Midori 3 Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

LINCOLN – November 6, 2015 will be a landmark concert for Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, LSO moved to the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and at the same time adopted a new affordable ticket pricing structure in order to make LSO concerts as accessible as possible. At the time, patrons questioned whether the ticket prices would remain so affordable, even when LSO would present world-renowned “superstar” soloists with the orchestra, such as next week’s presentation of Midori performing Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major.

The answer, according to LSO Executive Director Barbara Zach, is a resounding yes. “It is a deeply-held part of LSO’s core identity to make live classical music affordable to everyone in our community. We are overjoyed to make it possible for children who might dream of someday playing the violin to hear Midori for only $5. For an adult who has never attended an orchestra concert, I can’t image a better introduction than hearing Midori perform live and in person for only $15. It will be a truly magical evening.”

The new affordable ticket prices have drastically changed LSO’s audience makeup. One in five audience members is under 40 years old, and 7% have household incomes of less than $25,000. This shift is exactly what LSO’s board and administrative staff had in mind when they introduced the lower ticket prices. Zach comments, “It is one of our highest priorities to welcome people from all walks of life to LSO concerts; there’s no dress code, you’re not required to take a music theory test on your way in the door, our orchestra and audience will go out of their way to make you feel welcome, and our Maestro loves to greet new patrons with hugs after each concert.”

In fact, LSO is holding a free reception in the Lied Center’s Orchestra Lobby after the concert, so audience members will have an opportunity to meet Midori, Maestro Edward Polochick, Concertmaster Anton Miller, and other LSO musicians.

The concert opens with a side-by-side performance of the overture to Rossini’s The Barber of Seville with the Lincoln Youth Symphony. LYS Director and principal violist for LSO, Clark Potter, says, “I am so grateful for the opportunity our young students have to play along with the pros, to play for Maestro Polochick, and to play on the Lied Center stage.  This kind of experience truly cannot be replicated any other way. I really appreciate LSO and their willingness and work to make this happen. It’s going to be super fun!”

Following this annual collaboration is violinist Midori performing Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major. Midori debuted with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 11, and since then has made her career not only as a master musician, but community engagement activist. Through her multiple organizations in the U.S. and Japan, she brings music to children and those otherwise unable to have involvement with the arts. This commitment to outreach was recognized in 2007 when she was named a Messenger of Peace by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The second half of the performance features Brahms’ beautifully mournful Symphony No. 2. Join LSO for a not to be missed performance in Lincoln – Friday, November 6, 7:30 PM at the Lied Center.

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In an effort to make all LSO concerts as accessible as possible, LSO continues with lower ticket prices 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 sponsors for “Midori & Brahms Symphony No.2” are Allstate and Lincoln Industries. The side-by-side sponsor is Union Bank & Trust. The Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment also provided generous support toward LSO’s 2015-2016 season.

Read program notes for “Midori & Brahms Symphony No.2” by clicking here.