Monday, April 8, 2013

Omaha Symphonic Winds presents MONUMENTS

Omaha Symphonic Winds will present the third concert of the season, MONUMENTS, on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at 3:00 pm in the Elkhorn High School Auditorium (1402 Veterans Drive). Two monuments of the concert band repertoire, the Giannini “Symphony No. 3” and the Mennin “Canzona” will highlight the program. Featured soloist is Jaime Tyser, trumpet, who will perform the Oskar B√∂hme concerto in F minor. 

Vittorio Giannini (1903-1968) came from a well-known Philadelphia operatic family. He studied composition at the Milan Conservatory and at Julliard, and taught at the Manhattan School of Music, Curtis Institute, and North Carolina School of the Arts. Giannini created four works for band, including the Symphony No. 3, which was commissioned by Duke University in 1958. The symphony is cast in the conventional four movement forms with beautiful soaring melodies and lush harmonies.  

Peter Mennin (1923-1983) was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and studied music at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. For many years Mennin was President of the Julliard School of Music. A composer of symphonies and chamber music, Mennin was commissioned in 1951 by Edwin Franko Goldman through the League of Composers to write a piece for concert band. Mennin chose the Renaissance instrumental form of Canzona for this work. The music alternates between chordal and polyphonic textures while frequently employing imitation, characteristics of the Renaissance style.


Jaime recently earned her Master of Music degree at Lynn University where she studied with Marc Reese, second trumpet of the Empire Brass Quintet.  She grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in the studio of Dr. Keith Benjamin. Jaime was a National Trumpet Competition semi-finalist in 2009, winner of the 2009 Lincoln Municipal Band Young Artist Competition, and the 2008 Lincoln Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. In the summer of 2010 she attended the summer program at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

OSW New Web Site Goes Live

On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Omaha Symphonic Winds published a new web site to inform the public about its activities. The site, loacated at:, contains new graphics and layout. The website contains concert posters, photographic slideshows of recent concerts, news releases, a list of repertoire performed, a schedule of upcoming concerts and rehearsals, and information about the ensemble, the conductor, and the musicians.

To enjoy the photos and to learn more about OSW, just click the above link.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


KETV Senior News Anchor, Rob McCartney will collaborate with Omaha Symphonic Winds in a performance of Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 3:00 PM in the Elkhorn High School Auditorium. McCartney’s appearance is part of OSW’s American Masters concert featuring the works of Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.

Although Rob grew up in an Air Force family and lived in a number of different states, he has spent more than 35-years in Nebraska, marrying a local girl, and raising three children. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Journalism, and spent much of his time playing sports and music.

Rob first came to KETV as the station's Capital Bureau Chief in 1992 and then moved to the Anchor desk in 1995. As Senior Anchor for KETV Newswatch 7, Rob has been honored with numerous awards for his work and has had the opportunity to cover stories from Bosnia, to the White House, to flying with the Blue Angels, to going into a burning house as part of a firefighting crew, to Husker National Championship games.

Rob is involved in several charitable organizations and feels being part of the community is an important part of being a civic leader. If he isn’t volunteering or on KETV, Rob’s probably doing something with his lovely bride, Sherry, playing with the kids and the dog, messing around with the guitar, or on the golf course. Rob is an experienced bandsman, having played euphonium in his high school band.

For the concert, Rob will perform the narration on “Lincoln Portrait.” Aaron Copland assembled the script from several of Abraham Lincoln’s speeches. The work was commissioned in 1942, shortly after the United States entered World War II, by conductor Andre Kostelanetz for an upcoming concert tour. The patriotic message of Lincoln’s words have inspired audiences ever since. Rob has performed the narration on several occasions.

In addition to “Lincoln Portrait,” Omaha Symphonic Winds will also perform Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” and “Variations on a Shaker Melody.” Compositions by Leonard Bernstein will include “Candide Suite,” “Lonesome Town” from the musical On the Town, and the rollicking overture “Slava!”

Admission for the concert is $10 adults, $5 seniors and students, and $25 for families of 3 or more. Tickets are available at the door. For more information contact William Hall at 402.575.8220 or email

Saturday, December 1, 2012

OSW Presents Sacred Christmas Program

Omaha Symphonic Winds Presents Sacred Christmas Program
Sunday, December 2, 2012, 6 PM at Bethel Christian Ministries
36th and Giles, Bellevue, NE
Dear Friends of OSW,
You are invited to a Sacred Christmas Program presented by Omaha Symphonic Winds this Sunday evening, December 2, 2012, 6:00 PM at Bethel Christian Ministries, 36th and Giles, Bellevue, Nebraska. There is no cost for admission, and a free-will offering will be taken.
Join OSW in celebrating Christmas with favorite carols including Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, O Come All Ye Faithful, Away in the Manger, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, and many more. Musical arrangements are by some of the best in the business, Warren Barker (Midnight in Bethlehem), Frank Erickson (American Christmas Festival), Alfred Reed (Greensleeves, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring), Robert W. Smith (In the Bleak Midwinter), and more.
Come to Bethel Christian Ministries for an uplifting evening of Christmas favorites.



Tuesday, November 6, 2012