The 2018 Meadowlark Music Festival presented critically-acclaimed, world-class chamber artists in Lincoln and surrounding communities in July. Audiences heard the sublime sounds of acoustic guitar and double bass with Tim Berens and Frank Proto. Tim is virtuoso jazz and classical guitarist who also is the principal arranger for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Frank was the Cincinnati Symphony's Composer-In-Residence and a member of their bass section for over 30 years. French pianist Marina Pacowski returned to Meadowlark to perform the world premiere of Frank Proto's Concerto for Piano and Strings and International Artist Guild Award winners, Sybarite5 String Quintet performed a stunning array of works, from Armenian Folksongs to Jimi Hendrix. Special events also included the world premiere of bassist Hans Sturm's Early Bird Project, featuring jazz vocalist Jackie Allen, in a program of pieces inspired by Nebraska singers and composers.

Announcements for 2019 Meadowlark Artists will be coming soon!

Meadowlark Performances


Thursday, May 31, 2018
5:00 pm7:30 pm
Marz Bar
Give To Lincoln Day

Meadowlark Music Festival presents some of Lincoln's finest jazz musicians at the wonderful Marz Bar. Join us on Thursday May 31st from 5:00-7:30PM for food and drinks in celebration of the Annual Give To Lincoln celebration of Lincoln's non-profits.

Thursday, July 12, 2018
7:30 pm9:30 pm
Grand Manse
Frank Proto & Time Berens

Frank Proto & Tim Berens perform virtuosic classical and jazz crossover music for guitar and acoustic bass.

Friday, July 13, 2018
7:30 pm9:30 pm
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Pacowski Plays Proto

French pianist Marina Pacowski will perform the world premiere of former Cincinnati Symphony Composer-In-Residence Frank Proto's Piano Concerto for Piano and double string quintet (10 players).

Saturday, July 14, 2018
7:30 pm9:30 pm
Grand Manse
SYBARITE5 String Quintet

SYBARITE5 is the only string quintet to have won the Artist Guild International Competition. Young, dynamic, and highly energetic, SYB5 performs an enormous range of repertoire from Armenian Folk Songs to Radiohead.

Sunday, July 15, 2018
7:30 pm9:30 pm
St Paul United Methodist Church
Grand Finale

Meadowlark's 2018 Season Grand Finale features all of the artists collaborating in new combinations including SYBARITE5, Marina Pacowski, Jackie Allen, & Frank Proto.