Lied Center announces 20th anniversary season lineup

The Lied Center on Saturday announced its 20th anniversary season lineup, featuring an array of performers from acrobats to award-winning concert pianists, some new and some returning to Lawrence.

Executive director Tim Van Leer said the variety reflects one of the Lied’s most important traits — there’s something for everybody.

“People have made the Lied Center what it is today by making it a part of their lives,” Van Leer said. “Think about what this community would be without the Lied Center — or wouldn’t be. And it’s because there’s so many different kinds of things that go on here.”

AnDa Union jams at local restaurant

Musicians from the Mongolian band AnDa Union rocked out Friday night in a jam session at the Lawrence restaurant Ingredient, 945 Mass. AnDa Union will perform tonight at the Lied Center. AnDa Union combine different traditions and styles of music from all over Inner and Outer Mongolia.

Some familiar performers returning this year are the Turtle Island Quartet, Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!,” Lawrence-native Karole Armitage’s dance company performing “Fables on Global Warming” and AnDa Union, a Mongolian musical group.


The Blue Man Group will be performing as part of the Lied Center’s 2013-14 season. The performance group is scheduled to perform two shows, on Sept. 16 and 17.


Musicians from American Music Academy and the Mongolian band AnDa Union join together in a song during a jam session at Ingredient restaurant, 945 Mass., Friday night. AnDa Union will perform tonight at the Lied Center. AnDa Union combine different traditions and styles of music from all over Mongolia.


“Memphis,” the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, is coming to the Lied Center on Nov. 14.

This year’s Broadway series features several big shows appearing for the first time in Lawrence, including the Blue Man Group, “Memphis” and “The Addams Family.”

One of the new shows is even interactive.

“Broadway’s Next H!t Musical” features improv musician-comedians who take audience ideas, create original songs and, after an audience vote, expand the winning song into an impromptu musical, complete with storyline and quickly drummed-up costumes.

“It’s funny, it’s unique, and it’s all done live in front of you,” Van Leer said. “I saw it in New York and thought, we just have to do this.”

Lied Center 2013-14 season performance schedule

Tickets go on sale Monday to Friends of the Lied, renewal ticket package subscribers and KU students. Tickets go on sale for the public May 20 for season tickets and June 10 for single tickets.

Find show details, ticket information and related community engagement opportunities online at Call the Lied Center Ticket Office at 864-2787.

Sept. 6: Asphalt Orchestra, radical guerrilla-music force

Sept. 16-17: Blue Man Group, high-octane theatrical experience

Sept. 27: Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Turkish folk musician and composer

Sept. 28: Armitage Gone! Dance in “Fables on Global Warming,” modern dance company

Sept. 29: Hermès Quartet, Paris-based string quartet

Oct. 24: AnDa Union, Mongolian string musicians

Oct. 25: Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!”, dramatic recitation of Twain’s writings

Oct. 27: Naoko Takada, marimba soloist

Nov. 9: “red, black & GREEN: a blues,” hybrid-theatre production about race, class, culture and the environment

Nov. 12: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, works by Dvořák, Schumann and Brahms

Nov. 14: “Memphis,” Tony Award-winning Broadway musical presented by the Lied Center and the Journal-World

Dec. 13: Turtle Island Quartet with guest vocalist Tierney Sutton in “The Festival of Lights,” a holiday solstice celebration

Jan. 22: “Watchtower,” film and discussion with Turkish filmmaker Pelin Esmer (free)

Jan. 26: “The Wonderful Wizard of Song,” multimedia musical review of Harold Arlen’s hits

Feb. 12: “The Addams Family,” magnificently macabre musical comedy

Feb. 18: The Peking Acrobats, China’s world record-holding acrobats

Feb. 26: The Cleveland Orchestra, a showcase of works by Dvořák, Wagner and Tchaikovsky

March 9: Gleb Ivanov, piano solist

March 29: Soweto Gospel Choir, South African choir

April 3-4: “Broadway’s Next H!t Musical,” improvised and interactive musical comedy

April 8: Van Cliburn Gold Medal Winner (Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner will be announced June 9)

April 11-12: The Cashore Marionettes, handmade masterpieces presenting “Simple Gifts” and “Life in Motion”

April 17: Serkan Çağri Band, Mediterranean folk band


cowboy 9 years, 7 months ago

Am I the only one that reacts with a large yawn at this schedule ?

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