Event Interviews

Interviews with area non-profits about upcoming events, by Michael Lyon.

Will O'Leary 2005

Peabody-Award-winning journalist and host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, Scott Simon, will be the keynote speaker for Creighton University's Ross Horning Lecture on April 15.

As Alexander Payne returns to the state to film Nebraska, his next movie, a new book by Omaha author-journalist Leo Adam Biga provides a revealing look at the emergence and development of Omaha's favorite film director. Omaha Public Radio's Michael Lyon spoke with Biga about his new book.

The Omaha Symphony's New Music Symposium called for scores for original works for chamber orchestra. Four young composers were selected to participate, working with Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-award winning composer William Bolcom and other faculty over the course of three days to refine and rework their original compositions.  You can hear these compositions at a public concert at 7:00 p.m. tonight at Kaneko, 1111 Jones Street, Omaha.

The Omaha Community Playhouse's production of Hairspray is a light-hearted flashback to the 1960's that redefines beauty, as a girl with bigger aspirations becomes the newest local TV star. The Broadway production won 8 Tony awards out of 13 nominations.  Music director, Jim Boggess, talks about the The Playhouse's production, which runs May 25 through June 4.

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The Omaha Symphony performs Baroque Fireworks this Saturday. The program includes staples of the Baroque repertoire, including Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Pachelbel's Canon in D, and Handel's Royal Fireworks Music, selections that have almost universal familiarity.

Bill Cosby's career spans five decades and virtually all media, remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly project. Cosby brought his stand-up show to Omaha’s Orpheum Theater last Sunday for a matinee show.  Omaha Public Radio’s Michael Lyon talked to the comedian by phone prior to his visit to Omaha.

Nebraska’s 3rd Lymphomathon 5K walk will be held Saturday, April 28, at  Mahoney State Park.  Proceeds will go to fund research and patient education.