The Empty Opera House

We are currently putting together what we hope will be a wonderful series of online events to keep bringing the arts to you on our Facebook page, in spite of the lack of events in our venue. This schedule will be taking more shape over the days to come, so please keep checking back regularly! Performances will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 pm (unless otherwise noted). Art experiences will be Thursdays at 3:00 pm. See the schedule below.

To donate to your favorite artists, please click the DONATE NOW button below and designate their name in the Comments box. Please be sure to click the button in the bottom right hand corner of your screen to advance through the donation process. MOH will only retain the fees necessary to process the donation. All the remaining balance will go back to the artists. Many artists also have their own donation vehicles that they use. Please visit their websites or Facebook pages to get more information.

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Tuesday, March 24th Daniel Christian
Nashville recording artist Daniel Christian has entertained audiences in theaters, churches, festivals, stadiums, and living rooms across the nation, including Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Country Stampede, and SXSW. He has opened shows for a diverse range of popular artists, including The Fixx, Selah, Montgomery Gentry, and many more. Daniel has won two National Country Music Festival awards. To rewatch Daniel’s broadcast CLICK HERE. 

FRIDAY, March 27th 8:30 pmShannon Lawson
Growing up in a musical family in Kentucky, Shannon Lawson has been surrounded by music his whole life. He eventually landed in Nashville. There he was originally signed to MCA Nashville Records, which released his debut album Chase the Sun in 2002. Lawson became a member of the Muzik Mafia in 2004. As talented a writer as he is a performer, Shannon has penned songs for several country artists, including John Anderson, Randy Owen, Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson. Shannon was a featured songwriter on CMT’s highest rated show of all-time, “Gone Country.” To rewatch Shannon’s performance, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, March 31st Daniel Martinez
Daniel Martinez, Flamenco guitar stylist, composer and teacher hails from Iquitos, Peru. Martinez honed his skills through the mastery of classical guitar training and preparing for and winning national guitar competitions. Martinez formed the band Jarana in 2009 to amplify the joy and energy of his music. To rewatch Daniel’s performance, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, April 2nd Andy Brasher
Andy has recorded 5 studio albums over a 13 year career. Andy has just completed a new album with co-producers Harry Smith and Grammy winning producer Ross Hogarth; yet to be released. His songs have been featured in film, satellite and terrestrial radio. Most notable tours are Kenny Chesney, 2011 Going Coastal and Kid Rock, 2015. Andy Brasher Band features Andy on guitar, vocals, harmonica (and sometimes kazoo) backed by bass, drums, 3 background vocals, lead guitar, trumpet and keys.

SATURDAY, April 4th at 11:00 am – The String Beans
From pop and country to rap and rock n’ roll, these goofy guys perform a wide variety of original, family-friendly songs about all the things kids love: animals, cartoons, food, science, sports and more! Each show is hilarious, inclusive and spontaneous, and each catchy tune is designed to get every audience dancing and singing along! To rewatch The String Beans’ performance, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, April 7th Michael Rye
Michael is a professional guitarist, instructor and entertainer. Enjoy an evening of guitar music you won’t soon forget! To rewatch Michael’s performance, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, April 14th – Shawn Cole
A versatile musician, Shawn Cole has a reputation for playing several instruments at the same time. He is an accomplished harmonica player, drummer and guitarist. His ability to play those three instruments at the same time while singing has led many people to call him The One-Man Quartet. Cole energetically combines several genres of music in his live performances. He performs nearly 200 shows each year!

Thursday, April 16th Tim Cavanagh
Tim Cavanagh has appeared on Comedy Central, Showtime, ABC, Comcast and WGN America. As a regular guest on the Bob & Tom Show, Tim has tackled the various quandaries of our time with his unique musical takes on such topics as Viagra, gas prices, the equinox, and the Detroit Pistons. He brings with him on stage a B.A. in Philosophy, a background as a high school religion teacher at an all-girls Catholic high school, and a refreshingly playful approach to the art of stand-up comedy. Chicago Magazine calls Tim “a wonderful original.”

Tuesday, April 21st – Jeff Quinn
Jeff Quinn is an award-winning magician with over 25 years of professional experience. He was named “Children’s Magician of the Year,” and his peers elected him the 100th President of the Society of American Magicians. Jeff doesn’t just do magic tricks, he entertains!


Thursday, March 26thLinda Stephen (origami)
Linda Stephen, origami artist and children’s book author/illustrator. You may have seen Linda’s origami marching band series “Our Band” in the Minden Opera House lobby – or visited her art exhibits at Joy’s Floral and in the MOH Gallery. Linda read from her new origami picture book The Day We Went to the Park, which features intricate paper landscape of Holmes Park in Lincoln. To rewatch Linda’s broadcast, CLICK HERE. 

Thursday, April 2ndNia Karmann (photography)
Life holds a beauty that I enjoy and my passion in life is capturing that beauty through photography. I receive great pleasure in capturing nature’s beauty while taking photos and in doing so, it allows me to express my freedom while escaping the box that Spina Bifida creates. Shooting from a wheelchair gives my work a unique perspective and I am very willing to do whatever it takes to capture the right angle. To rewatch Nia’s broadcast, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, April 9thJohn & Dodi Groesser (photography)
Both Nebraska natives, John and Dodi show their work in River Walk Gallery in Washington, NC and Requisites in Virginia Beach, VA. They are members of the Greenville Brushstrokes and area Art’s Councils. They have been recognized in several juried exhibitions with placements and honorable mentions and have had several solo shows, locally. Their painting adventures have taken them to Europe, Canada and many of the states in the good ole USA.

Thursday, April 16thLinda Stephen (origami)
Tune in as Linda introduces the materials, papers and processes in creating her intricate paper art (
1) See some of the hundreds of handmade Japanese papers that are her medium. Linda has been collecting Japanese papers for more than 25 years.
2) See the process for creating her intricate, 3D bas relief paper art. – Layering papers to look like watercolor for the background (Japanese paper art of chigiri-e)
– Inventing and folding 3D origami sculptures
– Gluing elements piece by piece, plane by plane, from background to foreground to create dimension.
3) Questions.