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Omaha Symphony, Ballet Nebraska to perform free concert with GISH musicians


The Omaha Symphony will travel to Grand Island to perform an evening of music, dance and storytelling in a free community concert presented in partnership with Grand Island Senior High School on Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place at Grand Island Senior High's Auditorium.

Led by Omaha Symphony Conducting Fellow Enrico Lopez-Yañez, the program will feature the Omaha Symphony performing alongside students in the GISH Philharmonic on Mozart's Turkish March and Scarborough Fair, and the GISH Camerata on Vaughan Williams' Greensleeves and Jenkin's Palladio. Ballet Nebraska will perform the symphony's new production of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" with narrator Val Bard, featuring reimagined costumes for a familiar cast of characters, new staging and larger-than-life set pieces. In addition to the title characters, the production also features a forest, pond and little ducklings, all portrayed by dancers.

The concert is free to the public. Donations will be collected to benefit the Grand Island Senior High School Orchestra. Sponsors for this program include the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation, the Larry D. and Judy A. Maupin Orchestra Endowment Fund, the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Union Pacific and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The performance is part of the symphony's residency string program and tour project initiative to bring the musical resources and talents of the Omaha Symphony to communities throughout the state of Nebraska. The tour is designed to engage communities in the live concert experience by providing innovative educational programs and interactive concert experiences, inviting members of the community to perform with the orchestra.

In addition to the concert, the residency string program in Grand Island has provided a series of opportunities for the string players in the community to interact and perform with members of the Omaha Symphony. GISH students have been working with Omaha Symphony musicians in preparation for their upcoming performance through a series of musician visits since last fall. The complete Omaha Symphony ensemble will be on-site in Grand Island to rehearse with the students on Wednesday, March 22, prior to the evening's concert.

"This is a wonderful experience for our students to work with musicians of this caliber," said Dr. Tawana Grover, GIPS Superintendent. "Music is an important component of educating the whole child. We hope all families will take advantage of this free experience."

Enrico Lopez-Yañez was appointed conducting fellow of the Omaha Symphony in 2015 after completing his M.M. in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Maryland. He leads over 50 performances with the Omaha Symphony annually through education and community engagement programs, including writing and conducting this year's Mission Imagination program, Symphony in Space. Through his work with the symphony, Lopez-Yañez has developed a number of innovative and engaging new projects attracting a wide variety of audiences.

Ballet Nebraska is the Omaha area's resident professional dance company—bringing the beauty, athleticism, and energy of ballet to Nebraska and Iowa audiences. Performing at home and on tour, its mission is to provide enrichment through programs of the highest quality: professional dance performances, educational programs, and community outreach.

The Omaha Symphony is a non-profit organization that presents more than 200 live orchestral performances from September through June. In addition to MasterWorks, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Movie Music, Symphony Joslyn and Family series concerts, the Omaha Symphony's nationally recognized education programs touch the lives of nearly 30,000 school children each year. For tickets or information regarding the Omaha Symphony, call (402) 345-0606 or visit omahasymphony.org.

 

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