The Omaha Symphony Orchestra will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at the North Platte High School Performing Arts Center.

The orchestra will play a program of classical and popular music, including selections by Morton Gould, Aaron Copland, Antonin Dvorak, Leonard Bernstein and John Philip Sousa.  Also the orchestra will play two “Link Up” pieces with school students: “Come to Play” and “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In.”

The concert is sponsored by the North Platte Concert Association.

Assistant Conductor Ian Passmore of the Omaha Symphony will conduct. Passmore leads the symphony’s programs in the areas of education, youth, and community engagement.

Students from North Platte Public Schools, Our Redeemer Lutheran and St. Pat’s McDaid Elementary) will also perform a concert for students earlier in the day with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, part of the “Link Up-The Orchestra Swings,” program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute.

North Platte students have been learning to play the soprano recorder and sing the following selections: “Come to Play”  by Thomas Cabaniss, “ Duke’s Place”  by Duke Ellington,” I Got Rhythm “ by George Gershwin,  “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”  by Duke  Ellington, “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In”, and  “Jaxson’s Swing. “

This year, students also had the opportunity to compose a recorder piece. The composition winner is Jaxson Niles of Cody Elementary. Niles’ composition will be played at the concert for students.

The purpose of this innovative program is to teach students to read and appreciate music, and give them the experience of playing with the orchestra.



Prior to his appointment in Omaha, Passmore was the associate instructor of orchestral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he led the IU all-campus and conductor’s orchestras, taught all levels of conducting, and organized the day-to-day activities of the orchestral conducting department.

Recently, Passmore was invited as a guest conductor and visiting professor at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi.

While there, he led daily master classes and orchestra rehearsals, culminating in a performance with the Hanoi Philharmonic.


Open to members & public

The concert is one of the attractions offered to all members of the North Platte Concert Association at no additional charge.

Because it is part of a special program of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, this concert is open to the public for $10 for adults and $5 for children and students.

The sponsors of the concert are the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation and the North Platte Giving Day Benefactors.

Memberships in the concert association may be purchased by contacting Pat Hoban, secretary, 1412 West Fourth (308-534-4699). Also, they will be available before the Omaha Symphony concert.

Memberships are $50 for adults, $100 for families (parents or grandparents and minor-aged children), and $15 for students.

Patron memberships are also available. Season membership includes reciprocity with concert associations in McCook, Cozad, Kearney, Holdrege, and Grand Island.

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