The Omaha Community Playhouse will produce Ella, Feb. 28-March 30, 2014. Ella is the powerhouse story and musical revue of iconic Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. As this legend prepares for her most challenging performance, she recalls her life’s tribulations and how she found solace in music. Ella’s renowned voice transports audiences to another time with classics such as “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” “You Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Cheek to Cheek” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” This moving and dazzling revue will astound and delight audiences.
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Elizabeth Larus, Professor of Political Science at the University of Mary Washington and author of “Politics and Society in Contemporary China” and “Economic Reform in China – 1979 – 2003” “Social and Economic Problems Facing China’s Fifth Generation of Leaders”
MARCH 6th: WOMEN IN JAZZ FOR WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH We celebrate Women's History Month with an hour of music from some of the top women in jazz today. Cheryl Bentyne, Rene Marie and Gretchen Parlato are a few of the great artists on tonight's program.
MARCH 20th: ALTO SAXOPHONISTS Charlie Parker, Jackie McLean and Cannonball Adderley will be featured in this hour of music from some of the great alto saxophonists from yesteryear and some of the fine players on today's scene such as Gilad Edelman and Kenny Garrett.
Every now and then you slip a disc into the CD player and immediately become engaged in a thrilling experience. Such is the case with alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo's new album “Threshold”. Firmly ensconced in the post-bop idiom, this smoking quintet session is full of captivating delights for the listener.
DURHAM MUSEUM LECTURE – Mark Scherer, Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha “The American Civil War: A Look Back 150 Years Ago” Part 3 – “Lincoln at Gettysburg: Finding Meaning in an Ongoing Tragedy: November – December, 1863”