NWS Season 44 – 2020-2021

NWS did what many other organizations did during the time of covid. We improvised! Some concerts were canceled, some were moved online, some were re-imagined with alternate instrumentation. All of these concerts were free to the public, but we asked for a donation to help offset our costs.

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.

NWS Participates in Dunedin Virtual Band Festival
NWS participated in the Dunedin Florida Music Society’s Virtual Band Festival on Saturday, August 29, 2020. Six different bands provided video recordings of 8 varied musical selections with representatives of each band, including NWS Music Director Josh Kearney,  providing some background information between selections.
NWS contributed our virtual recording of “Earth Song” by Frank Ticheli to the festival.
Other participating bands: Dunedin Concert Band (Florida), Big River Brass Band (Iowa), The Franklin Band (New Jersey), Newmarket Citizens Band (Ontario, Canada), and the Quad City Wind Ensemble (Illinois).  The entire festival event can be viewed on YouTube.

Fall Concert – Saturday, October 17, 2020, 3:30pm – FREE
– featured chamber groups – outdoors at St. Robert Bellarmine, 120th and Pacific
This concert was originally scheduled for Sunday, but we did a last minute adjustment to account for bad weather.

Holiday Concert – Wednesday, December 23, 2020  – 6PM on our YouTube channel
– featuring sounds of the seasons by 5 small chamber groups
Rather than being live, we recorded this concert in 5 separate sessions and edited them together to the concert that can be seen on the NWS YouTube channel.

Winter Concert – cancelled

Spring Concert – Sunday, April 25, 2021 – 4PM –  outdoors at St Robert Bellarmine, 118th and Pacific – Thanks to our friends at St Robert’s, we had another live music event of several different smaller groups. This concert included a final set of selections for full band, the first time we all were together to play those selections.

Summer Concerts

Joint Summer Concert with OAYO – Sunday, June 13 at SumTur Amphitheater
The concert featured the immensely talented performers of OAYO joined by select musicians from the Nebraska Wind Symphony on works by Beethoven, Brahms, Armbrust, and others. Additionally, NWS Music Director, Dr. Joshua Kearney, will guest conduct OAYO in  a new cinematic work by OAYO alumnus Lee Armbrust.
Following intermission, the Nebraska Wind Symphony presented a rousing full band concert conducted by Dr. Joshua Kearney and Associate Music Director, Keith Michael Davis, featuring the music of Sousa, Bagley, Schuman, and others plus medleys of music by Deep Purple and the music from the Wizard of Oz! Guest conductors Ben Coatney and Cassandra Rathman direct the band in works by Fred Allen and Henry Fillmore.

NWS July 4th Concert
– Sunday, July 4, 5PM at the Capitol District

The Nebraska Wind Symphony, Omaha’s Community Concert band presented a rousing patriotic band concert at the Capitol District, 1022 Capitol Ave, in downtown Omaha. Conducted by Dr. Joshua Kearney and Associate Music Director, Keith Michael Davis, the band will feature marches and  music by Sousa, Bagley, Schuman, and others plus a medley of songs made popular by the group Deep Purple! Student piccoloist Catherine Boese will join Christie Beard, professor of flute and piccolo at the University of Nebraska at Omaha on a piccolo duet.  Guest conductors Ben Coatney and Cassandra Rathman direct the band in works by Fred Allen and Henry Fillmore. Local author James Rees will narrate A Jefferson Portrait.
Feel free to review the full program. This 5pm concert is free to the public. 

Our original planned concerts – these all had to be cancelled/reimagined differently

Fall Concert
Saturday, October 18, 2020 – 3:30PM – this is an updated date/time
free Outdoor Concert – featuring chamber groups – St. Robert Bellarmine, 120th and Pacific

Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 13, 2020 – 3PM
The University of Nebraska at Omaha – Strauss Performing Arts Center

Winter Concert
Sunday, February 14, 2021 – 3PM
The University of Nebraska at Omaha – Strauss Performing Arts Center
featuring our NWS Middle School All-stars

Spring Concert  
Sunday, April 11, 2021 – 3pM
The University of Nebraska at Omaha – Strauss Performing Arts Center
tentatively featuring our 2021 NWS Scholarship Winner

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.