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The Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln proudly announces the establishment of the new GK Platinum Artist Series which will launch in the Lied Center’s 2016/2017 season. The series, named in honor of benefactor and UNL alumnus, Glenn Korff, will be headlined in its inaugural year by Tony-Award winning multi-platinum recording artist Idina Menzel.

Thanks to a $1 million gift from the estate of Glenn Korff, the new series will allow the Lied Center to bring the most iconic Broadway and popular artists to Nebraska. Since 2013, Korff, a Nebraska native and UNL alumnus, has given an $8 million gift to the university for the Glenn Korff School of Music at the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and a $4 million gift to the Lied Center for Performing Arts, establishing the Glenn Korff Broadway Endowment at the University of Nebraska Foundation to forever enhance the Lied Center’s Broadway programming.

“The Lied Center’s Broadway programming has been transformed thanks to Glenn’s generosity,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “This gift will allow the Lied Center to bring some of the most accomplished performers in the world to Lincoln, fulfilling Glenn’s dream to enlighten and entertain families and generations of Nebraskans for years to come.”

Idina Menzel brings her powerhouse vocals to the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Sept. 30. Tickets will be available starting early June as part of a Broadway Fan Club season ticket order. Patrons who are Broadway Fan Club members (order tickets to at least three Broadway performances as part of their season ticket order) will gain first access to tickets to Menzel’s concert. Any remaining tickets will be available for purchase individually starting in July.

Tony Award-winning icon Idina Menzel has a diverse career that traverses stage, film, television and music. Menzel’s voice can be heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box office smash “Frozen,” in which she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go,” and in the follow-up short, “Frozen Fever.” After Menzel’s performance of the multi-platinum song at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. Menzel earned her first Tony nomination as Maureen in the Pulitzer Prize winner “Rent,” and won the award for her performance as Elphaba in “Wicked.” Other notable projects include “Glee” and Disney’s “Enchanted.” She embarked on a worldwide tour in 2015 that included Asia, Europe, and North America. In addition to cast albums, Menzel’s prolific recording career includes the solo albums “I Stand,” “Here” and “Still I Can’t Be Still.” Her first-ever Christmas album “Holiday Wishes,” released October 2014 on Warner Bros. Records, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart, broke into the top 10 on Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and received rave reviews. Menzel was most recently seen on Broadway as Elizabeth in the original production “If/Then,” for which she earned her third Tony nomination. Menzel also sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIX, which set the record for the most-watched show in U.S. history.

“I’m thrilled to visit Nebraska as part of the GK Platinum Artist Series,” said Menzel.

Philanthropy is also important to Menzel, who co-founded the A BroaderWay Foundation in 2010. This organization is dedicated to offering girls from underserved communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts-centered programs. The emphasis is on building self-esteem, developing leadership qualities and striving for personal and social achievement. In 2014, Menzel was recognized as one of Variety Magazine’s Power of Women honorees for her work with the organization. For more information on A BroaderWay, visit http://www.abroaderway.org/.

For more information, please visit www.idinamenzel.com.