For the past two months, the Beatrice Regional Orchestra has been preparing for its upcoming spring concert, “Sounds from the Concert Hall,” taking place in the Hevelone Center on March 13.
On the night of the concert, the orchestra will join the Omaha Symphony to perform Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” overture.
Beatrice Regional Orchestra’s conductor, Kevin Boesiger, said that the selection is different from the kinds of music the group usually performs.
“This is a big piece for us because we normally wouldn’t do a full symphonic work like this,” he said. “So this piece is a little more challenging for us, but since we’re doing side-by-side with Omaha Symphony, they selected the repertoire, and that’s what we’ve been working on.”
For the spring concert each year, the Beatrice Regional Orchestra usually brings in a composer or guest conductor to assist with the show. This year, however, the Omaha Symphony contacted Boesiger about working together and suggested holding a show on March 13 – the exact date the orchestra had planned to do its spring concert.
“We’ll do this one big piece with them, alongside, and then we’ll clear out from the stage,” Boesiger said. “They’ve got a couple more selections they’re going to do just by themselves.”
Despite the double show, tickets for the concert will remain at the regular rate for the orchestra, Boesiger said, and being able to see an Omaha Symphony show for that amount is a great deal.
“The concert tickets are still just the price for the normal season for the regional orchestra, so they’re just $5 and students are free. There’s no place you can go to get to hear the Omaha Symphony for $5.”
The Beatrice Regional Orchestra was established in January of 2009, and Boesiger has served as conductor for the past eight seasons. With nearly 40 musicians in the orchestra, Boesiger said that a shared love for music draws in members from all walks of life, including doctors, pastors, teachers, law enforcement officers and students.
“My favorite thing about the orchestra is that we’re so inter-generational,” he said. “So we have kids, we have a few high school players, and then we have players who are 85 or 86 years old. We span like 70 years, and it’s so cool to have these seasoned musicians sitting alongside the younger musicians. It’s just fun to have all these different people involved in the organization.”
The orchestra is hoping to draw in a diverse audience as well for its spring concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. on March 13 in the Hevelone Center at Beatrice High School.
“We’d love to pack the Hevelone if we could because the Omaha Symphony doesn’t come to town very often,” Boesiger said. “It’s a great opportunity to have the Omaha Symphony to come down. It’s a great organization.”