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LINCOLN, NE – World-famous artists in classic rock and classical piano open the 2012-2013 season at the Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on September 21st and September 23rd. On Friday, 9/21, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will play to a packed house, delighting the audience with memorable hits including “Sherry” and” Oh, What a Night.” GRAMMY® Award winning pianist Emmanuel Ax will present an evening of Beethoven and Schubert on Sunday, 9/23. Tickets may be purchased at the Lied Center Ticket Office located at 12th and Q Streets in downtown Lincoln or online at www.liedcenter.org .

Frankie Valli came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons and is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” are the rage all over again. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Seasons’ first hit “Sherry,” Frankie is touring England, Australia and New Zealand in 2012, in addition to keeping up his busy schedule in the U.S. The Lied Center is proud to bring Valli and the Four Seasons to Lincoln as part of this exciting tour.

Emmanuel Ax has received GRAMMY® Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas. He has also made a series of GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. His soaring solo career has resulted in global tours performing concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the London Philharmonic, the New York’s Carnegie Hall and dozens of other famous venues. His Lincoln concert will be one of the artistic highlights of the season.

Tickets for the Friday Valli concert are nearly sold out; seating for the Sunday Ax performance are available in person at the Lied Ticket Office located at 12th and Q Streets, by phone at 402-472-4747, or online at LiedCenter.org.