A record breaking crowd poured into the Holland Center to experience the pairing of Thomas D. Mangelsen’s iconic wildlife photography with the talents of the Omaha Symphony. The symphony provided themes for each piece of music and Mangelsen went through thousands of images and chose those that visually flowed with each selection to add to the musical experience.

Maestro Thomas Wilkins engaged the children in the crowd throughout the event. He spoke to them about using their senses and their imaginations when listening to music so they could see what the music was saying to them. Pairing Mangelsen’s images with the music helped the children feel, see, hear and be on an adventure to the last great wild places on earth.

Raptor Recovery Nebraska was also present at the event. They brought native Nebraska birds of prey and presented educational programs for all to enjoy.

Following the activities at the Holland Center, an artist reception was held at the Mangelsen—Images of Nature Gallery in the Old Market. Children of all ages could meet Mangelsen as he shared his limited edition images reflecting the intimate beauty of our natural world. Tom shared stories from his recent travels and was available for signing throughout the event.

It was truly an incredible event.