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University of Kansas – Lied Center for the Performing Arts


address  1600 Stewart Dr
 Lawrence, KS  66045
neighborhood University of Kansas West Campus
phone (785) 864-2787
parking Free
www.lied.ku.edu/

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Bruce Hornsby

Pop, Jazz, Rock
Bruce Hornsby, the creatively insatiable pianist, composer, singer-songwriter and dulcimerist, has built one of the most diverse and adventurous careers in contemporary music. As bandleader with Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, he freely moves between bluegrass, jazz, rock, pop and more, drawing from a vast wellspring of American musical traditions. The three-time Grammy winner’s musical diversity and artistic virtuosity is evident in his long list of collaborations with musicians such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Chaka Khan, Brandon Flowers (of the Killers), Eric Clapton, Sting, Elton John and Branford Marsalis, among many others. His restless musical spirit always leads him to exciting new projects, like writing and performing music for the recent Oscar-winning film BlacKkKlansman.
Grateful Dead;songwriter;pianist;vocalist;jam band;The Other Ones;
www.brucehornsby.com/
Event Info: (785) 864-2722
Price: $19-$50
Event Website: lied.ku.edu/?event=bruce-hornsby
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 • Tue 8/13/19 at 7:30pm 

Boz Scaggs

Rock, Blues, Pop
William Royce "Boz" Scaggs got his start as a guitarist and occasional lead singer with the Steve Miller Band, appearing on the band's first two albums, 'Children of the Future' and 'Sailor.' Over his 30 plus year career, the Grammy-winning musician has racked up a catalog of hits including 'Lido Shuffle,' 'Look What You've Done To Me,' 'Miss Sun,' 'Jo Jo,' 'Heart Of Mine,' 'Lowdown,' 'Harbor Lights,' 'We're All Alone' and many others. He had performed on tour with Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald together as one band billed as The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue.
guitarist;singer;songwriter
www.bozscaggs.com/
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $21-$75
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=boz-scaggs&event_date=2019-09-10
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 • Tue 9/10/19 at 7:30pm 

Buddy Guy

Blues, Rock
Whether blues guitar legend Buddy Guy is playing a lick behind his back, picking strings with his teeth, “singing with gentle menace or bending new curves into a blue note” (The New York Times), his electrifying live performances showcase his incendiary style that altered the direction of the instrument. A pioneer of electric blues, Guy’s name is as synonymous with the great generation of musicians he played with (Muddy Waters; Howlin’ Wolf) as with the rock titans he influenced (Jimi Hendrix; Eric Clapton). An American treasure with a career spanning six decades, his recent work is some of his richest music yet, confirming that “Guy is the greatest living Chicago bluesman, and one of the most influential guitar players ever” (Rolling Stone).
Chicago;legend;guitarist
www.buddyguy.com/
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $21-$60
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=buddy-guy&event_date=2019-09-17
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 • Tue 9/17/19 at 7:30pm 

Gerald Clayton

Jazz
Gerald Clayton, four-time Grammy-nominated jazz pianist/composer, searches for honest expression in every note he plays. He has performed and recorded with such distinctive artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves and Kendrick Scott, among others. The son of beloved bass player and composer John Clayton, he enjoyed a familial apprenticeship from an early age. Clayton honors the legacy of his father and all his musical ancestors through a commitment to artistic exploration, innovation and reinvention.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $35; $19 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=gerald-clayton-2&event_date=2019-09-24
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 • Mon 9/23/19 at 7:30pm 
 • Tue 9/24/19 at 7:30pm 

RENT: The 20th Anniversary Tour

Musical
In 1996, an original rock musical by little-known composer Jonathan Larson opened on Broadway, and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. Based on Puccini's opera, "La Boheme," this musical explores the lives of young artists living in NYC. Under the shadow of relationships, drugs and the AIDS crisis, "RENT" offers a heartrending and ultimately hopeful look at love and friendship in the face of illness.
original Broadway production;film adaptation;la boheme;seasons of love;live for today
rentontour.net
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Ages: Performance rating: PG-13, this show features mature themes and situations.
Price: $21-$55
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=rent-20th&event_date=2019-10-06
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 • Sun 10/6/19 at 7:30pm 

Kit Yan, slam poet

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word
Kit Yan’s poetry explores their identity as transgender, queer and an Asian American from Hawaii. Yan’s award-winning solo slam-poetry show, Queer Heartache, is a testament to the resilience of queer love, in all its forms, in the face of heartbreaking barriers everywhere—from the dating pool to the medical establishment. Wrap yourself in a rainbow and enjoy the ride. Yan is a 2018–19 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow, 2019 Lincoln Center writer-in-residence, 2019–20 Musical Theater Factory Makers Fellow and a 2019 MacDowell Fellow. Their work has been produced by the American Repertory Theater, the Smithsonian and the Musical Theater Factory, among others.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $25; $14 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=kit-yan&event_date=2019-10-09
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 • Wed 10/9/19 at 7:30pm 

Black Violin

Blues, Classical, Jazz, R&B/Soul, Rap/Hip Hop, Family/Child
Kev Marcus (violin) and Wil Baptiste (viola) are Black Violin, two classically trained musicians who, along with their DJ TK, have created the ultimate synergy between classical and hip-hop music and with it an incredible opportunity to reach children. Kev Marcus and Wil b, both graduates of Dillard Performing Arts High School, used their musical talents to earn full scholarships to college. Now Black Violin wants to make sure that young people get the same exposure to the arts and opportunity that they did. Performing and touring with P. Diddy, Kanye West, Fifty Cent, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, the Eagles and more, Black Violin has committed themselves for the next few years to give back and teach children that classical music is cool.
• Kid Friendly
genre-busting;classically-trained;violin;;Showtime at the Apollo Legends
www.blackviolin.net
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $16-$40
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=black-violin-19&event_date=2019-10-19
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 • Sat 10/19/19 at 7:30pm 

David Sedaris

Signing/Readings
David Sedaris, beloved satirist, will read new and unpublished material on the Lied Center stage as well answer questions and sign books at the event. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Calypso, his latest collection of essays, is a New York Times bestseller and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $19-$50
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=david-sedaris&event_date=2019-10-24
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 • Thu 10/24/19 at 7:30pm 

Brentano String Quartet

Classical
Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raves the London Independent; The New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism.” The Quartet has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Sydney Opera House, among others. The Quartet is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “immortal beloved”—the intended recipient of his famous love confession. The Quartet will be joined by special guest Dawn Upshaw, soprano and five-time Grammy Award-winner. Joining a rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to the transforming communicative power of music, Upshaw has achieved worldwide-celebrity status as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. Repertoire will include Respighi’s Il tramonto and Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 10.
www.brentanoquartet.com
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $14-$40
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=brentano-string-quartet&event_date=2019-10-27
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 • Sun 10/27/19 at 2pm 

The King's Singers

Choral, A cappella
The vibrant, a cappella voices of Britain’s acclaimed King’s Singers will enchant you. Known for presenting diverse programs with a broad repertoire, this extraordinary six-man ensemble is equally at home singing Renaissance madrigals, transcriptions of orchestral classics, folk music in various languages and popular songs. Their wide-ranging repertoire is reflected in the ensemble’s more than 70 recordings, which have earned several Grammy nominations.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $11-$35
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=the-kings-singers&event_date=2019-10-29
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 • Tue 10/29/19 at 7:30pm 

Jersey Boys

Musical
They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard…and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story—a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony and Grammy Award®-winning, true-life musical phenomenon JERSEY BOYS. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true. FEATURING THE LEGENDARY TOP-TEN HITS: “Sherry” • “Big Girls Don’t Cry” • “Walk Like A Man” • “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” • “December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)” “The crowd goes wild!” —The New York Times “Too good to be true!” —New York Post
blue-collar;sensation;Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons;Tony Award
www.jerseyboystour.com
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $21-$55
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=jersey-boys-19&event_date=2019-11-02
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 • Sat 11/2/19 at 7:30pm 

Melissa Etheridge

Rock
Melissa Etheridge is one of rock music’s great female icons, and she’s returning to her home state to take the stage at the Lied Center of Kansas! She stormed onto the American-rock music scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which went double platinum. Etheridge’s popularity built around such memorable songs as “Bring Me Some Water” and “Ain’t It Heavy,” for which she won her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal. She hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am, featuring the massive hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” which won her a second Grammy. The six-time platinum album spent more than two and a half years on the album chart. In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest-charting album, Your Little Secret, which was distinguished by the hit single “I Want to Come Over.” She is also an Oscar winner for Best Original Song in 2007. Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades. Join Melissa Etheridge for an evening of unforgettable songs and new music from her album The Medicine Show.
songs;singer;woman;melissa;etheridge;cometomenow;rock;blues;soul;;soulful voice;songwriter;Come to My Window;fbtour;fbseven
www.melissaetheridge.com/
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=melissa-etheridge&event_date=2019-11-03
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 • Sun 11/3/19 at 7:30pm 

The Munin Trio

Classical
The Munin Trio comprises the young and talented musicians Anna Han (piano), Frankie Carr (cello) and Rebecca Benjamin (violin). Han has been hailed by The Washington Post as “prodigiously gifted…a display of imagination, taste and pianistic firepower far beyond her years.” Carr started playing the cello at the age of four and has made chamber and solo appearances in Munich, Warsaw, Montpellier, New York and London, to name a few. Benjamin, an engaging and versatile chamber violinist, is a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Firelands Symphony Orchestra.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=munin-trio&event_date=2019-11-10
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 • Sun 11/10/19 at 2pm 

SHE, a Choreoplay

Dance Play
SHE, a Choreoplay, is the vision of dancer, choreographer and playwright Jinah Parker. SHE is about sexual violence against women and girls, it is about what happens to women like Sandra Bland, it is about all women and girls, and it is about empowerment and healing. SHE is the story of mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, friends and acquaintances we each know. It is dance, it is music, it is film, it is dialogue, it is monologues and truth-telling in an incredibly unique and powerful theater experience
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $25; $14 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=she-choreoplay&event_date=2019-11-20
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 • Wed 11/20/19 at 7:30pm 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Children's Theatre
The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage. Based on author/illustrator Eric Carle’s beloved book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the story of a caterpillar trying to satisfy his insatiable appetite, on his journey to becoming a full-fledged butterfly. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is a bright, bold spectacle, featuring 75 lovable puppets. In addition to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the production features the faithful adaption of three additional Eric Carle stories: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, and The Very Lonely Firefly. Created and Directed by Jonathan Rockefeller.
Theater;family friendly
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $25; $14 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=the-very-hungry-caterpillar&event_date=2019-11-22
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 • Fri 11/22/19 at 6pm 

Hiplet Ballerinas

Urban/Hip Hop
Hiplet (pronounced “hip-lay”) is an innovative dance form that combines classical pointe technique with African, Latin, hip-hop and urban dance styles. Performances may incorporate the rhythms of African drums with the music of Tchaikovsky, arabesques and beat-boxing or even Tango en pointe—all while showcasing Hiplet’s trademark sass, hip movements and struts against popular music, from Black Violin to Beyoncé. The Hiplet technique was created by decorated dance instructor Homer Bryant and taught at his studio, the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center, where he envisioned his training to be accessible to everyone. When videos of Bryant’s Hiplet classes went viral on social media, they were featured on Good Morning America, Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post—and their videos have now amassed over a billion views. An incredible demand for the new art form has propelled the inaugural tour of the Hiplet Ballerinas in the 2019–20 season, inspiring audiences around the world.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $11-$30
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=hiplet-ballerinas&event_date=2019-11-23
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 • Sat 11/23/19 at 7:30pm 

Romero Lubambo

Jazz
In 1985, Romero Lubambo came to the U.S. and brought with him a new sound in Brazilian jazz guitar. Lubambo’s guitar playing unites the styles and rhythms of his Brazilian musical heritage with the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive sound. He is an uncommonly gifted soloist and improviser with a steady stream of unpredictably creative musical thoughts and the virtuosity to deliver them. Lubambo has performed and recorded with many outstanding artists, including Herbie Mann, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Luciana Souza and Harry Belafonte, among many others.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $35; $19 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=romero-lubambo-2&event_date=2019-12-03
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 • Mon 12/2/19 - Tue 12/3/19 at 7:30pm 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Musical, Holiday
Back by popular demand, the beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.
• Kid Friendly
Christmas;
www.rudolphthemusical.com
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $19-$50
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=rudolph-the-musical&event_date=2019-12-11
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 • Wed 12/11/19 at 7pm 

The Color Purple

Musical
TONY AWARD-WINNING REVIVAL WITH A GRAMMY-WINNING SCORE OF JAZZ, GOSPEL, RAGTIME AND BLUES The Tony Award-winning revival that exhilarated Broadway is now on tour across North America. With a soul-raising, Grammy-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple is an unforgettable and intensely moving revival of an American classic. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Academy Award-nominated feature film, The Color Purple leaves its mark on the soul. Don’t miss your chance to be mesmerized by this joyous show. “Exquisite! A joyous celebration of storytelling.” – The New York Times
www.roadcompany.com
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $21-$55
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=the-color-purple&event_date=2020-01-23
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 • Thu 1/23/20 at 7:30pm 

Martha Redbone–Bone Hill: The Concert

Musical
Bone Hill: The Concert is an interdisciplinary musical theatre work created by Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby that brings to light an important piece of American history that’s never been told. Inspired by the lives of Redbone’s family in the hills of coal-mining Appalachia, their story is shared through songs spanning a swath of American music—from traditional Cherokee chants and lullabies to bluegrass, blues, country, gospel, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and R&B. As a multiracial Cherokee/Shawnee and African American family, this is the story of their connection to the land, the simplicity and sacredness of that connection and the ruptures that threaten to extinguish it. Redbone, an award-winning and charismatic musician, is one of today’s most vital voices in American roots music. This engagement is part of KU’s ongoing Indigenous Cultures Festival.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $11-$30
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=bone-hill&event_date=2020-01-26
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 • Sun 1/26/20 at 7:30pm 

KU Percussion Group with special guest Eriko Daimo, marimba

Classical
Award-winning marimbist Eriko Daimo is one of the leading artists in her field. She has recently performed with such elite orchestras as the RTE Ireland National Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic in Finland and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. As an educator, she has given concerts and masterclasses at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the Paris Conservatory and the Colburn Conservatory, to name a few. Daimo will be joined by the KU Percussion Group (KUPG), a nationally renowned chamber percussion ensemble dedicated to performances of new and classic percussion repertoire. Mobilizing percussion’s enormous sonic and stylistic breadth, KUPG presents invigorating performances of classic repertoire while collaborating with composers on groundbreaking new works.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=eriko-daimo&event_date=2020-02-06
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 • Thu 2/6/20 at 7:30pm 

Keeping Faith: Sisters of Story

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word
Keeping Faith: Sisters of Story was created by storyteller and critically acclaimed playwright Rohina Malik to demonstrate peace and commonalities between us all, countering the hateful and vitriolic language in this country. Three women share stories inspired by their personal-faith journeys—a Muslim woman, a Jewish woman and a Christian woman—with the goal of bringing people together and showing peace, curiosity and similarities amongst their faiths.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=keeping-faith&event_date=2020-02-12
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 • Wed 2/12/20 at 7:30pm 

Russian National Ballet: Don Quixote

Classical Dance, Ballet
With colorful costumes, grand choreography and captivating music, the Russian National Ballet’s production of Don Quixote brings this timeless classic to life. An old nobleman, Don Quixote de la Mancha, decides he must seek out adventure and sets off on a fanciful quest for love, honor and dignity. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus, modern productions of Don Quixote are derived from the version staged by Alexander Gorsky for the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow in 1900. The world-renowned Russian National Ballet, under the artistic direction of legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko, enlightens, inspires and entertains audiences around the world with a repertory of all the great classical ballet works.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $14-$40
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=don-quixote&event_date=2020-02-16
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 • Sun 2/16/20 at 7:30pm 

The Peking Acrobats

World Dance
For the last 33 years, The Peking Acrobats have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs, and they are experts at trick-cycling, precision-tumbling, juggling, somersaulting and gymnastics. They push the limits of human ability and defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. The Peking Acrobats are often accompanied by live musicians who skillfully play traditional Chinese instruments. The time-honored Chinese music blends with high-tech special effects and awe-inspiring acrobatic feats, creating an exuberant and family-friendly event with the festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival. “The Peking Acrobats [are] pushing the envelope of human possibility, combining agility and grace in remarkable feats of pure artistry.” —New York Post
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=peking-acrobats&event_date=2020-02-18
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 • Tue 2/18/20 at 7pm 

Chris Thile

Acoustic, Bluegrass, Americana/Roots
Multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile, a member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With a broad music outlook that encompasses classical, rock, jazz and bluegrass, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike. As the host of Live from Here, Thile is heard weekly by 2.6 million listeners on nearly 600 public radio stations. A child prodigy, Thile first rose to fame as a member of the Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, with whom he released three albums and sold over two million records. In 2014, along with a national tour, the trio released a new album, A Dotted Line, their first since 2005. As a soloist, Thile has released seven albums including his most recent Thanks for Listening (2017) and Bach: Partitas and Sonatas, Vol.1 (2013), the latter of which was produced by renowned bassist Edgar Meyer. In February 2013, Thile won a Grammy for his work on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan. Then in September 2014, Thile and Meyer released their latest album collaboration, Bass + Mandolin, which won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Punch Brothers released their latest album, All Ashore, in 2018.
Nickel Creek;punch brothers;mandolin;thile;grammy
www.christhile.com
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $19-$50
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=chris-thile&event_date=2020-02-19
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 • Wed 2/19/20 at 7:30pm 

Kathy Mattea

Country, Folk, Americana/Roots
Hailed by The Washington Post as “one of Nashville’s finest song interpreters,” Kathy Mattea has enjoyed the kind of success many artists only dream of: two Grammy wins, four CMA Awards, four #1 country singles, five gold albums and a platinum collection of her greatest hits. Her latest album, Pretty Bird, is exquisitely arranged and delivered with the subtlety and nuance that can only come from a lifetime of heartbreak and triumph. It’s a welcome reintroduction to one of country and Americana music’s most enduring and beloved figures.
singer;songwriter;Goin' Gone;Where've You Been
www.mattea.com/
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $40; $21 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=kathy-mattea&event_date=2020-02-23
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 • Sun 2/23/20 at 2pm and 7:30pm 
 • Sun 2/23/20 at 7:30pm 

Siberian State Symphony Orchestra

Classical
WITH VLADIMIR LANDE, MUSIC DIRECTOR AND CHIEF CONDUCTOR Direct from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra will embark on a U.S. tour in 2020. Founded in 1977, it quickly earned a reputation as one of the best orchestras from Russia. The orchestra plays with the finest Russian soloists and shares impeccable performances throughout Russia and the world. Its renowned reputation continues to grow under the direction of Vladimir Lande, the orchestra’s artistic director since 2015. Maestro Lande conducts the orchestra with skill, elegance and passion, inspiring audiences worldwide with the majestic experience of the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra. Repertoire at the Lied Center engagement will include Shostakovich’s Tango from The Bolt; Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Peter Laul, piano; and Mussorgsky’s suite, Pictures at an Exhibition.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $19-$50
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=siberian-state-symphony&event_date=2020-03-03
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 • Tue 3/3/20 at 7:30pm 

Houston Person & Emmet Cohen

Blues, Jazz
Houston Person is one of the most soulful tenor saxophone players on the scene today. He has collaborated on blues, ballads and R&B classics with a who’s who of jazz, including Johnny Hammond, Etta Jones and Ron Carter. Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music. Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette and an extensive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command of a seasoned veteran and the passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $35; $19 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=person-cohen&event_date=2020-03-23
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 • Mon 3/23/20 at 7:30pm 

Houston Person & Emmet Cohen

Blues, Jazz
Houston Person is one of the most soulful tenor saxophone players on the scene today. He has collaborated on blues, ballads and R&B classics with a who’s who of jazz, including Johnny Hammond, Etta Jones and Ron Carter. Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music. Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette and an extensive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command of a seasoned veteran and the passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $35; $19 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=person-cohen-2&event_date=2020-03-24
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 • Tue 3/24/20 at 7:30pm 

KU Jazz Ensemble I with special guest Camila Meza, vocals/guitar

Jazz
DIRECTED BY DAN GAILEY Vocalist, guitarist and composer Camila Meza has brought a sound full of warmth, intricacy and rhythmic clarity to the New York jazz scene ever since her arrival from Santiago, Chile in 2009. Inspired by jazz, South American music and popular American songs of many eras and genres, she has been hailed by The New York Times as “a bright young singer and guitarist with an ear for music of both folkloric and pop intention.” She will perform with the KU Jazz Ensemble I led by Dan Gailey, director of Jazz Studies at KU. The ensemble has received numerous DownBeat Student Music Awards, including Best College Jazz Ensemble in 2015 and the Outstanding Performance Award in 2017.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $25; $14 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=camila-meza&event_date=2020-04-02
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 • Thu 4/2/20 at 7:30pm 

Samuel Ramey: An Intimate Evening of Music & Storytelling

Talks/Lectures
WORLD-RENOWNED OPERATIC BASS-BARITONE For three decades, Samuel Ramey has reigned as one of the music world’s foremost interpreters of bass and bass-baritone operatic and concert repertoire. With his powerful vocalism, exceptional musicianship, elegant stage presence and uncommon theatrical abilities, he commands an impressive breadth of repertoire—from the fioratura of Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo, which was the vehicle of his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in 1984, to the dramatic proclamations of the title role in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle. As the most recorded bass in history, Ramey has more than 80 recordings that span operas, arias, symphonic works, solo recital programs and popular crossover albums, which have garnered him several major awards including three Grammy Awards. The Lied Center welcomes this Kansas native to the stage to share music and stories, with accompaniment by Warren Jones on piano.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $16-$45
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=samuel-ramey&event_date=2020-04-03
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 • Fri 4/3/20 at 7:30pm 

ZOFO Duet

Chamber Music
Internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for one piano, four hands. ZOFO, which is shorthand for 20-finger orchestra (ZO=20 and FO=finger orchestra), has been nominated for a Grammy Award and is blazing a bold new path for piano four-hand groups by focusing on 20th- and 21st-century repertoire. The Lied Center has commissioned a new work by internationally renowned composer Gabriela Lena Frank in honor of Dave and Gunda Hiebert, which ZOFO will premiere at this recital.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $30; $16 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=zofo&event_date=2020-04-05
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 • Sun 4/5/20 at 2pm 

Ryan McMahon

Stand Up Comedy
Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker and community activator from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 Territory. Recognized as Indian Country’s most decorated stand-up comedian, McMahon has recorded five comedy specials since 2010: Turtle Island Too in 2010, Hystereotypes in 2011, UnReserved in 2012, Good Neighbour in 2014 and Red Man Laughing in 2015. Ryan’s comedic storytelling style is fast paced, loose and irreverent as he explores the good, the bad and the ugly between Indian Country and the mainstream. Ryan has written for The Globe and Mail, VICE, The New York Times and the CBC, and his podcasts­­—Thunder Bay, Red Man Laughing and Stories From The Land—have garnered more than 2.5 million downloads over the last two years. This event is in association with the annual KU Powwow and Indigenous Cultures Festival, which will take place on Saturday, April 11.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $25; $14 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=ryan-mcmahon&event_date=2020-04-10
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 • Fri 4/10/20 at 7:30pm 

Candid Camera’s LOL Tour with Peter Funt

Improv, Multimedia
Candid Camera’s LOL Tour with Peter Funt has pleased audiences nationwide. Peter’s hilarious stage comedy is blended with clips, quips and behind-the-scenes tales from the show’s funniest moments. Candid Camera holds a unique place in entertainment history as the only show to have produced new episodes in each of the last eight decades, from Allen Funt’s debut in 1948 through Peter’s recent run on TV Land—following in his father’s footsteps. The LOL Tour incorporates the best Candid Camera clips in a fast-paced, laugh-filled romp through the decades. Peter’s topical humor is blended with audience participation and special surprises to make the show a great night of family fun!
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $25; $14 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=candid-camera&event_date=2020-04-17
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 • Fri 4/17/20 at 7pm 

Peter Mulvey

Rock, Folk
Peter Mulvey is a seasoned singer-songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career as a busker on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, and from there moved on to the subways and streets of Boston, Massachusetts. This led to his first record deal and a leap into full-time national and international touring, playing over 100 shows a year for 25 years and counting. Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer-songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made eighteen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, jazz, spoken word and Americana.
singer;songwriter;Boston;Wisconsin
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $30; $16 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=peter-mulvey&event_date=2020-04-19
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 • Sun 4/19/20 at 7:30pm 

Sybarite5

Chamber Music
Sybarite5 has taken audiences by storm, changing the perception of chamber music performance. From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules. The group’s eclectic repertoire, from Bowie to Radiohead and Akiho to Assad, combined with its commanding performance style is turning heads throughout the music world. Recent engagements have taken them to the Library of Congress, St. Paul’s Schubert Club, the Anchorage Concert Association, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, among others.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $30; $16 students
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=sybarite5&event_date=2020-04-26
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 • Sun 4/26/20 at 2pm 

Beatrice Rana, Pianist

Classical
Beatrice Rana, Gramophone’s 2017 “Young Artist of the Year," is making waves in the international classical music scene, arousing admiration from critics and audiences around the world. Rana came to public attention in 2011 after winning First Prize and all special jury prizes at the Montreal International Competition. And in 2013, she won the Silver Medal and the Audience Award at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Rana performs in the world’s most esteemed concert halls, including Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, among others.
Event Info: (785) 864-2787
Price: $11-$35
Event Website: https://lied.ku.edu/?event=beatrice-rana&event_date=2020-05-14
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 • Thu 5/14/20 at 7:30pm