IF YOU GO
What: The Omaha Symphony opens its new season with “Brahms and Sibelius,” a Masterworks program featuring violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti and celloist Robert DeMaine.
When: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.
Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 13th and Douglas Streets
Tickets: $27 to $80
Information: omahasymphony.org or 402-342-3560
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The Omaha Symphony opens its 93rd season this weekend with the energetic blast of Bedrich Smetana's overture to “The Bartered Bride,” the Czech composer's 19th century comic opera. Fast, fun and fugue-filled (forgive) — it's a great way to kick off a new season.
The symphony then delves into a different kind of overture altogether.
German composer Johannes Brahms completed his “Double Concerto” — featuring solos for violin and cello — in 1887. The story goes that Brahms wrote the work, at least in part, to mend a broken friendship with star violinist Joseph Joachim. (Basically, Brahms meddled in Joachim's divorce proceedings, and Joachim was like, seriously, Brah?)
The overture worked. What began as a bromantic make-up piece is now generally considered one of the pre-eminent double concertos. Performing it with the symphony this Friday and Saturday are acclaimed violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti and cello virtuoso Robert deMaine.
This weekend's program concludes with Jean Sibelius's Symphony No. 2. The Finnish composer finished the work in 1902 following an influential trip to Italy and, like Mozart, drew inspiration from the legend of Don Juan.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with an optional pre-concert lecture at 7:25 p.m. in the orchestra level lobby.