Neil Sedaka’s voice has poured out of radios for decades, and now he’s bringing his hits to town for a performance with the Omaha Symphony.
The singer-songwriter is among highlights of the Omaha Symphony’s 2013-2014 season announced Sunday. His show is among more than 30 concerts that include piano legend André Watts, the high-flying performance of Cirque de la Symphonie and the renamed Omaha Symphony Christmas Spectacular.
The season includes classical and contemporary favorites and six series — MasterWorks, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Movie Music, Family and Symphony Joslyn — as well as several special concerts.
James Johnson, symphony president and CEO, said the performances are aimed at the continuing goal of offering a range of styles.
“We try to address the differing tastes of the audience,’’ he said.
Sedaka, whose hits include “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” and “Calendar Girl,” will headline the Symphony Pops series. Watts is among highlights of the MasterWorks season with Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto.
If you’re in the mood for a little disco, you can catch the Bee Gees tribute group Stayin’ Alive and the symphony playing such favorites as “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep is Your Love” and “Night Fever.”
Other highlights include “Carnival of the Animals,” which will feature dancers, puppeteers and actors bringing the Saint-Saëns masterpiece to life in the Family series.
You also can also enjoy a new take on the film “Singin’ in the Rain” when the symphony plays live for a screening of the classic as part of the Movie Music series.
Johnson said the Movie Music series has been popular this current season. He said there is an important connection between film and orchestra music.
“There’s nothing like hearing the music live,’’ he said.
Season ticket packages for the 2013-2014 season will go on sale Monday. First-time symphony subscribers can purchase a season package at a 50-percent discount, while other discounts are available for previous subscribers.
For ticket information, contact the symphony box office, 402-342-3560, or online at www.omahasymphony.org.
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