The Omaha Symphony returned to the stage Friday night at the Holland Performing Arts Center with music that was light, flirty and stirring by turns. “Brahms & Sibelius” featured selections from three composers from the 19th and early 20th centuries and proved a remarkable introduction to the symphony’s 93rd season.
Czech composer Bedrich Smetana was omitted from the concert title for some reason, but no matter; he got his due at the beginning as the symphony opened with the overture to “The Bartered Bride,” a comic opera. The overture is often played on its own and for good reason. It is winningly romantic and, influenced by Smetana’s eastern European roots, has echoes of a spritely, lively folksong.