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On the evening of Feb. 3, Mayor Chris Beutler announced to an auditorium of 1,500 that 2015 will hereby be known as “The Year of the Lied” in honor of the Lied Center for Performing Arts’ 25th anniversary. The announcement took place during opening remarks prior to a performance by world-renowned modern dance company, Diavolo. The Mayor recognized the Lied Center for making significant contributions to the artistic culture of the Lincoln community by providing arts education programs to over 500,000 Nebraska students and a venue for world-class performances and events for millions of Nebraskans over the past two and a half decades.

“Our City and State owe a debt of gratitude to the visionaries who created the Lied Center 25 years ago. It’s now hard to imagine our community without this cultural treasure that has entertained, educated and inspired people of all ages,” said Mayor Beutler.

Established as “Nebraska’s Home for the Arts,” the Lied Center for Performing Arts opened in 1990, but construction on the building began in October of 1986. The construction of the Lied Center was made possible by a $10 million matching grant presented by Christina Hixson, the sole trustee of the Lied Foundation Trust. Today it is known as one of the top 100 performing arts centers in the entire world and statewide as the most recognized arts organization. Located in the heart of Downtown Lincoln and just steps away from Memorial Stadium and the Historic Haymarket, the Lied Center attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the Capital City every year.

Over the past 25 years, the Lied Center has hosted some of the greatest artists and biggest names in show business including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Bernadette Peters, Bill Cosby, and the Joffrey Ballet among countless other cultural and artistic legends. Behind the scenes, the Lied Center has made education a central part of its mission, not only for students on the UNL campus, but Nebraska youth statewide. Over the years, Nebraska students have had opportunities to connect with Yo-Yo Ma, Bill Cosby, Pilobolus, the Martha Graham Dance Company and the casts of countless Broadway shows including South Pacific, RENT and Fiddler on the Roof.

The Lied Center celebrates its 25th season with the biggest line-up of world-class artists in Nebraska history including Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Mannheim Steamroller, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Joshua Bell, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Broadway productions including Peter and the Starcatcher, STOMP and Nice Work If You Can Get It.

“We are so honored to receive this recognition from the Mayor’s office,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “The Lied Center’s success would not be possible without the support and generosity of the Lincoln community. We look forward to creating millions of life transforming moments over the next 25 years with a community that truly understands the value of supporting the arts.”