Adult Programs @ Joslyn

Designed to encourage understanding and appreciation of every artistic endeavor—from visual arts and film to music, dance and poetry—Joslyn's adult programs offer a melange of opportunities in celebration of its remarkable special exhibitions and permanent collections. Join us!

Wednesdays and Fridays, December 5–21
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 24th year.
Performances are held in the ConAgra Brands 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 (tour information to come; see the calendar; regular exhibition ticket pricing applies for Pattern and Purpose.) Seats fill quickly; arrive early if you plan to have lunch during the concert.

NEW THIS YEAR: Skip the line... pre-pay for a boxed lunch! Choose a beef, ham, turkey, chicken salad, or tuna salad sandwich on a variety of bread options or vegetarian caprese tortilla wrap—all served with seasonal fruit, salad du jour, and gourmet cookie—OR a classic chef's salad served with roll and cookie (all options $15 each). All lunches include coffee/iced tea/water service. To order your lunch (pre-payment required), contact Heather Tedesco, Director of Catering & Café Durham: click here to email.

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 Pattern and Purpose exhibition ticket for general public with donation).

Special Events

Thursday, October 11 @ 6:30 pm (5:30 pm reception - advance registration and payment required) 
How to Catch an Art Thief
Free public lecture presented by FBI Supervisory Special Agent Tim Carpenter

Friday, October 19 @ 7:30 pm

Symphony Joslyn Series 2018–2019

Spend Sunday afternoons immersed in music and art!

The Omaha Symphony presents its 2018-19 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.

Season 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 13. 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 offer.

2018–2019 Season

September 30, 2018 - Schubert & Haydn

Teenage Schubert’s youthful exuberance shines in this early symphony full of optimism and melody. Bach’s concerto weaves two voices into an intricate masterpiece, seamlessly blending beauty and virtuosity into an unsurpassed showcase.

November 18, 2018 - Mozart’s Paris Symphony
Debussy’s lush and calming composition precedes Poulenc’s witty concerto performed by Grammy nominee Terrence Wilson. Faure’s serene and haunting suite depicts star-crossed lovers of myth. Mozart’s lyrical and sparkling symphony gives us a taste of his youth in Paris.

January 6, 2019 - Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony
Mendelssohn offers musical postcards from his trip to Italy: lively Venice, devout Rome, elegant Florence and the sultry southern countryside. Lukas Foss describes his concerto as “an homage to something I love, a handshake across the centuries.” Principal Flute Maria Harding showcases her talent in this tribute to composers of the Renaissance.

February 24, 2019 - Bach’s Brandenburg 4

Concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore and her colleagues perform the brilliant solo lines in Back’s tuneful and exhilarating concerto. Thomas Wilkins explores American composer Harold Shapero’s rarely performed symphony, a neo-classical masterpiece championed by Shapero’s friend, Leonard Bernstein.

March 24, 2019 - Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite
Grieg’s best-loved work—memorable for the calm beauty of “Morning Mood” and the frenzied “In the Hall of the Mountain King”—headlines a program that opens with Mozart’s dramatic serenade. Bartók’s work for strings pays homage to his Hungarian roots, with turns that sound like Handel being coerced into a gypsy dance. Joan Tower’s Chamber Dance weaves the orchestra through a tapestry of solos and duets.

May 19, 2019 - Bizet’s Symphony in C
Carmen composer George Bizet wrote his only symphony at age seventeen. A masterpiece on par with Mendelssohn’s greatest works, the symphony was—astoundingly—never played in Bizet’s lifetime. It sparkles in a program that opens with Debussy’s delightful suite and continues with Jeffrey Mumford’s radiant cello concerto, played by adventurous cello soloist and Itzhak Perlman protégé and collaborator.

Special Exhibition Programs

Saturday, October 13 @ 1:00 pm

Wednesday October 17, 6:30 pm

Sunday, October 21 @ 2:00 pm

Thursday, October 25 @ 6:30 pm and 7:15 pm
Curator Gallery Talk: The Race to Promontory

Saturday, November 3 @ 1:00 PM

Thursday, November 29 @ 6:30 pm and 7:15 pm

Friday, November 30–Sunday, December 2

Thursday, December 6 @ 6:30 pm

Thursday, December 13 @ 6:30 pm

Joslyn Late 'til 8

Jump-start your weekend every Thursday evening 5-8 pm at Joslyn Art Museum. Mingle with friends, indulge your interest in fine art, and experience unique programs on select evenings. Late 'til 8 features gallery talks with artist, curators, and docents, as well as music, film, and hands-on art projects.

Thursday, October 25 @ 6:30 pm and 7:15 pm
Curator Gallery Talk: The Race to Promontory

Thursday, November 29 @ 6:30 pm and 7:15 pm

Thursday, December 6 @ 6:30 pm

Thursday, December 13 @ 6:30 pm
Music & Masterpieces: Pattern & Purpose

Art Encounters

Art Encounters
features monthly guided tours for all art lovers. All tours begin at 10:30 am at the Admissions Desk.

Thursday, September 20

Thursday, October 18

Thursday, November 15

Thursday, December 20

Visualizing Literature: Book Club for Art Lovers

Visualizing Literature features docent-led discussion groups four times a year connecting literature and art.

Tuesday, November 13 @ 10:30 am

Appetite for Art Series 2018–2019

These monthly gallery talks presented by Joslyn's Curators are accompanied by thematic lunches in Joslyn's beautiful Storz Fountain Court. All programs begin at 11:30 am.

September 25, 2018
Series Pass also available here:
A Shore Thing

October 23, 2018

January 29, 2019

February 26, 2019

March 26, 2019

April 30, 2019

Art to Remember

Art to Remember, Joslyn's art-based program for people living with memory loss, is designed for small groups of visitors with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their friends or care partners. Held on select Sundays at 2 pm, gallery talks are facilitated by experienced Joslyn docents. Registration is required through the Nebraska Alzheimer's Association.

Sunday, October 14 @ 2 pm
Western & Native American Art

Sunday, November 11 @ 2 pm
The Power of Color

AIA Lectures

Held in partnership with the Lincoln-Omaha Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), these fascinating lectures are free to the public on select Sunday afternoons or Thursday evenings throughout the academic year. Check back soon for more programs!

Sunday, October 7 @ 2 pm

Sunday, February 10 @ 2 pm

Sunday, March 31, 2019 @ 2 pm

daOMA Lectures

Design alliance Omaha (daOMA) 
programs provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and opportunities for the Omaha design community. Programs are offered on select dates in the spring and fall.