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We have a thrilling season of music, theater and dance programs to look forward to in the upcoming year! This season includes something for everyone and a wide variety of events to create your very own series of favorite programs.

From our season-opening concert with GRAMMY® winning vocalist Diana Krall to the spectacular return of American Ballet Theatre, from iconic artists including Yo-Yo Ma to the Lincoln premiere of Hamilton, this season promises unforgettable moments with top artists events from around the world… all right here at Nebraska’s Performing Arts Center.

In October, Lincoln joins London, Los Angeles, and New York as one of a select group of cities presenting Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton. Danny Elfman will be live on the Lied stage joined by international soloists and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra to present music from his iconic partnership with Tim Burton on some of the most beloved music in movie history. This performance will mark Elfman’s return to the Lied after he premiered his piano quartet here in 2018 which was co-commissioned by the Lied Center.

Speaking of Lied Center relationships with the world’s most beloved artists, we’re also thrilled to welcome American Ballet Theater back to Lincoln following their historic Pioneers Park performance for an audience of 6,000+ in the summer of 2021. This time, the full ABT company of more than 70 dancers will be joined by Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra to perform the classic romance Giselle.

Broadway is the most popular art form at the Lied, and this season’s Glenn Korff Broadway Series is the biggest in our history! The Lincoln premiere engagement of Hamilton joins a huge season in Lincoln including The Book of Mormon, Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, CHICAGO, Legally Blonde- The Musical, and more!

It’s going to be a very merry holiday season at the Lied, with programs including Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Alton Brown's live stage show with a special "holiday variant," and the Nebraska debut of all-female Norwegian brass dectet tenThing performing holiday music from across the centuries.

From the return of iconic artists from the Lied Center’s 25th Anniversary Season including Yo-Yo Ma and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater to the biggest shows currently on Broadway including Hamilton and The Book of Mormon, the 2022-2023 season at the Lied Center be a celebration of world-class entertainment and inspiration for all the members of your family.

I invite you to become part of the Lied Center family! I hope you join us many times this season for once-in-a-lifetime events and unforgettable moments.

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.


    • 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

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      WE ACKNOWLEDGE that the University of Nebraska, with the Lied Center for Performing Arts, is a land-grant institution with campuses and programs on the past, present, and future homelands of the Pawnee, Usni Ponca, Juwere and Nutachi, Umon hon (or Omaha), Dakota, Lakota, Hinono’eino, Kaw, and Tsitsistas and So’taahe Peoples, as well as those of the relocated Ho-Chunk, Nemahahaki, and Báxoje Peoples.

      WE ACKNOWLEDGE that this land where the Lied Center currently sits, before it was part of the university, before it was part of the Nebraska State Fairgrounds, was a site of salt gathering and a shared resource of many of the peoples just named. The Lied Center is committed to continuing the practice of gathering and sharing with indigenous people and others.

      WE ACKNOWLEDGE that our coming together here does not usurp or counter any past, present, or future claims of Native peoples also to this space and that it behooves us to know whose lands we are about to temporarily share.

      Land acknowledgment adapted from a document created in conversation with UNL Native Studies, the Institute of Ethnic Studies, UNITE, and others. For more information or additional resources and support, please reference the following webpage entitled Recognizing the Land at: https://diversity.unl.edu/recognizing-land

      Information for this statement is courtesy of Dr. Margaret Huettl.

      Photo Credit: Ethan Freese

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