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Omaha Symphonic Winds kicks off its Fifth Season with a concert on Sunday, October 27th themed “Prairie Views.” The concert will be presented at 3:00 pm in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church at 72nd and Cass Streets, Omaha. The program features a world premiere, a piccolo soloist, and the popular Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony.Composer Nolan Stolz created the “Lincoln Highway Suite” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s first cross-country highway, starting at New York City’s Times Square and running across mountains and prairies to San Francisco, California. The route runs through Omaha and many other Nebraska cities. Stolz’s "Prairie View" movement paints the scenery along the Lincoln Highway from the tall-grass prairies of Illinois and Iowa to the mixed- and short-grass prairies of Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming. The movement has beautiful melody and harmony, and recalls quiet sunny days with softly blowing winds. Earlier this summer Stolz invited Omaha Symphonic Winds to premiere “Prairie View.” The featured soloist for the Oct 27th concert is Sara Schuhardt, a former member of the OSW flute section who is pursuing a doctorate in flute performance at the University of Northern Colorado. Miss Schuhardt earned her masters degree in flute performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she also served as adjunct flute instructor. As a soloist Miss Schuhardt won UNO’s 2009 Concerto Competition and soloed with the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra. She also performs with the Heartland Flute Choir and the flute quartet Flauto Donne. For the October 27th concert Miss Schuhardt will perform Dance of the Southern Lights, a latin-jazz piece by Eric Richards, composer in residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and former staff arranger for The United States Army Field Band. Organist Claire Bushong will be featured on Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 “Organ” with Omaha Symphonic Winds. The wonderful pipe organ and resonant sanctuary of First United Methodist Church is an ideal setting for this audience favorite. Other music selected for the concert includes Martin Mailman’s Liturgical Music for Band, Franz von Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture, Wallingford Riegger’s New Dance, and John Philip Sousa’s Gladiator March. Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults, and $5 for seniors and students. They can be purchased online at www.omahasymphonicwinds.org or at the door the day of the concert. For further information contact William Hall at 402.575.8220 or by email at email@example.com.