Omaha – Student musicians from across Nebraska, Kansas and Western Iowa will travel to Omaha on Friday, Jan. 24, for a weekend of rehearsals, concerts, master classes and recitals that will culminate in a performance at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
Now in its sixth year, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) annual BOCH (Bands, Orchestra and Chorus at the Holland) Festival will bring more than 450 high school students from the Midwest to campus for two days of intense music education from nationally recognized guest conductors and UNO faculty.
The students’ final performance, at the Holland, will take place Sunday, Jan. 26, beginning at 1:15 p.m. The show will culminate in a combined band, chorus and orchestral final performance of “America the Beautiful” conducted by UNO Director of Bands James Saker.
Tickets are available for the performance at the door, or in advance at www.ticketomaha.com. Cost to attend is $15 for adults and $10 for students or seniors.
Students participating in the BOCH Festival, which is sponsored by UNO’s Department of Music, were selected from more than 100 music programs across the region after a competitive nomination and audition process. Students who plan on attending UNO in the fall will also have the opportunity to audition for scholarships.
Beginning Friday, students will have two full days of rehearsals with the visiting conductors. In addition to the rehearsals, students will be treated to a Faculty Artist Recital on Friday night and a performance by the University Choirs, Chamber Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble on Saturday.
Friday and Saturday’s performances will take place at the Strauss Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, and are open to the public at no charge.
For more information on the BOCH Festival or any of the associated performances, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 402.554.2129.
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