November 17 Symphony Joslyn
1:00/1:25 - 3:00 PM

The Omaha Symphony presents its 2019-20 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.
Brahm's Serenade No. 1

San Francisco Symphony program annotator Michael Steinberg said, “If Brahms had called his enchanting Serenade in D Major a symphony – and he almost did – we could be hearing it all the time.” Brahms thunders, soars, and dances in this symphonic work. You don’t know Ligeti until you’ve heard our concert opener, a playful, explosive ode to his Romanian roots, and contemporary composer Missy Mazzoli adds a thrilling, fresh work to the double bass repertoire inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost and a 400-year-old instrument.

Ryan McAdams, conductor

LIGETI: Concerto Romanesque
MAZZOLI: Dark with Excessive Bright
BRAHMS: Serenade No. 1

Gallery Talks

Gallery talks presented by Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art, begin in Pavilion Gallery 16 at 1 pm and 1:25 pm (participants, please select one session).

El Anatsui (Ghanaian, born 1944), Trova, 2016, aluminum and copper wire, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, Collection of Annette and Paul Smith, L-2016.1

The choice of this artwork was inspired by Mazzoli’s piece titled “Dark with Excessive Bright,” which takes its title from Milton’s Paradise Lost. Trova is a superb example of El Anatsui’s dramatic metal tapestries comprising repurposed found objects and cast off materials, such as bottle caps, liquor labels, and printing plates. Sewn together with thin copper wire, these shimmering wall hangings do not come with instructions from the artist for their display. As a result, each installation of Anatsui’s work is unique, informed by light, architecture, and the decisions of those who install it.


Season tickets are currently on sale. Season ticket packages to Symphony Joslyn include all six concerts for $186, which is a 15% 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 August 19. Regular single tickets for Symphony Joslyn are $35 each. Joslyn members may purchase single concert tickets for $28 each (a 20% savings). To receive a 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.

Other Symphony Joslyn Programs:

September 29, 2019 - Transfigured Night
January 12, 2020 - Stravinsky's "Pulcinella"
March 15, 2020 - Schumann's Symphony No. 2
April 19, 2020 - Haydn & Beethoven
May 17, 2020 - Mozart with Condoleezza Rice and Thomas Wilkins