Adult Programs @ Joslyn

Designed to encourage understanding and appreciation of every artistic endeavor—from visual arts and film to music, dance and poetry—Joslyn's adult programs offer a melange of opportunities in celebration of its remarkable special exhibitions and permanent collections. Join us!

Something Special @ Joslyn

Looking for something fun to do?  A new and different way to experience Joslyn?  Please join us for art talks, tours, music, movies, and more - programs presented with a twist! Check back often for links to special events you won't want to miss.

Symphony Joslyn Series 2016-17

Spend Sunday afternoons immersed in music and art!

The Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra presents its 2016-17 season, Symphony Joslyn, in Joslyn’s Witherspoon Concert Hall, on select Sundays, September 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.

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 Omaha Symphony

Single tickets will go on sale near Monday, August 22. 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.

2016-2017 Season

September 18, 2016 – Beethoven’s 4th

Mary Bircher, harp; Kathleen Wychulis, harp
Beethoven at his sunniest, his Fourth Symphony is witty and full of earthy humor and high spirits. Scored for two harps, the lush and exotic Mozetich concerto offers a spectacle for both eyes and ears. Poulenc’s charming suite is a contemporary take on Renaissance dance music.

October 16, 2016 – Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale
Ernest Richardson, conductor; Susanna Perry Gilmore, violin and leader; Alexandra Rock, oboe
The overture for Mozart’s doomed hero, Don Giovanni, contrasts with the heavenly writing of Bach’s concerto for violin and oboe. A Faustian tale of a fiddler who tangles with the devil, Stravinsky’s music is filled with jazz and rhythmic influences.

November 20, 2016 – Ravel’s Mother Goose
Carolyn Kuan, conductor; Thomas Kluge, viola
Ravel’s rarely performed full score to his ballet is a ravishingly beautiful work of fairytale themes and exotic characterizations. Principal Violist Thomas Kluge performs Zelter’s tour de force for viola, a jaunty, tuneful concerto by the composer.

January 8, 2017 – Schubert’s 6th
Paul Watkins, conductor
Music Director of the English Chamber Orchestra and cellist of the Emerson String Quartet, Paul Watkins bring an affinity for English string music to Britten’s virtuosic and dramatic variations. The winsome melodies and jocular mood of Schubert’s Sixth Symphony complete the program.

March 12, 2017 – Dreamsongs and Haydn
Thomas Wilkins, conductor; Joshua Roman, cello
Joshua Roman returns with his limitless technique to perform Dreamsongs, an evocative piece inspired by world dance music, culminating in a cadenza that suggests rock ‘n roll guitar. Haydn’s splendid102nd Symphony embodies the best attributes of its composer delivering vast, unleashed power and high spirits.

May 21, 2017 – American Vignettes
Thomas Wilkins, conductor; Scott Quackenbush, trumpet

Copland’s jazzy and lyrical work is the centerpiece of this collection of evocative scores depicting scenes of American life: Daughterty’s Harlem of the 1920s, Lucas’s reimagining of a Chaplin silent movie, and Neustadter’s visions of a road-trip landscape. Principal Turmpet Scott Quackenbush solos on Tamberg’s fun and feisty concerto.

What's pictured: (above) Ernest Richardson, Omaha Symphony Resident Conductor, and Thomas Wilkins, Omaha Symphony Music Director. Photo courtesy of Bill Sitzmann.

Spoken Word

Tuesday, April 4 @ 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Louder Than a Bomb - teen poetry performance competition

Sunday, June 18 @ 2 pm
Storytelling Concert with La'Ron Williams

Connect with Your Community

Saturdays: April 8, May 13, June 10 @ 1 pm
New American Exchange

Tuesday, June 20–Saturday, June 24; 11 am–2 pm
New American Dish @ Cafe Durham

Saturday, June 24; 10 am–2 pm
World Refugee Day

Special Exhibition Programs

Saturday, June 17 @ 1 pm (in English) & 2 pm (in French)
Royalty, Revolution, Republic: French Jewelry & Design presented by Jan Schneider Lund

Thursday, June 29 @ 6:30 pm & 7:15 pm
Curator Gallery Talks: Bijoux Parisiens

Thursday, July 6; 5–7 pm
Omaha Under the Radar

Thursday, July 27 @ 6:30 pm
The Allure of the Past: 100 Years of French Jewelry with Emily Stoehrer, Ph.D., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Thursday, August 17 @ 6:30 pm & 7:15 pm
Curator Gallery Talks: Bijoux Parisiens

Friday, August 25 @ 6:30 pm
Bling! Girls Night Out at the Museum

Music & Masterpieces

An Opera Omaha partnership celebrating Joslyn's European Collections featuring gallery talks and live music. Reservations required.

Thursday, July 13 @ 6:30 pm
Part I: French Impressionism

Thursday, October 12 @ 6:30 pm
Part II: Italian Baroque

Thursday, December 14 @ 6:30 pm
Part III: Medieval and Renaissance

Joslyn Late 'til 8

Jump-start your weekend every Thursday evening 5-8 pm at Joslyn Art Museum. Mingle with friends, indulge your interest in fine art, and experience unique programs on select evenings. Late 'til 8 features gallery talks with artist, curators, and docents, as well as music, film, and hands-on art projects.

Thursday, June 29 @ 6:30 pm & 7:15 pm
Curator Gallery Talks: Bijoux Parisiens

Thursday, July 6; 5–7 pm
Omaha Under the Radar

Thursday, July 27 @ 6:30 pm
The Allure of the Past: 100 Years of French Jewelry with Emily Stoehrer, Ph.D., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Thursday, August 17 @ 6:30 pm & 7:15 pm
Curator Gallery Talks: Bijoux Parisiens

Art Encounters

Art Encounters
features monthly guided tours for all art lovers. All tours begin at 10:30 am at the Admissions Desk.
Thursday, May 18
Honoring the Personal Response

Thursday, June 15
Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris

Visualizing Literature: Book Club for Art Lovers

Visualizing Literature
features docent-led discussion groups four times a year connecting literature and art.

Tuesday, May 9 @ 10:30 am
Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay

Tuesday, September 12 @ 10:30 am
A Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Tuesday, November 14 @ 10:30 am
I Am a Man: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice by Joe Starita

Tuesday, March 13 @ 10:30 am
The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

Appetite for Art Series 2016-17

These monthly gallery talks presented by Joslyn's Curators are accompanied by thematic lunches in Joslyn's beautiful Storz Fountain Court. All programs begin at 11:30 am.

Tuesday, September 27
Fresh from the Garden

Tuesday, October 18
Prime Choice

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
A Taste of the Modern

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Sweet & Spicy

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Secret Ingredient

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Curator's Cut

Art to Remember

Art to Remember, Joslyn's art-based program for people living with memory loss, is designed for small groups of visitors with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their friends or care partners. Held on select Sundays at 2 pm, gallery talks are facilitated by experienced Joslyn docents. Registration is required through the Nebraska Alzheimer's Association.

Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 2 pm
Looking for Love

AIA Lectures

Held in partnership with the Lincoln-Omaha Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), these fascinating lectures are free to the public on select Sunday afternoons throughout the academic year. Check back soon for more programs!

Sunday, September 24 @ 2:00 pm
"Split: Conservation of a World Heritage Site" with Goran Nikšic

daOMA Lectures

Design alliance Omaha (daOMA) 
programs provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and opportunities for the Omaha design community. Programs are offered on select dates in the spring and fall. 

CU @ Joslyn

Presented in partnership with Creighton's College of Professional Studies, CU at Joslyn offers monthly lectures presented by Creighton faculty on select Sundays at 2:00 pm throughout the academic year.