CaptureLINCOLN – Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra returns to the stage for its third classical concert of the season, “Anton Miller Plays Mozart,” Saturday, January 23, at 7:30 PM at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Conducted by Music Director Edward Polochick, this concert features LSO Concertmaster Anton Miller performing two concertos, one by the famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the other by his relatively unknown French contemporary, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

Saint-Georges, born in 1756 (just 11 years after Mozart), was a virtuosic violinist, composer, and conductor. The son of a French Aristocrat and an African slave, he left for Paris where he was enrolled in riding, fencing, and violin school at age 9. By age 14 he was the concertmaster and conductor of Le Concert des Amateurs, the largest and most prestigious orchestra in Paris at the time. He struggled with racial bias and prejudice, but was able to receive a strong formal education (something Mozart never did outside of music) and serve as colonel of a regiment of black soldiers during the French Revolution.

To highlight the unique story of Saint-Georges, LSO partnered with Lincoln Public Schools to record an educational video including performance clips from Concertmaster Miller and Music Director Polochick along with biographical information. Support for this project was provided by Humanities Nebraska, and is available on Time Warner Cable, Educational Access Channel 80.

The second half of the concert features Haydn’s “London Symphony,” Symphony No. 104 in D Major.

“With an early start on celebrating Black History Month, we programmed a violin concerto of Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a contemporary of both Mozart and Haydn, featuring our outstanding LSO concertmaster as soloist, Anton Miller,” explains LSO Music Director Edward Polochick. “Along with this rarely-performed work, this unique and fascinating program also includes Mozart’s Violin Concerto #5 (also with Mr. Miller) and one of Haydn’s most popular and dazzling orchestral masterpieces, Symphony #104, “London,” the last of his symphonic output.  We gratefully acknowledge that this program was the brainchild of Mr. Ted Cox, former member of LSO Board of Directors and long-time LSO supporter.”

NET Radio’s Genevieve Randall will host a pre-concert chat in the Steinhart Room at 6:45 PM.

In an effort to make all LSO concerts as accessible as possible, LSO continues with lower ticket prices for its fourth season at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Concert tickets are available for $15 and $30 each, inclusive of all ticketing and handling fees. Tickets for youth 17 and under are available for $5, made possible by the Lienemann Charitable Foundation. Tickets can be ordered online at www.lincolnsymphony.org, or by calling LSO at (402) 476-2211.

LSO’s corporate sponsor for “Anton Miller Plays Mozart” is First National Bank. The media sponsor is NET radio. The Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment also provided generous support toward LSO’s 2015-2016 season.