Bagels & Sometimes Bach Archive

Look back at the past performances from the Bagels & Sometimes Bach Sunday music series at Gallery 1516.

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March 3rd — UNO Vocal Area Students - directed by Dr. Shelby VanNordstrand

The Vocal Area of UNO’s School of Music is coordinated by Professor Shelby VanNordstrand and supported by many excellent faculty members. Students are offered the opportunity to learn and perform diverse pieces, both solo and in a variety of ensembles including Opera, chamber groups, University Chorus, and Concert Choir. VanNordstrand performs and teaches in a variety of settings, including opera engagements and the Omaha Chamber Music Society.

March 10th — Omaha Chamber Music Society

OCMS is a group dedicated to performing and sharing chamber music with audiences across Greater Omaha. They have collaborated frequently with groups throughout the community, including Music as Medicine at UNMC, the Vesper Concert Series, and concerts at the Jewish Community Series.

March 17th — Opera Omaha

As Nebraska’s only opera company, Opera Omaha puts on a wide range of performances and public outreach to provide quality opera entertainment, and to showcase regional vocal talent. Opera Vox is a collaboration between Opera Omaha, Hal France, and Gallery 1516, performing selections of song cycles for voice and piano.

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March 24th — Ron Cooley - guitar, Darryl White - trumpet

Darryl White has played trumpet since age nine and has played on several solo and national recordings. He is associate professor of trumpet at the Glenn Korff School of Music at UNL and served with many professional arts organizations. Ron Cooley has performed individually and in collaboration with many artists in Omaha and also writes his own compositions, spreading his talent and love for guitar to all audiences.

March 31st — William Wolcott - violin

Virtuosic performer William Wolcott has played throughout the United States, performing and learning from many prominent violinists. He has taught at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, UNO, and more. He connects his performances and teaching as often as possible, inviting his audiences to share in his many-faceted love of music and music history.

April 14th — UNO Percussion Area Students - directed by Dr. Scott Shinbara

Students of the UNO Percussion Area have performed at places like Gallery 1516, OutrSpaces, and more. The program covers a wide range of percussion applications and techniques, including traditional and more diverse styles. Students have the opportunity to perform solo and in a variety of ensembles at UNO.

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April 28th — David Downing - cello

David Downing, recording artist and cellist, has written and performed solo and orchestral works throughout the United States. He is a graduate of Interlochen Academy in Michigan, the Harid Conservatory of Music in Florida, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. His work spans a number of styles, from bluegrass and folk to classical and hip-hop, and has been featured in several TV productions.

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May 5th — UNO Keyboard Area Students - directed by Dr. Kristin Taylor

The Keyboard Area of the UNO School of Music provides students with collaborative and solo performance opportunities, masterclasses, and other experiences led by a skilled team of faculty. Dr. Taylor, the Assistant Professor of Piano and Keyboard Coordinator at UNO, has taught throughout the United States and is noted for her diverse background of performance and research.

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May 12th — Omaha Chamber Music Society - “Music with Mom!”

The Omaha Chamber Music Society aims to spread a greater awareness and appreciation for chamber music through performance engagements and community outreach. Pianist Yulia Kalashnikova, violinist Elizabeth Furuta, and cellist Tim Strang brought their talents together in a delightful trio, performing classical and jazz-inspired pieces on Mother’s Day.

May 19th — “From Russia with Love” - Olga Smola - violin, Yulia Kalashnikova - piano

Olga Smola, born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, studied violin in Moscow and has has performed around the world and is currently a professor of violin at UNO. Yulia Kalashnikova is from Kazan, Russia, where she studied with world-class teachers. She performs regularly around Omaha and is an artist-faculty at the Omaha Conservatory of Music.


Fall 2018

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September 9th — UNO Strings Faculty

The Strings Faculty at UNO is composed of many talented artists, including Professor Olga Smola and Dr. Mary Perkinson on violin, Professor Brian Sherwood on viola, Professor Greg Clinton on cello, and Professor Jeremy Baguyos on double bass. These teachers provide invaluable coaching to students at UNO, helping them to grow musically and professionally.

September 16th — Omaha Chamber Music Society (OCMS) - International Baroque Ensemble

OCMS is a group dedicated to performing and sharing chamber music with audiences throughout the community. The music of the Baroque period, though originally composed in the 17th century, still resonates with audiences today. The OCMS’s International Baroque Ensemble touches audiences with their music, helping them hear traditional music in a new way.

September 23rd — Opera Omaha

As Nebraska’s only opera company, Opera Omaha conducts a wide range of performances and outreach projects to provide the public with quality opera entertainment and showcase regional vocal talent. Opera Vox is a collaboration between Opera Omaha, Hal France, and Gallery 1516, performing selections of song cycles for voice and piano.

September 30th — Ron Cooley - guitar, Robert Glaser - piano

Ron Cooley writes and performs for local and national stages, performing as both a soloist and in collaboration with other musicians including Robert Glaser. Glaser is a well-known jazz musician and pianist who leads many musical groups throughout the Omaha area. The two combined their harmony, melody, and talent for this one-of-a-kind performance at Gallery 1516.

October 7th — UNO Choral Group - directed by Dr. Derrick Fox

The Choral Area at UNO consists of the Treble Choir, Tenor/Bass Choirs, Concert Choir, and Chamber Choir. They host multiple concerts and festivals throughout the year. Director Dr. Fox is passionate about choral education and performance on many levels and is active as a leader, committee member, and teacher.

October 14th — Omaha Chamber Music Society

OCMS is a group dedicated to performing and sharing chamber music with audiences across Greater Omaha. They have collaborated frequently with groups throughout the community, including Music as Medicine at UNMC, the Vesper Concert Series, and concerts at the Jewish Community Series.

October 21st — Opera Omaha

As Nebraska’s only opera company, Opera Omaha conducts a wide range of performances and outreach projects to provide the public with quality opera entertainment and showcase regional vocal talent. Opera Vox is a collaboration between Opera Omaha, Hal France, and Gallery 1516, performing selections of song cycles for voice and piano.

October 28th — Radio Hour

November 4th — UNO Woodwind Area Students - directed by Dr. Christie Beard

The Woodwind Area at UNO is headed by a dedicated array of teachers and performers. Students are empowered to perform and grow as musicians through exposure to diverse music literature and technique. Woodwind director Dr. Christie Beard is a passionate performer and well-known around the world for her talent with the flute and piccolo.

November 11th — Omaha Chamber Music Society - Palladium Brass “Sunday Morning Puzzler”

The Palladium Brass is comprised of Mike Thompson and Tom Kelly on trumpet, Alan Mattingly on horn, Mark Mendell on trombone, and Steve Steager on tuba. This performance was made possible by the Omaha Chamber Music Society, a group dedicated to performing and sharing chamber music with audiences across Greater Omaha.

November 18th — Opera Omaha

As Nebraska’s only opera company, Opera Omaha conducts a wide range of performances and outreach projects to provide the public with quality opera entertainment and showcase regional vocal talent. Opera Vox is a collaboration between Opera Omaha, Hal France, and Gallery 1516, performing selections of song cycles for voice and piano.


Spring 2018

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January 21st — Opera Omaha - Falstaff with Taylor Stanton - tenor, and Hal France - piano

Performing songs from Verdi’s Falstaff, were Hal France, who served as the artistic director of Opera Omaha from 1995-2005, and Taylor Stanton, who recently performed as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Opera Vox is a collaboration between Opera Omaha, Hal France, and Gallery 1516, performing songs for voice and piano.

January 28th — Burt Street Individuals - Lars Erickson with Alec, Helen, and Adam

The Burt Street Individuals is an ensemble featuring jazz musician Lars Erickson, composer of the “Pi Symphony”, and his three children. The group covers a wide array of styles, including jazz and classical. They have performed together throughout Omaha, including the UNMC College of Nursing for their “Music as Medicine” series.

February 4th — UNO Strings Area Students - directed by Dr. Mary Perkinson

The Strings Area of UNO is founded on studio learning, musical technique, and performance experience. Dr. Perkinson, the area’s coordinator, has played with the Omaha Symphony and is responsible for the Sound Health program at UNO & the Buffett Cancer Center.

February 11th — William Wolcott - violin, David Downing - cello

Violinist William Wolcott has taught and performed in Omaha for years, combing education and performance into one general approach to enrich his music. Cellist David Downing has written and performed solo and orchestral works throughout the United States. Both performers explore a variety of styles and have played in many different venues, bringing their skills together at Gallery 1516.

February 18th — Opera Omaha

As Nebraska’s only opera company, Opera Omaha puts on a wide range of performances and public outreach to provide quality opera entertainment, and to showcase regional vocal talent. Opera Vox is a collaboration between Opera Omaha, Hal France, and Gallery 1516, performing selections of song cycles for voice and piano.

February 25th — Kenneth Be - “Tastar de Corde” Lute Recital

Kenneth Be is the Head of Paintings Conservation at the Ford Conservation Center in Omaha and has done preservation work for institutions such as the Nebraska State Historical Society. He also performs and advocates for early music, having played the lute for many years. “Tastar de Corde” is a program of 14th–16th century Italian Renaissance lute music.

March 4th — UNO Choral Area Students - directed by Dr. Derrick Fox

The Choral Area at UNO consists of the Treble Choir, Tenor/Bass Choirs, Concert Choir, and Chamber Choir. They host multiple concerts and festivals throughout the year. Director Dr. Fox is passionate about choral education and performance on many levels and is active as a leader, committee member, and teacher.

March 11th — Omaha Chamber Music Society - Chinook Trio, led by Darci Gamerl

The Chinook Trio features Darci Gamerl on oboe and English horn, David Downing on cello, and William Wolcott on violin. Together, these performers use their individual talents and experience to inspire and invite audiences to appreciate music in new ways. OCMS is dedicated to performing and sharing chamber music with audiences across Greater Omaha

March 25th — Robert Glaser - pianist

Robert Glaser is a prominent musician in Omaha, where he has been performing and teaching for decades. He leads a variety of musical groups which have performed at Jazz on the Green, the SAC Museum, the Omaha Symphony Debutante Ball, Taste of Omaha, and more.

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April 29th — UNO Saxophones - instructed by Dr. Patrick Brown

The UNO saxophone group offers students the opportunity to learn a variety of styles, such as classical, jazz, and improvisational composition. Dr. Patrick Brown is a D’Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist and has played with many performers throughout his career, including Aretha Franklin.

May 6th — Tianyu Luo - pianist

Tianyu Luo is a piano student from UNO, hailing from the Sichaun Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China. She has received many accolades and prizes in music competitions, including the Texas State International Piano Festival. She was recently selected to perform in a masterclass for renowned pianist Jonathan Biss in Sioux City, Iowa.

May 13th — Omaha Chamber Music Society - String Quartet

The Debussy Quartet is comprised of members of the Omaha Chamber Music Society, a group dedicated to performing and sharing chamber music with audiences across Greater Omaha. This performance featured Lizzie Furuta on violin, Greg Clinton on cello, and other members of the OCMS.

May 20th — Mark Sanford - pianist

Mark Sanford has performed in Omaha and the surrounding areas for years as a singer and pianist. He is well-known for his effortless playing, skillful improvisations, and ability to create a buoyant, happy atmosphere with his music.


Fall 2017

September 3rd — UNO Keyboard Area Students - directed by Dr. Kristin Taylor

The Keyboard Area of the UNO School of Music, directed by Dr. Kristin Taylor, provides students with collaborative and solo performance opportunities, masterclasses, and other learning opportunities. Students are offered a variety of majors, led by a skilled faculty team.

September 17th — Opera Omaha - “Celebrating Nebraska in Song” with Jesse Wohlman - baritone, Jill Anderson - vocals and guitar, Eric Isaacson - guitar, and Hal France - piano

Anderson, Wohlman, Isaacson, and France are prominent musicians from Omaha and surrounding areas. Wohlman and Anderson are vocal performers who are capable in styles ranging from folk music to musical theatre. Guitarist Eric Isaacson and pianist Hal France round out the quartet for this celebration of Nebraska songs.

September 24th — William Wolcott - violinist

Virtuosic performer William Wolcott has played throughout the United States, performing and learning from many prominent violinists. He has taught at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, UNO, and more. He connects his performances and teaching as often as possible, inviting his audiences to share in his many-faceted love of music and music history.

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October 1st — UNO Vocal Area Students - directed by Dr. Shelby VanNordstrand

The Vocal Area of UNO’s School of Music is supported by excellent faculty members and guest performers. Students have the opportunity to learn and perform diverse pieces individually and in a variety of ensembles including opera and chamber groups, the University Chorus, and Concert Choir. Professor VanNordstrand performs and teaches in various settings, including opera engagements and the Omaha Chamber Music Society.

October 8th — Omaha Chamber Music Series - Jay Wise - trombonist

Jay Wise has played bass trombone for the Omaha Symphony since 1987, but is also fluent in other brass instruments. He has performed with orchestras and bands across the country and is on the music faculties of UNO, Creighton University, and Iowa Western College. OCMS is dedicated to performing and sharing chamber music with audiences across Greater Omaha.

October 15th — Opera Omaha

As Nebraska’s only opera company, Opera Omaha puts on a wide range of performances and public outreach to provide quality opera entertainment, and to showcase regional vocal talent. Opera Vox is a collaboration between Opera Omaha, Hal France, and Gallery 1516, performing selections of song cycles for voice and piano.

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October 22nd — George Walker - blues guitarist

George Walker is a masterful performer and guitar instructor. He currently performs in a variety of venues, playing a fusion of jazz, funk, and rhythm & blues. He is also adept at playing rock, pop, and country. He is known for his smooth instrumentals and has played with other well-known musicians, including Barry White and Freda Payne.

October 29th — Dancing Man Music - Michael Fitzsimmons

Michael Fitzsimmons’ performances aim to educate and entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds. He composes, performs, and teaches using a diverse range of multi-cultural instruments and rhythms. His style combines different voices and different people, creating a world of rich variety through music and harmony.