William Stibor

NET Radio’s arts and entertainment show will broadcast live Friday, June 28 from The Sheldon Museum of Art, 12 and R Streets, on the University of Nebraska – Lincoln campus.  “Friday Live: A Celebration of the Arts in Honor of William Stibor” will feature a number of interviews with arts groups across the state, poetry from Twyla Hansen, and a wide variety of  live music. Performers include violist Jonah Sirota of the Chiara Quartet; singer songwriter Robin Harrell from the Listening Room in Hastings; Nebraska Chamber Players; Cris Rook from TADA Productions; singer and guitarist Daniel Martinez; tenor Drew Duncan from Opera Omaha; artist and singer Wendy Jane Bantam; and NET Radio’s Genevieve Randall, flute with Julie Felzien, piano.

Other guests include Lori McAlister, Lincoln Arts Council; Lora Black, NET Radio; Billy Estes, Midwest Theatre, Scottsbluff; Ann Chang, Lied Center; Bob Rook, TADA Productions; Dan Sloan, The Mill Coffee and Tea; Rhonda Garelick, UNL; Jorge Daniel Veneciano, Sheldon Museum of Art.

“We wanted to bring people together for one final salute to William and to celebrate what he loved about Nebraska, the vibrant arts scene from border to border. We are so grateful to the Sheldon for providing a perfect venue for this very special show,” said NET Radio Network Manager Nancy Finken.

Stibor, of Bassett, Nebraska, was a well-known and popular NET Radio host for the weekday classical music program “Morning Concert” as well as producer and host of “Friday Live,”  the weekly arts and entertainment series that features music, theatre and performance events across Nebraska (formerly “Live From The Mill”). He was an announcer for NET Radio, Nebraska’s statewide public radio network, since 1989.

Refreshments, provided by The Sheldon Museum of Art;  The Mill Coffee and Tea; Lincoln Arts Council, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, and the Lied Center for Performing Arts will be served a 8:30 a.m. with the show beginning at 9 a.m.  The event is free and open to the community.

The show will also be broadcast live on NET Radio and on NET Television’s NET2 as well as streamed live at netNebraska.org/radio.  Friday Live will not air during the summer, but will be back on NET Radio August 23.

Stibor earned his bachelor’s degree in theatre and English from Hastings College in 1985, where he graduated with honors and chaired several arts and humanities committees.  He received his master’s degree in English with a theatre minor from the University of Nebraska –Lincoln in 1991. 

Stibor was the current President of the Board of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra  and was honored by the Lincoln Arts Council in 2011 when he received the Mayor’s ArtScene Backstage Award.  He was NET Radio’s first humanities host, producing the radio series “Connections.”

“Bill was so well known and admired across Nebraska as a great talent and tireless ambassador for the arts and humanities,” NET Radio Manager Nancy Finken said.

Stibor had produced and hosted many music radio programs such as the UNL “Faculty on Stage”and the “Young Musician Competition” series. He also served as editor for several arts and promotional publications and is a published poet, appearing in the internationally recognized literary magazine “Prairie Schooner” and the “Plainsongs” poetry magazine of Hastings College. He has also served on the board of the Abendmusik Performance Series and the Nebraska District Committee of the Met Opera Auditions.

Stibor was a classically trained tenor, with additional master classes from Met Opera coach Marlena Malas, opera star Phyllis Curtain and The King's Singers. He has sung with his educational institutions' choral groups, Abendmusik, First Plymouth Congregational and St. Paul United Methodist choirs in Lincoln, the Omaha Chamber Singers, and has appeared as a soloist with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra and Tada Productions.

He composed several works for choir and chamber ensembles, and his theatre credits include numerous productions at the Lincoln Community Playhouse.