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Arts Organizations join with ConAgra Foods to support Food Bank for the Heartland

Oct 31, 2016, 16:11 PM by Kelly Bartnick

ConAgra Foods Shine the Light on Hunger Celebration Continues in 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (October 31, 2016) – Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha Symphony, Omaha Community Playhouse, Opera Omaha and Joslyn Art Museum are proud to partner with ConAgra Foods this holiday season for ConAgra Foods’ Shine the Light on Hunger program. This collaborative event, which begins November 1, 2016, is sponsored by ConAgra Foods and features a food drive at four venues: The Orpheum Theater, Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha Community Playhouse and Joslyn Art Museum. Patrons are encouraged to bring canned food and other non-perishable items to each venue when attending any performance November 1 through December 31, 2016. All donations collected will support the Food Bank for the Heartland. Last year, ConAgra Foods and community organizations like Omaha Performing Arts collected nearly 145,000 pounds of food, which resulted in 1.4 million meals for Food Bank for the Heartland.

“Hunger is an issue that affects millions of Americans across the country, and that includes right here in Douglas County where 75,450 people are at risk of hunger,” said Robert J. Rizzo, Senior Director of Foundation and Community Investment at ConAgra Foods. “This holiday season, we are proud to partner with our community arts organizations to Shine the Light on Hunger to collect food and raise funds to directly support Food Bank for the Heartland.  As part of Omaha’s Holiday Lights Festival, the Shine The Light on Hunger campaign amplifies the generous spirit of the season and ensures that our neighbors in Omaha who are experiencing food insecurity have access to food during the holidays and throughout the year.”

In addition to the collection of canned food and other non-perishable items, informational exhibits promoting awareness about child hunger and nutrition will also be displayed at the Omaha Community Playhouse and at both of Omaha Performing Arts’ venues, the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center.

The following performances are part of the ConAgra Foods Shine the Light on Hunger campaign:

Omaha Community Playhouse 
Murder Ballad
October 14- November 20, 2016 | Omaha Community Playhouse

2016 Gospel Honors Choir

November 6 | 7:00 PM | Holland Performing Arts Center 

MJ Live
November 11 | 7:30 PM | Orpheum Theater

Omaha Symphony, Choral Collaborative Special Concert
Mozart's Requiem
November 13 | 2:00 PM | Holland Performing Arts Center

Omaha Performing Arts Presents 
IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS
November 15-20 | Orpheum Theater

Omaha Performing Arts Presents
Black Violin
November 8 | 7:00 PM | Holland Performing Arts Center

Omaha Community Playhouse
A Christmas Carol
November 18 – December 23 | Omaha Community Playhouse

Voices of Omaha 
Handel’s Messiah
November 20, 2016 | 3:00 PM | Holland Performing Arts Center

Omaha Symphony
Ravel's Mother Goose
November 20, 2016 | 2:00 PM | Joslyn Art Museum

Making Spirits Bright

November 24 | 7:00 PM | Holland Performing Arts Center

Omaha Community Playhouse
Yesterday and Today
November 25 - December 31 | Omaha Community Playhouse

PAW Patrol Live! "Race to the Rescue"
November 25-27 | Orpheum Theater

Omaha Symphony 
Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 26 | 7:30 PM | Holland Performing Arts Center 

The Priests
November 28 | 7:00 PM | Holland Performing Arts Center

Omaha Performing Arts Presents
The TEN Tenors
December 1 | 7:30 PM | Holland Performing Arts Center 

Omaha Performing Arts Presents
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
December 2 | 8:00 PM | Holland Performing Arts Center 

Ballet Nebraska
The Nutcracker
December 3-4 | Orpheum Theater

Omaha Performing Arts Presents
Salem Baptist Church JOYFUL NOISE
December 4 | Holland Performing Arts Center 

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
December 6-8 | Orpheum Theater

Omaha Performing Arts Presents
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL
December 10 | 2:00 PM | Orpheum Theater

Omaha Symphony
Christmas Celebration
December 10-18| Holland Performing Arts Center 

Omaha Performing Arts Presents
Lightwire Theater
December 15, 2016 | 7:00 PM | Orpheum Theater

The Rat Pack is Back! For the Holidays
December 16 | 8:00 PM | Orpheum Theater

The Fab Four
December 17 | 8:00 PM | Orpheum Theater 

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
December 22-23 | Orpheum Theater

 

Donations will be accepted at all Omaha Performing Arts and Omaha Symphony performances taking place at the Holland Performing Arts Center and the Orpheum Theater, as well as performances at the Omaha Community Playhouse and the Joslyn Art Museum during the months of November and December. For a complete listing of performances, visit TicketOmaha.com.

Omaha Performing Arts
Omaha Performing Arts is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to enriching the lives of the citizens of Omaha and surrounding communities. In its two venues, the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center, the organization presents the best of Broadway, jazz, blues, dance, comedy, family and popular entertainment. Omaha Performing Arts also offers a range of educational programs and free community engagement events that support, enhance and expand appreciation for the arts. In addition, the organization provides comprehensive ticketing services for cultural and performing arts within the region through Ticket Omaha, the official ticket retailer for the Orpheum and Holland.

Omaha Performing Arts’ performances are supported in part by the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Omaha and the Douglas County Visitor Improvement Fund, as well as corporate sponsors, private donors and foundations. For more information, visit OmahaPerformingArts.org.

Omaha Symphony
The Omaha Symphony is a non-profit organization that presents more than 100 live orchestral performances from September through June.  In addition to MasterWorks, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Movie Music, Symphony Joslyn, and Family series concerts, the Omaha Symphony’s nationally recognized education programs touch the lives of nearly 30,000 schoolchildren each year. For tickets or information regarding the Omaha Symphony, call 402-345.0606 or visit omahasymphony.org.

Opera Omaha
Opera Omaha, the only professional opera company in Nebraska, began in 1958 as the Omaha Civic Opera Society, a volunteer association, and with tremendous community support became fully professional by 1970. Opera Omaha produces a season of original main stage productions, presented at the historic Orpheum Theater, and smaller productions and musical events throughout the community. Opera Omaha is internationally known for its productions of eight world premieres and four American premieres of classical masterpieces, and is highly regarded regionally for an extensive education and outreach program that annually reaches as many as 15,000 people from elementary school through adulthood.

Omaha Community Playhouse
The Omaha Community Playhouse is supported in part by the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Established in 1924, the Omaha Community Playhouse is the largest community theatre in the United States based on memberships sold and facility size, among other factors. The organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Joslyn Art Museum
Joslyn Art Museum showcases art from ancient times to the present. The Museum was a gift to the people of Omaha from Sarah Joslyn in memory of her husband, George, who made his fortune as president of the Western Newspaper Union. The Museum’s original 1931 building is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the nation, with 38 types of marble from seven countries. The Walter and Suzanne Scott Pavilion, a 58,000-square-foot addition built in 1994, was designed by renowned British architect Norman Foster as his first U.S. commission. The Museum features galleries, a 1,000–seat concert hall, fountain court, education technology gallery, lecture hall, classrooms, sculpture garden, café, shop, and Art Works, an interactive space for art exploration (new in 2014).