Wilkins conducts Mahler

Music Director Thomas Wilkins conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in the 2019-2020 season. 

Book a great date night. Lose yourself in some of the most beautiful music ever created. Introduce your kids to classical music or groove to your favorite rock music from decades past.

Whether you’re a fan of classical, pop, rock or even movie theme songs, the Omaha Symphony has something for you. 

And with tickets to individual concerts on sale beginning Aug. 19, isn’t it about time to give this nearly 100-year-old institution a try?

For classical music lovers, the Omaha Symphony’s coming season includes music from greats like Beethoven, Brahms and Mahler. Highlights include Tchaikovsky’s "Swan Lake", Debussy’s "La Mer" and for piano lovers, a powerful concert featuring pieces by Rachmaninoff, Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue" and a newly discovered piano concerto by African American composer Florence Price. The opening September concert will feature a special piece commissioned by the Omaha Symphony to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

The Omaha Symphony also attracts world-class guest artists, including pianist Condoleezza Rice, who will perform a Mozart concerto in May 2020; pianist Charlie Albright, who made his Omaha Symphony debut in 2016; and violinist Stefan Jackiw.

But classical music isn’t all the orchestra is known for.

Other programs include tributes to Rodgers & Hammerstein, Frank Sinatra and Motown, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album and the music of Queen. A special concert will project classic Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes cartoons on a big screen while the orchestra plays the exhilarating scores.

Hollywood legend John Williams’ soundtracks to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban make you wish every movie could be screened this way!

As for the kids, the Omaha Symphony has three family- and budget-friendly concerts, including the ever-popular Spooktacular, which allows kids to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat in the lobbies, and a concert presented in partnership with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. Preconcert activities, an instrument petting zoo and a “wiggling encouraged” policy make learning about music fun.

With a little something for young, old and everyone in between, make time to visit your Omaha Symphony this year! Don’t want to wait until August? Season packages are on sale now.

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