By Madisyn Hahn
Aug. 5, 2019

This will be the second year of the Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival which aims to create transformative musical performances reflective of the strong, musical roots, diversity, community and history in Nebraska and especially in Lincoln. How it seeks to do this is by gathering international and local musicians for concerts of innovative programming from the classical repertoire and folk traditions from all over the globe that have found their home in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Opening Night Welcome Event!


August 5th


Lincoln Community Foundation Tower Square | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


206 N 13th St.


Come and celebrate the opening of Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival 2019! Music and refreshments.

Workshop: Remembering Who You Are Through Music and Stories


August 5th


The Foundry – Lincoln | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


424 Lincoln Blvd


Conducted by Hasan Khalil and the Nebraska Folklife Network

So much of music and art is about storytelling. For a culture,

the music is about reminding everyone who they are. Experiencing empathy by seeing ourselves in the stories of others is a way that the storytelling in music and art and brings us closer together. Hasan Khalil will start off this session by telling his own story and how music has helped him maintain his identity in his new life in America, while connecting with others.

Melancholy & Love- The Levant 1


August 6th


First-Plymouth Church | 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.


2000 D St.


Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival opens with a great show featuring music of Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh & Lebanese violinist and composer Layale Chaker. They share the stage with the First Plymouth Cantorei and the musicians of the Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival and invite you into their world of passionate melodies and lively rhythms.

Remember your ticket to Melancholy & Love also includes admission to GOLDEN STUDIO, THE LEVANT II

Golden Studio – The Levant 2


August 6th


First-Plymouth Church | 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


2000 D St.


Spend the evening with Golden Studio under the stars at the First Plymouth Church courtyard. The Lincoln based band made up of Yazidi musicians led by Hasan Khalil, are fluent in many styles, including Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish, Persian and traditional Syrian music. Come and hear these unique beats, grooves, soulful melodies and compelling stories.

Remember your ticket to Golden Studio also includes admission to Melancholy and Love – Levant I

Workshop: Crossing Strings


August 7th


NET Nebraska | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


1800 N 33rd St


Workshop for beginning to advanced string students on different fiddling traditions and styles for string instruments from all over the world including baroque, Scandinavian fiddling and contemporary music techniques

Bring your instrument and join us!

Conducted by Véronique Mathieu, Aisslinn Nosky,

& Debbie Greenblatt

in collaboration with String Alliance in Lincoln (SAIL) camp

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

NET Meeting Room, 1800 N. 33rd St. Lincoln

Music & Mental Health: Free Film Screening and Workshop


August 7th


The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center | 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


313 N 13th St.



6 – 9 p.m. Workshop & Screening of ORCHESTRATING CHANGE

Be among the first in the nation to see the inspiring documentary, Orchestrating Change. The film is the story of the Me2/Orchestra, the only classical music organization in the world for people with mental illnesses and those who support them. Led by Ronald Braunstein, a once world-renowned conductor whose own career was shattered by his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, the Me2/Orchestra’s exhilarating performances challenge societal stereotypes about mental illness.

The screening will be followed by a workshop featuring Maestro Braunstein and Caroline Whiddon, Executive Director of Me2/Orchestra. The workshop will explore the positive effects of music, especially making music together, on mental health and the power of music to help refugees and immigrants both connect with their past and maintain a sense of well-being in a new environment. The Asian Community and Cultural Center is partnering on the workshop.


Reclaiming History – Ukraine I


August 8th


Howell Memorial Theatre | 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.


350 N 12th St.


Explore the music of Ukrainian composers played by Ukrainian star pianist Pavel Gintov together with violast Sarah Darling, flutist Marie Sønderskov and baritone Jesse Wohlman.

Works by Lyatoshynsky, Kossenko, Bortkiewicz and Skoryk.

Workshop: By Musicians, for Musicians – The Crossroads JAM


August 8th

Howell Memorial Theatre – Studio Theatre | 8:15 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.


Conducted by: Daniel Martinez, Hasan Khalil, Sarah Darling

Daniel Martinez will open things up with a quick intro and then it will be the musical jam session of the year! Festival musicians and all musicians from Lincoln are welcome; we’ll be approaching music from many different styles and genres. Please bring your instrument and join the jam! Observers are welcome as well.


Workshop: Tall Paul – Hear Me Speak


August 9th


The Bay | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


2005 Y St.


Conducted by Native American Hip-Hop Artist and Public Speaker Tall Paul.

for kids and teens ages 9-18. Free and open to the public

Tall Paul is an Anishinaabe and Oneida hip-hop artist whose music expresses self-empowerment and truth with substance and soul.

Hear his story and tell your own…

Hear Me Speak – Native America 1


August 9th


Howell Memorial Theater | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


350 N 12th St.


In a musical scenery of wide canyons under the windy sky comes the story of Standing Bear. The story is told in a cantata written in remembrance of the legacy of Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca Tribe. Written by Chickasaw composer,

Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate, the cantata will be staged with visuals by the Ponca-Lakota artist Sarah Rowe and directed by Jill Anderson.


Remember- your ticket purchase also includes admission to NATIVE AMERICA II – TALL PAUL


John Luther Adams: Wind in High Places – Lincoln Crossrads Music Festival String Quartet

Katherine Hoover: Kokopeli – Marie Sønderskov, flute

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’  Tate: “Standing Bear” A Ponca Indian cantata – Grant Youngblood, baritone and Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival Ensemble

Biber: Passacaglia – Aiislinn Nosky, baroque violin

Tall Paul – Native America 2


August 9th


Centennial Mall N | 9:00 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.


Tall Paul – FREE Open Air Concert!

One of America’s leading Native hip hop artists, Tall Paul, comes to Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival to tell his story through music. Come to Centennial Mall and listen!

Tall Paul is an Anishinaabe and Oneida Hip-Hop artist enrolled on the Leech Lake reservation in Minnesota. Born and raised in Minneapolis, his music strongly reflects his inner-city upbringing. From personal expressions of self, to thought provoking commentary on issues affecting Indigenous and diverse communities as a whole, Tall Paul’s music evokes a wide variety of substance and soul.

Workshop: Me in Three Languages


August 10th


10:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.


1247 S 11th St.


Conducted by Erik Higgins

One of the biggest obstacles in learning a new language is expressing the nuances of emotion. It’s hard to feel like others can see the real you when you’re learning a new language and a new culture. Music and art are ways that we can connect with others that bypass the limitations of language.


Workshop: CelloMind


August 10th


Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Cellist Minna Chung will demonstrate the theory and practice behind pure intonation in a presentation following the recent publication of book she co-authored with Cellist and famed pedagogue Hans Jørgen Jensen entitled CelloMind.

This workshop is geared towards cellists and other string players who are fairly advanced. String teachers are also encouraged to attend. There is no cost.

Women’s Bandura Ensemble, concert and film – Ukraine 2


August 10th


International Quilt Museum | 3:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.


1523 N 33rd St.


3:00 p.m. Concert

Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America

Bandura is the national instrument of Ukraine and the keeper of oral tradition that maintains many of Ukrainian’s most important cultural stories. Women bandura players from all over North America meet up at Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival to share their beautiful music, compelling stories and Ukrainian heritage.

An Andean Walkabout – Peru 1


August 10th


Turbine Flats Project | 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.


2124 Y St.


The listener is guided into the mountains by the flute and the Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival String Quartet brings the Andean mountain valley and villages to Nebraska in Lena-Frank’s “An Andean Walkabout”. Lincoln-based Peruvian guitarist Daniel Martinez shares the music of his homeland on guitar and traditional charango in the intimate space of the Turbine Flats gallery, The Resonator.

Remember your ticket also includes admission to PERU II – JARANA at The Bay, 9:00 p.m.


Daniel Martinez, guitar, charango

Marie Sønderskov, flute

Véronique Mathieu, violin

Aisslinn Nosky, violin

Sarah Darling, viola

André Micheletti, cello

Jarana – Peru 2


August 10th


The Bay | 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.


2005 Y St.


Daniel Martinez formed the band Jarana in 2009 to amplify the joy and energy of his music and Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival wants to share that joy and energy with you!

Remember your ticket purchase also includes admission to PERU I – AN ANDEAN WALKABOUT, held earlier in the evening at Turbine Flats.


Daniel Martinez – Flamenco guitar, harmony vocals

Oscar Rios – rhythm guitar, pan pipes, churrango, lead vocals

Jami Fristo – drums and percussion

Jeffery Utter – upright bass

Workshop: Women’s Bandura – Finding your Roots


August 11th


International Quilt Museum | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


1523 N 33rd St.


Get to know the Ukrainian national instrument, the Bandura. The Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America gives a demonstration on how the music of the instrument helps young people connect with their roots, especially young women, and how the music creates a bridge that shows how the past has direct influence on people’s lives today

Underwritten by the Lincoln Arts Council

Free and Open to the Public

Scandinavian Fiddle Dance – Nordic 1


August 11th


Lincoln Westminster Presbyterian Church | 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


2110 Sheridan Blvd


Fiddler Debbie Greenblatt and guitarist David Seay deliver the music for a fun afternoon with traditional Scandinavian folk dance with dance instruction from Dr. Catherine Rudin and Roman Kozak. Join the fun, learn the steps and twirl around. No experience necessary.

Remember- your ticket purchase also includes admission to NORDIC II – NORTHERN LIGHTS!

Northern Lights – Nordic 2


August 11th


Lincoln Westminster Presbyterian Church | 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.


2110 Sheridan Blvd


Music from the cold North with its dark blue sky and salty sea air. Featuring traditional music and compositions from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and the Faroe Islands. This program will be broadcast live statewide of NET’s The Verge and streamed live on NET’s website and Facebook Page.

Your ticket also includes admission to NORDIC I – SCANDINAVIAN FIDDLE DANCE

Marie Sønderskov, flute and piccolo

Erik Higgins, double bass

Coro di Flauti – flute choir

Veronique Mathieu, violin

Olga Smola, violin

Sarah Darling, viola

André Micheletti, cello

KZUM is a proud partner of the Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival.

Madisyn Hahn is a multimedia intern with KZUM.