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Featuring Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, Local Choirs and Pianist Jon Nakamatsu

The Lied Center’s resident orchestra and top choirs from across Nebraska cap off a spectacular season of classical music at the Lied Center for Performing Arts with Beethoven’s breathtaking Ninth Symphony. Pianist Jon Nakamatsu also joins Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra to perform Beethoven’s beloved Emperor Concerto in a concert to remember on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are extremely limited. To inquire about availability, visit the Lied Center box office at 12th and R Streets, or call 402.472.4747.

“The final concert of the Lied Center’s silver season will be bittersweet,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “The Lied Center has enjoyed some of the biggest artistic achievements in our organization’s history this year. These iconic performances, including our collaboration with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, will be remembered by many, long after the 25th anniversary season is over.”

"To me it seems so appropriate to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our Lied Center with two of Beethoven's greatest pieces of music:  his last Piano Concerto, the "Emperor" and his last symphony, the "Choral", Symphony #9,” said Edward Polochick, LSO’s Music Director. “Our soloist, Jon Nakamatzu, is an international artist who has become one of today's pianistic legends. And the music and the message of Beethoven's Ninth are most beautiful, compelling and eternal. This concert is a magnificent culmination of a great season of music in Lincoln.”

The “Ode to Joy” Beethoven Masterworks concert on April 25 marks the eighth and final performance of the Lied Center’s Beethoven Festival, a campus-wide celebration of the legendary composer, in partnership with the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. Beethoven’s works were featured throughout the Lied Center's 25th anniversary season’s classical music concerts, which included unforgettable performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Joshua Bell and premier pianist Jonathan Biss, among others. Recognized as the single most important musical figure of the early 19th century, Beethoven was a revolutionary and will long be remembered as the man who single-handedly created the transition from the Classical to the Romantic era and for his many other contributions to classical music during his lifetime and beyond.

The April 25 concert will also highlight American pianist Jon Nakamatsu, who continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard for combining elegance, clarity and electrifying power. Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to achieve this distinction since 1981.

“Jon is a rare pianist who can play anything and one actually wants to hear him play everything because he has such a high level of talent and taste,” said Ann Chang, Artistic Director of the Lied Center. “His impeccable artistry has kept him at the top of the list of highly desired pianists, long after he won the Van Cliburn competition. He is also a dear friend to the Lied Center and we are so privileged to have him be a part of the grand finale of our 25th anniversary celebration.”