Food for the Soul: Masterpieces and Messages

 

This series is dedicated with gratitude to Eunie Denenberg, a remarkable woman. 

“You use a glass mirror to see your face: you use works of art to see your soul.”

- George Bernard Shaw

Hal France presents Food for the Soul: Masterpieces and Messages. The new series is designed to enrich the ways people receive the messages and experience the performance of musical and dramatic masterpieces.

We are thrilled to announce Omaha Conservatory of MusicOmaha Symphony, Opera Omaha and the Blue Barn Theater as partners. Their resources, artists, venues and world-class performances will add exquisite destinations to this series.

Exciting News:  The Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College has joined Food for the Soul! ICA chefs will collaborate and create paired cuisine with each masterpiece and each menu. This fantastic development will add a delicious feature to our arts experiences throughout the coming year. Students who attend the class will undoubtedly enjoy the culinary contributions of ICA. 

What’s Food for the Soul about?

Artists with exceptional powers of observation look at the world.  They mine thoughts, images and emotions and through a process they create works of art, music, theater, film and literature. Their works are gifts to the world. Over time a small hand full of these “gifts” become regarded as masterpieces experienced by many people. Masterpieces contain messages that speak to the consciousness within us that is essential to our individual and collective wellbeing. Masterpieces of art are one of the ways we sense and connect with our soul.

FOOD FOR THE SOUL consists of five MENUS. Each MENU has a masterpiece on the plate for all three COURSES.

Each MENU offers multiple fun ways to learn and culminates with a ticket to a performance! Each COURSE contributes its own flavors to each MENU, but may be purchased a la carte! 

The FOOD FOR THE SOUL SERIES is available for purchase exclusively at the Omaha Conservatory of Music.

Purchasing Options

You may purchase the entire SERIES, individual MENUS or individual COURSES. If you already have tickets to the live performance, you can customize your selection to by-pass the performance or 3rd Course.​

TO PURCHASE:

MENU 2 • Maurice Ravel: Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra & Jules Massenet: Meditation for Violin and Orchestra from Thais

1st Course: Menu 2 – Discover with Hal France: Ravel’s Tzigane and Massenet’s Meditation

Monday, December 10, 2018 • 6:00 – 8:00pm • Omaha Conservatory of Music | 7023 Cass Street, Omaha NE 68132

2nd Course: Menu 2 – Interview and performance with Violinist Susanna Perry Gilmore

Monday, January 7, 2019 • 12:00 - 1:00pm • Omaha Conservatory of Music | 7023 Cass Street, Omaha NE 68132

3rd Course: Menu 2 – Experience the Omaha Symphony: The Russian, French and American Tales: A Festival Conductor, Thomas Wilkins and Violinist, Susanna Perry Gilmore

Saturday, January 19, 2019 • 7:30pm • Holland Performing Arts Center | 1200 Douglas St, Omaha, NE 68102

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MENU 3 • Franz Schubert: A Winters Journey, Song Cycle

1st Course: Menu 3 – Discover with Hal France: Schubert’s Winters Journey

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 • 6:00 – 8:00pm • Omaha Conservatory of Music | 7023 Cass Street, Omaha NE 68132

2nd Course: Menu 3 – Interview and performance with Baritone, Jesse Wohlman

Thursday, January 24, 2019 • 12:00pm • Omaha Conservatory of Music | 7023 Cass Street, Omaha NE 68132

3rd Course: Menu 3 – Experience the Omaha Conservatory of Music, Schubert’s Winters Journey with Baritone, Jesse Wohlman and Pianist, Hal France

Saturday, January 26, 2019 • 7:30pm • Omaha Conservatory of Music | Simon Concert Hall | 7023 Cass Street, Omaha NE 68132

MENU 4 • Paula Vogel: Tony Award Winning Broadway Play, Indecent

1st Course: Menu 4 – Discover with Hal France: Paula Vogel’s Indecent

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 • 6:00 – 8:00pm • Omaha Conservatory of Music | 7023 Cass Street, Omaha NE 68132

2nd Course: Menu 4 – Interview with Producing Artistic Director of Blue Barn Theater, Susan Clement Toberer

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 • 12:00pm • Omaha Conservatory of Music | 7023 Cass Street, Omaha NE 68132

3rd Course: Menu 4 – Experience: Blue Barn Theater, Paula Vogel’s Indecent Director, Susan Clement Toberer

Thursday, March 28, 2019 • 7:30pm • Blue Barn Theater | 1106 S 10th Street, Omaha NE 68108

MENU 5 • Charles Gounod: Faust, Opera

1st Course: Menu 5 – Discover with Hal France: Gounod’s Faust

Monday April 1, 2019 • 6:00 – 8:00pm • Omaha Conservatory of Music | 7023 Cass Street, Omaha NE 68132

2nd Course: Menu 5 – Interview with Dramaturg, Kelley Rourke

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 • 12:00pm • Omaha Conservatory of Music | 7023 Cass Street, Omaha NE 68132

3rd Course: Menu 5 – Experience Opera Omaha's One Festival, Gounod’s Faust, Conductor, Steven White and Stage Director, Lileana Blain-Cruz

Friday, April 12, 2019 7:30pm or Sunday, April 14, 2019 2:00pm • Orpheum Theater | 409 S 16th Street, Omaha NE 68102


Past Menus

1st Course: Menu 1 – Discover with Hal France: Bernstein’s 2nd

Monday, September 17, 2018 • 6:00 – 8:00pm • Omaha Conservatory of Music | 7023 Cass Street, Omaha NE 68132

2nd Course: Menu 1 – Interview with Maestro Thomas Wilkins and Pianist Spencer Myer

Thursday, September 20, 2018 • 12:00pm • Omaha Conservatory of Music | 7023 Cass Street, Omaha NE 68132

3rd Course: Menu 1 – Experience the Omaha Symphony: Beethoven’s 5th and Bernstein’s 2nd Conductor, Thomas Wilkins and Pianist, Spencer Myer

Friday, September 21, 2018 • 7:30pm • Holland Performing Arts Center | 1200 Douglas St, Omaha, NE 68102

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