Russia spices Lied lineup

Center announces acts for '02-'03 series

Wednesday, May 1, 2002

The Lied Center is bringing a bit of Russia to its stage next season.

The lineup includes performances by the Moscow Boys Choir, St. Petersburg String Quartet, Russian State Opera and pianist Olga Kern. In addition, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han will present a concert of works by Russian composers.

"I'm really pleased with the way things have come together," said Tim Van Leer, executive director of the Lied Center. He announced the 2002-2003 lineup Tuesday night.

Series subscription tickets go on sale today. Single-performance tickets go on sale to the general public July 8. Tickets are available at the Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS.

Van Leer said the Russian programs tie in to the St. Petersburg Tercentenary Celebration being observed by several Kansas University organizations, including the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Slavic languages department and Continuing Education. St. Petersburg was founded in May 1703 by Peter the Great.

"I'm really excited about bringing in Olga Kern," he said. "(She'll be) in residence for several days, and (we hope) to link her up with a Russian studies class."

The new season will kick off with the Seventh Annual Free Outdoor Concert, featuring Celtic fiddle player Natalie Merchant, at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 on the northeast lawn of the Lied Center.

The Family Arts Festival will precede the concert from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The rest of the lineup is (some programs are listed under two series):

Concert series

� Oct. 4: Cullberg Ballet in "Swan Lake," 7:30 p.m.

� Nov. 1: National Symphony of Mexico, 7:30 p.m.

� Feb. 22: Russian State Opera in Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca," 7:30 p.m.

� March 27: Pianist Olga Kern, 7:30 p.m.

� April 13: Sweet Honey in the Rock, 7:30 p.m.

Swarthout Chamber Music Series

� Nov. 10: Turtle Island String Quartet and Ying Quartet, 2 p.m.

� Nov. 24: St. Petersburg String Quartet, 2 p.m.

� March 9: Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, 2 p.m.

� April 6: Cantus, 2 p.m.

New Directions Series

� Oct. 24-25: Urban Tap, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and 9 p.m. Oct. 25, Liberty Hall, 644 Mass.

� Feb. 7: David Parsons Dance Company and the Ahn Trio, 7:30 p.m.

� April 5: Twyla Tharp, 7:30 p.m.

� April 12: "Brown Butterfly," performance inspired by Mohammad Ali, 7:30 p.m.

Broadway and Beyond Series

� Oct. 26: "South Pacific," 7:30 p.m.

� Nov. 4-5: "Rent," 7:30 p.m.

� Dec. 10-11: Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance," 7:30 p.m.

� Feb. 19: "Cabaret," 7:30 p.m.

� March 1: "Blast II: Shockwave," 7:30 p.m.

Lied Family Series

� Nov. 23: Moscow Boys Choir, 7:30 p.m.

� Jan. 24: Trout Fishing in America, 7:30 p.m.

� Feb. 28: Trio Voronezh, 7:30 p.m.

� March 29: Peking Opera, 7:30 p.m.

World Series

� Sept. 14: Musician Robert Mirabal and RareTribalMob, 7:30 p.m.

� Oct. 12: Ragamala Music and Dance Theater, 7:30 p.m.

� Feb. 28: Trio Voronezh, 7:30 p.m.

� March 29: Peking Opera, 7:30 p.m.