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October
Pick 3 and save 50%

For a limited time only, PICK 3 of these six shows and SAVE 50%. 

• MARIINSKY ORCHESTRA One of the Top 15 Orchestras in the World! – October 28 @ 7:00 PM

• MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT Hilarious Broadway Musical – November 3 shows only

• THE TEN TENORS Vocal Wonder from Down Under – November 5 @ 7:30 PM

• THE BROADWAY...

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October 25-28, 2018

World War I - The University of Nebraska - suddenly professors who disagree with the Wilson administration are charged with sedition by the Nebraska State Council of Defense. Playwright David Wiltse's grandfather, Andrew Schrag, is among those charged. Should he be fired? Sedition examines the moral right to take a stand in a climate where dissent in considered treason.

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Chris Thile performs on mandolin wearing a collared shirt and sweater against a blue background.
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October 27, 2018, 4:45 PM

The Lied Center is thrilled to partner with NET Radio to host a live broadcast of Live from Here after most recently presenting Chris Thile and his fellow Punch Brothers in 2015!

Join us for two hours of music and comedy! Live from Here with Chris Thile (formerly A Prairie Home Companion) is a Saturday-night destination for radio audiences everywhere. This variety show features a...

An aeiral photo of the Mariinky orchestra performing in a concert hall with music stands, sheet music, and audience in their seats.
October 28, 2018

Mariinsky Orchestra arrives at the Lied Center under the baton of its GRAMMY® Award-winning music director Valery Gergiev. Christened “Russia’s musical crown jewel” by the New York Times, the Mariinsky Orchestra was founded in the 18th century during the reign of Peter the Great and enjoys a long and distinguished history as one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia.

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October 30, 2018

Long before Riverdance, Amalia Hernandez understood the power of rhythmic thunder. Hernandez's Ballet Folklórico is one of the most celebrated folk ensembles in the world. This 60-member artist ensemble, complete with full mariachi band, returns for an encore performance showcasing the music, dance and costumes of Mexican folklore from pre-Colombian through the modern era.

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November
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November 2&4, 2018

Ulysses is one of the greatest love stories ever told. Based on Homer’s mythic Odyssey, the opera is a timeless testament to the power of a faithful heart. UNL Opera presents a new adaptation of the work, sung in English.

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monty python's spamalot
November 2-3, 2018

The Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, begins its search for the Holy Grail in the Fall of 2018. This outrageous musical comedy is lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the GRAMMY® Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez,...

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November 5, 2018

The TEN Tenors make their Lied Center debut featuring a celebration of musical legends lost before their time, including Prince, David Bowie, John Lennon and more. Australia's "Vocal wonder from down under" (Broadway World) will take you on a journey from classic rock anthems to top-40s hits to the soaring arias of Verdi!

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Nov. 7, 2018

Nadine Strossen expertly dissects Constitutional law to share current challenges to our civil liberties today, stimulating thoughtful consideration of democratic ideals. 

With her expert knowledge of the Constitution, Nadine is a unique and valuable resource for understanding the context behind policies and legislation that curtail civil liberties, such as freedom of speech. In her new book, HATE: Why We Should...

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November 7-18, 2018

Follow the fortunes of Mother Courage and her three children as they strive to make a living during the madness of war. In this new adaptation of the classic play, the drama unfolds during the height of the American Civil War. While Mother Courage profits from the spoils of war, she faces the ultimate sacrifice in this epic masterpiece of...

Mark Clinton with Lincoln Youth Symphony Orchestra
November 9, 2018

The Lincoln Youth Symphony joins Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra in a side-by-side performance of Rossini’s popular William Tell Overture, followed by a performance of Mozart’s lesser-known Symphony No. 39, the first of his final (and groundbreaking) three symphonies. Pianist Mark Clinton then joins the orchestra for Beethoven’s improvisatory and poetic Piano Concerto No. 4.

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November 13, 2018

Gabriela Montero has garnered critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage for her visionary interpretations. Praised by The New York Times for “subtle shadings, steely power . . . soulful lyricism,” Montero features works by Mozart and Beethoven, as well as her own improvisations, in her premiere at the Lied.

Sponsors: Piano Circle...

December
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December 1, 2018

Kick off the season with LSO’s annual holiday pops concerts, performing favorites from The Nutcracker, Sleigh Ride, and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Returning due to popular demand, dancers from Chase Dance, Tap This!, Bring Out Your Swag, and Dancing Beyond Limits will again take the stage, as well as a special appearance by UNL’s own Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Lincoln’s premiere...

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There's no place like the ballet, especially at Christmastime. Join us Friday, December 7 at 7:00 and Saturday, December 8 at 11:00 and 4:00, as we present the beloved holiday favorite, the Nutcracker, to the Lincoln community.

Nearly 200 dance students from southeastern Nebraska star in our performance that also features a live orchestra and nationally-known guest artists. The classic...

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December 11-16, 2018

The New York Times calls it "The best musical of this century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." And Entertainment Weekly says, "Grade A: The funniest musical of all time." Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it "Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal." It's The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical. Contains explicit language. For more information,...

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December 13-16, 2018

Join the Rep for a naughty and nice musical revue featuring holiday standards, a live band, comedy and a cash bar.

Produced by the Nebraska Repertory Theater.

This performance is also available for purchase as part of a Nebraska Repertory Season package. Rep Season packages can be purchased at the Lied Box Office by calling 402-472-4747.

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December 18, 2018

Join Harry and his amazing band as they celebrate New Orleans’ three hundredth birthday and the influences that shaped his career.  Enjoy the evening as Harry toasts this beloved city and also performs a selection of holiday favorites.  

Harry Connick, Jr. has exemplified excellence in every aspect of the entertainment world. He has received recognition with multiple Grammy and Emmy...

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December 20, 2018

GRAMMY® Award-winner Chip Davis has created a show featuring Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Davis’ groundbreaking Fresh Aire series. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller, an American favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years!

Patron Friend Sponsors: Linda & Del Smith, Ed & Sue...

January
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January 10, 2019

For 33 years, GRAMMY® winner Paul Shaffer served as David Letterman’s musical director. He was a featured performer and composer for Saturday Night Live and musical director for the Blues Brothers —John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Come see this musical and comedy legend perform with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra!

Sponsors: Jazz Circle...

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January 17, 2019

Amazing puppetry, innovative black-light staging and an original score bring new life to Eric Carle’s classics for kids of all ages! Follow a caterpillar on his life journey, with vibrant scenery and colorful foods. Back by popular demand!

Come at 5:30 PM for FamFest with free food and fun educational activities for the whole family!

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January 19, 2019

The princesses are throwing a ball, and you’re invited! Broadway’s Cinderella, Tony Award® nominee Laura Osnes, and her radiant princess friends make their way to Lincoln to sing the most beloved “Princess” songs of stage and screen. Get your ball gown out of the closet and make your way to the Lied for a magical Broadway Princess Party!

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January 25, 2019

Susan Werner returns to Lincoln after sold-out shows across the country to perform music from her latest album, An American in Havana. Inspired by Werner’s recent travels to Cuba, the album features arrangements by legendary Cuban percussionist Mayra Casales, along with Werner’s trademark song craft and wry, poetic lyrics.

Patron Friend Sponsors: Chris & Kelley Baker, Wayne & Jeani...

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January 26, 2019

Experience the world’s leading hip-hop dance theatre company perform a program combining gospel music and hip-hop culture, exploring contemporary issues of community and spirituality. Loosely based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Lifted! follows a young black man who is surrounded and supported by his church community.

Sponsors: Dance Circle...

February
the king and i
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February 1-2, 2019

Two worlds collide in this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something...

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February 7, 2019

Chris Botti counts artists like Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Tyler, Herbie Hancock and Michael Bublé among his millions of fans. Featuring jazz standards, famous masterpieces and pop music classics, the multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning trumpeter, with his locktight band, will conjure up a magical music experience for his encore performance at the Lied Center.

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February 7-9, 2019

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Willa Cather’s novel, this new theatrical adaptation of My Ántonia is told through the memories of narrator Jim Burden. Jim returns to Nebraska after 20 years to see Ántonia, the immigrant girl who shaped his understanding of life. Experience Cather’s tale of the people and land of the Great Plains.

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Anton Miller at the Lied Center with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra
February 9, 2019

LSO concertmaster Anton Miller returns to the Lied Center stage for a riveting performance of Brahms’s dramatic Violin Concerto in D Major. After intermission, Miller rejoins the orchestra as concertmaster for Mendelssohn’s beloved and profound Symphony No. 3, inspired by his travels as a young man to the Scottish countryside.

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February 10, 2019

GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax returns to the Lied Center for the first time since 2012, performing a program of Bach, Schoenberg, Schuman, Ravel and Chopin. One of the world’s most virtuosic pianists, Ax gives performances that have been called “poetic and full of illuminating touches” by The New York Times.

Sponsors: Piano Circle...

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February 13-24, 2019

A conversation on a subway turns vicious as Dutchman’s two passengers, a white woman and a young black man, flirt with race and rage. Amiri Baraka’s Obiewinning drama exerts an incendiary power as it dares to uncover the anger and fear buried below polite American decorum. Join Nebraska Rep as we honor Black History Month with this historic and relevant...

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February 15, 2019

Celebrate the most beloved music of the past 150 years, combined with highlights of University of Nebraska-Lincoln and world history milestones. Enjoy this monumental performance featuring students, faculty and distinguished alumni from the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, Glenn Korff School of Music and the Nebraska Repertory Theatre.

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February 22&24

Copland’s quintessential American opera resonates with a musical language born out of our great mid-western landscapes.  Taking place in a Depression era rural community, this tune-filled opera depicts the life of a young girl, her family, and two migrant workers in a coming of age story sure to tug at your heartstrings.

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February 23, 2019

In a rare evening of lively, outlandish and sure-to-be outrageously funny stand-up comedy, funny man, TV personality and movie icon Tim Allen performs in Lincoln! Best known for his iconic roles in Home Improvement, Toy Story, Santa Clause, Wild Hogs and many more, he has reached an international level of super stardom.

For mature audiences 18-and-older....

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Feb. 26, 2019

Jana Eggers is a math and computer nerd who took the business path for a career. Today, she’s CEO of Nara Logics, a neuroscience-inspired artificial intelligence company providing a platform for recommendations and decision support. Jana’s career has taken her from 3-person business beginnings to 50,000-person enterprises. She’s opened the European logistics software offices as part of American Airlines, dived...

March
RENT at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, March 1-3, 2019
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March 1-3, 2019

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining...

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March 5, 2019

It’s all in the family when master musicians Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy take the Lied stage and are joined by their virtuosic children! The evening highlights fiery fiddling, step dancing, singing and worldclass music-making. This fierce fiddling duo commands the stage with raw energy and passion that enhances their traditional Celtic heritage.

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Bomsori Kim at the Lied Center for Performing arts with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra
March 8, 2019

Internationally acclaimed violinist Bomsori Kim joins Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra for a gripping performance of Dvořák’s passionately lyrical Violin Concerto in A Minor, followed by Brahms’s intense and expansive Symphony No. 1, its triumphant conclusion placing him squarely as one of the greats in classical music.

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March 14, 2019

New Orleans old-school jazz comes to Lincoln under the direction of trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and anchored by Dirty Dozen Brass Band founder Roger Lewis on baritone sax. The Uptown Jazz Orchestra celebrates the musical heritage of New Orleans playing music that sings and swings with confidence and soul . . . all night long! 

Sponsors: Jazz Circle...

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March 16, 2019

Direct from Vegas, you’ll hear all the hits, including “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette” and “Kiss.” The first tribute act to ever appear as the musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman, Jason Tenner has the voice, the moves and the talent to re-create The Artist experience. Party like it’s 1999 at this rock concert with seductive...

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March 27 - April 7, 2019

The Rep lets the sunshine in with the classic rock musical HAIR. 50 years after its premiere, the show continues to assault the status quo, while shining a light on the power of love over hate, peace over war, freedom over repression and hope over despair. Overflowing with free love, buzzing with youthful energy and pulsing with iconic rock anthems,...

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March 28, 2019

Led by 11-time GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony returns to the Lied with a program that includes Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor with soloist Alexander Kerr and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in D major. This is the symphony’s final season under the direction of its legendary conductor.

Sponsors: Conductor's Circle...

April
Image that is a colorful homage to the Beatles Abbey Road record cover with text that reads "RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles; Abbey Road; Performed Live."
April 2-3, 2019

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of Abbey Road, RAIN will bring the greatest hits to life. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event. After a sold-out Lied performance in 2009, RAIN returns to celebrate the world’s most iconic band.

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April 11, 2019

With technical precision, power and passion, Complexions transcends tradition with a groundbreaking mix of styles ranging from ballet to hip-hop. Led by former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater virtuosos and So You Think You Can Dance alums, the company will dazzle and thrill with fiercely kinetic choreography set to David Bowie’s best-loved songs.

Sponsors: Dance Circle...

Beethoven 4 & 7-Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra at the Lied Center for Performing Arts
April 13, 2019

Join LSO in their five-year journey to perform all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies, leading up to his 250th birthday in 2020. In their third year, discover his nimble yet powerful Fourth Symphony, then experience his bold and cinematic Symphony No. 7.

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April 14, 2019

The world-renowned ukulele superstars come to the Lied with their toe-tapping music, hilarious banter and sheer superlative entertainment. They are masters of the unexpected known for reimagining folk songs, twisting classical favorites and uncovering quirky versions of rock covers. Featuring only ukuleles and a menagerie of voices, the group has become a global sensation!

Gold Event Sponsor: Melvin Kurpjuweit
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April 23, 2019

Internationally acclaimed TAP DOGS is the hottest show on legs. Hailing from Australia, this sexy, fast and fabulous tap show combines part theater, part rock concert with part construction site. Performing against all challenges—whether in water, upsidedown or jumping through scaffolding— the TAP DOGS move to the groove of their own beat.

Something Rotten
April 26-27, 2019

SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart...

Red Green at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, April 30, 2019.
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April 30, 2019, 7:00 PM

The name says it all. Potentially Red’s last tour as he heads out on the road to hold Lodge Meetings all over North America. Might be your last opportunity to catch Red live (or as live as he gets) before he takes a long look at his birth certificate and decides not to keep pushing his luck.

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May
Pines of Rome at the Lied Center with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra
May 5, 2019

LSO takes on the full forces of Respighi’s Pines of Rome for an evening of music you’ll never forget. The first half of the program features the symphonic premiere of Brent Edstrom’s Prairie Songs: Remembering Ántonia, featuring Scott David Miller (tenor) and Anton Miller (violin) in an adaptation of Willa Cather’s novel “My Ántonia.” Nebraska audiences will experience the ongoing...

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