Britten & Brahms

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Presents
“Britten & Brahms”

(LINCOLN, Neb. – Oct. 28, 2019) Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra returns to the Lied Center for Performing Arts for their Classical series performance, Britten & Brahms, on Saturday, November 9th at 7:30 p.m. The program features tenor Taylor Stayton and LSO Principal Horn Gregory Helseth.

Led by Music Director Edward Polochick, the program opens with Tragic Overture by Johannes Brahms.

Tragic Overture is a wonderfully intense, dark work for orchestra,” says Polochick. “It’s a great start to the evening; the pieces contrast stylistically, but the overall program has a somber quality. That juxtaposition makes for a satisfying, intriguing evening.”

Also on the first half of the program is Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, featuring tenor Taylor Stayton and LSO Principal Horn Gregory Helseth. Centered on nocturnal themes, this 20th-century work sets a series of English poems to music and showcases both horn and voice with string accompaniment.

“We are thrilled to have tenor Taylor Stayton joining us, along with our own Principal Horn, Gregory Helseth. Both are high-caliber musicians,” says Polochick. “The Serenade has an unusual instrumentation, giving it a uniquely beautiful sound. Britten was an expert at setting poetry to music. I have no doubt our fabulous soloists and skilled string section will leave a lasting impression on our audience members.”

Closing the evening after intermission is Brahms’ Symphony No. 3. “Of all the Brahms symphonies, this one is the darkest, and it is a fitting bookend to the evening,” says Polochick. “As ever with Brahms, our audience will be treated to lush melodies, dramatic writing, and not a single note wasted anywhere. Brahms’ music is incredibly exciting to play, and we look forward to bringing this brilliant work to the stage.”

Tickets for the concert are available for purchase online at, by phone at (402) 476‑2211, or by visiting Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra’s box office (233 S. 13th St., Ste. 1702).

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. LSO’s pre-concert 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.

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 2019-2020 season sponsors are Immanuel Communities and Union Bank & Trust. The concert sponsors for “Britten & Brahms” are Brooks Pansing Brooks and Pinnacle Bank. The Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment also provided generous support toward Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-2020 season.


Media Contacts:
Barbara Zach Lee: 402.476.2211
Edward Polochick: 443.416.5050