New Series, New Events and New Venues:

Changes Abound in the 2013-2014 Season

BALLET NEBRASKA

Ballet Nebraska’s upcoming season will include a Florida tour and a new informal performance series.

Erika Overturff, Artistic Director for Ballet Nebraska, said the organization is the region’s only professional dance company. She said the 18-member company opens its main stage season September 28 and 29 at the Rose Theater with Snow White, by guest choreographer Winthrop Corey.

Up next is the holiday classic The Nutcracker. Performances take place at Council Bluffs’ IWCC Arts Center on November 23, and at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater on December 7 and 8. Overturff said this is the first time Ballet Nebraska will perform The Nutcracker on the Orpheum stage.

Momentum wraps up the season on May 2 at Joslyn Art Museum and May 4 at the IWCC Arts Center, with a mixed program featuring Overturff’s new ballet Party Animals.

“The new Encore Series is aimed at audiences who want to see innovative ballets in an informal, intimate setting,” explained Overturff.

She said The Encore, a new mixed-use performance space in Omaha’s Westwood Plaza, will host the two Encore Series programs: Duets, on February 8, and New Works, on March 29.

The company will travel to Florida next April for a collaborative performance with Ballet Vero Beach, a new professional company launching there.

Information is available at balletnebraska.org

OMAHA PERFORMING ARTS

The upcoming season boasts several major performances including a one-night-only performance of violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman on May 3 next year and the high-energy swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on October 10.

Like to laugh? Nebraska’s own Larry the Cable Guy performs on November 15. Love to dance? The Martha Graham Dance Company will present Appalachian Spring on January 26, 2014.

Omaha Performing Arts is also offering two new series this season: the National Geographic Live Speaker Series and the Children’s Series.

The Speaker Series features “Polar Obsession” with Paul Nicklen, wildlife photojournalist, Feb. 18, 2014; “The Dinosaur Hunter” with Paul Sereno, paleontologist, March 25, 2014; and “Exploring the Red Planet” with Kobie Boykins, NASA engineer, April 22, 2014.

The Children’s Series will offer interactive performances of “Jim Henson’s Sid the Science Kid: Live!” on Jan. 30, 2014, and “ERTH's Dinosaur Zoo™” on March 21 and 22, 2014.

Season tickets are available for all series. OPA also offers a Create Your Own option to encourage multi-performance buyers to purchase three or more shows now to save money and get great seats.

Currently, individual tickets are available to all shows except for WICKED. Those tickets will go on sale at a later date.

Information is available at omahaperformingarts.com

OMAHA SYMPHONY

The Omaha Symphony is excited for its lineup this year, which includes several heavy hitters.

“Breaking Up is Hard to Do” crooner Neil Sedaka sings with the Symphony May 31 and June 1.  While classical pianist André Watts takes the stage June 6 and 7 next year.

You can get your disco on before that though with the Bee Gees tribute band’s concert, Stayin’ Alive on October 26th.

Pac Man fan? This concert’s for you! The Omaha Symphony presents Play! A Video Game Symphony, featuring the music of popular video games on October 12.

In November, the Symphony will offer a Choral Collaborative program featuring area high school choirs. The students will sing “Carmina Burana.”

Once again, the Symphony will provide the score to a film screening. On April 26, the featured film will be AFI’s top movie musical, Singin’ in the Rain.

New this year, the Symphony’s Christmas show has been renamed the Omaha Symphony Physicians Mutual Christmas Spectacular, to reflect its Broadway appeal and the quality Omaha has come to expect from this top-notch show.  

All Omaha Symphony concerts are performed at the Holland Performing Arts Center except for the Symphony’s Joslyn series, which performs in the Witherspoon Concert Hall at Joslyn Art Museum.

Information is available at omahasymphony.org.

OPERA OMAHA

It’s all about women this season for Opera Omaha. The opera will offer three operas featuring three strong women.

Georges Bizet’s Carmen is one of the most famous and beloved operas of all time. Performances will take place Friday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 3 at 2:00 p.m.

Up next is George Frideric Handel’s Agrippina, an elegant and edgy new production about the Mother of Nero. The curtain goes up on Agripinna on Friday, February 14 at 7:30 and Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m.

The whole family will enjoy the Opera’s production of Cinderella, composed by Gioachino Rossini.

Betsye Paragas, Director of Community Relations for Opera Omaha, said Cinderella would be “a beautiful and hysterical production of the classic fairytale.”

Opera Omaha will offer OPERA OUTDOORS this year. The multimedia performance takes place on Friday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Midtown Crossing's Turner Park.

Paragas said this performance is being done to raise awareness of Opera and Omaha's Opera Company. She said OPERA OUTDOORS would also be the public’s opportunity to preview the 2013-2014 season. There will be no charge to attend.

All regular Operas will be performed at the Orpheum Theatre.

Information is available at operaomaha.org

posted at 03:31 pm
on Wednesday, September 04th, 2013

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