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Renowned pianist Marc-André Hamelin will perform a solo recital on the Lied Center Main Stage on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Along with two of his own works, Debussy, Schubert, Beethoven, and John Field’s “Andante inédit” will also be included in Hamelin’s performance. Hamelin’s performance is part of the Lied Center’s second annual Piano Series, a classical music programming highlight of the 25th anniversary season and one of the first performances of many campus-wide to honor one of the most influential composers of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven.

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin’s unique blend of musicianship and creativity brings forth interpretations known for their freedom, originality and prodigious mastery of the piano’s resources. A musician of broad musical interests and curiosity, Hamelin is renowned in equal measure for his fresh readings of the established repertoire and for his exploration of lesser known works of the 19th and 20th centuries, both in the recording studio and the concert hall.

Born in Montreal and a resident of Boston, Hamelin received a 2010 GRAMMY® nomination (his ninth) and a first prize from the German Record Critics’ Award Association. He is the recipient of a lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Association, is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

“We are delighted to have a pianist of Hamelin’s caliber performing at the Lied Center,” said Ann Chang, Artistic Director of the Lied Center. “After the tremendous success of the first Piano Series, we knew that the series would return and continue to attract some of the finest pianists in the world. Hamelin certainly falls into this category.”

Hamelin’s performance is just one of many campus-wide that will honor the great Ludwig van Beethoven this season. Recognized as the single most important musical figure of the early 19th century and beyond, Beethoven was a revolutionary and will long be remembered as the man who single-handedly created the transition from the Classical to the Romantic era and for his many other contributions to classical music during his lifetime and beyond.

Beethoven’s works will be featured throughout the Lied Center's 25th anniversary season. All of the Piano Series artists will showcase at least one solo piano work by Beethoven, and on Feb. 6, the Chicago Symphony has programmed Beethoven’s 5th Symphony (arguably the most famous piece of music in the world) as part of their debut performance at the Lied Center. The season will conclude with the performance of his last symphony, the magnificent 9th - Ode to Joy, or "Choral Symphony" by Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra, invited chorus and soloists. The following is a list of performances taking place on the UNL campus featuring the works of Beethoven by Lied Season artists as well as faculty and guests of the Glenn Korff School of Music. Visit Liedcenter.org for further details and announcements.


Marc-Andre Hamelin, Piano  

October 7 at 7:30 pm, Lied Center Main Stage

Piano Sonata Op. 109 

Tickets available at LiedCenter.org 


UNL Symphony Orchestra

December 11 at 7:30 pm, Kimball Recital Hall

Wellington's Victory ("Battle Symphony"), Op. 91

Concerto in C major for violin, cello, piano and orchestra, Op. 56 ("Triple") featuring: Ann Chang, Piano; David Neely, Violin; Karen Becker, Cello

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

General Admission $5; Student/Seniors $3


Jonathan Biss, Piano

January 13 at 7:30 pm, Lied Center Main Stage

Sonata in F minor, Op 2 No. 1

Sonata in A major, Op. 101
Tickets available at LiedCenter.org 


Chicago Symphony Orchestra

February 6 at 7:30 pm, Lied Center Main Stage

Symphony No. 5 in C major, Op. 67

Tickets available at LiedCenter.org 


Clark Potter, Violin

February 8 at 3:00 pm, Kimball Recital Hall

Nocturne for Viola and Piano, Op. 42

Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola, Op. 25

Variations on Mozart's "La ci darem la mano" from Don Giovanni, WoO 28

Free and open to the public.


"Ode to Joy" Beethoven Masterworks

Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra featuring Jon Nakumatsu

April 25 at 7:30 pm, Lied Center Main Stage

Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor"

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 ("the Choral")

Tickets available at LiedCenter.org 


Ticket Information

Tickets for the Marc-André Hamelin performance on Tuesday, September 7th are available at LiedCenter.org, at the Box Office on 12th and R Streets, or by phone at 402-472-4747. Tickets start at just $36 for adults. Tickets to most Lied Center presented events are available to students for 50% off.