January 12 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.
Stravinsky's "Pulcinella"

Haydn’s ebullient Symphony No. 88 sets the stage for Stravinsky’s charming Pulcinella. A rare treat to celebrate the New Year, hear Stravinsky’s complete ballet score, the music always running the line between elegant and whimsical and with brilliant features for the entire ensemble. Soprano, tenor, and baritone make this work absolutely sublime – a must-hear for those who only know the Suite.

Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Karina Brazas, soprano
Kyle Stegall, tenor
Kyle Sandall, baritone

HAYDN: Symphony No. 88
STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella

Gallery Talks

Gallery talks presented by Taylor J. Acosta, Ph.D. Associate Curator of European Art, begin in Gallery 5 at 1:00 pm and 1:25 pm (participants, please select one session).

Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917), Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, c. 1920-21, from 1881 wax model, plaster and fabric, Gift of M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., N.Y., 1971.271

The Commedia dell’Arte had a considerable influence on the modernist imagination. This popular Italian theater genre comprised of stock characters in comic scenarios flourished throughout Europe from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, and it inspired nineteenth and twentieth-century experimentations in the visual and performing arts, music, and poetry. Commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev, the impresario of the Ballets Russes, Stravinksy’s Pulcinella is an inventive reinterpretation of an early eighteenth-century commedia dell’arte libretto and music. Combining forms that were old and new, refined and popular, humorous and serious, Stravinsky’s composition artfully captures the spirit of the Commedia.

Edgar Degas was also inspired by the juxtapositions inherent in the traditions of the Commedia dell’Arte, French pantomime, and classical ballet. Throughout his career, he produced approximately 1,500 depictions of dancers, attending as much to the spectacle of the ballet as the harsh realities of the lives of the performers. This dynamic is poignantly represented in a sculpture modeled after Maria van Goethem, a young student of the Paris Opera Ballet. Joslyn's Little Dancer, Fourteen Years Old has become one of the most beloved works of art.


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 omahasymphony.org.

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
November 17, 2019 - Brahms' Serenade No. 1
March 15, 2020 - Schumann's Symphony No. 2
April 19, 2020 - Haydn & Beethoven
May 17, 2020 - Mozart with Condoleezza Rice and Thomas Wilkins