President's Message


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Dear friends, 

We’re celebrating summer at Omaha Performing Arts! Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing is in full swing, and this Omaha tradition is sounding better than ever.

This is our eighth year presenting the free outdoor concert series. Performers include many artists with Omaha roots and jazz musicians from across the country. You will also be impressed by the students who perform before select concerts. Arrive early to hear music by Blues Society of Omaha’s BluesEd student groups as well as winning student jazz musicians from our 2017 Student Jazz Combo Competition. Check out the performance schedule here. Bring the family (and your picnic) to Turner Park on Thursday nights and join us.  It’s the perfect way to celebrate summer!

We’re also spending the summer in preparation for many exciting events in the fall. We recently opened registration for the Rusty Musician Experience. In celebration of Nebraska’s 150th anniversary, we’ve partnered with the Omaha Symphony to give community members the chance to revive their talents. Participants age 16 and older will learn from professionals and play on stage at the Holland Center with the Omaha Symphony on September 24. Musicians of all experience levels are invited to join the fun! If you’re interested in participating, you can find more information here

Finally, you may notice that the Orpheum Theater is closed for the summer. We’re updating and refreshing this beloved venue to prepare for the Orpheum’s 90th anniversary celebration in October. We hope you’ll make plans to visit the Orpheum during the 2017/2018 Season to help mark this special milestone.

Enjoy the summer!

Joan H. Squires
President, Omaha Performing Arts


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Joan H. Squires 
President, Omaha Performing Arts