March 18 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.
Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony

Britten’s lush serenade evokes the world of night. Through a twilit atmosphere set by muted horn and strings, the tenor offers English poetry exploring dreamscapes both beautiful and haunting. Despite its weighty title, Mendelssohn’s symphony is a jaunty romp, a celebration of Luther’s triumph during the Reformation.

Thomas Wilkins, conductor; Marc Molomot, tenor
Brett Hodge, horn
HINDEMITH: Spielmusik
BRITTEN: Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 5, “Reformation”

Gallery Talks

Pre-concert gallery talks with Joslyn curators begin at 1 pm and 1:25 pm in Gallery 4 (participants select one session).

Gustave Doré (French, 1832–1883), Mountain Landscape, 1877, oil on canvas, Gift of Mrs. Lily Javits, 1948.23

Best known for his graphic work, Doré illustrated over 100 books throughout his career, including Dante's Divine Comedy, Milton's Paradise Lost, and Cervantes' Don Quixote, as well as works by Dumas, Poe, and Tennyson. Underlying Doré's imagery is a strong sense of the fantastic and the macabre, qualities that served the artist well when he embarked upon a powerful series of drawings depicting the grim urban conditions of industrial England. Doré used realism to give strength to the fanciful at the same time as he intensified reality through the depiction of extreme situations — fact or fiction.

Doré's paintings, which also blend realism with a sense of heightened imagination, met with less acclaim in his native France than they did in Britain, where their essentially Romantic nature found immediate acceptance with a public accustomed to the distilled vision of J. M. W. Turner or the implicit narrative approach of Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg (featured in the October Symphony Joslyn program).


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:

May 20, 2018 - Beethoven’s 8th Symphony