Omaha Symphony’s 2021-22 season: new Kennedy concerto, Frank, Still, Higdon, Snider, Mozart, Farrenc

Posted on: June 3, 2021

The Omaha Symphony has announced 2021-22 season details, its first season led by Music Director Ankush Kumar Bahl. The season will open in September at the Holland Center with Bahl leading John Adams’s The Chairman Dances and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, plus pianist Aaron Diehl in works by Gershwin and William Grant Still. The season will include the world premiere of a violin concerto by Martin Kennedy, with soloist Lara St. John; other works by living composers include Gabriela Lena Frank’s Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout for Strings; Michael Tilson Thomas’s Street Song for Symphonic Brass; Adam Schoenberg’s Picture Studies; Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto 4-3 with the trio Time For Three; and Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Something for the Dark. In addition to symphonies by Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky, performances will include Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with soloist Anthony McGill; Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3; and works by J.S. Bach and Hinrich Philip Johnsen featuring the orchestra’s woodwind musicians. The orchestra’s pops and rock series will include Broadway selections performed by vocalist Renee Elise Goldsberry, music by pops artists, and film scores performed live as the movies are screened, led by Principal Pops Conductor Ernest Richardson.