The Lied Center for Performing Arts and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra will co-present welcome-home concerts for Nebraska native and “The Voice” finalist Hannah Huston at 3 and 7 p.m. Sept. 18.
Tickets will be available beginning at 11 a.m. July 14 here, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office, 301 N. 12th St. Tickets are $21 for adults and $11 for students, with a small section of prime seating available for $36. Huston will be available after each concert for a meet-and-greet with fans.
Huston will sing eight of the songs she performed on “The Voice,” including “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “Rolling in the Deep,” “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “House of the Rising Sun.”
Huston, who finished third in the latest season of the NBC show, said she is excited to perform the songs with a full orchestra, and LSO Music Director Edward Polochick shares her enthusiasm.
“Hannah is such an incredible artist, and it will be so wonderful to have her on stage with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra,” Polochick said.
He said the orchestra is commissioning arrangements of her songs from the show.
“ ‘The Voice’ was generous enough to share their charts with us for this one-time event, and we’re working with a composer to round them out for full orchestra,” he said. “I am especially looking forward to hearing ‘Every Breath You Take’ with a full complement of strings players and ‘Say You Love Me’ with the power of LSO’s entire brass section.”
Huston, 25, was a preschool teacher at Arnold Elementary School before auditioning for “The Voice,” and on Sept. 18 she will invite Arnold students to join her onstage to sing one special song.
The Lied Center, LSO and Huston also encourage concert-goers to support the LPS Early Childhood Fund for Excellence, which provides support for families in need.
“As we were planning this special event, we wanted it to be bigger than simply a concert; it was incredibly important to all of us that we use this opportunity to do some tangible good for our community,” said Barbara Zach, LSO executive director. “Lincoln Public Schools provides tools and support for students to reach their dreams, and they supported Hannah as she pursued her passion. We are all very proud to provide an opportunity to give back to Lincoln in this special way.”
Huston added: “Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra is an outstanding group and it is an absolute privilege to sing with them at the Lied Center. I am also thrilled to involve the community in supporting Lincoln Public Schools as well as its teachers, students and families.”
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The Lied Center eagerly anticipates another opportunity to collaborate with LSO.
“Nebraskans have long been enjoying Ms. Huston’s performances from their living rooms and cheering her on remotely,” said Executive Director Bill Stephan. “The Lied Center is honored to host this concert celebrating Hannah’s success and provide fans with the opportunity to see and hear her perform in-person on the Lied Center’s world-class stage with a top-notch orchestra. We look forward to partnering with LSO, the Lied Center’s resident orchestra, on what is sure to be an unforgettable evening.”