May 20 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.
Beethoven's 8th Symphony

Three boisterous sailors on leave in wartime New York City inspire Bernstein’s dance variations. Full of dance rhythms and phrases that resemble Tchaikovsky and Mozart, Poulenc’s mini-symphony is a light and lyrical crowd-pleaser. The most light-hearted of Beethoven’s symphonies, the Eighth plays endless musical jokes, ending with a mad-dash finale.

Thomas Wilkins, conductor; Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor

BERNSTEIN: Three Dance Variations from Fancy Free
POULENC: Sinfonietta
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8

Gallery Talks

Pre-concert gallery talks with Joslyn curators begin at 1 pm and 1:25 pm in Pavilion Gallery 16 (participants select one session).

Jackson Pollock (American, 1912–1956), Galaxy, 1947, oil and aluminum paint on canvas, Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1949.164

In the early 1940s, Pollock, along with other New York artists pioneered a semi-abstract style based on primitive and classical myths and symbols. Unified by the psychoanalytical theories of Carl Jung, they believed their art could communicate an understanding shared by all peoples throughout time — a universal, "collective unconscious." Later, Pollock referred to mythology more generally. Like the Surrealists, he tried to draw "automatically" — spontaneously from internal impulses.

Pollock made his first revolutionary, Abstract Expressionist "drip" paintings in 1947. Rare evidence of an artist's decisive moment, Galaxy was one of the first canvases that Pollock took off the easel and laid on the floor and, with deliberate, intuitive gestures, veiled an existing image with colorful skeins of poured paint. His energetic new compositions were completely abstract and "all-over" — that is, painted without reference to perspective depth or spatial orientation. 

In the following years, Pollock's rhythmic works became larger, the canvas clearly an arena in which the spontaneous act of creation was recorded. As his ruggedly individual Abstract Expressionism was recognized as an important American contribution to the international avant-garde, Pollock's notoriety as art's "wild one" grew.


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.