NWS Season 45 – 2021-2022

Fall 2021 marks the beginning of the Nebraska Wind Symphony’s 45th concert season. 

Schedule for formal concerts:
Fall concert – Sunday, October 24 – 7:30PM, UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center
NMEA Concert – Thursday, November 18 – 4PM at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln, NE – open to the public
Holiday Concert – Sunday, December 12 – 3PM – UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center
Winter Concert – Sunday, February 20 – 7:30PM, UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center – featuring Middle School All-Stars
Spring Concert – Sunday, April 10 – 7:30PM, UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center

Summer concert schedule:
Sunday, June 12 – St Robert Bellarmine, 118th and Pacific – 6PM
Sunday, July 3 – The Granary District, Ralston, NE – 6PM

Spring Concert – Sunday, April 10 – 7:30PM

This concert was at UNO’s Strauss Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 10. Please join us for an evening of excellent music! Our concert program included two pieces arranged by guest conductor Dr. Jay Gilbert, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Doane University. We feature Kendall Wooden, our 2020 NWS Scholarship Winner, on Marimba. The concert also includes the consortium premiere of Zoom by Scott Boerma and the epic Give Us This Day by renown composer David Maslanka. 
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Winter Concert – Sunday, February 20 – 7:30PM

This concert was at UNO’s Strauss Performing Arts Center on Sunday, February 20. We featured our Middle School All-Stars on oboe, bassoon, and bass clarinet.  These students were nominated by their band directors to prepare and play Music from the Royal Fireworks (Overture and Rejouissance) by G.F. Handel/Davis, Baby Elephant Walk. Also featured was our 2021 top NWS Scholarship winner, Erika Wilkins, performing Flute Concertino, Op. 107 by Cécil Chaminade.  Other selections performed included Rocketship by Kevin Day, Ubi Caritas by Paul Mealor/Kearney, Elegy for a Young American by Ronald Lo Presti, Lincolnshire Posy (Lisbon, Horkstow Grange, Lord Melbourne, The Lost Lady Found) by Percy Grainger/Fennell.
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“Home for the Holidays!” – Sunday, December 12, 2021 – 3:00PM

The Nebraska Wind Symphony presents our holiday concert, “Home for the Holidays!”, to get you into the mood for the season on Sunday, December 12 at 3PM at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha. There’s a little something for everyone in this concert; from Leroy Anderson’s famous Sleigh Ride to audience participation through sing-a-longs. Hear a reimagining of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero creatively combined with the Little Drummer Boy as well as I’ll be Home for Christmas featuring Brian Lund, trombone section leader and Nebraska Wind Symphony Board President.
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NWS at NE Music Educators Assoc – Thurs, Nov 18 – 4PM

The Nebraska Wind Symphony was chosen to play at the 2021 gathering of the NE Music Educators (NMEA) in Lincoln, NE.  This concert was performed on Thursday, November 18th at 4:00 PM at the Lied Center  on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. This concert featured the Premiere of “Planet B”, a consortium piece which NWS participated in by Catherine Likhuta, and “Meridian” by Ola Gjelio, featuring guest artist Dr. Kristín Jónína Taylor, Assistant Professor of Piano, University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Former NWS Music Director, Larry MacTaggart, will direct “The Red Covered Bridge” by Robert Sheldon. This concert was free and open to the public.

Fall Concert – Sunday, October 24, 2021 – 7:30PM

The Nebraska Wind Symphony presents the first concert of our 45th season on Sunday, October 24th at 7:30 PM at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha. This is our first indoor performance of the full concert band since the start of the pandemic.
NWS performs under the direction of Music Director Dr. Joshua Kearney.
NWS will premiere “Hive”, composed by Keith Davis as a commission by the NWS. Additionally, the concert will feature a Pre-Premiere of “Planet B”, a consortium piece which NWS participated in by Catherine Likhuta, and “Meridian” by Ola Gjelio, featuring guest artist Dr. Kristín Jónína Taylor, Assistant Professor of Piano, University of Nebraska at Omaha.
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Tickets are $10 for seniors, $15 for adults. Free for all students and children under 12.