For the first time in Omaha Symphony Music Director Thomas Wilkins’ seven-year tenure, the symphony will perform two different concerts featuring one composer’s work.
At the Holland Performing Arts Center Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., the symphony’s concerts will feature the music of Czech composer AntonŪn DvorŠk.
Choosing to feature DvorŠk was easy because of his broad and popular repertoire, Wilkins said. The symphony will present some of DvorŠk’s more well-known pieces as well as some of his lesser-performed works.
The first night of the “DvorŠk Festival” will feature the composer’s Carnival Overture, Cello Concerto in B Minor and Symphony No. 6 in D Major. Guest artist Carter Brey, principal cellist for the New York Philharmonic, will perform the Cello Concerto.
The second night will feature DvorŠk’s Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, “The Wood Dove” and “Scherzo capriccioso.” It will also feature his most popular piece, Symphony No. 9 in E Minor or “New World Symphony.” It was composed while he was in the United States and was influenced by African American and Native American music.
Tickets to either performance range from $25 to $75 and can be purchased by calling 402-345-0606, at the Holland Center box office at 13th and Douglas Streets or online at www.ticketomaha.com.