Three late-19th to early-20th century composers will be celebrated by the Omaha Symphony Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
The performance, titled “Rhapsody in Blue,” features pieces from George Gershwin, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Maurice Ravel.
Gershwin, Rachmaninoff and Ravel hail from all corners of the world — America, Russia and France — and were all composers and pianists, among other things.
The concert will feature pianist Michael Chertock playing the title number, Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” a lively, jazzy piano concerto.
Chertock made his debut at age 17, launching a successful career as an orchestral soloist. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique du Montreal, the Baltimore Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony, among others. He is currently chair of the piano department at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
Conductor Thomas Wilkins will direct “Rhapsody in Blue” as well as Rachmaninoff’s “Symphony No. 2 in E Minor” and Ravel’s “Rhapsodie espagnole,” a festive and energetic four-part composition.
The concert is a part of the Omaha Symphony MasterWorks series.
Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at omahasymphony.org or by calling 402-345-0606. Student tickets may be purchased online for $10 the week of the concert with a valid student I.D.