OUT OF CONTROL: Madness, Passion, and Obsession
Omaha Symphony's Symphony Joslyn
Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Hall
2200 Dodge St.
2 p.m. Tickets $10-$30
Resident conductor Ernest Richardson has ultimate control over this provocative, stirring musical collage. It surges forward with Bernard Herrmann’s music for Alfred Hitchcock’s film of terror Psycho offering moments of beauty before the horror shrieks. The concert thunders to a close in Samuel Barber’s Medea ballet suite evoking that legendary Greek sorceress’s murderous, vengeful rage. Before that assault, the composer’s famed "Adagio" offers tranquil calm. Between such extremes are two gorgeous, compelling violin-orchestra showpieces. They are Saint Saëns’ melancholy, dynamic " Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" sparkling with fiery intimations of Spanish rhythms followed by Ravel’s "Tzigane," a virtuosic evocation of almost wild gypsy soul. Call them passionate. Omaha Symphony concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore takes on the surging solo challenges. Meanwhile, in nearby Gallery 2, Edouard Cibot’s painting "Fallen Angels" visually personifies what all that musical intensity conveys. Thrills.