Omaha Symphony POPS: BEHIND THE MASK
What: The music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Schwartz and others
When: 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St.
Tickets: $19 to $83
Information: 402-345-0606 or omahasymphony.org
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Praise the compilation.
From Time-Life collections to “Jock Jams” to the “Now Music” series, compilations afford a certain consolidated listening experience arranged under the pretense of a generally defined theme. And they're cost-effective! Who needs EMF's debut album “Schubert Dip” when “Jock Jams” volume one provides their hit single “Unbelievable” plus side servings of Tag Team's “Whoomp! (There It Is)” and ring announcer Michael Buffer's trademarked exhortation that we prepare to rumble?
There's a bit of that consolidated magic in this week's Omaha Symphony program. Led by resident conductor Ernest Richardson, the orchestra will take a tour of Broadway courtesy of legendary composers Andrew Lloyd Webber, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Schwartz and others.
As those names suggest, it's a program heavy with musical hits from the 1970s and 1980s. Webber's “Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats,” “Evita,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Sunset Boulevard” all receive attention. More recent selections include tunes from “Wicked,” “Jersey Boys” and the Monty Python musical “Spamalot.”
Joining the orchestra are guest vocalists Teri Dale Hansen and Nat Chandler, both veterans of musicals and opera.
It's a tour of Broadway only a live compilation can give. Lots of hits from a bunch of great shows all packed into a single-serving of entertainment.
Let's get ready to jumble!