What could be grander than two grand pianos played by stellar pianists?! That’s what awaits you when Christi and Jennifer return to amaze us with their artistry. Come along on a musical tour of the European continent, extending from Spain to Russia and including Chabrier’s sultry, zesty España; Shostakovich’s propulsive Suite, Op. 6; and Chopin’s dazzling Rondo, his only work for two pianos.
Beethoven’s beloved Trio, dedicated to his aristocratic patron, Archduke Rudolph, is at once noble of spirit, warm, and brilliant. You’ll also be treated to a bit of Café Music by American composer Paul Schoenfield, who called the piece “high-class dinner music”! Opening the festivities is Rebecca Clarke’s impassioned Trio that invites you to track its theme through colorful variations.
The flashy sounds of a brass quintet are the perfect entertainment for a summer afternoon. You’ll enjoy a delightful range of works—everything from upbeat, animated tempos to lyrical sonorities and classy jazz arrangements of Duke Ellington favorites; plus Jonathan Newman’s Prayers of Steel, inspired by and pulsing with the energy of Carl Sandberg’s Chicago Poems.
The burnished voices of two violas seduce your ears when Brian Sherwood and Tyler Sieh step into the spotlight in our season opener. Bach’s exuberant Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 and Telemann’s Concerto for Two Violas bring Baroque elegance and virtuosity to the forefront. Brahms’s exquisite Sextet for strings completes this splendid concert.
The OCMS Trio: Thomas Kluge, violin
Tim Strang, cello
Christi Zuniga, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Sonata for Piano with Violin in A major, Opus 12 No. 2
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), Piano Trio in D Minor, Opus 49
This event is free and open to the public.
Of course we don’t have anything against sonatas! But in their second back-by-popular-demand appearance at Omaha Chamber Music Society, Susanna and Victor uncover some hidden gems of the violin/piano repertoire…like Mozart’s charming Variations on a French song; Schubert’s Fantasy with plenty of bravura and just a touch of Hungarian spice; Prokofiev’s Melodies that range from serene to sassy; and Foss’s Three American Pieces, once called his “gift to America,” bring home the concert with some serious fiddling and square dance tunes.
Join us for a two-grand-piano extravaganza as you time-travel with our dazzling pianists from the 18th to the 20th century and hear what 176 keys can do, including: Mozart’s only two-piano work composed for himself and a student; Schumann’s deeply Romantic Andante & Variations; Saint-Saëns’s witty, inside-joke-filled Carnival of the Animals; and Milhaud’s virtuosic Scaramouche, one of the composer’s most popular pieces.
Two accomplished foursomes interpret two brilliant string quartets: Shostakovich’s brief Seventh, dedicated to his late wife, is one of many moods—from melancholy to ferocious to dream-like—and even the suggestion of a waltz; and Debussy’s only quartet is sensuous, luminous, full of passion and life. And when Four plus Four join forces you’ll hear a masterpiece by 16-year-old boy wonder Felix Mendelssohn that has youthful energy written all over it: his Octet—all gossamer and incandescent and lightning-fast—will leave you quite giddy with joy.
Two Immortals launch our 2018 Summer Concert Series: Johann Sebastian Bach, likely the greatest composer who ever lived, and Ludwig van Beethoven, the fearless thunderer who bowed to no one as he kicked classical music to the next level. First up, Bach’s magnificent Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. A dozen players sweep you along its exuberant path, from brisk opening to jubilant finale. Beethoven’s crowd-pleasing Septet lets you enjoy the “softer side” of the iconic composer. Its lightness, high spirits, and infectious melodies made it all the rage in the composer’s own time and are guaranteed to delight you, too.
Hang on to your hat when virtuoso cellist/composer Joshua Roman (“rock star of classical music”) and the internationally acclaimed JACK Quartet (“superheroes of the new music world” – Boston Globe) star in the Midwest premiere of Josh’s Tornado; plus other gale-force strings, ready to blow you away!
Juliet Yoshida, violin; Brian Sherwood, viola; Tim Strang, cello; Amy Morris, flute; Darci Gamerl, oboe; Emily McIvor, clarinet; James Compton, bassoon; Derek Dreier, percussion; Yulia Kalishnikova, piano; Brett Hodge, french horn
Free of charge
Omaha Conservatory of Music String Quartet
Free of charge
Celebrate the drama and allure of tango at our next Eko Nova concert at KANEKO! Brilliant musicians, led by Omaha Symphony Principal Flute Maria Harding, romance you with the sultry, seductive tango and music inspired by its rhythms. A “tango band” performs music by Astor Piazzolla and more. The perfect prelude to Valentine’s Day!
Also enjoy dance demonstrations by Vintage Ballroom’s Rebekah and Derek, an invitation to try the tango, samplings of Argentinean wine, and luscious chocolates from Chocolat Abeille in the Old Market.
Gorka Hermosa (b. 1976)
Neotango Concerto (2003, 2018 arr. by the composer)
Milonga del Vent
Galliano en Santiago
Astor Piazzola (1921 – 1992)
Fuga y Misterio (1968)
Patrick Roux (b. 1962)
Ponticello Tango (1997, 2018 arr. Louis Trépanier)
Comme un Tango (1993, 2018 arr. Louis Trépanier)
George (Jorge) Barcos (b. 1946)
Cuentos Peregrinos (1997)
Exequiel Mantega (b. 1983)
Milonga Camarga (1997)
Pablo Aguirre (b. 1961)
Concert Description by Hannelore Rogers