and a lot of the time sounds a lot like Dvorak, another favorite composer of mine.  Duke Ellington wrote a lot of orchestral music and not a lot of people know that because we sort of know him as the Duke, you know, the king of big band jazz.”

Wilkins says the concert serves as an opportunity to remember the significance of those who have come before. 

The Living Voices Concert takes place tonight at 7:00 at Central High School.  Orchestra students, theatre students and choral students will perform with the symphony. 

There is no charge to attend and doors open at 6:30.