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World-Class Line-Up Includes Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Joshua Bell and Broadway’s “Anything Goes”

Nebraska’s Home for the Arts, the Lied Center for Performing Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary season with one of the greatest line-ups of world-class artists in Nebraska performing arts history. With marquee artists in every art form, highlights include performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Joshua Bell, the Chieftains and Broadway’s “Anything Goes.” Tickets to all 25th anniversary season performances will be available for reservation as part of a 2014-2015 season ticket package. Orders will be accepted starting May 15. If the performances are not sold out through season ticket orders, any remaining tickets will be available for single ticket purchase starting August 19. Call the Lied Center Ticket Office at 402.472.4747 for more information.

“The Lied Center’s 25th anniversary season will feature the most incredible, well-known and celebrated talent in the world performing on the Lied Center stage,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “The silver season will be filled with some of our patrons’ favorite artists from the Lied’s past alongside legends in the making. We will also host some of the most esteemed artists in the world who will remember the Lied’s 25th anniversary as defining their premiere performance on a Nebraska stage. Highlighted by marquee artists in every art form, there is truly something for everyone in the Lied’s 25th season as Nebraska’s Home for the Arts.”


The Lied Center will celebrate Opening Night with one of the most influential performers in jazz music today, nine-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Wynton Marsalis leading the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on Sept. 26. Comprised of 15 of the finest artists in jazz music today, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Marsalis will perform an exciting program of music by iconic legends and new composers.

GRAMMY®-winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists with a rich baritone voice, astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. Called “the standout male vocalist of our time” by the New York Times, Elling is the ultimate modern day crooner making his debut on the Lied Center stage Nov. 20.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra brings timeless classics like “Tuxedo Junction,” “Moonlight Serenade” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo” back to the stage on March 28. Widely regarded as the most popular big band in the world, Glenn Miller’s 17-piece ensemble will round out the Lied Center’s program of outstanding jazz artists.


The Lied Center’s 25th season features a dynamic line-up of Broadway’s best classic and contemporary musicals starting with “Sister Act” on Oct. 28 and 29. This “feel-amazing” musical comedy features an original score by Tony® and 8-time Oscar®-winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast). On Nov. 10 and 11, “Elf The Musical” makes its Lied Center debut. Based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved holiday hit movies, “Elf” is the hilarious tale of an orphan named Buddy who leaves the North Pole to find his true identity.

On Jan. 23 and 24 one of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” comes to life on the Lied stage. Among the most celebrated Broadway shows of all time, “Anything Goes” recently received three Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival and Best Choreography. Direct from Broadway, “Nice Work If You Can Get It” bursts onto the Lied stage on Feb. 18-19 with girls, glamour and glorious Gershwin songs including “S’Wonderful,” “I’ve Got a Crush On You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

One of the most popular Broadway shows to ever make its way to the Lied Center stage, “STOMP” returns to Lincoln on March 6 and 7. “STOMP” is an explosive, witty, inventive, provocative and utterly unique percussion experience for audiences of all ages. The Lied Center’s Broadway schedule closes with Tony Award®-winning “Million Dollar Quartet” on April 10. This electrifying true story captures the famed recording session where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins came together for the first and only time. Timeless hits include “Blue Suede Shows,” “Great Balls of Fire” and “I Walk the Line.”


Following the tremendous success of the first Piano Series in the 2013-2014 season, this special event will return in the 2014-2015 season with three incredible pianists known for their virtuosic performances around the globe. Marc-André Hamelin (Oct. 7), Jonathan Biss (Jan. 13) and Jon Nakamatsu (April 25) will headline the 25th anniversary season’s second annual Piano Series. The Lied Center’s resident orchestra, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, and top choirs from across Nebraska will join Nakamatsu on April 25 for a very special performance of Beethoven’s breathtaking Ninth Symphony.

On Nov. 8, the Lied Center and Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music celebrate joint anniversaries with a spectacular program titled “2,4,6,8!” The Escher Quartet makes its Lied Center debut joining the Chiara Quartet and guests performing a program of duos, quartets and sextets, culminating with the remarkable Mendelssohn Octet.

Classical music’s most distinguished artist and the winner of 15 GRAMMY® Awards, cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns to Lincoln to celebrate the Lied’s 25th anniversary on Dec. 4. Ma’s incredible solo performances and collaborations with the likes of Condoleezza Rice, Sting and Itzhak Perlman (to name a few) have captivated international audiences around the world for decades.

Continuing its tradition of presenting the finest orchestras in the world, the Lied Center will welcome the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 6. Hailed as the top American orchestra by international music authority Gramophone Magazine, attendees will experience the majesty of Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony with a performance showcasing leading baritone soloist Matthias Goerne in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Nebraska debut, one of the biggest events of the Lied Center’s 25th season.

Classical music superstar Joshua Bell has been a featured soloist with almost every major orchestra in the world and on March 13, Bell will perform on the Lied stage with the same verve and virtuosity that earned him critical acclaim since his debut at Carnegie Hall at age 17. A GRAMMY® Award-winner and the solo violinist on the Oscar®-winning film “The Red Violin,” Bell is the most celebrated American violinist of the modern era.


The Lied Center continues its storied tradition of presenting the world’s foremost and up-and-coming comedians in the 2014-2015 season. The Capitol Steps return to the Lied Center stage for a healthy dose of comic relief on Oct. 9, at the height of election season. On Nov. 7, Lied patrons will spend an evening with Paula Poundstone. Best known as a regular panelist on NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” this Emmy Award-winner is the recipient of an American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-up Comic and was recognized on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of all time. The Lied Center’s comedic programming concludes on Feb. 26 with The Second City, the world’s top sketch and improv comedy troupe. This hilarious cast of comedians joins a long line of former Second City performers who have gone on to superstar status including John Belushi, Bill Murray, Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.


The original stars of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys,” including Tony Award®-winner Christian Hoff grace the Lied Center stage in the form of The Midtown Men on Oct. 11. Patrons will experience their sensational sound, top-shelf choreography and legendary onstage chemistry featuring favorite 60s hits by The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Four Seasons, among others.

Universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, Foreigner takes the Lied Center stage on Nov. 14. With ten multi-platinum albums, Foreigner is responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like the First Time” and “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

Folk/World Music

In response to a growing audience of bluegrass aficionados, the Lied Center is excited to present country star, Grand Ole Opry member, 14-time GRAMMY® winner and Entertainer of the Year Ricky Skaggs on Oct. 17. Skaggs is joined by Kentucky Thunder for his Lied Center debut to perform #1 country hits and bluegrass favorites. On Jan. 15, Latin-jazz drummer Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band return to the Lied Center. For more than three decades, GRAMMY® Award-winning percussionist Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straight-ahead jazz, gritty soul music and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin and South American sources. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, The Chieftains will appear on the Lied stage for the final world music performance of the season on March 14. Winners of six GRAMMY® Awards, The Chieftains are undoubtedly the best known traditional Irish band in the world.


The Lied Center hosts another incredible roster of dance performances from some of the world’s most influential companies. Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble’s Lied debut will mark the first dance performance on the season on Oct. 24 capturing the spirit and character of the Ukrainian people, live on stage. On Feb. 3, Diavolo will push the boundaries of dance with explosive choreography and colossal set pieces. Artistic Director Jacques Heim of Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ cleverly mixes acrobatics and architectural engineering into a thrilling and gravity-defying performance.

Balanchine’s legendary muse Suzanne Farrell brings her ballet company from the Kennedy Center to Nebraska for the first time on Valentine’s Day, February 14. A rare performance of Balanchine’s “Swan Lake” headlines the evening.

Perhaps the most famous modern dance company in the world, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Lied Center for a stunning and unforgettable performance April 7. Over the years, the Ailey company has performed for over 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents. Summed up by the New York Times as “fierce,” Ailey is known for its unparalleled artistry, incredible athletic strength and boundless passion on stage.


As the setting for many young Nebraskans’ very first exposure to a professional performing arts performance, “Out of Bounds” will be the first family performance of the Lied’s 2014-2015 season on Nov. 6. “Out of Bounds” was developed at the University of Iowa especially for kids and parents navigating cyberbullying issues in the social media age. On Jan. 21 Jim Henson’s “Dinosaur Train Live” brings its larger than life characters Buddy, Tiny and Don to the stage

Based on the hit PBS kids show, patrons of all ages will enjoy this fun-filled performance.

The magic and wonder of Mummenschanz returns to America with a program that showcases incredible humor, versatility and pure imagination on March 18. Mummenschanz has been praised by critics all over the world including the Los Angeles Times who commended the fantastical production for its “dazzling and delightful witty madness.”

Two-time Parents’ Choice Award-winners the Okee Dokee Brothers round out the family programming schedule of events on April 2 with music to inspire children and their parents to get outside and experience nature.


The Lied Center’s 2014 line-up of stellar holiday artists starts with Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis. Mannheim has long been America’s favorite holiday artist and this year marks the 30th anniversary of the group’s annual tour. GRAMMY® Award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller music on Nov. 25.

One of the world's most celebrated vocal ensembles, including two GRAMMY® wins, the King's Singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media and education work that spans the globe including their performance at the Lied Center on Dec. 18. Instantly recognizable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing, they are also consummate entertainers and a class act with a delightfully British wit.


The Lied’s Center’s 25th anniversary season theater program begins with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless classic, “The Great Gatsby,” reignited on Feb. 21 by the Montana Repertory Theatre. On April 16, the Church Basement Ladies return in the all new, final installment of their laugh-out-loud series of stage comedies, titled “The Last (Potluck) Supper.”

The Lied Center’s anniversary season closes with 5 time Tony Award®-winning “Peter and the Starcatcher” on April 30. This swashbuckling prequel takes a hilarious romp through Neverland revealing to audience members how Peter Pan becomes the boy who never grew up.

Special Events

The Lied Center celebrates its 25th year as “Nebraska’s Home for the Arts” with the finest talent state wide in an all new event, titled Celebrate Nebraska, on Sept. 4 and 5. This free event will feature unique programming from Nebraska’s most talented music, theater and dance artists from across the state.

On Sept. 18, the Golden Dragon Acrobats take flight when the Lied Center partners with the University of Nebraska’s Confucius Institute for a performance full of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty from the premier Chinese acrobatic touring company.

The final special event of the 2014-2015 season, Nebraska Sings, will unite choirs from across the state in song on March 21. This unique event will center on the world premiere of “Let There Be Music,” a newly commissioned choral work by nationally recognized composer and Nebraskan Kurt Knecht.

Ticket Information

Season tickets for the Lied Center’s 2014-2015 season will go on sale May 15 when the complete 25th anniversary season is announced. Tickets to all Lied Center events will be available for purchase as part of a 2014-2015 season ticket package starting May 15. If the performances are not sold-out through season ticket orders, any remaining tickets will be available for single ticket purchase starting August 19.

A season ticket package is an order of four or more events. Members of the general public will receive a 10% discount for season ticket orders including four to seven events. Orders of eight or more events will receive a 20% discount. UNL students can place season ticket orders for three to five events and receive a 10% discount or six or more events at a 20% discount (in addition to the 50% discount all current UNL students receive on Lied Center tickets).

Season ticket seating assignments are made on a first come, first served basis. Donations to the Friends of Lied organization can provide advanced processing of season ticket orders or preferred seating. A $250 donation earns advanced processing of season orders while gifts of more than $1,000 earn preferred seating. For more information visit the Friends of Lied website:  www.liedcenter.org/friends-lied.

For more information, please call the Lied Center Ticket Office at 402.472.4747 or 800.432.3231 or visit www.liedcenter.org