2018 summer concert series

The Summer Concert Series has been the centerpiece of the Omaha Chamber Music Society season since its debut in 2001. Each June, top professional musicians with ties to the greater Omaha community are featured on these full-length chamber and classical music performances. Repertoire ranges from Baroque and Classical masterpieces to more recent works by legendary composers. From Bach and Beethoven to Ravel and Rachmaninoff; from strings and harpsichord to woodwinds and harp; the performances are always interesting and the musicians are outstanding. So when your family, friends or loved ones ask, “what is there to do in Omaha?”, tell them to check out the Summer Concert Series.


June 10th, 2018

Pre-concert talk: 2:40 PM
Concert: 3 PM

Omaha Conservatory of Music
7023 Cass St
Omaha, NE 68132

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
       Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 (1721)

Alexandra Rock, Heather Baxter,  Darci Gamerl, oboe
Brett HodgeRoss Snyderhorn
Nick Nelsonbassoon
Mary Perkinson, Keith Plenert, Juliet Yoshida, violin
Thomas Kluge, viola
Paul Ledwon, cello
Bobby Scharmannbass
Yulia Kalashnikova, harpsichord

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
       Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 (1799 – 1800)

Jaewon Kim, clarinet
Nick Nelson, bassoon
Brett Hodge, horn
Mary Perkinson, violin
Thomas Kluge, viola
Paul Ledwon, cello
Bobby Scharmann, bass

Two Immortals launch our 2018 Summer Concert Series: Johann Sebastian Bach, likely the greatest composer who ever lived, and Ludwig van Beethoven, the fearless thunderer who bowed to no one as he kicked classical music to the next level. First up, Bach’s magnificent Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. A dozen players sweep you along its exuberant path, from brisk opening to jubilant finale. Beethoven’s crowd-pleasing Septet lets you enjoy the “softer side” of the iconic composer. Its lightness, high spirits, and infectious melodies made it all the rage in the composer’s own time and are guaranteed to delight you, too.


June 17th, 2018

Pre-concert talk: 2:40 PM
Concert: 3 PM

Omaha Conservatory of Music
7023 Cass St
Omaha, NE 68132

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
       String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108 (1960)

Anne Nagosky, Scott Shoemaker, violin
Sarah Curley, viola
Sam Pierce-Ruhland, cello

Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918) 
       String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 (1893)

Elizabeth Furuta, Kevin Tompkins, violin
Brian Sherwoodviola
Gregory Clintoncello

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
       Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 (1825) 

Two accomplished foursomes interpret two brilliant string quartets: Shostakovich’s brief Seventh, dedicated to his late wife, is one of many moods—from melancholy to ferocious to dream-like—and even the suggestion of a waltz; and Debussy’s only quartet is sensuous, luminous, full of passion and life. And when Four plus Four join forces you’ll hear a masterpiece by 16-year-old boy wonder Felix Mendelssohn that has youthful energy written all over it: his Octet—all gossamer and incandescent and lightning-fast—will leave you quite giddy with joy.

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June 24th, 2018

Pre-concert talk: 2:40 PM
Concert: 3 PM

Omaha Conservatory of Music
7023 Cass St
Omaha, NE 68132

Christi Zuniga, Jennifer Novak-Haar, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
       Sonata in D Major, K. 448 (1781)
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
       Andante & Variations Op. 46 (1843)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921) 
       Selections from Carnival of the Animals (1886) (arr. Berkowitz, 1947) 
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)
       Barcarolle from Suite No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5
Darius Milhaud
 (1892 – 1974)
       Scaramouche: Suite for 2 Pianos, Op. 165b (1937) 


Join us for a two-grand-piano extravaganza as you time-travel with our dazzling pianists from the 18th to the 20th century and hear what 176 keys can do, including: Mozart’s only two-piano work composed for himself and a student; Schumann’s deeply Romantic Andante & Variations; Saint-Saëns’s witty, inside-joke-filled Carnival of the Animals; and Milhaud’s virtuosic Scaramouche, one of the composer’s most popular pieces.

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July 1st, 2018

Pre-concert talk: 2:40 PM
Concert: 3 PM

Omaha Conservatory of Music
7023 Cass St
Omaha, NE 68132

Susanna Perry Gilmore, violin
Victor Asuncion, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
       12 Variations in G on “La bergère Célimène,” K. 359 (1781)
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
       Fantasy in C Major for Violin and Piano, D. 934 (1827)
Sergei Prokofiev (1891 – 1953) 
       Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Op. 35a (1925)
Lukas Foss (1922 – 2009)
       Three American Pieces for Violin and Piano (1944)

Of course we don’t have anything against sonatas! But in their second back-by-popular-demand appearance at Omaha Chamber Music Society, Susanna and Victor uncover some hidden gems of the violin/piano repertoire…like Mozart’s charming Variations on a French song; Schubert’s Fantasy with plenty of bravura and just a touch of Hungarian spice; Prokofiev’s Melodies that range from serene to sassy; and Foss’s Three American Pieces, once called his “gift to America,” bring home the concert with some serious fiddling and square dance tunes.