Shudder and celebrate

“O Fortune, like the moon you are changeable,” wrote medieval monks, knowing full well that not all of their prayers could ever be answered. Fast forward to 1935 Germany whose rising prosperity co-existed with rising dangers of war. That’s when composer Carl Orff came across those long-obscure manuscripts which made clear that, amid rays of […]

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With Mallets Aforethought

Pulses, rhythms, harmonies. Beating time. Our time. It’s a percussion event. Six players play six works from 1957 to this year plus Cuban folkloric numbers. This event introduces you to two new members of the Omaha Symphony, Assistant Principal Percussionist Derek Dreier and Principal Timpanist Jack Rago. Dreier’s first year here pairs […]

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Conrad Birdie Struts Again

“Gray skies are gonna clear up, put on a happy face.” So goes the most famed song from 1958’s multi-Tony Award winning Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie. It steps forward again, produced by Circle Theatre. This time in the Young Performers Edition, a specially tailored version to feature elementary school and middle school-aged kids.   […]

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Chekhov Flies Again

The longer it goes on, the more Aaron Posner’s Stupid Fucking Bird  takes dynamic and compelling flight at the Playhouse. Credit a great script, an impeccable cast and perceptive directing by Suzanne Withem. Note  the real title. The Playhouse has softened it to Stupid F@#%ing Bird. The play doesn’t seem to have much […]

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A New Music Surprise

Lively and no doubt unfamiliar music kicks off this month’s Omaha Symphony Masterworks concert. It’s “Agnegram”  from 1998, written by famed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. He describes it a march for a large orchestra, throwing in fragments of sound to create a “jazzy, hyper-rangy tune, quite a jungle-like cacophony (with) goofball percussion” and includes “a […]

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Sometimes Dead Serious

Shelterbelt Theatre has a new Halloween-themed offering. Well, not entirely new, given that it’s a stitched-together creature made of parts from the past. Resurrection  is the title, subtitled The Best of ShelterSkelter  in which 25 years’ worth of original material has been dug up and given new life. You might think that this is […]

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