Since the fall of 1985 the Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha (IGO) has combined volunteer musicians under the age of 25 and over the age of 50 for the purpose of creating beautiful music in the greater Omaha metropolitan area. In addition to an annual spring pops & pie fundraising concert, open to the public, the Orchestra also performs for residents of nursing homes and retirement centers. The Peter Kiewit Foundation initially funded the Orchestra for two seasons. When the Kiewit funding ended, IGO began charging a nominal tuition for musicians to belong and also began requesting a donation toward the cost of our concerts. However, many of the locations that IGO performs for have a limited budget, or no budget at all, for outside groups to perform for their residents. The residents in these homes look forward to our performances and quite often ask the Orchestra for a return engagement. All money raised from this fund drive will help support concerts in locations that have little or no budget for this type of entertainment. IGO's repertoire is pops and also includes original compositions by our original Maestro, Chuck Penington. Seeing an audience member dance with the aid of their walker is something that you will never forget. It doesn't matter how old you are, how frail you are, how forgetful you may have become, IGO's music will bring a smile to your face.
"It is the only opportunity I have had to play good music, with good musicians and excellent leadership." Frank Kern over 50 member.
"The IGO is one of the highlight performances of the year for the residents of the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home and the Jewish Community. The orchestra is a show stopper and performs a lively repertoire of well-known themes, along with popular hits that span the generations. The show is a guaranteed good time!" Maggie Conti, Director of Activities and Volunteer Services Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, Omaha NE.
"The IGO is a great ensemble of talented musicians who perform a free performance at the Douglas County Health Center every year. The performance is of the highest quality and enjoyed by all who attend." Sabra Mackey Douglas County Health Center Omaha, NE.
To combine two diverse age groups of musicians for the purpose of creating beautiful music and then sharing that music, helping to promote positive intergenerational activities.