Live on the Stream

Every Wednesday at 12:00 PM and Saturday at 6:00 PM we're bringing you live entertainment at your fingertips. These concerts are streamed LIVE to Facebook and YouTube so you can watch them on whichever platform you prefer, from the comfort of your home.

How to Watch

It's easy! You do not need an account, simply head to our page on either platform and the concert will be the first post on the page once it's showtime. If you follow us on Facebook, you will be sent a notification once we're live. Social media not your forte? No worries, we'll continuously add links to this page that will take you straight to the concert. 


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Matthew Whitaker

Saturday, May 30, 2020 | 6:00 PM

Super-talented pianist Matthew Whitaker joyfully mixes old-school jazz with new school sounds. The 18-year-old is celebrated as a passionate musical prodigy, having opened for Stevie Wonder at the Apollo Theatre at age 10.

Whitaker grew up surrounded by music. His love for playing music first began at the young age of 3, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. In recent years, he has been a headliner at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Apollo Theater and the Newport Jazz Festival, and has appeared on the "Today" show and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

He’s had years of music instruction, currently studying classical piano and drums at The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School in NYC. It is the only community music school for the blind and visually impaired in the US. He also attended the Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Jazz Program.

He's won numerous awards. In 2018, The Root added Matthew to its list of 1 of 25 Young Futurist Leaders and was named as 1 of 7 rising stars for 2018 by USA Today network's 201 Magazine. He also won The Harlem Stage Emerging Artist Award.    

 

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Washington Garcia

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | 12:00 PM

Ecuadorian-American pianist Washington García began his musical studies at the age of 6. Dr. García holds a bachelor of music from the National Conservatory of Music in Ecuador, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated at the age of 25 as the youngest Latin American to have received a doctoral degree in piano performance from that prestigious university. He is the recipient of the “Condecoración Dr. Vicente Rocafuerte”, the highest Cultural Achievement Award given by the Ecuadorian National Assembly to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the arts. This award is equivalent to the Presidential Medal of Freedom or Congressional Gold Medal in the United States.

The success of his first public performance at the age of 6 led Dr. Garcia to perform at the most important cultural centers in Ecuador. He was awarded first prizes at the Guillermo Wright-Vallarino National Piano Competition held in Quito, the Elizabeth Davis Memorial Piano Competition and the 19th International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington D.C., the 2004 Baltimore Music Club Piano Competition, and the Harrison Winter Piano Competition. He was also a top prizewinner at the Yale Gordon Piano Competition and the Russell Wonderlic Piano Competition. Since his debut with the Ecuadorian National Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15, he has been an active recitalist, soloist, and lecturer in prestigious venues in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Japan, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States. 
Dr. García is currently the Director of the School of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he is also a Professor of Piano. He became a Steinway Artist on 2014 and a citizen of the United States on March 2013. He lives with his wife Valeria and sons Mateo and Nico in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

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Field Club

Saturday, June 6, 2020 | 6:00 PM

Field Club is a dream pop band from Omaha, NE consisting of Andrea Purdy (vocals), sister Kara Purdy (vocals and keyboard), Nathan Soto (drums), Justin Vaughan (keyboard, programming), Paul Jensen (bass guitar), and Reuben Houser (guitar). Field Club was formed in 2011.

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NHSTA Showcase Preview

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 12:00 PM

Hosted by 2020 National Jimmy Awards Student Reporter Winner Hannah-Kate Kinney.

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NHSTA Showcase

Saturday, June 13, 2020 | 6:00 PM

We are so excited to announce that we will hold a Digital NHSTA Showcase this year! Join us on Saturday, June 13 for a night of celebration, hosted by Broadway Artist and Omaha native, Q. Smith!

Nebraska High School Theater Academy Students will have a chance to perform in the digital Showcase Ensemble, apply to be a State Finalist and be recognized for their work behind the scenes and in leadership!

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Andrea Von Kampen

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 | 12:00 PM

Andrea von Kampen is an independent folk singer-songwriter based in Lincoln, Nebraska, whose effortless vocal delivery has been praised by Hear Nebraska as “soulful and worn-in.” In a review of Andrea’s debut album, Old Country (2019), Ear To The Ground Music said, “The inflection in von Kampen’s vocal has the conviction of a gospel track and the sincerity of a Dylan folk ballad.”

With the successful release of two EP’s, Another Day (2015) and Desdemona (2016), a Christmas EP (2016), an Audiotree Live album (2017), and her debut full-length album Old Country (2019), Andrea has quickly established herself in the recording studio and on the road. She has shared the stage with artists such as Mandolin Orange, Tall Heights, Trampled By Turtles, Ira Wolf, The Brother Brothers, Dead Horses, and many more.

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Noah Floersch

Saturday, June 20, 2020 | 6:00 PM

Noah Floersch had been writing music for fun since middle school, but when his debut single "Girl from the Sidewalk" picked up serious attention on Spotify in 2019, he began to taking music-making seriously. Studying at UNL, Noah works with fellow student and producer Ross Grieb to release new tunes. Since his debut single, Floersch has released 13 other songs and an EP entitled "Four Songs to Cry To". His newest project, "A Book of Stories", is an EP set to drop in late June. 

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Mario Powell

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | 12:00 PM

A Native of Colorado Springs, Mario earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music composition and performance from Hastings College. In his tenure at Hastings College, he earned awards such as: being named Mr. Bronco, Who’s Who, and awarded the Duane E. Johnson outstanding contributor award. Finally, wrapping up his college career he was an Intern with Evergroove studios in Evergreen, Colorado.   

After college Mario served as a director of music from 2013-2018 at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Colorado Springs where he was over 7 ensembles. Out of the 7 ensembles two of them became recording ensembles with Dream Records and Reaching Records. Mario was the winner of several competitions in Colorado such as the Colorado Springs Omega showboat (the first contestant with a perfect score) Colorado Springs National anthem contest winner and the winner of Sky Sox Idol.  

In addition to his success in Colorado. he has played/sang with artist such as saxophone recording artist Ron McMillon, Gospel artist Babbie Mason and Thomas Dawson of the Commodores. Proceeding his winnings in Colorado, Mario was stationed in Omaha Nebraska where he began to dive into the community. After winning the Omaha Performing Arts 2019 Singer-Songwriter Competition 18+ division, he appeared on the line up for the MAHA music Festival where he featured his original song “Sometimes” which can be found on streaming service. 

He enjoys writing and arranging music in addition to performing and entertaining while serving his country as a Vocalist in the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska. 

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Shawn Bell

Saturday, June 27, 2020 | 6:00 PM

Trombonist Shawn Bell studied music and has traveled the world as a jazz musician. For the last decade, he’s been working as an in-demand educator to inspire the next generation of jazz artists. Along with private training for students of all levels, he’s taught large and small ensembles at Northern Illinois University and Lansing Community College.

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Past Performances

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