Something Special @ Joslyn
Looking for something fun to do? A new and different way to experience Joslyn? Please join us for art talks, tours, music, movies, and more - programs presented with a twist! Check back often for links to special events you won't want to miss.
Joslyn Artpost Exhibition
Through December 31, see an an exhibition of artwork created by military veterans working in tandem with professional artists. On view in Joslyn's community gallery - Memorial building, lower level.
Click here for more information about the Artpost project.
Holiday Under Glass
Wednesdays & Fridays, December 2–21
Concerts begin at noon; admission is free.
Enjoy sounds of the season during Holiday Under Glass
, Joslyn’s annual holiday concert series featuring area musical groups, now in
its 22nd year.
- Bellevue East Take 2 & E St. Jazz (December 2)
- Grace University Chorus (December 7)
Omaha Symphonic Chorus (December 9)
Central High School Bells & Strings (December 14)
Central High School Chorus (December 16)
Master Singers led by Ms. Carolyn Henrichs (December 21)
Performances are held in the ConAgra Foods Atrium, and Café Durham is open from 10:30 am to 3 pm (free Wi-Fi service available). A gallery tour follows each concert at 1 pm (see the calendar;
regular exhibition ticket pricing applies for Dirt Meridian
tours). Seats fill quickly; if you plan to have lunch during the concert, consider arriving early. Join us!
Conagra Brands is a sponsor of Joslyn’s Holiday Under Glass concert series as part of its Shine the Light on Hunger campaign. Bring nonperishable food items to the Museum to donate to Food Bank for the Heartland ($1 off Dirt Meridian
admission for general public with donation).
Symphony Joslyn Series 2016-17
Spend Sunday afternoons immersed in music and art!
Symphony Chamber Orchestra presents its 2016-17 season, Symphony Joslyn,
in Joslyn’s Witherspoon Concert Hall, on 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.
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 22. 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
September 18, 2016 – Beethoven’s 4th
Mary Bircher, harp; Kathleen Wychulis, harp
Beethoven at his sunniest, his Fourth Symphony is witty and full of earthy humor and high spirits. Scored for two harps, the lush and exotic Mozetich concerto offers a spectacle for both eyes and ears. Poulenc’s charming suite is a contemporary take on Renaissance dance music.
October 16, 2016 – Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale
Ernest Richardson, conductor; Susanna Perry Gilmore, violin and leader; Alexandra Rock, oboe
The overture for Mozart’s doomed hero, Don Giovanni, contrasts with the heavenly writing of Bach’s concerto for violin and oboe. A Faustian tale of a fiddler who tangles with the devil, Stravinsky’s music is filled with jazz and rhythmic influences.
November 20, 2016 – Ravel’s Mother Goose
Carolyn Kuan, conductor; Thomas Kluge, viola
Ravel’s rarely performed full score to his ballet is a ravishingly beautiful work of fairytale themes and exotic characterizations. Principal Violist Thomas Kluge performs Zelter’s tour de force for viola, a jaunty, tuneful concerto by the composer.
January 8, 2017 – Schubert’s 6th
Paul Watkins, conductor
Music Director of the English Chamber Orchestra and cellist of the Emerson String Quartet, Paul Watkins bring an affinity for English string music to Britten’s virtuosic and dramatic variations. The winsome melodies and jocular mood of Schubert’s Sixth Symphony complete the program.
March 12, 2017 – Dreamsongs and Haydn
May 21, 2017 – American Vignettes
Thomas Wilkins, conductor; Joshua Roman, cello
Joshua Roman returns with his limitless technique to perform Dreamsongs, an evocative piece inspired by world dance music, culminating in a cadenza that suggests rock ‘n roll guitar. Haydn’s splendid102nd Symphony embodies the best attributes of its composer delivering vast, unleashed power and high spirits.
Thomas Wilkins, conductor; Scott Quackenbush, trumpet
Copland’s jazzy and lyrical work is the centerpiece of this collection of evocative scores depicting scenes of American life: Daughterty’s Harlem of the 1920s, Lucas’s reimagining of a Chaplin silent movie, and Neustadter’s visions of a road-trip landscape. Principal Turmpet Scott Quackenbush solos on Tamberg’s fun and feisty concerto.
(above) Ernest Richardson, Omaha Symphony Resident Conductor, and Thomas Wilkins, Omaha Symphony Music Director. Photo courtesy of Bill Sitzmann.