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Welcome to the Lied!

Our commitment to presenting internationally celebrated artists continues with the Lied Center’s 30th Season. The Lied Center is a national leader in presenting artists and collaborations normally seen only in the country’s major metropolitan centers, such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. In recent seasons, the Lied Center has served as the venue where Yo-Yo Ma filmed a portion of his 2015 documentary “The Music of Strangers,” American Ballet Theatre collaborated for the first time with the St. Louis Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony performed on tour with Conductor Jaap van Zweden – recently appointed as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic.

The arts have a profound impact on the development of our community’s cultural identity – broadening perspectives, fostering diversity and encouraging collaboration. Your continued support underscores these values, and I look forward to seeing you many times this season at “Nebraska’s Home for the Arts.”

Bill Stephan, CVE
Executive Director, Lied Center for Performing Arts

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Mission, Vision & Goals

Our mission is to educate, inspire and entertain the people of Nebraska through the performing arts.

    Vision 2020 Goals

    • Building Artistic Programs 
    • Providing a Superior Venue and Patron Experience
    • Increasing Student Involvement
    • Enhancing Technology at Lied Center
    • Maximizing Success of Lied Center Staff
    • Enhancing Financial Health of Lied Center

      Our vision is to transform the lives of the people of Nebraska through the performing arts by:

      • Expanding the presentations of artists of great distinction representing all art forms and genres—both from Nebraska and around the world.
      • Engaging people and communities from across Nebraska with exceptional experiences
      • Providing first-hand experiences for youth and college students
      • Revitalizing our facility and investing in our human resources to take the Lied to new stages of excellence.
      • Creating new artistic works which contribute to the diverse culture of Nebraska and the world. 
      • Serving the state as an arts leader and collaborator to celebrate creativity, discovery and diversity.

      Board Members
      & Staff

      Image of one of the members of Black Violin playing his violin