“Festival of the Americas,” a two-night program by the Omaha Symphony, comes to the Holland Center this weekend.
The event is the latest in the symphony's new tradition of presenting a midseason festival around a particular theme. Each night will present a different repertoire.
On Friday, the orchestra will start things with Aaron Copland's “El Salón Mexico.” The American composer first traveled south of the border at the invitation of Mexican master Carlos Chavez, whose popular Symphony No. 2 (“Sinfonia India”) will follow.
The opening night also includes Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobo's “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5,” Argentine Alberto Ginastera's suite of four dances from the ballet “Estancia” and one Spanish composition in composer Rodrigo's “Concierto de Aranjuez.”
Saturday night's concert will focus on America the singular, beginning with William Schuman's “New England Triptych” and building toward Grofé's “Grand Canyon Suite.” Also included are Leonard Bernstein's “Three Dance Variations” from the ballet “Fancy Free” and Andre Previn's “Honey and Rue,” a cycle of six songs with lyrics by Toni Morrison.
Music Director Thomas Wilkins will conduct the orchestra. Soprano Alyson Cambridge will be featured both nights, including Saturday's performance of “Honey and Rue.”
Guitarist Oren Fader also will join the orchestra, playing a featured part on “Concierto de Aranjuez” Friday night.
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Omaha Symphony MasterWorks: Festival of the Americas
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St.
Tickets: $27 to $80; attendees to either concert can receive a 50 percent discount for the other night with online code FESTIVAL
Information: 402-345-0606 or omahasymphony.org