November 19 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.
Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite

This delightful prelude to the holiday season opens with Prokofiev’s buoyant tribute to the Classical era. Principal tubist Craig Fuller offers a musical portrayal of Jupiter and his lustful hankering for the beautiful nymph, Europa. Tchaikovsky’s suite from The Nutcracker brings to musical life the Sugar Plum Fairy, a Waltz of the Flowers, and the lively Chinese, Arabian and Russian character dances.

Aram Demirjian, conductor; Craig Fuller, tuba
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 1, “Classical”
HOLLOWAY: Europa and the Bull
TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker Suite

Gallery Talks

Pre-concert gallery talks with Joslyn curators begin at 1 pm and 1:25 pm in Gallery 10 (participants select one session).

Hayv Kahraman (Iraqi, b. 1981), Mnemonic Artifact 3, 2017, oil on linen, Museum purchase with funds from the Art Purchase Fund, 2017.6

Hayv Kahraman’s painting Mnemonic Artifact 3 (2017) was informed by the artist’s experience of being uprooted from her home at a young age. Kahraman left her native Iraq when she was just eleven years old, in the midst of the first Gulf War. As a refugee, she traveled through the Middle East and northern Africa before arriving in Sweden; she later moved to Italy, and then to the United States. This painting is from her most recent body of work, which finds the artist incising the surface of the canvas and then feeding painted linen through the slits in a direct reference to a mahaffa, a hand-woven fan made of palm fronds common in Iraq. Kahraman recalls carrying one with her when her family left Baghdad — a piece of home that traveled many miles with her and now sits in her house is Los Angeles. She has explained that the act of weaving her paintings is one method she employs for grappling with her refugee experience and archiving the memories of that challenging period in her life.


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

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:

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