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Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Presents

“Philip Glass & Elgar”

(LINCOLN, Neb. – November 3, 2017) A musical celebration and premiere of Philip Glass is in store in Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra’s performance “Philip Glass & Elgar” on Fri., Nov. 10 at 7:30pm at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Led by Music Director Edward Polochick, the symphony welcomes back pianist Simone Dinnerstein to the concert stage, opening the program with Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058, immediately followed by a Nebraska premiere of Glass’ newly composed Third Piano Concerto.

“We are thrilled to be performing with Simone yet again, and especially with such beautiful programming,” Maestro Edward Polochick said. “The pairing of the music of Bach and Glass – the latter written specifically with Simone in mind – will not only be a joy to hear, but also a beautiful way to commemorate Philip Glass’ 80th birthday with his newest piano concerto.”

The concerto was commissioned by a consortium of twelve orchestras across the country in commemoration of Philip Glass’ 80th birthday, including Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra.

“The creation and performance of new works is so important,” said executive director Barbara Zach, “and LSO is thrilled to have the privilege of participating in the commissioning of a brand-new piece of music from such a legendary composer.

“Philip Glass is such an important voice, and has done so much to shape current American music. Everyone from casual moviegoers to serious classical musicians will recognize and enjoy his music, and it’s exciting for LSO to be a part of history by premiering this newly written piece.”

Elgar’s famous Enigma Variations follows on the second half, taking the audience on an emotional, personal journey through the composer’s circle of friends, lovers, and acquaintances – all through the variation of a simple theme.

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 and guest artist Simone Dinnerstein. LSO’s preconcert chats are supported in part by Humanities Nebraska.

To stay current with symphony events, follow Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – and don’t forget to use #LSOlove while visiting the free JamesAnn Photography photobooth during intermission.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.lincolnsymphony.com, 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 “Philip Glass & Elgar” is Nelnet, with media support by Spirit Catholic Radio KVSS 102.7. The Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment also provided generous support toward Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season.

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Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Presents
“If It Ain’t Baroque…”

(LINCOLN, Neb. – October 6, 2017) Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra has an evening of Baroque classics in store for their upcoming classical concert, “If It Ain’t Baroque…” on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Featuring favorites from Bach to Vivaldi, the evening will showcase the orchestra’s own musicians and Abendmusik executive director and tenor Drew Duncan, with Maestro Edward Polochick conducting from the harpsichord.

Included on the program will be Handel’s Water Music Suite No. 3, two of Vivaldi’s double brass concertos, a selection of popular Handel tenor arias, and Bach’s festive Orchestral Suite No. 3, known especially for its moving Air on the G String.

“These are the monoliths of the Baroque period, whose repertoire is sadly not often heard in the concert hall anymore,” said Maestro Polochick. “We are thrilled for this opportunity to showcase our incredible musicians with this special chamber performance, made possible by the growth of our season through our community’s love and support.”

This concert is, for the second year, an expansion of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra’s annual classical concert series, largely due to the generous support of the Lincoln community and the popularity of the orchestra’s classical series.

“Our community’s support directly impacts what we can do from the stage,” said executive director Barbara Zach. “We are so grateful for every patron, donor and supporter that has and continues to aid our journey to share inspirational programming with everyone throughout Lincoln.”

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 and Christopher Marks, Associate Professor of Organ and Associate Dean at the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. LSO’s preconcert chats are supported in part by Humanities Nebraska.

To stay current with symphony events, follow Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – and don’t forget to use #LSOlove while visiting the free JamesAnn Photography photobooth during intermission.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.lincolnsymphony.com, 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 ticket 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 “If It Ain’t Baroque…” is Pinnacle Bank. The Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment also provided generous support toward Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season.

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Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Presents
“A Family for Treble”

 

(LINCOLN, Neb. – October 6, 2017) Treble the energetic, music-loving dog is visiting Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra in a family concert for all ages on Sun., Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. at O’Donnell Auditorium on Nebraska Wesleyan University Campus, 50th Street and Huntington Avenue.

Joining LSO will be actor Adam Goos, who will portray Treble as he searches for his forever home within the orchestra. This interactive performance will help children and adults alike explore the ensemble’s musical “families” (woodwinds, percussion, brass, and strings).

The orchestra will teach Treble (and its audience) by performing classical and popular favorites, including excerpts from Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, Kabalevsky’s “Galop” from The Comedians, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and special arrangements of Vince Guaraldi’s Linus and Lucy.

A Family for Treble is an interactive and musical journey through the entire orchestra, showcasing each section’s sound and expression in a fun and novel way,” said Maestro Edward Polochick. “We are excited for our collaboration with Adam Goos and are thrilled to share this all-ages musical and educational opportunity with the Lincoln community.”

This all-ages, family-friendly concert will be preceded by a family festival starting at 1 p.m. in the lobby areas of the Rogers Fine Arts Center at Nebraska Wesleyan University Campus, 50th Street and Huntington Avenue. Dietze Music and Lincoln Suzuki Studios will sponsor an instrument petting zoo, and there will be games with teachers from Harris Academy of the Arts. Children can also enjoy a photobooth provided by JamesAnn Photography, face-painting, and arts and crafts provided by Lincoln’s Macaroni Kid. Runza’s will also provide a free, half-sized Runza for all children after the performance.

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra has also, as a part of this family concert, partnered with the Capital Humane Society to promote its mission to advocate for animal welfare and educate the public about responsible pet care.

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra is also thrilled to announce that the Family Concert Series has received a Challenge America grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the 2017-18 season. The Challenge America category supports primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations – those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. LSO has partnered with Family Literacy, a program through Lincoln Public Schools, to make live classical music accessible for the immigrant and refugee community in Lincoln.

Tickets for all LSO Family Concerts are specially priced at $10 for adults and $5 for children. Family passes to attend all of LSO’s Family Concerts are also available, covering admission for two adults and all dependent children for one low price. Tickets can be ordered online at www.lincolnsymphony.com, or by calling LSO at (402) 476‑2211.

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season sponsor is The Landing at Williamsburg Village, an Immanuel Community. The concert sponsor for “A Family for Treble” is Westgate Bank, with KZUM providing media support. The Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment also provided generous support toward Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season.

 

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Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Presents
“Joshua Bell & Bruch”

(LINCOLN, Neb. – September 8, 2017) Joshua Bell, violin virtuoso of international fame, will take the stage with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra for their season-opening concert on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Applauded as a “classical rock star” by The Seattle Times, Bell will join the orchestra in a heart-rending performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor.

“Joshua Bell is one of the outstanding virtuoso violinists of our time, and we are extremely fortunate to have him here to open our season,” said Maestro Edward Polochick. “He is a player who clearly demonstrates his love of music – and love of humanity through his music – and it’s that quality that endears his playing to the general public.”

“It is especially thrilling to present this all-star season with such high-caliber soloists – Joshua Bell, Simone Dinnerstein, Anton Miller, Mark Markham, and Jane Lynch – including a Philip Glass premiere! We are truly beginning a new, exciting chapter with this orchestra, and I can’t wait to share it with Lincoln.”

This soloist lineup comes on the heels of substantial gifts from sisters Anabeth Hormel Cox and MarySue Harris, enabling the orchestra to expand its programming and attract big-name classical artists – all while keeping concerts financially accessible to everyone in the Lincoln community.

“The recent gifts from Anabeth and MarySue demonstrate just how much Lincoln values its orchestra, and we’re thrilled to share those gifts with our community by presenting artists such as Joshua Bell on our stage,” said executive director Barbara Zach. “We’re overjoyed to welcome him to Lincoln, and we know that our audience will join us in making him feel at home in our concert hall.”

The symphony will also perform Mendelssohn’s sprightly Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Schumann’s emotionally tragic Fourth Symphony, and Brahms’ catchy Hungarian Dances Nos. 5 & 6.

“The entire program is incredibly gratifying,” said Maestro Polochick, “full of repertoire the audience knows but doesn’t get to hear that often – especially as performed by a soloist as high-caliber as Joshua Bell.”

NET Radio’s Genevieve Randall will host a pre-concert chat at 6:45 p.m. in the Steinhart Room with Maestro Polochick and concertmaster Anton Miller the evening of the concert. Bell will also be available to sign CDs after the performance.

To stay current with symphony events, follow Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – and don’t forget to use .#LSOlove while visiting the free JamesAnn Photography photobooth during intermission!

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.lincolnsymphony.com, 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 ticket 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 “Joshua Bell & Bruch” is Anabeth Hormel Cox, with media support by NET. The Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment also provided generous support toward Lincoln Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season.

 

 

Sisters Anabeth Cox and MarySue Harris support Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra with major gifts

(Excerpt from John Keller’s Lincoln Journal Star article on February 01, 2017. Full article attached above.)

Growing up, sisters Anabeth and MarySue Hormel always had music in their home. Today, their appreciation for live performances has led them to support Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra with major financial gifts.

Neither can remember a time without music; their family members sang together in harmony on road trips, they both played piano, and they loved to play records and dance in their living room to the joyful music of Schubert and Beethoven. In their hometown of McCook, they attended community concerts and learned to appreciate live performances.

Their parents, Thalma Lowe Hormel and Benjamin Franklin Hormel Jr., played a major part in their love for music. Their father had always played the saxophone, and one day, when their mother was out of town, he purchased a piano. When he called to tell her, she said, “By the time I get home, you’d better know how to play it!” So he taught himself, making a list of songs he wanted to learn, and then learning to play them by ear.

 

Jane Lynch, Joshua Bell part of new LSO season

(Excerpt from Jeff Korbelik’s Lincoln Journal Star article on April 27, 2017. Full article attached above.)

The season begins Sept. 26 with Bell joining the orchestra for Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor. Lynch, a three-time Emmy Award winner, will perform hits from the Great American Songbook during an LSO pops concert on March 2.

Other national guest artists include pianist Simon Dinnerstein on Nov. 10 performing the newly composed Piano Concerto No. 3 by Philip Glass, written especially for Dinnerstein and pianist Mark Markham performing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto on May 6.

Concertmaster Anton Miller will celebrate his 30th season with LSO, performing Chausson’s Poeme, Op. 25, and Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. The pieces will be paired with Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony on Jan. 19.

“The highlight of a music season is working with Anton,” Polochick said. “We’re incredibly lucky to have him.”

 

We Remember Morris Collier with this Lincoln Journal Star Entry 

(Excerpt from Margaret Reist’s Lincoln Journal Star article on April 28, 2017. Full article attached above.)

Seven carefully embroidered words, framed and hanging for many years in the room where hundreds of students have learned to play the violin, say much about the recipient of the long-ago gift, a thank you from student to teacher.

“Sir Morris Collier,” say the carefully stitched letters. “Lord of the Strings.”

It’s an apt description of Collier, who died April 23, and spent most of his 92 years playing the violin professionally and sharing his love of music with thousands of students.


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