More Performing Arts
by Rayna Collins
Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1927, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra presents inspiring programs that encourage the Lincoln community to discover and cultivate a deep personal connection with live symphonic music. LSO presents ten concerts each season—two family concerts, two pops concerts (one of which is a holiday concert) and six classical concerts.
Led by conductor Edward Polochick, each season is features exciting repertoire and world renowned soloists. LSO is also committed to educational activities, having played for over 13,000 students through the LSO’s school residences, artist visits, and Young People’s Concerts. For more information: (402) 476-2211 or lincolnsymphony.com.
Haymarket Theatre & the Nebraska Youth Theatre
Haymarket Theatre performances are often among the year’s best local theatre productions. For more than 15 years, professional repertory productions and high-quality children’s theatre have brought to the stage every facet of the human experience.
The Nebraska Youth Theatre offers summer camps and produces full-length theatrical productions that offer young people the opportunity to learn what it takes to put together a play or musical. For tickets and more information: (402) 477-2600 or haymarkettheatre.org.
Nebraska Chamber Players
Formed in 1997, the Nebraska Chamber Players is made up of professional musicians dedicated to playing a unique brand of chamber music. Known for creative programming, the group has premiered commissioned works from composers across the country. The spirit of chamber music, performed in an intimate atmosphere, comes alive through each of the Nebraska Chamber Players’ gifted musicians. For more information: (402) 429-8227 or visit nebraskachamberplayers.org.
The Lincoln Civic Orchestra
The Lincoln Civic Orchestra is a symphonic orchestra comprised of community musicians from around the Lincoln area. Formed in 1977 on the campus of Union College, the Lincoln Civic Orchestra became the resident orchestra at Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1987. The 70-piece ensemble regularly performs on the Nebraska Wesleyan campus with performances in the fall, winter and spring, and travels to other communities with concert presentations. LCO aims to provide a quality symphonic experience for musicians and the community at large, through collaborative musical performances and education. Visit www.lincolncivicorchestra.org for more information.
Angels Theatre Company
Made up of professional and amateur artists, the Angels Theatre Company has staged more than 50 productions since 2000. Besides holding playwriting workshops with the Angels Playwriting Collective, the company promotes original works, often with compelling social messages, plus the best of well-known theatrical drama. For more information visit angelscompany.org.
Nebraska Jazz Orchestra
One of the region’s premiere big bands, the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra presents at least four concerts annually featuring the genre’s best musicians. The NJO features traditional big band classics from masters like Duke Ellington and Count Basie, as well as new compositions and arrangements from local talent. The NJO is committed to educating future musicians through sponsorship of the Young Artist Jazz Composition, the Young Lions All-Star Big Band, and the annual Nebraska Jazz Camp. In 2019 they will perform with Paul Schaeffer on the Lied Center stage. For more information call (402) 477-8446 or visit artsincorporated.org/njo.
Sheldon (Lincoln) Friends of Chamber Music
Established in 1964, SFCM presents chamber music concerts, lectures, and masterclasses to introduce the public to live chamber music. Nationally-known and exceptionally talented musicians perform new works by living composers as well as a standard classical repertoire. For more information: (402) 435-5454 or sfcm.info.
Lincoln Community Playhouse
Since 1947 the Lincoln Community Playhouse has provided opportunities for theatre artists of all ages and talents to express their creativity. Following the final production of the season, LCP focuses on its Penguin Project Production. The Penguin Project partners youth artists with special needs with peer mentors.
Lincoln Community Playhouse was the first community theatre outside of Illinois to partner with The Penguin Project to produce a production. The Playhouse is located at 2500 S. 56th Street. Call 402-489-7529 or visit www.lincolnplayhouse.com. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for details about the Penguin Project, tickets and information.
Lincoln Municipal Band
Begun in 1911, the Lincoln Municipal Band is both Nebraska’s oldest professional music organization and its only professional wind ensemble. The LMB annually presents a series of free outdoor concerts at 7 p.m. on Sunday evenings during July and August. Held in the John Shildneck Memorial Bandshell in Antelope Park, these popular free concerts draw regular crowds of more than 1,500 and feature some of the capital city’s best instrumentalists and vocalists. The organization also holds the annual John Schildneck Young Artist Competition. For more information call (402) 477-7899 or visit artsincorporated.org/lmb.
Nebraska Repertory Theatre
The Nebraska Repertory Theatre provides professional acting and production experience to
Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company
For 34 years the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company has been presenting its annual staging of the holiday season classic, The Nutcracker. Dance students from southeast Nebraska star in the performances that also feature a live orchestra and nationally-known guest artists. In conjunction with performances, LMBC hosts Backstage at the Ballet, an artist-in-residency program at Lincoln elementary schools. LMBC also produces rotating spring ballets, Cinderellaand Snow White, and holds a summer dance camp. For more information call (402) 477-8446 or visit lincolnmidwestballet.org.
Capital Jazz Society Big Band
The Capital Jazz Society Big Band performs several Monday nights a month at Blueblood Brewing Company at Robbers Cave. This big band provides an opportunity for jazz musicians of all ages to hone their chops by sight-reading and performing both classic and new big band literature. The Lincoln Jazz Series provides formal jazz groups with a venue to showcase their talents. Local, regional and national groups have performed as part of this series. The Monday Night Big Band and
Flatwater Shakespeare Company
The Flatwater Shakespeare Company shares William Shakespeare’s plays and other classic works with Nebraska audiences. Since 2001 the company has not only presented classics such as The Tempestand
Plainsong Folk Festival
The Plainsong Folk Festival is a showcase for the unique cultural value of folk music. Held annually since 2002, the festival features folk music with roots ranging from Celtic to bluegrass, singer-songwriter to folk-rock all on a rural acreage just outside Lincoln. Visit plainsongfestival.com for more information.