October 8 Symphony Joslyn
1:00/1:25 - 3:00 PM

The Omaha Symphony presents its 2017-18 Symphony Joslyn Series in Joslyn’s Witherspoon Concert Hall on six select Sundays, October through May, at 2 pm. Joslyn curators present pre-concert gallery talks at 1 pm and 1:25 pm showcasing works of art inspired by concert themes.
Mozart's Jupiter Symphony

Mozart’s genius is revealed in his D-minor concerto, by turns stormy and lyrical, performed here by renowned concert pianist Washington Garcia, new director of the UNO School of Music. Mozart’s final symphony represents the peak of his achievement as a composer for orchestra: self-assured, lyrical, and ultimately grand.

Thomas Wilkins, conductor; Washington Garcia, piano
TELEMANN: Concerto Polonois in G Major
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 20
MOZART: Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

Gallery Talks

Pre-concert gallery talks with Joslyn curators begin at 1 pm and 1:25 pm in Gallery 3 (participants select one session).

Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg (French, 1740–1812), The Smugglers Return, 1801, oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiesenberger, 1960.299

Born and trained in France, de Loutherbourg traveled to London in 1771 in search of commissions. So successful was he that he remained in England for the rest of his life, becoming an important figure in the evolution of British landscape painting. His first work was creating scenery for David Garrick’s theater in Drury Lane, where his innovative practices in scene changing and lighting gained him an international reputation as a stage designer. De Loutherbourg also made an impact as a landscape painter at the Royal Academy exhibitions, becoming an RA in 1781. In his later work, he turned more to history painting, including battle scenes and biblical subjects.

The Smugglers Return reflects de Loutherbourg’s great sense of the theatrical. Here, in a rhythmic, raging storm, a number of men struggle against the surf to bring in their dismasted boat with its valuable cargo. Rather than being dwarfed by the power of the elements, the individuals are clearly depicted and their emotions easily identified: from the backs of the straining men in the water to the frantic family reunion on the shore. De Loutherbourg seems to view the smugglers sympathetically, and the “outlaw” was a favorite theme of Romantic artists. In this case, however, the lawbreakers were a common fact of eighteenth-century English life. Far from being the activity of a few men at night, smuggling was widespread and involved all strata of society.


Season tickets are currently on sale. New subscribers can buy a season ticket package to Symphony Joslyn at $112 (for all six concerts), which is a 50% savings over purchasing them at regular price! To purchase season ticket package contact Ticket Omaha at (402) 345-0606 or visit omahasymphony.org.

Single tickets will go on sale near Monday, August 14. Regular single tickets for Symphony Joslyn are $33 each. Joslyn members may purchase single concert tickets for $27 each (a 20% savings; to receive the discount). Joslyn Members must call Ticket Omaha to reserve advance single tickets or show your Joslyn membership card if purchasing tickets at the door the day of the concert. This offer is not available to the general public. Join Joslyn to qualify for this offer.

Upcoming Symphony Joslyn Programs:

November 19, 2017 - Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite
January 7, 2018 - Schumann’s 3rd Symphony
February 18, 2018 - Haydn’s The Hunt Symphony
March 18, 2018 - Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony
May 20, 2018 - Beethoven’s 8th Symphony