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Omaha Symphony goes 'Psycho'
By Casey Logan / World-Herald staff writer


Out of Control
What: Omaha Symphony chamber orchestra
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Witherspoon Concert Hall, Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.
Tickets: $30 at omahasymphony.org or 402-345-0606

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You know it as the “shower scene” from “Psycho” — when Janet Leigh's character spins around just in time to see knife strokes raining down — but the sequence takes an even more direct name in composer Bernard Hermann's score for the film: “The Murder.”

What you might not know is Alfred Hitchcock initially called for no music in the scene. He relented only when Hermann insisted on a viewing with his now-famous shrieking violins. Cut to the most famous moment in one of the most iconic film scores of all time.

This Sunday, the Omaha Symphony chamber orchestra will take a stab (you knew it was coming) at Hermann's “Psycho Suite” in a concert devoted to psychological intensity.

The program will feature Omaha Symphony concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore, whose violin technique will be on display in Saint-Saens' demanding Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and Ravel's Tzigane. The concert also includes contrasting works by 20th century American composer Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings and the Medea suite.

Resident Conductor Ernest Richardson will conduct the chamber concert, part of a series at Joslyn Art Museum meant to draw a connection between music and art. In this case, the music is paired thematically with 19th century French artist …douard Cibot's “Fallen Angels,” a painting inspired by John Milton's “Paradise Lost.”

Tickets are $30. Bring your own darkened soul, withered sanity and simmering jealous rage.

Contact the writer: Casey Logan

casey.logan@owh.com    |   402-444-1056    |  

Casey's a GA features reporter looking for good stories to tell about interesting people.


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