2019 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.


Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Georg Philipp Telemann Concerto for Two Violas in G Major, TWV 52:G3
Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in E-flat Major, BWV 1051
Johannes Brahms Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18

The burnished voices of two violas seduce your ears when Brian Sherwood and Tyler Sieh step into the spotlight in our season opener. Bach’s exuberant Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 and Telemann’s Concerto for Two Violas bring Baroque elegance and virtuosity to the forefront. Brahms’s exquisite Sextet for strings completes this splendid concert.

Kevin Tompkins, violin
Anne Nagosky, violin
Judy Divis, viola
Brian Sherwood, viola
Tyler Sieh, viola
Gregory Clinton, cello
Paul Ledwon, cello
Samuel Pierce-Ruhland, cello
Nate Olson, bass
Stacie Haneline, harpsichord

3:00 PM
Omaha Conservatory of Music
7023 Cass Street
Omaha, NE 68132


Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Kevin McKee Escape for brass quintet
John Cheetham Sonata for Brass Quintet
Douglas Morton Nice and Calm
Jim McGrath Three Miniatures for brass quintet
John Cheetham Scherzo
Jonathan Newman Prayers of Steel
Erik Satie Je te veux (I want you)
Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington/Canadian Brass/arr. Luther Henderson Classic Duke Quintets: The Cottontail Caper, Sophisticated Lady, It Don’t Mean a Thing

The flashy sounds of a brass quintet are the perfect entertainment for a summer afternoon. You’ll enjoy a delightful range of works—everything from upbeat, animated tempos to lyrical sonorities and classy jazz arrangements of Duke Ellington favorites; plus Jonathan Newman’s Prayers of Steel, inspired by and pulsing with the energy of Carl Sandberg’s Chicago Poems.

Scott Quackenbush, trumpet
Chris Haas, trumpet
Ross Snyder, horn
Patrick Pfister, trombone
Craig Fuller, tuba

3:00 PM
Omaha Conservatory of Music
7023 Cass Street
Omaha, NE 68132


Beethoven’s “Archduke” Trio
Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Rebecca Clarke Trio in E-flat Minor, Op. 34
Paul Schoenfield Café Music for piano trio
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, “Archduke”

Beethoven’s beloved Trio, dedicated to his aristocratic patron, Archduke Rudolph, is at once noble of spirit, warm, and brilliant. You’ll also be treated to a bit of Café Music by American composer Paul Schoenfield, who called the piece “high-class dinner music”! Opening the festivities is Rebecca Clarke’s impassioned Trio that invites you to track its theme through colorful variations.

Elizabeth Furuta, violin
Timothy Strang, cello
Yulia Kalashnikova, piano

3:00 PM
Omaha Conservatory of Music
7023 Cass Street
Omaha, NE 68132


Christi and Jennifer Return
Sunday, July 7th, 2019

Emmanuel Chabrier España
Franz Schubert       Fantasie in F Minor, D. 940
Frédéric Chopin           Rondo in C Major, Op. post. 73
Dmitri Shostakovich      Suite in F-sharp Minor, Op. 6
Witold Lutoslawski        Variations on a Theme by Paganini

What could be grander than two grand pianos played by stellar pianists?! That’s what awaits you when Christi and Jennifer return to amaze us with their artistry. Come along on a musical tour of the European continent, extending from Spain to Russia and including Chabrier’s sultry, zesty España; Shostakovich’s propulsive Suite, Op. 6; and Chopin’s dazzling Rondo, his only work for two pianos.

Christi Zuniga and Jennifer Novak Haar, pianos

3:00 PM
Omaha Conservatory of Music
7023 Cass Street
Omaha, NE 68132