Brownville Concert Series the Feather in Sourthern Nebraska’s Hat

Concert Hall Announces Impressive Line Up for 2019 Season

You’ve probably heard about the Brownville Concert Series. After all, it’s just a stone’s throw over the river from Atchison County and they are always hosting a great variety of shows for music lovers to enjoy.
This year, The Brownville Concert Series, which is in its 29th year as a concert hall, will host several shows, from the Rastrelli Cello Quarter to a theatrical cabaret and concert by Christina Bianco.
You know where the Brownville Concert Series is, but do you know the why behind the parade of talented and world-renowned artists who come to Brownville, just a small town in Nebraska, from places as famous and far away as New York City? The history of past audience members is the magic that keeps these popular performers coming.
The Brownville Concert Series has established a reputation as one of the leading performance venues in the United States. The roster of past performers includes most all the significant names in the world of cabaret music. When Jim Keene had the idea to pull some strings in order to get high-end performers to Southern Nebraska, no one expected his idea to grow like it did. But almost 30 years later, his passion is still thriving.
What makes the experience even better for everyone involved is that the artists are  required to conduct a student or community outreach event as part of their contract. This may include visits to schools, churches, nursing homes, etc. and free master classes or music workshops.
It’s quite a feather in the venue’s hat that all who participate are only those who have significant national or international reputations, are leaders in their field of music or, if young and unknown, have won important international auditions. Though it is true that many of the performers have never been to Nebraska before, they make the trip because of the outstanding reputation of the venue, audience and hospitality of the community. They come because of the Brownville Concert Hall – a venue with extraordinary acoustics and has the equipment to produce the concerts.
Thanks to funding awarded by The Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the Brownville Concert Hall will soon undergo renovations for handicap accessibility and easier access for all audience members. Construction is slated to begin spring of 2019 and finished by June.
This year, audience members can expect nothing less than another entertaining and exciting line up of one-of-a-kind talent. The 2019 Season offers a wide variety of musical genres including Broadway/Cabaret, Jazz/Blues, Rock, Bluegrass/Americana and, of course, classical. Three of the nine shows feature exciting talent that has never appeared with us before and six of the shows feature select favorites enjoying a return visit including the Amazing Marilyn Maye!
The Brownville Concert Series is not just another community concert series featuring local talent and touring artists – it is very intentionally the best of the best! We are proud of the standard we insist upon regarding who and what is presented on our stage. Come see, hear, and thrill to the magic of live music in Brownville.
The 2019 Season passes are now available. Patrons can purchase tickets online at or call the box office at 402-825-3331.
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The Brownville Concert Series is excited to announce its 29th Incredible Season. Exceptional musicianship in a small, intimate venue creates an experience unlike any other. Brownville audiences are up close and personal with the artists, become part of the show, and feel enveloped in the music. Season Passes are available to all nine shows for only $180. Purchase season passes online at, on Facebook or call 402-825-3331. Check out this fantastic line-up! You won’t want to miss a single show.
March 31
THE RASTRELLI CELLO QUARTET – From Brahms to Beatles.  A singularly unique ensemble, the Rastrelli Cello Quartet has been thrilling audiences with their renderings of non-traditional programming since 2002.  Their widely varied programs mix comfortably works by Bach, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky with that of George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck and more!
May 3, 4, 5
APRIL VERCH BAND – An Evening with April Verch.  Verch and her fellow trio members pare down their arrangements, highlighting the simple pleasures of upright bass, guitar, clawhammer banjo, voices, fiddle, and stepping in intimate conversation.  At the heart lie Verch’s delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing.
May 31, June 1, 2
CHRISTINA BIANCO – Diva Moments.  Celebrating the most iconic vocalists of all time, Diva Moments takes you on a musical comedy journey through the songs that made divas out of the women who sang them. From Celine Dion to Barbra Streisand to Edith Piaf, no celebrity is safe! With rapid-fire, spot-on impressions, soaring vocals and unlikely interpretations of beloved classic songs, Diva Moments is a not-to-be-missed theatrical experience for the whole family.
July 12, 13, 14
THE AMAZING MARILYN MAYE “Marilyn Maye has everything.  She can belt and she can sing ballads with the kind of warmth that makes your heart smile.  She has a flair that captivates and enthralls and Jazz-spiced chops that can reach notes that most singers a third her age can’t hit in their dreams.  She’s the real deal.” Rex Reed, NY Observer
August 9, 10, 11,
OBERLIN & HARKNESS – Lush Life: Billy Strayhorn.  You will hear both prominent Strayhorn standards like “Take the A Train,” “Lush Life” and “Something to Live For,” along with rare works written for the Ellington Orchestra, films, concerts and shows… all presented with the signature heart, grace, and humor of Oberlin & Harkness.
September 6, 7, 8
NICOLAS KING – Shakin’ the Blues Away!  Nicolas King makes his Nebraska debut September 6-8! Named “a promising pop-jazz singer” and a “polished crooner” by the New York Times, King takes Pop and Jazz and infuses his Broadway roots in a swinging concert that “makes waves faster than a raging tsunami!” (Theater Scene).
October 5, 6, 7
JON WEBER – From Joplin to Jarrett.  “Guiding us through 100 years of music in just two hours, Weber interspersed each musical excerpt with insights and anecdotes that revealed a lifetime’s worth of impassioned research.” – Jessica Nicholas – The Melbourne Age Newspaper and ABC Radio Australia