NWS Season 43 – 2019-2020

We are proud to announce Dr. Joshua Kearney as our new Music Director!
Josh had been our Visiting Music Director while Larry MacTaggart had been on sabbatical. Larry has formally left the position to spend more time creating new arrangements and original works for concert band and other ensembles. We wish Larry the best as he gets back to this other passion for music. We hope to have Larry return in the future to help showcase more of his great music.

Tickets for our formal concerts
$10-Adults; $5-Seniors/Students; Free-Children under 12
Advanced tickets may be purchased online or at the door the day of the concert starting about 45 minutes before the concert.

Sunday, October 20, 2019 – Fall Concert
“NWS Spooktacular” – 3PM
with Dr. Jared Staub, Guest Conductor
Omaha Conservatory of Music, 7023 Cass St, Omaha, NE
Join Visiting Music Director Dr. Joshua Kearney and Associate Music Director Keith Davis for the Wind Symphony’s frightfully fun NWS  Spooktacular. Audience members will cackle with sheer delight upon being treated to the gleefully eerie sounds of the Halloween season. In addition to works by many of the country’s best composers for concert band, the NWS will present the world premiere of  Associate Music Director Keith Davis’s newest transcription for band, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Cossack Dance from the opera Mazeppa. Joining the Nebraska Wind Symphony as a featured guest conductor will be Dr. Jared Staub, Director of Bands at Grand Rapids Community College.
This family-friendly event promises to be delightfully otherworldly!

Sunday, December 8, 2019 – Holiday Concert “HOmaha for the Holidays” – 3PM
featuring Dr. Marie Rubis Bauer, Organ and an audience sing-a-long
The Jan and John Christensen Concert Hall
UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center, 60th and Dodge, Omaha, NE

This concert is sponsored in part by Ortho Nebraska.

Sunday, February 16, 2020 – Winter Concert
“In Two Places”- 3PM
Omaha Conservatory of Music, 7023 Cass St, Omaha, NE

Featuring NWS Middle School All-Star Saxophones, Dr. Patrick Brown, saxophone soloist, and Dr. Adam Fontana, guest conductor
This concert explores repertoire that includes many wonderful American classics and contemporary works for winds that challenge the listener to think differently about many aspects of our day-to-day lives.
“Star Spangled Banner” (A Love Song to Our Country) arranged by Jack Stamp
Selections from “New England Triptych” by Pulitzer Prize winning composer William Schuman
“In Two Places” by Haley Woodrow
“Diversion for Alto Saxophone” and Band by Bernhard Heiden
“Saxophobia” from “Tribute to Rudy Wiedoeft” arranged by Gunther Schuller,
“The Governor’s Own March” by Alton Adams
Omar Thomas’ incredibly profound work “Of Our New Day Begun” – composed to honor the nine worshipers and victims of the senseless 2015 shooting at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Middle School All-Stars will perform “Harlem Nocturne” and “Yakety Sax”.

Sunday, April 5, 2020 CANCELED
Spring Concert – “Song and Dance”

Dr. Kristín Jónína Taylor, Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Nebraska
at Omaha is our guest piano soloist.

This concert was to feature music by composers of Latin and Spanish descent as well as music influenced by those regions. Included was music by Arturo Márquez, Joaquín Turina, Victoriano Valencia, and Jaime Texidor as well
a work for piano and winds by Julie Giroux entitled Cordoba.

Free Summer Concerts Cancelled

Summer 2020 Concerts Canceled
NWS regretfully announces the cancellation of our summer concerts scheduled for Sunday, June 28 and Friday, July 3.  We are very disappointed that the novel coronavirus has impacted our ability to gather to rehearse and perform as a group.  We believe that canceling this summer’s performances is the right decision to make for the safety of our membership, our patrons, and our friends and families.

Our music director, Josh Kearney, speaks about the cancellation of our summer concerts.

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