The UNL School of Music presents the regional premiere of a breathtaking new adaptation of Leonard Bernstein’s CANDIDE by Nebraska native and Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman. Director Alisa Belflower previews the 4-performance run, Feb. 21- 24 at Kimball Recital Hall.
Relive Hollywood History at a benefit for the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation Saturday, Feb. 16, with a screening of that classic film CHEERS FOR MISS BISHOP in the same theater where it premiered. Based on Aldrich’s novel MISS BISHOP and partially filmed in Nebraska, the film’s premiere took place at the former Stuart Theatre, now the beautifully-restored Rococo Theatre in downtown Lincoln in January of 1941. Opera Omaha previews its new production of Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE, Friday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb 24. The latest theatrical design by Japanese American visual artist Jun Kaneko is sure to stun with explosively vibrant projected animations of his trademark geometric patterns, abstracted but colorful costumes, and a few imaginative props. Friday Live previews several of NET Television’s Nebraska Stories debuting Feb 15th: Joel Geyer has put together a feature on the Jun Kaneko production of The Magic Flute; and NET producer Kay Hall chats along with her Nebraska Stories subject, UNO student composer Phill Smith, who’s found a great performing partner in Jason DeWater, UNO horn professor, Omaha Symphony’s Principal Horn, and founding member of the Omaha Consort. They chat about what makes them a good musical team. Steve Lewis previews the next Kearney Concert Association show with tenor George Dyer at The Merryman Performing Arts Center on Sunday, February 17th at 7:30 p.m.
Guitarist Petar Jankovic leads his PETAR JANKOVIC ENSEMBLE of classical guitar and string quartet, on the Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music series, Sunday, Feb 17 at 3pm. Sheldon Friends board member Marina Fabrikant previews the concert. All that, a Ross film review, and a preview of trumpeter Chris Botti’s performance at the Lied Center in Lincoln and a couple of jazz concerts in Omaha by Tom Ineck.