Review: Billy McGuigan and Omaha Symphony take a spin through the ’60s

Billy McGuigan

In 2017, Billy McGuigan made his Omaha Symphony debut in a program titled “The British Invasion.”

This weekend, he’ll present the U.S. answer to that concert.

McGuigan will premiere a new show, “America Rocks the ’60s,” on Saturday night at the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St., as part of the Symphony Rocks series.

The show will include the biggest hits of that decade, including “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys, “I’m a Believer” by The Monkees, “Light My Fire” by The Doors and Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.”

The band will include McGuigan’s brothers Matthew and Ryan McGuigan, Max Meyer, Adam Stoltenberg and Tara Vaughan. Principal Pops Conductor Ernest Richardson will lead the orchestra.

McGuigan’s career began with his performance as the lead character in “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” at the Omaha Community Playhouse. He regularly tours in America and abroad and has written several touring shows, including “Rave On: The Buddy Holly Experience” and “Rock Twist.” He does a yearly show, “Yesterday and Today,” at the Playhouse, featuring the music of The Beatles.

He’s also part of the symphony’s 2019-20 lineup with a new show, “The British Invasion Part II.”

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are extremely limited and range from $65 to $89. They’re available at or 402-345-0606.

‘Pirates Ahoy’ is for families

A musical search for Blackbeard’s treasure is the next Omaha Symphony Family series show.

Guest conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez will take families on a seafaring adventure in “Pirates Ahoy.” Beware: Captain Guerrero and his crew of scalawags want to reach the bounty first.

The concert will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Kiewit Concert Hall at the Holland Center. Tickets are $15 and are available at or 402-345-0606.

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