This weekend, the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra presents its 2nd annual Holiday Concert Collaboration.
The performance takes place at 3:00 p.m. this Saturday at Iowa Western Community College.
Music Director Aviva Segall says the focal piece of the program is a prepared reading of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite.” She says the OAYO’s Youth Symphony and Youth Philharmonic will read through the piece along with alumni and members of the community.
After a short rehearsal, the ensemble plays the work for everyone.
"We will have some of the quartets from our collaboration with the Omaha Chamber Music Society. They’ll be playing Christmas carols and holiday favorites. Additionally, this will be the first performance of our new percussion ensemble and they’ll be playing a lot of great repertoire as well.”
Segall says guests will also enjoy free refreshments and a Christmas sweater contest.
OAYO’s Holiday Concert Collaboration is being presented through the Bluffs Arts Council.