February 5 Joslyn Around Town
Symphony Joslyn
1:30 pm Art Talk, 2 pm Performance

Individual tickets: $35. Joslyn members may receive a 20% discount for Symphony Joslyn series or single tickets by calling Ticket Omaha at (402) 345-0606 or showing a Joslyn membership card if purchasing tickets at the door the day of the concert. Strauss Performing Arts Center is located at 6305 University Drive North between the Criss Library and the Milo Bail Student Center parallel to Dodge Street. See the full series schedule at omahasymphony.org.

Schubert “Unfinished”
Founder and Artistic Director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra Jeri Lynne Johnson makes her Omaha Symphony guest conducting debut with a program that juxtaposes the best of antiquity and modernity.

VIVALDI: Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 151 “Alla rustica”
MARK ADAMO: Last Year for Cello & Orchestra
BLOCH: Concerto Grosso #1 for Strings and Piano Obbligato

Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art explores Kehinde Wiley’s (American, born 1977) Three Girls in a Wood, 2018.

Ernest Bloch brings the principles of one of Antonio Vivaldi’s most well-known compositions, Concerto for Strings in G Major, RV 151, into the twentieth century. Artist Kehinde Wiley applies the same principle in his painting practice. Offering a contemporary perspective on images from bygone eras, Wiley embraces the long tradition of Western portraiture, while reminding viewers that it is an incomplete and exclusive history. His 2018 painting Three Girls in a Wood quotes a similarly titled work from 1920 by the Die Brücke artist Otto Mueller from the collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum. Although Wiley’s approach may be grounded in canonical imagery, he upends expectations by elevating subjects that have historically either been diminished or cast aside entirely in art. Three Girls in a Wood belongs to a series Wiley created after spending time in the historically Black community of North St. Louis and in Ferguson, Missouri, where the 2014 killing of Michael Brown catalyzed the Movement for Black Lives. Together, this symphony performance, featuring award-winning conductor Jeri Lynn Johnson, and art talk will celebrate the lives and contributions of Black women.

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Shown Above:
Kehinde Wiley (American, born 1977), Three Girls in a Wood, 2018, oil on linen, 108 x 144 in., Museum purchase, gift of The Sherwood Foundation, 2018.11