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BRAVO! Dec 2009: The Arts in Omaha

Makers of the Season Bright

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Omaha Performing Arts

Music lovers, take note (no pun intended).  Omaha Performing Arts, the Holland Performing Arts Center and the Orpheum Theater will be bursting with song this December, starting on the 1st with The Ten Tenors.  These internationally renowned artists hail from Down Under and will bring their keen sense of humors, on stage hi-jinks, and astonishing musical range to the Holland Performing Arts Center for a truly unique show.  

On December 3, acclaimed artist, Heidi Joy, will fill the Holland Performing Arts Center with Christmas music with her concert Heidi Joy: The Final Holiday Joy Concert.  This show is the culmination of holiday concerts to which Joy has treated her audiences for the last decade.  Part of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Omaha’s Youth Emergency Services which helps teens in crisis.  Concert attendees will be able to talk with Joy at a post-concert “meet and greet” with the artist.

The Holland will once again host another evening of seasonal music the following evening.  On December 4, jazz vocalist Jane Monheit will perform holiday classics with a jazz interpretation.  Dubbed a contemporary Ella Fitzgerald by critics, Monheit is sure to put jazz enthusiasts into the holiday spirit. 

The Orpheum Theater takes up the holiday concert gauntlet on December 12 with Doo-Wap Yule Pop.  The performance combines hit songs, like “Just Like Romeo and Juliet,” with holiday favorites, such as “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”  Also at the Orpheum is the perennial favorite, The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller.  From the haunting “Stille Nacht” to the upbeat tempo of “Deck the Halls,” this hometown treasure will pack the house on December 22.

For more information, call 345-0202 or visit www.omahaperformingarts.com or www.ticketomaha.com.
 

Omaha Symphony

Music is an integral part of the holidays, and the Omaha Symphony encapsulates the magic of Christmas every December with its wildly popular concert, “Christmas with the Symphony.”  Running December 18 through 20 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, “Christmas with the Symphony” boasts an all-new cast of singing stars and professional dancers, fresh from Broadway. Opera Omaha’s chorus and the Burke High School Choir lend their voices to the evenings’ festivities.  Young Omaha violinists and dancers will showcase their talents.  Comedy skits and the ever-popular dancing Santas will join host Dave Weber and conductor Ernest Richardson for an evening of family entertainment.  Warm up your vocal chords for the audience sing-a-long and come early to visit live reindeer outside the Holland Center.  It’s a holiday classic you won’t want to miss.

For more information, call 342-3560 or visit www.omahasymphony.org.  
 

The Henry Doorly Zoo

The Henry Doorly Zoo is not offering Zoo Lights this holiday season but will be open to the public throughout the month, closing only on December 25. For more information, visit www.omahazoo.com.

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