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.”
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.
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 lied.ku.edu. 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