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!


Friday, July 13 @ 7 pm

Symphony Joslyn Series 2018–2019

Spend Sunday afternoons immersed in music and art!

The Omaha Symphony presents its 2018-19 Symphony Joslyn Series in Joslyn’s Witherspoon Concert Hall on six 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

Single tickets will go on sale near Monday, August 13. 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.

2018–2019 Season

September 30, 2018 - Schubert & Haydn

Teenage Schubert’s youthful exuberance shines in this early symphony full of optimism and melody. Bach’s concerto weaves two voices into an intricate masterpiece, seamlessly blending beauty and virtuosity into an unsurpassed showcase.

November 18, 2018 - Mozart’s Paris Symphony
Debussy’s lush and calming composition precedes Poulenc’s witty concerto performed by Grammy nominee Terrence Wilson. Faure’s serene and haunting suite depicts star-crossed lovers of myth. Mozart’s lyrical and sparkling symphony gives us a taste of his youth in Paris.

January 6, 2019 - Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony
Mendelssohn offers musical postcards from his trip to Italy: lively Venice, devout Rome, elegant Florence and the sultry southern countryside. Lukas Foss describes his concerto as “an homage to something I love, a handshake across the centuries.” Principal Flute Maria Harding showcases her talent in this tribute to composers of the Renaissance.

February 24, 2019 - Bach’s Brandenburg 4

Concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore and her colleagues perform the brilliant solo lines in Back’s tuneful and exhilarating concerto. Thomas Wilkins explores American composer Harold Shapero’s rarely performed symphony, a neo-classical masterpiece championed by Shapero’s friend, Leonard Bernstein.

March 24, 2019 - Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite
Grieg’s best-loved work—memorable for the calm beauty of “Morning Mood” and the frenzied “In the Hall of the Mountain King”—headlines a program that opens with Mozart’s dramatic serenade. Bartók’s work for strings pays homage to his Hungarian roots, with turns that sound like Handel being coerced into a gypsy dance. Joan Tower’s Chamber Dance weaves the orchestra through a tapestry of solos and duets.

May 19, 2019 - Bizet’s Symphony in C
Carmen composer George Bizet wrote his only symphony at age seventeen. A masterpiece on par with Mendelssohn’s greatest works, the symphony was—astoundingly—never played in Bizet’s lifetime. It sparkles in a program that opens with Debussy’s delightful suite and continues with Jeffrey Mumford’s radiant cello concerto, played by adventurous cello soloist and Itzhak Perlman protégé and collaborator.

Garden Yoga

Sundays in August & September; 10:30–11:30 am

$5 suggested donation

Wake up with us! Join us Sunday mornings for hour-long yoga sessions in Joslyn’s Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden. Instructors from YOGA NOW (formerly Omaha Yoga & Bodywork Center) will guide you through basic poses to help strengthen your body and center your mind. This series is beginner friendly and all levels are welcome to participate. Stay after and lounge in the gardens, bring a picnic, or take a stroll through the galleries. In case of rain, we'll move indoors to the Storz Fountain Court.

All donations received through Garden Yoga help keep Joslyn's public programming free!

Instructors for this year include:

5 - Stephanie Watson
12 - Susi Amendola
19 - Deb Welk
26 - Stephanie Watson

2 - Abby Queal
9 - Chelsea Taxman
16 - Troy Davis
23 - Ashlynn Andersen
30- Jacqueline Wilber

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.

June 21 @ 6:30 pm
Curator Gallery Talk: Treasures of British Art 1400–2000

July 26 @ 5 pm
Omaha Under the Radar Festival

August 16 @ 6:30 pm
Curator Gallery Talk: Treasures of British Art 1400–2000

August 30 @ 6:30 pm
Public Lecture "The Madness of King George's Academy" with John Wilson, Ph.D.

September 6 @ 6:30 pm
Film Screening: Monty Python and The Holy Grail

Spoken Word Events

Storytelling Concert
Sunday, June 24 @ 2 pm
Antonio Rocha performs his unique fusion of mime and spoken word.

Art Encounters

Art Encounters
features monthly guided tours for all art lovers. All tours begin at 10:30 am at the Admissions Desk.

Thursday, June 21

Thursday, July 19

Thursday, August 16

Thursday, September 20

Thursday, October 18

Visualizing Literature: Book Club for Art Lovers

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

Tuesday, September 11 @ 10:30 am

Tuesday, November 13 @ 10:30 am

Appetite for Art Series 2018–2019

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. Check back soon for the full menu of programs!

September 25, 2018
Series Pass also available here:
A Shore Thing

October 23, 2018

January 29, 2019

February 26, 2019

March 26, 2019

April 30, 2019

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, July 22 @ 2 pm
Travels Through Time

Sunday, October 14 @ 2 pm
Western & Native American Art

Sunday, November 11 @ 2 pm
The Power of Color

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 or Thursday evenings throughout the academic year. Check back soon for more programs!

Sunday, October 7 @ 2 pm

Sunday, March 31, 2019

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.