2019–2020 Season






Dubbed the “Millennial Kronos,” SYBARITE5’s eclectic repertoire from Bowie to Radiohead and Akiho to Assad, combined with its commanding performance style, is turning heads throughout the music world. The quintet’s debut album, Disturb the Silence, quickly reached the top ten on the Billboard charts. The group’s follow-up album, Everything in Its Right Place, was released at Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim. SYBARITE5 recently completed its latest album, Outliers, featuring all-new works from American composers.

7:00 p.m.,  Tuesday, April 21, 2020
The Royal Grove, 340 W Cornhusker Hwy
Single concert ticket prices: $15 adults; $5 students.

Special outreach concert
7:00 p.m.,  Monday, April 20, 2020
The Bay Skateboard Park, 2005 Y St
Free admission


  • The program will be announced from the stage.


Pacifica Quartet


Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, over the past twenty-five years the Pacifica Quartet has achieved international recognition as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. It has been the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music since March 2012 and was appointed to lead the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School. The Pacifica Quartet has carved a niche for itself as the preeminent interpreter of string quartet cycles and an ardent advocate of contemporary music.

7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 7, 2019
Johnny Carson Theater at the Lied Center
Single concert ticket prices: $25 adults; $5 students.


  • George Walker: Lyric for Strings
  • Shostakovich: Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68
  • Beethoven: Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Razumovsky”.


Brooklyn Rider and Paul Barnes

“They are four classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars jamming on their guitars, a Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place.” Hailed as “the future of chamber music,” this veteran string quartet presents eclectic repertoire and gripping performances that continue to draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of the string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” This is their first visit to Lincoln. Paul Barnes teaches at UN-L, performs internationally, and has collaborated with Philip Glass for two decades.

7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 3, 2019
Kimball Recital Hall
Single concert ticket prices: $36 adults; $18 students.


  • Philip Glass: Annunciation” Piano Quintet (2018)
  • Philip Glass: Pendulum for Violin and Piano (2010)
  • Philip Glass: Quartettsatz (2017)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in A Minor, Op.132


Fry Street Quartet

Fry Street String Quartet

This remarkable quartet—hailed as “a triumph of ensemble playing” by the New York Times—is a multi-faceted ensemble taking chamber music in new directions. Touring music of the masters as well as exciting original works from visionary composers of our time, the Fry Street Quartet has perfected a blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity.

7:30 p.m.,  Thursday, January 16, 2020
Johnny Carson Theater at the Lied Center
Single concert ticket prices: $25 adults; $5 students.


  • Libby Larsen: Emergence” for String Quartet
  • Amy Beach: Quartet Op. 89
  • Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127.


Imani Winds

Imani Winds

Over the course of their twenty-plus-year career, Grammy-nominated quintet Imani Winds has discovered what audiences value most from its concerts: a sense of connection—with the music, the performers, the composers, the artistry and beyond. Extolled by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “what triumph sounds like,” Imani Winds has created a distinct presence in the classical music world through its dynamic playing, culturally relevant programming, virtuosic collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. The group has been on our wishlist for years.

7:30 p.m.,  Saturday, February 8, 2020
Johnny Carson Theater at the Lied Center
Single concert ticket prices: $25 adults; $5 students.


  • “The Beauty of Strife”
  • Enoch Mankayi Sontonga (arr. Valerie Coleman): Nkosi si ke Leli (South African National Anthem)
  • Maurice Ravel  (arr. Mason Jones): Le Tombeau de Couperin
  • Shostakovich (arr. Mark Popkin): Quartet No. 8, Op. 110
  • Derek Bermel: “Gift of Life” from Wanderings
  • Pavel Haas: Wind Quintet, Op. 10
  • Paquito D’Rivera: Wapango.