At the Lied Center...

At the Lied Center...

We believe in the transformative power of the arts. For that reason, the Lied provides several opportunities to enhance students’ passion for the arts or to introduce the arts into their lives. From in-school programs and student matinees to volunteer and internship possibilities and more, we have the perfect program for students of all ages. We also support the continued developement of our community's educators through professional development programs for teachers and administrators. Bring your students closer to the arts.

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Student Matinees

Special performances of world-class artists bring young people and educators (Pre-K-12th grades) together from across Nebraska to share an unforgettable experience. Presenting all genres of performing arts – theater, music and dance – the Lied’s student matinee performances enhance classroom learning, expand cultural awareness and inspire young people and their teachers through exposure to the arts.

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Immersion Projects

Partnering with Lincoln-area schools and community organizations, the Lied Center works to support special projects that bridge Lied Center performances with Pre-K through 12th grade school improvement goals, student learning and teachers’ curriculum needs. Below is a program description for our immersion projects for all grade levels.

The program is designed to meet curriculum goals of the school and the community involved. The Lied and its partners extend learning beyond "performance," into a meaningful and transformational experience for all students and teachers involved.

For more information contact Nancy Engen-Wedin by phone 402.472.4707 or by email nengenwedin2@unl.edu.

SARAH’S KIDS - UGLY DUCKLING

This program targets Head Start students and their families enrolled in three area programs – The Children’s Place, Lincoln Public School’s EXCITE program, and Community Action Partnership Head Start program. Performing artists visit the schools involved, then the young people and their families attend the performance – for many it is their first time at the Lied Center!

ABOUT LIED/LINCOLN PARTNERSHIP FOR EDUCATION

Shape of a Girl, Ugly Duckling, Locomotion and Ragamala’s Sacred Earth Supported by Woods Charitable Fund, Lincoln Community Foundation and the Lincoln Arts Council, this program supports K-12 educational activities taking place in area schools, as well as teacher workshops and in-classroom residencies.

ABOUT TIME WARNER CABLE’S SCIENCE OF SOUND PROGRAM

FAB Four and Spring Break Camp - The Lied Center continues to partner with Lincoln Public Schools’ Community Learning Center programs to provide middle school students with an opportunity to participate in a Science of Sound spring break camp, featuring Kennedy Center teaching artist John Bertles. Supported by Time Warner Cable’s Connect A Million Minds program, students create instruments using their scientific knowledge, participate in a Science of Sound band, study Beatles’ music and perform for family members. All attend the FAB Four performance at the Lied Center, as a culminating event.

PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL IMMERSION PROJECT

The partnership began as a Time Warner Cable and VIP partnership in 2001 and has continued to this day.

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Teaching Artists

Teaching Artists

  • Allison Macri
    Featured Instructor
    Allison Macri
    Featured Instructor
    Biography:

    Allison Macri is fresh off the North American Tour of The Sound of Music where she played Sister Margaretta. Most notably, she appeared in the movie-musical The Last 5 Years as Carole Ann. Regional credits include Jenny Lind, Barnum; Maria, West Side Story; Mabel, Pirates of Penzance; Fiona, Brigadoon; Marian, The Music Man; Hodel, Fiddler..; Narrator, Joseph… Allison holds a Post Masters - Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy along with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from NYU after she received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College. When not performing, Allison teaches voice and acting in her private studio and has previously taught at New York University and Seton Hall University, www.allisonmacri.com

  • Con O'Shea Creal
    Featured Instructor
    Con O'Shea Creal
    Featured Instructor
    Biography:

    A native of  Lincoln, NE, Con appeared on Broadway in the 2014 revival of Side Show and in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, with choreography by Randy Skinner. He also appeared in both the 2010 and 2011 national tours of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Con received critical and popular acclaim across the country playing Bert in the 2012-2013 national tour of Mary Poppins. Recently he toured the US with the first national tour of the Broadway hit Something Rotten! Regionally, Con has appeared in numerous productions across the country including Side Show at the Kennedy Center; Annie Get Your Gun at the Goodspeed Opera House; Singin’ in the Rain at the Westchester Theatre, A Christmas Carol at Casa Manana in Fort Worth,  42nd Street at the Ogunquit Playhouse and The Drowsy Chaperone at Stages St. Louis. He has appeared as a tap dance soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and toured the Middle East with Noah Racey’s New York Song & Dance Company, sponsored by the US State Department. He holds a BFA from the University of Oklahoma.

  • Donna Gunn
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    Donna Gunn
    Featured Instructor
    Biography:

    In a career spanning more than 30 years, Donna is a never-ending seeker who delights in playing to her audience; whether at a conference or workshop on the coasts, an outreach performance in a small community, an all-school residency performance, or while teaching in her private studio. In 2018, Donna premiered the solo piano score of composer John Muccino’s The Great Train Robbery during a screening of the historic silent movie during a Great Plains Arts Museum’s First Friday event. Donna’s ongoing passion to dig deep culminated in her book, Discoveries from the Fortepiano, published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Research for the book was supported by MTNA, NMTA, and The Piano Technicians Guild. Donna has presented workshops related to this scholarship for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the MTNA National Conference, and continues to lead workshops and seminars throughout the United States. Donna resides in Lincoln, NE where she enjoys working her private studio students.

  • Eric Zuber
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    Eric Zuber
    Featured Instructor
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    During a period of just a few years, Dr. Zuber was a recipient of major prizes from ten of the world's most prestigious international piano competitions including Arthur Rubinstein, Cleveland, Seoul, Hastings, Sydney, Dublin, Honens, and the Piano-e-Competition. He was also awarded Gold Medals in both the Hilton Head and Boesendorfer International Piano Competitions.

    Dr. Zuber has made solo appearances at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Seoul Arts Center, Severance Hall and for the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City. After making his orchestral debut at the age of twelve with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, he has performed with many of the major orchestras in the United States and abroad including Cleveland, Israel, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Phoenix, Sydney, RTE National, and the Royal Philharmonic.

    In addition to a busy performing career, Dr. Zuber is dedicated to helping the next generation of pianistic talent, and has held faculty positions at several universities including Memphis, Ball State, Columbus State, and Bucknell. He has received degrees from Peabody Conservatory (B.M., A.D., D.M.A.), the Juilliard School (M.M.) and the Curtis Institute (Diploma) where he studied with Boris Slutsky, Leon Fleisher, Claude Franck, and Robert McDonald.

     

     

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    Jason Michael Webb
    Broadway Music Director, Arranger, and Composer
    Jason Michael Webb
    Broadway Music Director, Arranger, and Composer
    Biography:

    Jason Michael Webb has extensive experience as a professional Musical Director, having worked on Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy (Broadway, 2019), John Doyle’s The Color Purple(Broadway, 2016 Tony-Award for Best Musical Revival, 2017 GRAMMY and Daytime Emmy Awards); Cynthia Erivo (U.S./Canada); and the Brooklyn Tabernacle (six-time Grammy Award-winning choir). He has acted as associate musical director for (Broadway): Motown: The Musical, Violet (also additional arrangements),Leap of Faith, Memphis.  Webb was the Music supervisor for Disney’sFrozen: Live at the Hyperion(Anaheim, CA; also arranger/adaptor); and Pasek & Paul’s The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox). 

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  • Paul Barnes
    Featured Instructor
    Paul Barnes
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    Praised by the New York Times for his “Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity,” pianist Paul Barnes has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming. He has been featured seven times on APM’s Performance Today, on the cover of Clavier Magazine, and his recordings are streamed worldwide.

    Celebrating his twenty-three-year collaboration with Philip Glass, Barnes commissioned and gave the world premiere of Glass’s Piano Quintet “Annunciation.” From the New York premiere at the Met Museum, New York Classical Review called the quintet a “a fascinating mosaic of Glass’s late style…with a warm inner expression that seemed to echo Brahms.” The world premiere performance was recently featured on Performance Today. Barnes’ world premiere recording with Brooklyn Rider was released on Glass’s Orange Mountain Music label in October of 2019.

    Barnes also commissioned New York based composer Victoria Bond to write a new piano work based on the Greek Orthodox crucifixion hymn Simeron Kremate (Today is Suspended). The work is co-commissioned by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and the SDG Music Foundation in Chicago. The world premiere of Bond’s new work was given at Kimball Recital Hall on March 3, 2019 with the Chicago premiere on March 10 at Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago.

    Barnes latest recital A Bright Sadness: Piano Music Inspired by Chant features several works inspired by Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Native American chant. In addition to works written for Barnes, the recital also features Liszt’s ground-breaking late work Via Crucis for piano solo. Barnes’ twelfth CD New Generations: The New Etudes of Philip Glass and Music of the Next Generation has received rave reviews. Barnes is Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music and his recordings are available on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Pandora , and Amazon.

     

  • Sam Hartley
    Featured Instructor
    Sam Hartley
    Featured Instructor
    Biography:

    Sam Hartley is NYC based actor and teaching artist. He is a Lincoln, NE native, who studied Theatre Performance at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at UNL. He is currently starring as Billy Flynn on the national tour of Chicago. National Tours: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Elf the Musical (Buddy). Off-Broadway: The Lightning Thief (Grover understudy, 2017 Lucille Lortel production). Favorite Credits: Young Frankenstein (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, RMTC), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf, RMTC), Ragtime (Stanford White, Ogunquit Playhouse), Great American Trailer Park Musical (Duke, LTOTS).

     

  • Sarah McKinistry-Brown
    Seminar Facilitator
    Sarah McKinistry-Brown
    Seminar Facilitator
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Kennedy Center Partners in Education

The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is designed to assist arts and cultural organizations throughout the nation to develop and/or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The purpose of the partnerships is the establishment or expansion of professional development programs in the arts for all teachers.

The program, established in 1991, is based on the concept that educating teachers is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people. The Kennedy Center’s experience with professional development programs for teachers is the basis for this national initiative. Partnership teams consist of an arts organization and an administrator of the cooperating school system. The team participates in an institute that provides models and strategies for professional development programs in the arts for all teachers, follow-up consultation and annual meetings to assist teams in their continued development. The Lied Center is one of 99 U.S. Partnership teams that are located in 46 out of 50 states. 

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