2019-20 Season

Vesper Concerts 2019-20 Season


2019-20 Season

Vesper Concerts announces our thrilling 2019-20 season! This season offers incredible variety and talent–there is something to enjoy for everyone from classical music lovers to jazz and gospel aficionados to choral music enthusiasts.

Once again, Vesper Concerts offers the outstanding programs you have known for 30+ years while expanding the experience to feature Residency programs, collaborative partners, education, and outreach programs throughout the area. We are dedicated to presenting multi-disciplinary, diverse concerts featuring outstanding musicians who are committed to speaking about their artistry in very personal, musical performances.

Join us for this exciting season featuring an international opera star and current Omaha resident, an Omaha jazz legend, an exciting gospel festival, a rock-star percussion duo, an internationally-acclaimed wind ensemble, our annual Nebraska’s Own concert, a choral work that speaks to the issue of race and violence, and the return of a much-beloved string quintet.

We are excited to share this tremendous season with all of you!

2019-20 Season Schedule

Taylor Stayton and Hal France

August 25, 2019, 3 p.m.

At Home In Nebraska

International opera star and Omaha resident Taylor Stayton’s “laser-bright timbre” and “exceptional fluidity above the staff” (Opera News) continue to distinguish him as one of the most sought-after tenors in his repertoire! Taylor will be joined by Omaha arts icon Hal France for this collaboration in an intriguing program of arias from Proving Up and Eric Hermannsons’s Soul, two operas that are set in Nebraska and written by women composers, as well as some of Taylor’s favorite songs and arias. Omaha musicians Olga Smola, violin, and Brian Sherwood, cello, will join Taylor and Hal as featured guests.

Camille Metoyer Moten

September 8, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Jazz on the Patio

Pack a picnic basket, bring your blankets and lawn chairs and join us for an outdoor concert with Omaha jazz legend Camille Metoyer Moten and her band. Camille has been hailed as having “an innate sense of musical style and makes the message in a lyric very personal.” (Hal France). A versatile singer, performing in styles ranging from opera to musical theater, jazz and gospel, Camille has clearly made a lasting mark on Omaha’s musical scene. You won’t want to miss this special evening of jazz on the patio!

Gospel Proclamation

Dr. Raymond Wise

A Gospel Experience: Building Community

October 13, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

This one-of-a-kind concert is the result of a collaboration between Vesper Concerts, Dr. Derrick Fox and the choirs of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, invited high school choirs, church choirs, and community members, led by gospel music expert Dr. Wise. An extremely versatile and prolific musician, Dr. Wise is an ordained minister and has served as a church musician for more than 40 years. He has appeared on radio and television, recorded 22 albums, performed with opera singers, orchestras, dance companies and professional recording groups. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia as a singer, pianist, composer, lecturer, choreographer and conductor for festivals. Don’t miss this dynamic and energetic performance!

Arx Duo: Atlas

with Qing Jiang and Sean Chen, piano

& Nick DiBerardino, composer

November 18, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Vesper Concerts is bringing together percussion wizards Arx Duo with acclaimed pianists Qing Jiang and Sean Chen for a Midwest premiere of composer Nick DiBerardino’s Atlas, a work in honor of the 50-year anniversary of the landing on the moon (1969). Atlas will celebrate the art of creation, exploring sonic spaces with a sense of wonder about the universe, the spaces we inhabit within it, and the spaces we might someday traverse. Composer Nick DeBerardino will be a special guest. Do not pass up the chance to see this one-of-a-kind Omaha performance.

Nebraska’s Own: James Barnett

Songs for Voice, Strings, and Piano

January 12, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Vesper Concerts presents its second annual Nebraska’s Own concert, featuring pianist James Barnett. James is currently the artistic director for LOFTrecital in Minneapolis, an artistic experience dedicated to promoting a wide range of musical repertoire, curating both rare and acclaimed works for an engaged and curious audience. Nebraska’s Own James Barnett will feature works by Amy Beach, Erwin Schulhoff, and Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich. Chicago soprano Kristin Lelm and Omaha musicians Anne Nagosky, violin and Tim Strang, cello, will join James as featured guests.

Imani Winds

Imani Winds

The Beauty of Strife

February 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

This Grammy-nominated quintet will be making its first-ever Omaha appearance! Extolled by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “what triumph sounds like”, Imani Winds has created a distinct presence in the classical music world through their dynamic playing, culturally relevant programming, virtuosic collaborations and inspirational outreach programs. Over the course of their 20+ year career, Imani Winds has discovered what audiences value most from their concerts: a sense of connection – with the music, the performers, the composers, the artistry and beyond.

Reflections of Us: Singing Our Way to Unity

Featuring “Seven Last Words” by Joel Thompson

March 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

at Strauss Performing Arts Center, UNO

Vesper Concerts presents another one-of-a-kind Choral Collaborative Residency featuring Dr. Derrick Fox and the choirs of University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Central High School Choir directed by Lyn Bouma. This concert will feature the ground-breaking choral composition “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” a work by Joel Thompson addressing complex issues of race and violence. Joel will be in attendance for this special performance. Also featured will be “Snow Angel” by Sarah Quartel, a five-movement piece for choir, cello, djembe, and piano. This work explores themes of love, rebirth, and beauty through the eyes of children and the heavenly army of angels that watch over them, yearning to make a difference to their lives.

All early seating tickets have been reserved. You are welcome to walk up on the evening of the concert for leftover seating starting after 7:00 pm. Please note that parties may need to split up into single seats for leftover seating.


PLEASE NOTE: This concert has been postponed until further notice.


Return to Omaha

April 19, 2020, 3:00 p.m.


You loved them at their outdoor concert in July 2018. Back by popular demand is SYBARITE5 string quintet! Dubbed the “Millennial Kronos,” SYBARITE5’s eclectic repertoire from Bowie to Radiohead and Akiho to Assad combined with its commanding performance style is turning heads throughout the music world. The quintet’s debut album, Disturb the Silence, quickly reached the top ten on the Billboard charts. The group’s follow-up album, Everything in its Right Place, was released at Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim. This ensemble will completely take you by storm with their musical prowess and unrelenting energy for their return performance to Vesper Concerts.