Deck the Halls Press Release

                                                     Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Presents “Deck the Halls”

(LINCOLN, Neb. – November 20, 2018) Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra welcomes you to get into the holiday spirit with their annual holiday concert, “Deck the Halls,” on Saturday, Dec. 1. Shows begin at 2:00pm and 6:00pm at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Led by Resident Conductor Dr. Tyler G. White, concert-goers will be treated to a wide variety of seasonal favorites, including Sleigh Ride, selections from The Nutcracker, and a holiday sing-along, emceed by Jack Mitchell, LNK Today co-host on 1400 KLIN.

Bell-issimo, a Lincoln-based, audition-only handbell choir, will add its own sparkle to open the program, with Steven Amundson’s Glories Ring.

Local dance studios Dancing Beyond Limits, Chase the Spirit of Dance, and Tap This! Cloggers will also join the symphony for a creative reimagining of Babes in Toyland and The Nutcracker.

“Chase the Spirit of Dance and Dancing Beyond Limits are so very honored to be invited back for a 2nd year with LSO! To be able to dance with such an incredible group of musicians is a dancer’s dream come true!” said Chase the Spirit of Dance studio Director Stephanie Chase. “Collaborating with Joel Harrison’s Tap This! just adds more excitement and a unique blend of the different genres to the great selections on the program.”

UNL’s own Vocal Jazz Ensemble will be joining the orchestra to sing some holiday favorites arranged by their director, Dr. David von Kampen. “The Vocal Jazz Ensemble is very excited for this performance,” said von Kampen. “To collaborate with a full orchestra like this is a really special opportunity for a jazz choir.”

Over one hundred students from Lincoln Suzuki Studios will also make a special appearance, performing familiar holiday tunes in Holiday String-along, an arrangement by Nebraska’s own Kara Leigh Baxter.

Cellist Derek Hwang, this year’s Young Artist Competition winner, will also join the orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Hwang, a high school junior, currently studies with Mr. Peter Howard, Principal Cellist Emeritus of the St. Paul Chamber orchestra. Hwang won the chance to perform with the symphony after a competitive audition in September.

Santa Claus will make an appearance at both performances, and will be available for free pictures in the Ticketholder’s Lobby before each performance and during intermission. This free photo opportunity is supported by JamesAnn Photography.

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).

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 2018-2019 season sponsors are Immanuel Communities and Union Bank & Trust. The concert sponsors for “Deck the Halls” are Ameritas and Lincoln Industries, with media support by B107.3 and KLIN 1400. The Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment also provided generous support toward Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-2019 season.