Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Presents

“Beethoven 8 & 6”

(LINCOLN, Neb. – March 26, 2018) Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra embarks into the second of its five-year Beethoven cycle at their next classical concert on Fri., April 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Led by Music Director Edward Polochick, the program will open with a side-by-side performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio overture with the Lincoln Youth Symphony.

“It’s one of the top highlights of the year for the students to play on the Lied Center stage with the pros – and it’s extra special that it’s on the Beethoven concert,” said LYS Conductor Clark Potter. LYS will perform the Fidelio overture again on their final concert at Lincoln East High School on Sun., Apr. 15 at 6:00 p.m.

Polochick will then lead LSO in a pairing of Beethoven’s symphonies – his eighth and sixth.

“This Beethoven cycle – which will culminate on Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020 with his Ninth Symphony – is a major commitment by the orchestra and the community,” said Polochick. “In this season’s pairing, we get to see the artistic and spiritual direction of Beethoven’s compositional style that led him into the Ninth Symphony, as both tend to point to Beethoven’s fondness of his fellow man – the common folk – with their dances, tunes, and customs.”

Both symphonies, Polochick added, strive to depart from the sophistication and hustle and bustle of urban life into the country, incorporating his love for humanity and nature – the sixth with its groundbreaking programmatic format, and the eighth with its light-hearted, humorous, and surprisingly personal character.

NET Radio’s Genevieve Randall will host a pre-concert chat at 6:45 p.m. the evening of the concert in the Steinhart Room with Maestro Polochick, along with a presentation by special guests Hannah Jo Smith and Anita Breckbill regarding a long-lost Wagner baton, also on display during intermission. LSO’s preconcert chats are supported in part by Humanities Nebraska.

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Tickets are available for purchase online at, by phone at (402) 476‑2211, or by visiting Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra’s box office (233 S. 13th St., Ste. 1702).

In an effort to make all LSO concerts financially accessible, LSO’s tickets are available for only $15 or $35 each for adults, inclusive of all ticketing and facility fees. Tickets for youth ages 17 and under are available for $5 each, made possible by the Lienemann Charitable Foundation.

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season sponsor is The Landing at Williamsburg Village, an Immanuel Community. The concert sponsor for “Beethoven 8 & 6” is First National Bank. The Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment also provided generous support toward Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season.