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By Gabriel Escalera

OCMS Prepares New “Heritage” Concert Series

October 23rd, 2023

For over two decades, the Omaha Chamber Music Society (OCMS) has been a steadfast pillar in the vibrant Omaha community, dedicated to bringing the beauty of chamber music, education, and outreach to its residents. Founded in 1992 by Principal Viola of the Omaha Symphony, Thomas Kluge, the OCMS has been an integral part of Omaha’s cultural landscape. In this article, we explore the journey of OCMS and its commitment to sharing the joy of chamber music with a diverse audience.

In 1992, Thomas Kluge made a significant leap by moving from his hometown of Milwaukee to Omaha. Little did he know that this leap would mark the beginning of a lifelong connection with the Omaha Symphony. Kluge holds the prestigious position of Principal Viola within the Symphony, a role he has cherished for many years.

In Kluge’s own words, “I feel very much integrated into the Omaha musical community, and 23 years ago, some friends of mine in the orchestra suggested, ‘We would like to play some chamber music, but we would like to make it a professional endeavor.'” This suggestion marked the inception of the Omaha Chamber Music Society, a dream that Kluge and his fellow musicians were more than willing to bring to life.

Since its inception, Thomas Kluge has been a cornerstone of the OCMS. Alongside his dedicated colleagues, Kluge had two specific goals in mind for these chamber concerts: to share the beauty of chamber music with the community and to elevate it to a professional level. Together, they have worked tirelessly to bring chamber music to the heart of Omaha.

One of the OCMS’s most remarkable achievements has been its extensive summer outreach programs. Every season, the OCMS engages with a diverse audience of more than 1,200 individuals. These summer concert series have reached multiple venues across Omaha, ensuring that chamber music is accessible to a broad and varied audience.

This year, the Omaha Chamber Music Society is thrilled to introduce a new concert series titled “Heritage.” This series is dedicated entirely to the timeless works of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the greatest composers in history. It promises to be a trifecta of concerts, featuring the sublime compositions of this masterful composer.

The Heritage 2023-2024 Beethoven series is set to begin with the first concert scheduled for Tuesday, October 24th at 7 p.m. The venue for this enchanting musical evening is the Simon Concert Hall at the Omaha Conservatory of Music. Music enthusiasts can expect a delightful evening filled with the profound melodies and genius of Beethoven’s compositions.

For those who can’t make it to the first concert, there are two more opportunities to experience the magic of Beethoven with the OCMS. The second concert is set for January 30th, and the final performance in the series will take place on May 7th. Mark your calendars and make sure not to miss these captivating musical events.

For more information about the Omaha Chamber Music Society, their upcoming concerts, and ticket details, please visit their official website at:

The Omaha Chamber Music Society, under the guidance of Principal Viola Thomas Kluge, has been instrumental in fostering a love for chamber music within the Omaha community. With a legacy spanning over two decades and an unwavering commitment to music, education, and outreach, OCMS continues to enrich the cultural tapestry of Omaha. The “Heritage” Beethoven series is just one example of the OCMS’s dedication to bringing the beauty of chamber music to the people of Omaha, ensuring that the gift of music continues to resonate through the heart of this vibrant city.