Meadowlark Music Festival

Bringing a world of music to Nebraska

Meadowlark Music Festival 2024!

Tango On Fire
Friday, July 19th, 7:30 PM
Lincoln Firefighters Hall
241 Victory Lane, Lincoln
Tango On Fire features virtuosic tango artists from three continents coming to Lincoln to perform together for the first time! Celebrated Argentine violinist Christine Brebes is joined by three-time international award-winning New Zealand accordionist Greyson Masefield and members of the acclaimed Ensemble Iberica in a concert of scintillating modern tango music.
So hot it just had to be held in a Firefighters Hall!

The concert will be followed by an open milonga dance – everyone is invited out on the dance floor!

Dueling Divas - Who Sang It Better?
Saturday, July 20th 7:30PM
Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts*
*(please note, this is NOT the Carson Theater at the Lied)
1300 Q Street, Lincoln
Award winning vocalists Jackie Allen and Susie Thorne answer their own version of the classic fashion question in "Who Sang It Better - from Broadway to the Beatles." This hilarious tongue-in-cheek competition features creative arrangements of familiar tunes spiced with more than a pinch of Midwestern humor.

Italian Music with Marco Albonetti
Sunday, July 21st 3:00PM
Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts*
*(please note, this is NOT the Carson Theater at the Lied)
1300 Q Street, Lincoln
Italian superstar and Chandos Recording saxophonist, Marco Albonetti performs an afternoon of contemporary romantic pieces by of some of the greatest names in Italian music. Elegant film scores by Oscar winners Nino Rota (Godfather) and Ennio Morricone (Cinema Paradiso) will be paired with the soaring melodies and tango-influenced rhythms from the pens of Ezio Bossa, and Richard Galliano.

Accompanied by string quintet, piano, and percussion, this concert will take place in the Johnny Carson Center's gorgeous and spacious lobby.

This summer Meadowlark artists are coming to Lincoln from 4 continents –
Argentina, Italy, New Zealand, and across North America!

Please click on the 2024 Artists dropdown menu to read more about who's coming in July.
Visit our Current Season page for venue and ticket info.

Donations are greatly appreciated!

Special thanks to the Glenn Korff School of Music and Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts for their in-kind contributions this season!

Meadowlark in the Schools with Scott Tixier

In early April 5X GRAMMY winner, French jazz violinist Scott Tixier came to Lincoln to participate in a unique collaboration between Meadowlark, Lincoln Public Schools, and UNL's Glenn Korff School of Music. Scott has toured with many of today's top artists including Stevie Wonder, Adele, Pink, Jon Legend, Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, and more and has been featured in several films including John Wick (on-screen!) and The Lion King. He was chosen to be the first visiting artist for Meadowlark's Creative Improvising String Project and gave multiple workshops for string students from UNL and seven LPS high schools in addition to presenting a free recital.


Highlights from Meadowlark's Season July, 2023!
Events included concerts and guest masterclasses.

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Darryl White Group at CenterPointe
Glenn Korff School of Music Professor of trumpet and jazz studies, Darryl explores a wide tonal palette from sultry ballads to high-intensity up-tempo excursions. He celebrated the release of his fourth release, The Serpent and the Dove.

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Astral Mixtape at Prairie Pines Nature Preserve
An award-winning multifaceted quartet based in LA that joyfully combines the spectacle of pop, the spontaneity of jazz, and the experimentation of contemporary music into their original compositions and arrangements blending classical instrumental virtuosity with the sounds of their generation.

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Mark Feldman Quartet at Fused Co-working
Arguably the most versatile violinist of his generation. Mark has recorded over 200 records with Nashville country stars, toured and recorded with dozens of jazz greats, collaborated with avant-garde artists, and given the premier of Guus Janssen's Violin Concerto with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.

Meadowlark In May, 2023 — an evening of Brazilian music, food, and drinks!


Photos by Laurie Richards


Meadowlark's 20th Anniversary Promo

We had a marvelous time at our 20th Anniversary Celebration in April with Lincoln's own Ezinma sharing the stage with the Ravnan String Quartet and the Voices of Victory Gospel Choir — a concert that blew the roof off Kimball Recital Hall!


  • Meadowlark Gallery

  • Pablo Aslan Tango Ensemble
    Pablo Aslan Tango Ensemble
  • SYBARITE5 reception
    SYBARITE5 reception
  • Meadowlark volunteers
    Meadowlark volunteers
  • Winery concert
    Winery concert
  • Bass trio
    Bass trio
  • Gourmet Meadowlark picnic
    Gourmet Meadowlark picnic
  • Portable Masterpieces
    Portable Masterpieces
  • Ellen Jewett
    Ellen Jewett
  • Gala final bow
    Gala final bow
  • Frank Proto Duo at Grand Manse
    Frank Proto Duo at Grand Manse
  • Grapes at sunset with Meadowlark
    Grapes at sunset with Meadowlark
  • Meadowlark board and volunteers
    Meadowlark board and volunteers
  • World premiere of Our Fathers
    World premiere of Our Fathers
  • 15 piece Trinkle Brass Works
    15 piece Trinkle Brass Works
  • Red Hats at Deer Creek
    Red Hats at Deer Creek

Join Us for the Sounds of Surprise

Come to a concert and hear something special…

Tango from Argentina
Radiohead played by a string quintet
Fireworks accompanied by 15 brass players
Beatles and Brahms performed by a cello quartet
Appalachian Folk Music with African percussion

Volunteer, donate, be a part of the Meadowlark Family and help us to continue the legacy of Nebraska's premiere summer chamber series, presenting artists from around the world in your backyard.

"The crowd stood and cheered at concert’s end as the sunset cast warm glows through the stained-glass windows
of St. Paul church. It was a grand conclusion for one of the best Meadowlark festivals in recent years." Lincoln Journal Star