FRIDAY, SATURDAY 26, 27
Omaha Symphony Masterworks Series
Susanna Perry Gilmore, violinist
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Kiewit Hall, Holland Center
1200 Douglas St.
8 p.m. Tickets $19-$80
Erich Wolfgang Korngold wrote much gorgeous music, permeating the hearts and souls of audiences who hadn’t come to concerts to hear it. They absorbed these treasures while seated in movie palaces of the 1930s and 40s. He wrote such marvels for 17 films and won the first-ever Academy Award for Best Original Score. That was hardly the beginning for him, or the end. His teen-age operas were the toast of Vienna where Gustav Mahler called him “a genius.” And, in his late 40s, he went back full-time to concert music, during which his sumptuous, soaring beloved Violin Concerto emerged. More recently John Corigliano’s compositions, in a variety of styles and idioms, have appealed to many people as well. His infrequently-heard, very accessible “Gazebo Dances” will show you why. They precede the Concerto. Last, and most familiar, Tchaikovsky’s often powerful, 4th Symphony then engulfs the stage.