April 19 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.
Haydn & Beethoven

Haydn’s “The Philosopher” takes time to ask questions and propose answers during the opening of this program, with thoughtful dialogue between the English and French Horns – that is, until two thrilling Prestos unleash the full speed of the symphony. Schreker’s Chamber Symphony is a masterwork of color, blending tone to create a gorgeous wash of romantic tone and heart-breaking harmony. We finish with by celebrating Beethoven’s 250th Birthday with his cracking Symphony No. 2, which rages as hard as it laughs. The finale will keep you guessing from start to finish – just when you think he’s pumped the brakes, the race is on!

Rei Hotoda, conductor
James Compton, bassoon
Nicholas Nelson, bassoon

HAYDN: Symphony No. 22
SCHREKER: Chamber Symphony
JOHNSEN: Concerto for Two Bassoons in F Major
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2

Gallery Talks

Gallery talks presented by Taylor J. Acosta, Ph.D. Associate Curator of European Art, begin in Gallery 3 at 1:00 pm and 1:25 pm (participants, please select one session).

Jean Francois Pierre Peyron (French, 1744-1814), The Death of Socrates, 1788, oil on canvas, Museum Purchase with additional funds from the Robert H. and Mildred T. Storz Trust; E. James and Norma Fuller; Joseph and Lenore Polack; First National Bank of Omaha; The Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation; Jacqueline Vrana; and Thomas and Cynthia McGowan, 1999.55

Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 22 has been called “The Philosopher,” a title thought to derive from the melody and counterpoint of the first movement, which intimates the dialogic of a medieval disputation. The chorale between the horns and cor anglais is set against a gentle tick-tock of strings that evokes the image of a pensive philosopher. A fitting complement to this classical symphony is Jean François Pierre Peyron’s The Death of Socrates. With clarity and sensitivity, the painting depicts the great philosopher’s moment of heroic self-sacrifice. It is an outstanding example of Neoclassicism, realizing the ideals of antique beauty, civic virtue, and intellectual rigor.


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
January 12, 2020 - Stravinsky's "Pulcinella"
March 15, 2020 - Schumann’s Symphony No. 2
May 17, 2020 - Mozart with Condoleezza Rice and Thomas Wilkins