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University of Kansas – Lied Center for the Performing Arts


address  1600 Stewart Dr
 Lawrence, KS  66045
neighborhood University of Kansas West Campus
phone (785) 864-2787
parking Free
www.lied.ku.edu/

Upcoming Events

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Musical, Holiday
Back by popular demand, the beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.
• Kid Friendly
Christmas;
www.rudolphthemusical.com
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $19-$50
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=rudolph-the-musical&event_date=2019-12-11
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 • Wed 12/11/19 at 7pm 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Holiday, Musical, Children's Theatre
The beloved stop-motion classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. From fleeing the Abominable Snow Monster to saving Christmas, join Rudolph and his friends Clarice, Hermey the Elf, and Yukon Cornelius as their adventures teach us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the little misfit in all of us.
• Kid Friendly
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 • Wed 12/11/19 at 7pm 

Clara Schumann: the Virtuoso, the Muse, and her Legacy

Classical
NAVO is proud to present a concert in honor of the 200th anniversary of the great artist Clara Schumann. Regarded as one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era, she exerted her influence over a 61-year concert career, transforming the piano recital from displays of virtuosity to programs of serious works. She composed solo works for her instrument, a piano concerto, chamber music, choral pieces, and songs.
This concert will feature acclaimed recitalist, recording artist, pianist Steven Spooner. Grammy Award winning tenor David Adams and Patricia Thompson, soprano, from the Spire Chamber Ensemble will be highlighted in Clara Schumann’s Lieder (Songs). This concert marks the first collaboration between the Spire Chamber Ensemble and NAVO.
This program will also feature young-artist pianist Evangeliya Delizonas-Khukhua along with our founders - violinist, Veronique Mathieu and Sunnat Ibrahim, cello. The concert will be curated by American Musicologist - Dr. Paul Laird.
Admission is free, and seats can be reserved online at www.navoarts.com
music;arts;classical
Event Info: (785) 259-4133
Ages: All ages
Price: FREE
Free
Event Website: navoarts.com
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 • Sat 12/14/19 at 7:30pm-9:30pm 

The Color Purple

Musical
Based on the award-winning novel by Alice Walker, "The Color Purple" is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman, who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world.
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 • Thu 1/23/20 at 7:30pm 

The Color Purple

Musical
TONY AWARD-WINNING REVIVAL WITH A GRAMMY-WINNING SCORE OF JAZZ, GOSPEL, RAGTIME AND BLUES
The Tony Award-winning revival that exhilarated Broadway is now on tour across North America. With a soul-raising, Grammy-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple is an unforgettable and intensely moving revival of an American classic. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Academy Award-nominated feature film, The Color Purple leaves its mark on the soul. Don’t miss your chance to be mesmerized by this joyous show.
“Exquisite! A joyous celebration of storytelling.” – The New York Times
www.roadcompany.com
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $21-$55
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=the-color-purple&event_date=2020-01-23
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 • Thu 1/23/20 at 7:30pm 

Martha Redbone–Bone Hill: The Concert

Musical
Bone Hill: The Concert is an interdisciplinary musical theatre work created by Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby that brings to light an important piece of American history that’s never been told. Inspired by the lives of Redbone’s family in the hills of coal-mining Appalachia, their story is shared through songs spanning a swath of American music—from traditional Cherokee chants and lullabies to bluegrass, blues, country, gospel, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and R&B. As a multiracial Cherokee/Shawnee and African American family, this is the story of their connection to the land, the simplicity and sacredness of that connection and the ruptures that threaten to extinguish it. Redbone, an award-winning and charismatic musician, is one of today’s most vital voices in American roots music. This engagement is part of KU’s ongoing Indigenous Cultures Festival.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $11-$30
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=bone-hill&event_date=2020-01-26
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 • Sun 1/26/20 at 7:30pm 

Martha Redbone

Folk, R&B/Soul
Charismatic songstress Martha Redbone is a vitall voices in American roots music. Embodying her gospel-singing father’s voice and her Cherokee/Choctaw mother’s culture, Redbone’s magnificent vocals blend with her band of some of NYC’s finest blues and jazz musicians for “a brilliant collision of cultures” (The New Yorker). The folk and country sounds of her childhood in the Appalachian Mountains and the eclectic grit of her teen years in pre-gentrified Brooklyn come together in a masterful mix of folk, country, Piedmont blues, gospel, bluegrass, soul and traditional American Indian music.
www.martharedbone.com/
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 • Sun 1/26/20 at 7:30pm 

KU Percussion Group with special guest Eriko Daimo, marimba

Classical
Award-winning marimbist Eriko Daimo is one of the leading artists in her field. She has recently performed with such elite orchestras as the RTE Ireland National Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic in Finland and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. As an educator, she has given concerts and masterclasses at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the Paris Conservatory and the Colburn Conservatory, to name a few.
Daimo will be joined by the KU Percussion Group (KUPG), a nationally renowned chamber percussion ensemble dedicated to performances of new and classic percussion repertoire. Mobilizing percussion’s enormous sonic and stylistic breadth, KUPG presents invigorating performances of classic repertoire while collaborating with composers on groundbreaking new works.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=eriko-daimo&event_date=2020-02-06
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 • Thu 2/6/20 at 7:30pm 

Keeping Faith: Sisters of Story

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word
Keeping Faith: Sisters of Story was created by storyteller and critically acclaimed playwright Rohina Malik to demonstrate peace and commonalities between us all, countering the hateful and vitriolic language in this country. Three women share stories inspired by their personal-faith journeys—a Muslim woman, a Jewish woman and a Christian woman—with the goal of bringing people together and showing peace, curiosity and similarities amongst their faiths.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=keeping-faith&event_date=2020-02-12
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 • Wed 2/12/20 at 7:30pm 

Russian National Ballet: Don Quixote

Classical Dance, Ballet
With colorful costumes, grand choreography and captivating music, the Russian National Ballet’s production of Don Quixote brings this timeless classic to life. An old nobleman, Don Quixote de la Mancha, decides he must seek out adventure and sets off on a fanciful quest for love, honor and dignity. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus, modern productions of Don Quixote are derived from the version staged by Alexander Gorsky for the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow in 1900. The world-renowned Russian National Ballet, under the artistic direction of legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko, enlightens, inspires and entertains audiences around the world with a repertory of all the great classical ballet works.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $14-$40
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=don-quixote&event_date=2020-02-16
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 • Sun 2/16/20 at 7:30pm 

The Peking Acrobats

Experimental/Perf. Art, World, Gymnastics
This 2,000 year-old folk-art form is performed by an elite group of gymnasts, jugglers, cyclists and tumblers. They are accompanied by a traditional Chinese instrumental ensemble.
• Kid Friendly
Gymnasts; jugglers; traditional Chinese instruments; special effects; wire-walking, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting; clowns
www.chineseacrobats.com
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 • Tue 2/18/20 at 7:30pm 

The Peking Acrobats

World Dance
For the last 33 years, The Peking Acrobats have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs, and they are experts at trick-cycling, precision-tumbling, juggling, somersaulting and gymnastics. They push the limits of human ability and defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. The Peking Acrobats are often accompanied by live musicians who skillfully play traditional Chinese instruments. The time-honored Chinese music blends with high-tech special effects and awe-inspiring acrobatic feats, creating an exuberant and family-friendly event with the festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival.
“The Peking Acrobats [are] pushing the envelope of human possibility, combining agility and grace in remarkable feats of pure artistry.” —New York Post
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=peking-acrobats&event_date=2020-02-18
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 • Tue 2/18/20 at 7pm 

Chris Thile

Acoustic, Bluegrass, Americana/Roots
Multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile, a member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With a broad music outlook that encompasses classical, rock, jazz and bluegrass, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike. As the host of Live from Here, Thile is heard weekly by 2.6 million listeners on nearly 600 public radio stations. A child prodigy, Thile first rose to fame as a member of the Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, with whom he released three albums and sold over two million records. In 2014, along with a national tour, the trio released a new album, A Dotted Line, their first since 2005. As a soloist, Thile has released seven albums including his most recent Thanks for Listening (2017) and Bach: Partitas and Sonatas, Vol.1 (2013), the latter of which was produced by renowned bassist Edgar Meyer. In February 2013, Thile won a Grammy for his work on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan. Then in September 2014, Thile and Meyer released their latest album collaboration, Bass + Mandolin, which won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Punch Brothers released their latest album, All Ashore, in 2018.
Nickel Creek;punch brothers;mandolin;thile;grammy
www.christhile.com
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $35-$50
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=chris-thile&event_date=2020-02-19
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 • Wed 2/19/20 at 7:30pm 

Kathy Mattea

Country, Folk, Americana/Roots
Hailed by The Washington Post as “one of Nashville’s finest song interpreters,” Kathy Mattea has enjoyed the kind of success many artists only dream of: two Grammy wins, four CMA Awards, four #1 country singles, five gold albums and a platinum collection of her greatest hits. Her latest album, Pretty Bird, is exquisitely arranged and delivered with the subtlety and nuance that can only come from a lifetime of heartbreak and triumph. It’s a welcome reintroduction to one of country and Americana music’s most enduring and beloved figures.
singer;songwriter;Goin' Gone;Where've You Been
www.mattea.com/
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $40; $21 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=kathy-mattea&event_date=2020-02-23
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 • Sun 2/23/20 at 2pm and 7:30pm 
 • Sun 2/23/20 at 7:30pm 

Siberian State Symphony Orchestra

Classical
WITH VLADIMIR LANDE, MUSIC DIRECTOR AND CHIEF CONDUCTOR
Direct from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra will embark on a U.S. tour in 2020. Founded in 1977, it quickly earned a reputation as one of the best orchestras from Russia. The orchestra plays with the finest Russian soloists and shares impeccable performances throughout Russia and the world. Its renowned reputation continues to grow under the direction of Vladimir Lande, the orchestra’s artistic director since 2015. Maestro Lande conducts the orchestra with skill, elegance and passion, inspiring audiences worldwide with the majestic experience of the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra.
Repertoire at the Lied Center engagement will include Shostakovich’s Tango from The Bolt; Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Peter Laul, piano; and Mussorgsky’s suite, Pictures at an Exhibition.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $19-$50
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=siberian-state-symphony&event_date=2020-03-03
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 • Tue 3/3/20 at 7:30pm 

Houston Person & Emmet Cohen

Blues, Jazz
Houston Person is one of the most soulful tenor saxophone players on the scene today. He has collaborated on blues, ballads and R&B classics with a who’s who of jazz, including Johnny Hammond, Etta Jones and Ron Carter. Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music. Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette and an extensive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command of a seasoned veteran and the passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $35; $19 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=person-cohen&event_date=2020-03-23
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 • Mon 3/23/20 at 7:30pm 

Houston Person & Emmet Cohen

Blues, Jazz
Houston Person is one of the most soulful tenor saxophone players on the scene today. He has collaborated on blues, ballads and R&B classics with a who’s who of jazz, including Johnny Hammond, Etta Jones and Ron Carter. Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music. Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette and an extensive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command of a seasoned veteran and the passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $35; $19 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=person-cohen-2&event_date=2020-03-24
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 • Tue 3/24/20 at 7:30pm 

KU Jazz Ensemble I with special guest Camila Meza, vocals/guitar

Jazz
DIRECTED BY DAN GAILEY
Vocalist, guitarist and composer Camila Meza has brought a sound full of warmth, intricacy and rhythmic clarity to the New York jazz scene ever since her arrival from Santiago, Chile in 2009. Inspired by jazz, South American music and popular American songs of many eras and genres, she has been hailed by The New York Times as “a bright young singer and guitarist with an ear for music of both folkloric and pop intention.”
She will perform with the KU Jazz Ensemble I led by Dan Gailey, director of Jazz Studies at KU. The ensemble has received numerous DownBeat Student Music Awards, including Best College Jazz Ensemble in 2015 and the Outstanding Performance Award in 2017.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $25; $14 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=camila-meza&event_date=2020-04-02
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 • Thu 4/2/20 at 7:30pm 

Samuel Ramey: An Intimate Evening of Music & Storytelling

Talks/Lectures
WORLD-RENOWNED OPERATIC BASS-BARITONE
For three decades, Samuel Ramey has reigned as one of the music world’s foremost interpreters of bass and bass-baritone operatic and concert repertoire. With his powerful vocalism, exceptional musicianship, elegant stage presence and uncommon theatrical abilities, he commands an impressive breadth of repertoire—from the fioratura of Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo, which was the vehicle of his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in 1984, to the dramatic proclamations of the title role in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle. As the most recorded bass in history, Ramey has more than 80 recordings that span operas, arias, symphonic works, solo recital programs and popular crossover albums, which have garnered him several major awards including three Grammy Awards.
The Lied Center welcomes this Kansas native to the stage to share music and stories, with accompaniment by Warren Jones on piano.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $16-$45
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=samuel-ramey&event_date=2020-04-03
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 • Fri 4/3/20 at 7:30pm 

ZOFO Duet

Chamber Music
Internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for one piano, four hands. ZOFO, which is shorthand for 20-finger orchestra (ZO=20 and FO=finger orchestra), has been nominated for a Grammy Award and is blazing a bold new path for piano four-hand groups by focusing on 20th- and 21st-century repertoire. The Lied Center has commissioned a new work by internationally renowned composer Gabriela Lena Frank in honor of Dave and Gunda Hiebert, which ZOFO will premiere at this recital.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $30; $16 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=zofo&event_date=2020-04-05
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 • Sun 4/5/20 at 2pm 

Ryan McMahon

Stand Up Comedy
Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker and community activator from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 Territory. Recognized as Indian Country’s most decorated stand-up comedian, McMahon has recorded five comedy specials since 2010: Turtle Island Too in 2010, Hystereotypes in 2011, UnReserved in 2012, Good Neighbour in 2014 and Red Man Laughing in 2015.
Ryan’s comedic storytelling style is fast paced, loose and irreverent as he explores the good, the bad and the ugly between Indian Country and the mainstream. Ryan has written for The Globe and Mail, VICE, The New York Times and the CBC, and his podcasts­­—Thunder Bay, Red Man Laughing and Stories From The Land—have garnered more than 2.5 million downloads over the last two years.
This event is in association with the annual KU Powwow and Indigenous Cultures Festival, which will take place on Saturday, April 11.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $25; $14 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=ryan-mcmahon&event_date=2020-04-10
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 • Fri 4/10/20 at 7:30pm 

Candid Camera’s LOL Tour with Peter Funt

Improv, Multimedia
Candid Camera’s LOL Tour with Peter Funt has pleased audiences nationwide. Peter’s hilarious stage comedy is blended with clips, quips and behind-the-scenes tales from the show’s funniest moments. Candid Camera holds a unique place in entertainment history as the only show to have produced new episodes in each of the last eight decades, from Allen Funt’s debut in 1948 through Peter’s recent run on TV Land—following in his father’s footsteps. The LOL Tour incorporates the best Candid Camera clips in a fast-paced, laugh-filled romp through the decades. Peter’s topical humor is blended with audience participation and special surprises to make the show a great night of family fun!
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $25; $14 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=candid-camera&event_date=2020-04-17
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 • Fri 4/17/20 at 7pm 

Peter Mulvey

Rock, Folk
Peter Mulvey is a seasoned singer-songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career as a busker on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, and from there moved on to the subways and streets of Boston, Massachusetts. This led to his first record deal and a leap into full-time national and international touring, playing over 100 shows a year for 25 years and counting. Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer-songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made eighteen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, jazz, spoken word and Americana.
singer;songwriter;Boston;Wisconsin
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $30; $16 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=peter-mulvey&event_date=2020-04-19
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 • Sun 4/19/20 at 7:30pm 

Sybarite5

Chamber Music
Sybarite5 has taken audiences by storm, changing the perception of chamber music performance. From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules. The group’s eclectic repertoire, from Bowie to Radiohead and Akiho to Assad, combined with its commanding performance style is turning heads throughout the music world. Recent engagements have taken them to the Library of Congress, St. Paul’s Schubert Club, the Anchorage Concert Association, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, among others.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $30; $16 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=sybarite5&event_date=2020-04-26
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 • Sun 4/26/20 at 2pm 

Beatrice Rana, Pianist

Classical
Beatrice Rana, Gramophone’s 2017 “Young Artist of the Year," is making waves in the international classical music scene, arousing admiration from critics and audiences around the world. Rana came to public attention in 2011 after winning First Prize and all special jury prizes at the Montreal International Competition. And in 2013, she won the Silver Medal and the Audience Award at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Rana performs in the world’s most esteemed concert halls, including Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, among others.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $11-$35
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=beatrice-rana&event_date=2020-05-14
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 • Thu 5/14/20 at 7:30pm