Friday, March 18, 2011

Enjoy live, Classical music with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra

“An orchestra is a sizable instrumental ensemble that contains sections of string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments,” so says the “Orchestra” Wikipedia page, which goes on to detail the history and development of the orchestra from ancient Egypt to today. Orchestras have a long, distinguished history as part of Western Civilization and Lincoln, Nebraska can be broad to boast of its own Symphony Orchestra.
The Lincoln Symphony Orchestra (LSO) was founded in 1927 by a small group of musicians who were proud of the education and culture to be found in this small midwestern city. Throughout the years, they have offered Lincolnites the opportunity to hear great Classical music in live performances. Not only have audiences been delighted with the works of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and others, but they have also been treated to guest performances of such virtuosos as violinist Isaac Stern, soprano Renee Fleming, and pianist Van Cliburn.

Edward Polochick, who resides in Baltimore, Maryland, has been the conductor of the LSO since 1998. Besides his frequent trips to Lincoln to conduct the LSO in rehearsals and performances, he also serves on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and is the founder and artistic director of the Concert Artists of Baltimore. He contributes a great deal to the LSO with his time and talent.
Other ways that the LSO promotes and keeps alive Classical music in Lincoln are by offering “Young People’s Concerts,” family events, and by giving college Music majors opportunities to perform with them and sometimes offering jobs with the LSO. The Young People’s Concerts are engaging, interactive, and educative, in this way, the LSO attracts the next generation of concertgoers and musicians—insuring that the legacy of the LSO will continue!

If you are interested in attending concerts given by the LSO, keep an eye on their Season Schedule and “like” the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra Facebook page.

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