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the omaha symphony • legacy of sounds

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She is a 10-year-old fourth-grader who has been playing the violin for all of six months. She was part of the contingent from Catlin Elementary, the Omaha Public School arts magnet, who recently joined the 8,000 students who attended a series of Margre Durham Concerts for Youth events presented by the symphony.

Excellence in a host of boundary-pushing youth and educational programs – the kind that impel kids like Grabow to dream big –  earned the Omaha Symphony the 2010 Leonard Bernstein Award for Education Programming given by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

“I work with orchestras all over the country and I can say that our youth programs under Adam Goos (the symphony’s vice president of education and community partnerships) are second to none, Wilkins said of the honor. “Our musicians are not only great players, but they’re also great teachers.”

It’s a pretty good bet that the Omaha Symphony will add new chapters to its storied legacy as it looks to a 91st season.

Madalyn Grabow, like the old joke about a Big Apple tourist asking “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” will “practice, practice, practice.”

Thomas Wilkins, having recently been signed to a contract extension through the 2014/2015 season, won’t be going anywhere that requires anything more than the proper choice of one of his treasured suitcases.

And the orchestra will tune up as you nestle into your seat for a another enchanted evening of orchestral maneuvers in the dark.

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