Category: Music

LMTA participates in Give to Lincoln Day

The Lincoln Music Teachers Association Music Outreach Program (LMTA-MOP) will participate in the Lincoln Community Foundation’s Give to Lincoln Day on May 29 by joining with the Lincoln Youth Symphony, Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music, Angels Theatre Company, and the Nebraska Chamber Players to host a free party for the public from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Kuck MotorSports Museum, 2251 Humphrey Avenue.


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Meadowlark Music Festival - Pablo Aslan Tango Ensemble

Born in Buenos Aires, PABLO ASLAN received his music education at University of California, Santa Cruz, CalArts, and UCLA, and in the 90’s in the clubs of New York. There he led several groups like New York Buenos Aires Connection, Avantango, and New York Tango Trio, which included musicians such as the late Thomas Chapin, pianist Ethan Iverson (now of The Bad Plus), drummer Kenny Wollesen, saxophonist Donny McCaslin, and bandoneonists Raul Jaurena and Tito Castro. More recently, he has worked with artists such as Yo Yo Ma, Lalo Schifrin, Pablo Ziegler, Osvaldo Golijov, Arturo O’Farrill, Emilio Solla, Fernando Otero, and Paquito D’Rivera.
His most recent recordings are “Tango Grill” (Zoho Music 2009 – Nominated for the 53rd Grammys and the 11th Latin Grammy Awards) and and a collaboration with Cuban reedman Paquito D’Rivera, “Tango Jazz” Live at Jazz @ Lincoln Center” (Paquito Records 2010). Aslan and D’Rivera return to J@LC on November 11 and 12, 2011 to present a tribute to tango master Astor Piazzolla on the 90th anniversary of his birth. His upcomng album on Soundbrush Records is titled “Piazzolla in Brooklyn” and is a tribute to Aslan’s mentor.
“The results are beautiful, as the rules imposed on the players make their improvisations more about nuance than blowing.” **** DOWNBEAT – July 2010

“The late, great Nuevo Tango master Astor Piazzolla sidled up to the jazz aesthetic in his way, and bassist Pablo Aslan continues to carry the jazz-tango torch, as heard on this beautiful new recording.” JOSEF WOODARD – JAZZ TIMES August 2010

“The themes are clearly defined, while each improvised adventure comes complete with thrills and beauty. Recommended, Aslan’s Jazz/Tango project works wonders on the soul.” CADENCE

“You may read about merging jazz with tango, or jazzing up tango, but the real goal here is to push tango to unimagined extremes.” TOM HULL (Village Voice)

“The bassist is a towering figure in the world of modern tango ” RAUL D’GAMA SOUZA,

“We’re in a golden age of jazz-tango fusion, and bassist Pablo Aslan is one of the main reasons. (…) His pulsing lines are the heartbeat of a new music.” JAZZIZ

“Pablo will continue to define the tango idiom in his musically inimitable way…Pablo Aslan..The right man….In the right way…At the right time for tango jazz.” EJAZZNEWS

“Aslan creates improvisatory alchemy with artists at home in both genres. Tango as Miles, Coltrane, Evans and Chambers might have conceived it.” GLOBAL RHYTHM

“Bassist Pablo Aslan has long been in the forefront of forging an alliance between jazz and the tango. His approach has been artful, keeping the body of the tango intact while letting jazz take the music into new pastures.” JERRY D’SOUZA – ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“Bassist Pablo Aslan has pulled it off here on this spirited recording that retains all of the charm and intrigue of Argentina with the collective spontaneity of American freedom.” ALLMUSIC.COM
“From the level of play to the artistic conception, there is nothing “standard” about this work and that is both its strength and beauty.” JAZZTIMES

“Though you might not think of tango as “improvised”, it is very much so on this splendid album and will surely be a delight to those among us who want to hear music that’s created on the fly. It takes real talent and vision to do this, especially with a musical form as recognized as is tango.” DICK METCALF

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Meadowlark Music Festival - Orion Ensemble

Recognized as one of Chicago’s finest chamber music groups, the ORION ENSEMBLE is celebrating its 21st season. John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune calls Orion “one of Chicago’s most vibrant, versatile and distinctive ensembles.” With the possibilities inherent in its unique combination of instruments—piano, string trio and clarinet—Orion offers exciting interpretations of standard repertoire, introduces audiences to rarely performed masterpieces and inspires composers with commissions for new works. Orion’s innovative programs feature diverse works by composers ranging from Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms to William Bolcom, Chick Corea, Paul Schoenfield and Augusta Read Thomas.

The Orion Ensemble boasts a roster of five superb musicians who have performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia, as an ensemble and individually in solo, orchestral and other chamber music roles. In Chicago, Orion presents a four-concert series in three venues, is heard regularly on the broadcast series “Live from WFMT” and appears frequently on the Chicago Cultural Center’s Lunchbreak Series “Classical Mondays.”
The Orion Ensemble received first prize in the Festivals category of the 2000 Chamber Music America/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for its critically acclaimed millennium celebration called An Inside Look at Contemporary Music.

The Ensemble has received numerous rave reviews throughout the years, including several from the Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein (“Pride of place must go to the Orion, resident ensemble of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University”) and the Sun-Times’ Wynne Delacoma (“Orion is one of those outstanding chamber ensembles, plentiful in Chicago despite fearsome financial hurdles, that bring so much vitality to the city’s musical scene”). Orion is frequently given advance billing in von Rhein’s “Classical music picks of the week” and as “Critic’s Choice” in the Chicago Reader and is often featured in various online reviews of its concert series.
Composers find the versatility and accomplishments of the individual musicians provide a wonderful platform upon which to write their works. Composer and radio host Peter Schickele, also known also by his alter-ego “PDQ Bach,” has said that “Orion is ...what chamber music should be all about: Individual virtuosity melded into a group personality—their performances are clean, vibrant, and committed.”

Twilight of the Romantics, Orion’s most recent recording on the Cedille label, has received high commendations from online critics around the world, including (from Aaron Green of, “Orion Ensemble plays with remarkable clarity and musicality…The Orion Ensemble is considered one of Chicago’s finest chamber ensembles. After listening to the album it’s not hard to hear why.”

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Meadowlark Music Festival - Lambis Vassiliadis

One of the most distinguished Greek pianists, Lambis Vassiliadis represents a unique style of explosive pianism and artistic sensibility. Privileged to study with Yaltah Menouhin, Victor Merzhanov, Jerome Rose and James Tocco, he received five academic degrees from Universities and Music Academies around the world (Greece, Germany, England, and the United States), all with distinctions and honors. He also holds a degree in Philosophy from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. 

Mr. Vassiliadis has served as the Director of the Synchrono Conservatory in Thessaloniki, Greece, Director of the Summer Academy of the Ionian University, Artistic Director of the Vertiskos International Summer Festival, and as Coordinator of the Piano Studies in the Conservatory of East Macedonia in Kavala. Additionally Mr. Vassiliadis is the Representative of International Relationships of the Ionian University and holds the Chair of the International Corfu Festival and Coordinator of the International Music Days in Kiel, Germany. 

Mr. Vassiliadis has won 11 awards in international and national piano competitions. His recordings have garnered rave reviews from the international press for his exceptional technique and depth of his interpretations since his debut recording in 1993 by Koch-Discover International. His CD with works by Bartok, Scriabin, Poulenc Szymanowski was given four stars by BBC Music Magazine, their highest rating. His Schumann -Brahms recording was praised by Charles Timbrell in Fanfare Music Magazine. The first recording of the Piano Sonatas by Allen Sapp was named as one of the best recordings of 2001 by the American Record Guide. Gramophone magazine included Vassiliadis's Brahms recording into the Best 30 Recordings of the 20th century. In a total of 15 CD recordings (on labels such as Aardvark Media, Koch and Hellenic Classical), Mr. Vassiliadis has recorded Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff. As a chamber musician Mr. Vassiliadis founded the Ionian Piano Quartet and completed two recordings which include works of Brahms and Beethoven. 

Mr. Vassiliadis appeared in numerous solo concerts, radio and television broadcasts in Greece, as well as in many other countries (Germany, Poland, USA, South Africa, Thailand, Italy, England, France). He also appeared with orchestras with a variety of repertoire including works including the Tchaikovsky 2nd Piano Concerto and Liszt’s Malediction with such distinguished ensembles as the National Philharmonic Orchestra (Prague), the London Symphony Orchestra, the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, the State Orchestra of Athens, the State Orchestra of Cyprus, the Chamber Philharmonic of Prague, and Chamber Orchestra of Tubingen (Germany). 

Mr. Vassiliadis is currently Professor of Piano at the Ionian University, Corfu, Greece. His has previously taught at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and at Bowling Green State University. 
Recently he has been working closely with pianist Hideyo Harada in a research effort tracing the evolution of the piano interpretation and the Russian School of piano playing.

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Nebraska Brass: American Pops

Enjoy an entertaining set of pleasing pops selections, including The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Sophisticated Lady, Beale Street Blues, Take the "A" Train, and Rialto Ripples. These concerts will conclude the 2013-2014 Season entitled "Brass Across Nebraska."

Members of the Nebraska Brass are Dean Haist, trumpet; Brad Obbink, trumpet; Ric Ricker, horn; Mark Mendell, trombone, and Ken Kielniarz, tuba.

Call 402-477-7899 for tickets or get them at the door.

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