Avi Avital -2LINCOLN, Neb. – Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra will be presenting their season finale at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, April 30. Conducted by Music Director Edward Polochick, this concert features Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital performing an arrangement of Spring and Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and a concerto written for him by Avner Dorman. LSO will close the concert, and the season, with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major (Eroica).

A dynamic virtuoso who has been praised by the New York Times for his “exquisitely sensitive playing” and “stunning agility,” Grammy-nominated Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital chose the mandolin through the chance inspiration of a neighbor, and his hometown conveniently provided a thriving mandolin youth orchestra. Now an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, Avital’s debut release for that label featured his own transcriptions of harpsichord, violin and flute concertos by J.S. Bach. The mandolinist’s upcoming project, “Avital meets Avital,” features original music composed by Avi himself and his friend and compatriot jazz bassist Omer Avital, who happens to share the same surname.

LSO Music Director Edward Polochick describes the concert:

“What a thrill to have Avi Avital as our soloist for our season finale! An incredible virtuoso, Avital has soared to international fame with his dazzling technique and musicianship. Our Lincoln audience is in for a very special treat! And to top off our program, we present one of the most famous and popular of all symphonies: the great Symphony #3 of Beethoven, the Eroica. Truly a symphonic tour de force, this symphony was originally dedicated to Napolean, a dedication which Beethoven rescinded when Napolean declared himself emperor. It is an appropriate closing to a wonderfully heroic season, and also eagerly anticipates our upcoming 2016-2017 season.”

Polochick will announce the 2016-17 season in the Lied Commons before the performance. The doors open at 5:30 PM for a cocktail hour (cash bar) with the presentation beginning at 6:00 PM. Email lindsay@lincolnsymphony.com to RSVP.

NET Radio’s Genevieve Randall will host a pre-concert chat in the Steinhart Room at 6:45 PM, sponsored by The Landing and Immanuel Community.

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 “Avi Avital & Beethoven’s Eroica” is Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Nebraska. The media sponsor is Sprit 102.7. The Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment also provided generous support toward LSO’s 2015-2016 season.