Omaha Symphony, March 19
Beatles songs, April 30
The North Platte Concert Association will sponsor a musical treat on March 19, 2013, when the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra performs at the Neville Center for the Performing Arts.
The Omaha Symphony will be one of five top quality performances in the community concert season.
For 90 years, the Omaha Symphony Orchestra has been an essential Midwestern resource for excellent orchestral performances, quality musical entertainment, widespread music education and commendable community outreach.
Their outreach program includes recorder-based music instruction in cooperation with local schools. Modeled on a successful initiative used in the New York City public schools for more than 25 years, the program promotes music literacy and appreciation while exposing students to high quality classical music performances by guiding them through exciting composition, listening, and performing activities.
This concert is being brought to Nebraska communities by the Carnegie Hall Communities Linkup Program, sponsored in part by the National Endowment of the Arts “LinkUP!” As part of this outreach program, the orchestra will also perform in Scottsbluff and Chadron.
Playing their recorders, students will perform several numbers with the orchestra as part of the orchestra’s concert. The students and the audience enjoyed a similar concert in North Platte in March 2009.
Along with the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the concert association will present four other concerts.
The 2012-13 series:
• Saturday, Oct. 6 – Philadelphia Big Brass
Five virtuoso brass musicians will perform classical, Broadway, and popular music with wide appeal. Members of the group have played with the Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, and Boston Brass.
• Sunday, Oct. 28 – Utah Repertory Dance Theater
Founded in 1966, this professional modern dance company is committed to the creation, performance, and preservation of modern dance in America. Their “Time Capsule: A Century of Dance” is a guided tour through a 100-year legacy of dance.
The artists will be involved in an intensive workshop for students administered through the Arts Across Nebraska statewide initiative sponsored by the Lied Center for the Performing Arts, the Nebraska Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and locally sponsored by the NebraskaLand National Bank.
• Monday, Feb. 18 — George Dyer
George Dyer has charmed audiences in the United States and Europe with shows that feature a wonderful mix of opera and Broadway favorites. Acclaimed by many as one of the finest tenors in the world, he made his professional debut in the New York City Opera’s production of H.M.S. Pinafore. Since then he has performed with the Hawaii Opera, the Utah Symphony, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He is now appearing in “The George Dyer Show” at the Dutton Family Theater in Branson, Missouri.
• March 19 — Omaha Symphony Orchestra
A concert with a varied program of music, including numbers played by elementary school children with recorders.
• Tuesday, April 30 — The Abbey Road Band
These four singers from Rapid City, South Dakota, grew up on Beatles' music. Having spent countless hours studying the Beatles’ music and original records to perfect the arrangements, the members of the Abbey Road Band sound like the Beatles. They have toured the United States for more than 10 years and are considered to be one of the leading Beatles tribute bands in the United States.
All concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Neville Center for the Performing Arts, Fifth and Bailey.
Season memberships may be purchased from the association’s secretary, Pat Hoban, 1412 West 4th St. in North Platte (308-534-4699). Also they will be sold at the Philadelphia Big Brass concert on Oct. 6.
The cost will be $50 for adults, $15 for students, and $100 for families. Special patron memberships are also available.
Season membership in the North Platte Concert Association allows reciprocity with the Cozad, Kearney, McCook, and Grand Island concert associations.