Musical Colors: Music for Timpani, Strings and Brass

Omaha Symphony’s Symphony Joslyn

Dwight Thomas, timpani

Thomas Wilkins, conductor

Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Hall

2200 Dodge St.

2 p.m. Tickets: $33

“I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal” saith a Corinthian. Although not a celebratory statement, such instruments make their presence felt in a cause for wonder. Principal timpanist Dwight Thomas hits his stride in a world premiere concerto commissioned by Music Director Wilkins from Oregon-born David Maves. In the same concert, the brass section takes on the challenges of Dutchman Jan Koetsier’s 1979 Symphony wherein jazz influences make themselves heard. More contemporary American music unfolds. Brooklyn’s’ Jack Gallagher explores dance conceptions of many nations in his Sinfonietta for String Orchestra and the string section follows the intricacies of Duke-Ellington-prompted “Night Creatures” by Saint Paul-born Robin Olson. There’s more brass, ca 1600: multi-dialogue resonances by Venice’s Giovanni Gabrieli astound your ears. Meanwhile, just outside the concert hall doors, many other multiple colors await your eyes.   

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