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March 8 & 10: Experience the unusual!

Bob Jenkins

Bob Jenkins

Winds, strings, piano, harp, celeste...you'll hear a little of everything on our final regular season concert. On this program are four works brand new to us, and we're excited to share them with you!

Dutch composer Henri Zagwijn's Nocturne is a pastoral piece written for a unique combination of instruments: flute, clarinet, English horn, bassoon, French horn, harp and celeste. The playful and lyrical Quartet by Jean Françaix features English horn, violin, viola and cello (also an unusual grouping). The 2012 Larsen Young Artist Award winner joins us for Alexander Borodin's String Trio, followed by the robust and exciting Piano Quartet by William Walton.

You'll see a couple of new faces on our stage, beginning with the newest member of NCP, oboist Bob Jenkins. A Lincoln native, Bob has performed with the Omaha Symphony for many years on both oboe and English horn. Violinist Jennifer Ahn was the winner of the 2012 Max & Lillie Larsen Young Artist Award, which honors young Nebraska string players. See the article below for more information about Jennifer and the Larsen award.

The concerts take place this weekend: Friday, March 8 at 8 pm, and Sunday, March 10 at 3 pm. All performances are at NET Studios, 1800 N. 33rd in Lincoln. Tickets are $22 for adults and $5 for students (children 10 & under are free), and will be available at the door. There is ample parking near the front door. Doors open 30 minutes before, with hors d'oeuvres and beverages served before the concert and at intermission.

Special thanks to Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra

We thank our friends at Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra for generously loaning us their celeste for this concert series. LSO is a valued partner of NCP—most of our players are members of the orchestra or have played with them in the past. Please support them by attending their final two season concerts. For ticket information, visit lincolnsymphony.org.
March 16: Brahms Meets Beethoven featuring concertmaster Anton Miller
May 5: The Rite of Spring featuring Stravinsky's avant-garde masterpiece, as well as a newly-commissioned work by UNL composer Damon Thomas Lee

 

2013 Larsen Young Artist Award competition March 16

Jennifer Ahn

Jennifer Ahn

Nebraska Chamber Players is pleased to host the Larsen Young Artist Award competition for the second year on March 16. In the words of founders Max and Lillie Larsen, "This competition, for Nebraska high school string players, was created to recognize outstanding talent and performance on strings and to provide an opportunity for gifted string players to compete and demonstrate their ability to perform. It is intended to recognize the hard work and commitment of students, parents and teachers.” The winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and the opportunity to perform in concert with the Nebraska Chamber Players.

Last year's first-place award winner was violinist Jennifer Ahn, who will be performing on our March series. Jennifer is a sophomore at Westside High School in Omaha and studies violin with Ruth Meints of the Omaha Conservatory of Music. She won the Orchestra Omaha Concerto Competition in 2008, placed second in the violin division of the 2010 Lucy Weed String Competition, and was nominated as KVNO 90.7 fm's "Classical Kid of the Month" for December 2008. She was the winner of the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra's concerto competition for the 2011-12 season, and was a finalist for the 2102 Coeur d'Alene Young Artist Competition.

For more information on the Larsen Young Artist Award, visit our website.

 

Lincoln Community Foundation supports Music In Your Space

One of the many thank-you notes we received from LPS students who participated in Music In Your Space- in 2012

One of the many thank-you notes we received from LPS students who participated in Music In Your Space™ in 2012

After a ten-year hiatus, NCP revived Music in Your Space™ last May and presented it (to rave reviews) in three of Lincoln's elementary schools: Hill, Randolph and Lakeview.

Music in Your Space™ uses chamber music to reinforce good decision-making skills when working in a group. A small group of musicians goes into an elementary school classroom, haphazardly plays a piece of music, then rehearses and perfects it using suggestions from the students. The students learn not only about music, but also about the importance of respect, compromise and teamwork.

This year the project is made possible through a grant from the Lincoln Community Foundation on behalf of the Robert Allington Endowed Fund, the Cedric H. and Nina K. Yoder Memorial Fund and the Richard C. Stednitz Memorial Fund. We are now working with LPS to select schools which can benefit from this project. NCP is very fortunate to have the support of the Lincoln Community Foundation for this educational outreach program.

 

Coming this spring and summer

April 5Ashfall CD Release Party (location and time to be announced)
June 22Concerts on the Creek in Cambridge (featuring Ed Love and Bob Jenkins)
July 27Concerts on the Creek in Cambridge (featuring the farewell performance of retiring bassist Rusty White)
August 23NCP Live! in Kearney
NCP welcomes Disney Pearl Series Artist Nathan Pacheco, tenor. Together we will travel to Kearney for a day-long set of activities hosted by NET Radio: a Friday Live broadcast from the Merriman Performing Arts Center, followed by an evening performance with Mr. Pacheco at the Old World Theatre. Watch your e-mail and our website for information.

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