Lied Center prepares for 25th season

May 28th, 2014 | By | Category: 2014, Arts & Entertainment, Issue, May 22

The Lied Center for Performing Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary season in 2014-15 with marquee artists in every art form. Highlights include performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Joshua Bell, the Chieftains and Broadway’s “Anything Goes.”

Tickets to all performances will be available for reservation as part of a season ticket package. If the performances are not sold out through season ticket orders, any remaining tickets will be available for single ticket purchase starting Aug. 19. Call the Lied Center Ticket Office at 402-472-4747 or go to for more information.

“The Lied Center’s 25th anniversary season will feature the most incredible, well-known and celebrated talent in the world performing on the Lied Center stage,” said Bill Stephan, executive director. “The silver season will be filled with some of our patrons’ favorite artists from the Lied’s past alongside legends in the making. We will also host some of the most esteemed artists in the world who will remember the Lied’s 25th anniversary as defining their premiere performance on a Nebraska stage.”

The Lied Center will celebrate opening night Sept. 26 with one of the most influential performers in jazz music, nine-time Grammy Award-winner Wynton Marsalis leading the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Following is a schedule of performances by genre.


Sept. 26 — Wynton Marsalis leading the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Nov. 20 — Grammy winner Kurt Elling in his Lied Center debut

March 28 — Glenn Miller Orchestra

Broadway musicals

Oct. 28-29 — “Sister Act”

Nov. 10-11 — “Elf the Musical”

Jan. 23-24 — Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes”

Feb. 18-19 — “Nice Work if You Can Get It”

March 6-7 — “Stomp”

April 10 — “Million Dollar Quartet”

Classical music

Oct. 7 — Lied Center Piano Series with Marc-Andre Hamelin

Nov. 8 — “2,4,6,8!” Lied Center and Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music celebrate joint anniversaries with a performance featuring the Escher Quartet and the Chiara Quartet

Dec. 4 — 15-time Grammy-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma

Jan. 13 — Lied Center Piano Series with Jonathan Biss

Feb. 6 — Chicago Symphony Orchestra

March 13 — Violinist Joshua Bell

April 25 — Lied Center Piano Series with Jon Nakamatsu, plus Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and choirs from across Nebraska


Oct. 9 — The Capitol Steps

Nov. 7 — Paula Poundstone

Feb. 26 — The Second City

Popular music

Oct. 11 — The Midtown Men

Nov. 14 — Foreigner

Folk and world music

Oct. 17 — 14-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs with Kentucky Thunder

Jan. 15 — Latin-jazz drummer Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band

March 14 — The Chieftains


Oct. 24 — Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Feb. 3 — Diavolo

Feb. 14 — Suzanne Farrell and her ballet company from the Kennedy Center

April 7 — Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


Nov. 6 — “Out of Bounds”

Jan. 21 — Jim Henson’s “Dinosaur Train Live”

March 18 — Mummenschanz

April 2 — Okee Dokee Brothers


Nov. 25 — Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

Dec. 18 — The King’s Singers


Feb. 21 — F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” performed by the Montana Repertory Theatre

April 16 — Church Basement Ladies and “The Last (Potluck) Supper”

April 30 — “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Special events

Sept. 4-5 — “Celebrate Nebraska,” a free event celebrating the finest talent in the state

Sept. 18 — Golden Dragon Acrobats

March 21 — “Nebraska Sings,” uniting choirs from across the state in song, including the world premiere of “Let There be Music,” a newly commissioned choral work by nationally recognized composer and Nebraskan Kurt Knecht

A season ticket package is an order of four or more events. Members of the public will receive a 10 percent discount for season ticket orders including four to seven events. Orders of eight or more events will receive a 20 percent discount. UNL students can place season ticket orders for three to five events and receive a 10 percent discount or six or more events at a 20 percent discount (in addition to the 50 percent discount all current UNL students receive on Lied Center tickets).

Season ticket seating assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Donations to the Friends of Lied organization can provide advanced processing of season ticket orders or preferred seating. A $250 donation earns advanced processing of season orders while gifts of more than $1,000 earn preferred seating.

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Carrie Christensen | Lied Center for Performing Arts

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