2020 Gala: Music from the Heart

Although we were disappointed not to see everyone in person at our Music From the Heart Gala and LSO Goes To Hollywood, we’re thrilled to have been able to share music virtually. On March 13, Music Director Edward Polochick hosted a live stream featuring some of his (and your) favorite music ranging from the Great American Songbook to movie themes and current popular songs. You can still view the video at https://www.facebook.com/lincolnsymphony/videos.
We’re also offering all of the items from our silent auction for a special online auction, which opens Friday, March 13 at 6:00pm and closes next Friday, March 20 at noon. Visit https://www.lincolnsymphony.com/2020gala/ to view all of the items. Below, there are links to an online form to place your bids, or a downloadable pdf that you can fill out and send to us at gala@lincolnsymphony.com.

Ameritas | Mary & Doug Campbell | Capital Cigar Lounge | Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather | Anabeth Cox | Dietze Music | Eye Surgical Associates | First National Bank of Omaha | Margaret & James Griesen | Hinrichs, Sullivan, Odame, and Smith | Marilyn and Dave Moore | Nelnet | Pinnacle Bank | Kim and John Salistean | Rhonda Seacrest | Beth & Clay Smith and Ingrid & Nader Sepahpur | Union Bank & Trust Co. | UNL Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts | Becky Van de Bogart & Dick Shoemaker | West Gate Bank | Barbara Zach Lee & Edward Polochick

2020 Silent Auction:

The auction closes Friday, March 20 at noon. Please contact the LSO staff if you have any questions or special instructions.

Online Bidding Form
2020 Bidding Sheet

Dinner and Cigars with the Maestro

Limited Quantity Available (no bidding required)

Join Maestro Polochick for a special evening at the Capital Cigar Lounge on Monday, April 27, 2020. Guests will enjoy dinner catered by Venue Restaurant & Lounge, wine selected by Tony Goins, and cigars with the Maestro, all in the comfort of the Private Members Lounge. Dinner will be served at 7:00pm. Donated by Capital Cigar Lounge (Tony Goins) and Venue Restaurant & Lounge. Cost is $150 per person. Ten seats available.

Husker Football Tickets

Win two tickets to the Nebraska vs. Cincinnati football game on Saturday, September 26, 2020, and a gameday package that includes parking in the US Bank building and a pre-game buffet at the Nebraska Club. Seats are located in the East Stadium, Section 3 under the overhang in the same row as the posts, but there is no obstruction of view. Donated by Jim and Margaret Griesen. Bidding starts at $225.

A Novel Idea Gift Basket

Curl up with a few good books about music and opera, hand-selected by local book enthusiasts Katherine Bergstrom and Cinnamon Dokken. Basket also includes a $15 gift certificate. Donated by A Novel Idea. Bidding starts at $40. (Books Included – When The Fat Lady Sings: Opera History As It Ought To Be Taught by David W. Barber; A Natural History of Love by Diane Ackerman; The Seeker, The Search, The Sacred: Journey To The Greatness Within by Guy Finley; Everyday Italian: 125 Simple And Delicious Recipes by Giada De Laurentiis; and Decorative Music Title Pages: 201 Examples From 1500 To 1800 selected by Gottfried S. Fraenkel)

Four Seasons Bouquets

Surprise a loved one or celebrate a special occasion four times this year with a gorgeous floral arrangement from Stem Gallery. These four bouquets can be scheduled as you would like throughout the year. Donated by Stem Gallery. Bidding starts at $200

Cornhusker Hotel Getaway

Give yourself a stay-cation with a one-night weekend stay and breakfast for two at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel. Schedule is based upon availability and excludes Cornhusker home football game weekends. Donated by the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel. Bidding starts at $120.

Blooming Flower Quilt

This beautiful 48” square handmade quilt depicts a vibrant and brightly colored blooming flower. The exquisite handmade quilt by Kendra Vance could be a wall hanging, lap blanket, or a drape for the back of a couch or chair. Donated by LSO hornist Kim Beasley. Bidding starts at $150.

The Mill Coffee & Tea

Get your caffeine fix from Lincoln’s The Mill Coffee & Tea with 8 oz of Mill Blend coffee beans and an official The Mill mug. Donated by The Mill Coffee & Tea. Bidding starts at $20.

Francie & Finch Book Package

The winner of this package will have the chance to browse a selection of books that Francie & Finch has received in advance from authors, and may keep five of their favorites, some of them signed by the authors. Donated by Francie & Finch Bookshop. Bidding starts at $40.

Wine Tasting for Two

Enjoy a wine tasting for two at either From Nebraska Gift Shop or James Arthur Vineyards. In addition, this package includes a picnic basket with your choice of cheese, sausage, and a loaf of French bread. Donated by From Nebraska Gift Shop. Bidding starts at $60.

Goldenrod Pastries

Goldenrod Pastries is a boutique pastry shop in Lincoln with a specialty for catering alternative diets such as vegan, diary-free, and gluten-free. Treat yourself, or a friend, to a $50 gift certificate. Donated by Goldenrod Pastries. Bidding starts at $50.

Treble & Bass Clef Heart Cross Stitch

This stylized treble and bass clef heart cross stich piece is an explosion of color. Decorate your wall with this beautiful handmade piece! Donated by LSO hornist Kaylene Beal. Bidding starts at $30.

Photo Session with JamesAnn Photography

The winner of this auction item receives a 60-minute photo session with JamesAnn Photography, a studio founded because of photographer Jamie Steckelberg Scott’s love of the arts and people. Details are available at www.jamesann.com, and you can meet Jamie at our photobooth this evening! Donated by Jamie Steckelberg Scott. Bidding starts at $120.

Nebraska Chamber Players Season Tickets

Enjoy two adult season passes or eight admissions to be used in any combination during the 2020-2021 Nebraska Chamber Players season. As a bonus, receive two tickets to the March 27 or 29, 2020 concert to hear the premiere of Christian Ellenwood’s composition based on Willa Cather’s One of Ours. Donated by LSO flutist Becky Van de Bogart and the Nebraska Chamber Players. Bidding starts at $50.

Classical Music Discussion with John Bailey

Enjoy a one-hour discussion with LSO principal flutist John Bailey on almost any classical music topic of your choice, supplemented with recordings. Donated by LSO principal flutist John Bailey. Bidding starts at $50.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet with Pianist Joyce Yang Tickets

Receive four tickets to the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: An Evening with Pianist Joyce Yang at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 7:30pm. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet joins forces on-stage with Van Cliburn Piano Competition medalist Joyce Yang to create a dazzling program integrated with live performance. Donated by Kelley and Christena Baker. Bidding starts at $120.

A Trio of CDs

Take home a trio of CDs featuring LSO principal clarinetist Diane Barger, including “Bling Bling,” “Conversations Between Friends,” and a digital download of her latest CD “Play Pretty.” Also featured on these albums are LSO principal bassoonist Jeff McCray and LSO principal cellist Karen Becker. Donated by LSO principal clarinetist Diane Barger. Bidding starts at $30.

Nebraska Repertory Theatre Season Tickets

Receive two season tickets for the Nebraska Repertory Theatre’s 2020-2021 season. Nebraska Repertory Theatre creates innovative theatrical experiences to ignite the imagination, challenge the heart, promote an inclusive community, and inspire the next generation of theatre artists. Donated by the Nebraska Repertory Theatre. Bidding starts at $50.

Double Bass Lessons

The winner receives eight 30-45 minute double bass lessons with LSO principal bassist Michael Swartz. Schedule these lessons with Mr. Swartz by contacting him at mswartz.lps@gmail.com. Donated by LSO principal bassist Michael Swartz. Bidding starts at $150.

Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music Tickets

Receive four tickets to Sybarite5 String Quintet’s performance on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 7:00pm at The Royal Grove in Lincoln along with a DVD of Time and the River, a commissioned multi-media chamber music work. Donated by the Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music. Bidding starts at $60.

Concordia String Trio's "American Vistas" CD

Take home Concordia String Trio’s latest CD, “American Vistas,” which features LSO principal cellist Karen Becker. Donated by LSO principal cellist Karen Becker. Bidding starts at $15.

Abendmusik Season Tickets

Enjoy two tickets to each of the 2020-2021 Abendmusik Concert Series at First-Plymouth. Abendmusik has a 45-year tradition of bringing inspiring composers and conductors and many of the world’s foremost and finest organists and musical ensembles. Donated by Abendmusik. Bidding starts at $50.

SUPPORT LSO OUTREACH: Harmony in Healing

Support LSO’s Harmony in Healing program, which presents a series of chamber ensemble performances in local hospitals, rehabilitation centers, memory care centers, and assisted living centers throughout Lincoln, by helping to subsidize one LSO musician’s salary for a performance. Cost is $160 per musician. Ten musicians are available.


LSO artists, musicians, and staff provide educational music programs and hands-on demonstrations in partnership with Lincoln City Libraries. Support LSO’s visits to neighborhood libraries, providing opportunities for Lincoln’s youth. Cost is $100 per library visit. Five visits are available.

SUPPORT LSO OUTREACH: Social Impact Program

Support LSO’s newly created Social Impact Program, which provides subsidized tickets to clients of human service organizations such as Esperanza Family Services, St. Monica’s, Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters, Catholic Social Services, People’s City Mission, CEDARS Home for Children, Hispanic Adventist Church, and Region V Systems. Cost is $140 to provide tickets for four people to attend a Lied Center concert. Ten packages of tickets are available.


LSO’s Family Festivals reach more than 1,000 children and their families before the downbeat of every family concert. Activities include face-painting, musical arts and crafts, a family photo booth, and an instrument petting zoo. Support the LSO Family Concert Pre-Show Activities with a $50 donation.

SUPPORT LSO OUTREACH: Young People's Concerts

LSO’s annual Young People’s Concerts are orchestra programs in which nearly 5,000 fourth-grade students from Lincoln and other communities within a 150-mile radius attend a one-hour school-day field trip at the Lied Center. Support the LSO’s Young People’s Concerts by helping to subsidize one LSO musician’s salary for these concerts. Cost is $200 per musician. Ten musicians are available.


LSO partners with Family Literacy (through Lincoln Public Schools’ Federal Programs) to provide cultural literacy to immigrant and refugee families. Support LSO’s partnership with the Family Literacy program, which provides nearly 1,000 tickets and free transportation for Family Literacy participants to attend two LSO concerts each season. Cost is $100 per family. Ten families are available.

SUPPORT LSO OUTREACH: Artist Residencies

Honor your alma matter or a Lincoln school that you love by sponsoring a school visit from an LSO guest artist, musician, or staff member along with a block of 10 tickets donated to the school for their students to attend an LSO Family Concert. School sponsorships are available for elementary, middle, high school, or college classes. Cost is $250 per school. Five schools are available.