Omaha Performing Arts offers five different series: Broadway, Dance, Family, Jazz and Showcase, formerly the Popular Series.
Executive Director Joan Squires says several of the shows offered during this season’s Broadway series are coming to Omaha for the first time. The season begins with Shrek! The Musical in October. Squires says that’s followed by Billy Elliot in November.
Omaha’s KANEKO has a new board chairman and new plans for programming.
In March, then-Executive Director Hal France stepped down. Jim Linder, Incoming Chairman of the Board, says France stepped down as part of a planning process. Linder says the board believed a different structure was needed for KANEKO as it looked at integrating administrative leadership, fundraising and programming.
KANEKO’s mission, to promote creativity and explore innovation will not change. What will change, according to Linder, is that programming in the new season will follow four major themes.
The Omaha Area Youth Orchestra will play popular pieces from Rimsky-Korsakov, Delius and Mendelssohn at its annual Side by Side program.
The Side by Side Concert takes place Sunday at 7:00 in the Holland Center. OAYO Executive Director Aviva Segall says the program offers the Youth Symphony the chance to perform alongside Omaha Symphony musicians.
She says Maestro Thomas Wilkins will conduct the majority of the concert.
Area students and community volunteers have an opportunity to become “Mindbender Masters” through the Durham Museum’s Good Works Program.
The program is a service-based initiative that will train participants for the Museum’s summer exhibition, Mindbender Mansion. Volunteers or “Mindbender Masters” will guide visitors through the exhibition, helping them complete brainteasers and challenges.
A 50 year reunion concert is scheduled for Saturday evening at South High School. The Ambassadors Show Choir began in 1962 as the Choralaires. Among the 100 participants in this weekend’s reunion show are members of that choir.
Experimental percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani performs at the Bemis Center Saturday, April 7th.
Joel Damon, Underground Curator, says Nakatani plays a traditional gong with a bow. He says it creates an atmospheric sound that can be felt and experienced on multiple levels.
Damon says Nakatani also plays singing bowls, and uses cymbals in new ways. He says the Bemis is always interested in performers and artists who may not fit comfortably within traditional concert venues.
The 7th Annual Omaha Film Festival begins runs next Wednesday through Sunday at the Great Escape Cinema 16. Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee has the story of the documentaries selected for the festival. It’s called The Girls in the Band…
The 2012 Omaha Film Festival begins next Wednesday and runs five days at the Great Escape Cinema 16. Dan Parris is one of the documentary filmmakers. Parris will be in attendance for the screening of his film, Give a Damn. With the story, here’s Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee...