Kearney Symphony Orchestra to perform annual holiday concert on Tuesday

KEARNEY, Neb. (Press Release) – The Kearney Symphony Orchestra will perform their annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Fine Arts Recital Hall.

This year’s program, “Classical Traditions,” features a number of well-known selections, with a twist. The concert features the iconic “March of the Little Soldiers” from “Babes in Toyland”, “Radetzky March” by Johann Strauss and “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Johann Sebastian Bach. There is also a Christmas carol.

The turn comes when excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite” are alternated with Duke Ellington’s “The Nutcracker”, performed by the UNK Jazz / Rock Ensemble and conducted by the music teacher of the UNK, Tim Farrell.

Individual tickets for the in-person performance are $ 13 for adults, $ 10 for teachers and UNK staff, $ 5 for youth ages 11-18, and free for children 10 and under and UNK students with valid ID. All seats are general admission. Masks are strongly encouraged, but not mandatory.

Tickets can be purchased at the UNK Theater box office inside the Fine Arts building. The counters are open from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the evening of the concert. For reservations call 308-865-8417 or email

To learn more about the evening’s selections, be sure to arrive early for a “pre-concert chat” and light refreshments from 6:30 pm to 7 pm in Room 264 of the Fine Arts Building. The “pre-concert conversation” is free and open to all spectators.

Participants should also note that parking near the Beaux-Arts building has been reduced due to the construction of the campus.

For those unable to attend in person, the concert will be webcast live on the Kearney Symphony Orchestra website ( where you can also access a digital concert program and listen to ‘intermission interviews’ featuring Charlie Bicak, UNK Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, and the Conductor and Director musical from the Kearney Alison Gaines Symphony Orchestra.

The Kearney Symphony Orchestra is made up of teachers, students and UNK instrumentalists from communities across the region.

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