• Lied Across Kansas Tour with Paige Hernandez

    The Lied Center of Kansas is, again, teaming up with a world-class artist to bring arts education to students of all ages in selected communities in Kansas. The Lied Across Kansas program will give students the opportunity to learn from an artist and experience the arts in an enhanced way,

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  • Announcing the Lied Center IMPACT Award Winners 17-18

    The Lied Center of Kansas is proud to announce Black Violin and Deborah Woodall Routledge as the recipients of the 2017–2018 IMPACT Awards. This is the fourth season the Lied Center has recognized one artist or group for distinguished service to the performing arts and one USD 497 educator for

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  • 25th Anniversary Commissioning Project to Honor KU Basketball Legends

    Lied Center of Kansas Announces Jazz at Lincoln Center Commission Celebrating 25th AnniversaryNew work to honor 15 KU basketball legends LAWRENCE, KS: The Lied Center of Kansas has commissioned the entire Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) to compose a new work, which will be premiered during the performing arts center’s

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  • Lied Center receives two grants from Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission

    The Lied Center of Kansas has been awarded two grants from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. In the Innovative Partnerships category, a $10,000 grant will support a return visit by Chicago Children’s Theatre Company in spring 2018. The Lied Center, in partnership with the KU Edwards Campus and the

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  • Lied Receives $30,000 NEA Grant

    The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Lied Center of Kansas $30,000 to support a multidisciplinary performing arts series during the 2017–18 season. “We are thrilled to receive funding from the NEA in support of our project, Exploring Identities through Music, Movement and Word,” said Engagement/Education Director Anthea

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  • Announcing the 2017 Van Cliburn Competition Winner: Yekwon Sunwoo

     The Cliburn winner, Yekwon Sunwoo, center, with the bronze medalist Daniel Hsu, left, of San Francisco, and the silver medalist Kenneth Broberg, right, of Minneapolis. Photo credit: Ralph Lauer South Korean Pianist, Yekwon Sunwoo, Wins the Van Cliburn Competition Yekwon Sunwoo won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on Saturday, besting 29

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  • Single Ticket Kickoff Party

    Special Offer: 8–9 am only With your 2017–18 Lied Center ticket order, receive a pair of tickets to ONE of the following performances: KU Symphony Orchestra with guest Simone Porter, violin All the Way Live! KU Wind Ensemble with guest Jim Walker, flute OCD Dance with University Dance Company KU Jazz

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  • 2017-18 Ticket Packages

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  • Announcing the Lied Center IMPACT Award Winners

    The 2016-17 winners were presented with their awards just prior to the Imani Winds Quintet performance, March 15, 7:30 pm. The Lied Center of Kansas named Imani Winds and Sarah Bonner as the recipients of the 2016-2017 Impact Awards. This is the third season the Lied Center is recognizing one

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  • Lied Across Kansas dance tour reaches Sabetha, Wetmore

    February 7, 2017, by The Sabetha Herald Youth in Sabetha and Wetmore will again have the opportunity to learn from and experience the arts in an enhanced way. The schools will again play host to the Lied Across Kansas Tour, an opportunity available through the Sam Mazza Foundation. On Tuesday, Feb.

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  • Expanded Beverage Service at the Lied Center

    In partnership with KU Memorial Unions, the Lied Center offers an expanded beverage service to include beer and wine. These items will be available at Lied Center Series performances which take place in the auditorium. They will be available one hour prior to the performance and at intermissions, if applicable. Soda,

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  • Fund provides performing arts access to Sabetha students

    KU alumni Kent and Donna Saylor of Sabetha, Kansas, have established a performing arts fund to provide Sabetha public school students free access to Lied Center programming. The Kent and Donna Saylor Performing Arts Access Fund was established through KU Endowment with the Saylors’ $250,000 gift. The endowed fund will

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  • Donation Requests & Ticket Forms

    Free Ticket Application: For nonprofit organizations and schools. Charitable Donation Application: For use as a giveaway or silent auction item during a fundraising event. $5 Ticket Application: Available for classes that are making a Lied Center performance part of the curriculum. $5 University Student Classroom Voucher: Available for KU and Haskell students that

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  • Double the Just Friends Jazz Series Performances

    The Just Friends Jazz Series was such a hit last season, that we doubled the number of performances in the 2016-17 season. Check out the 2016-17 lineup. This series is exclusively for our Friends of the Lied. All levels of friends are invited to enjoy these outstanding performances in a jazz club-like atmosphere in

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  • 2016-17 Ticket Packages

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  • Lied Across Kansas

    This season, Paige Hernandez will be sharing an innovative fusion of poetry, hip-hop and dance that emphasizes respect, understanding and cooperation with students across Kansas. The week prior to her performance at the Lied Center (Oct. 9–13), Paige will travel to work with children and other community members in Sabetha, Hays, Russell and

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  • 2015-16 IMPACT Awards Presented

    Branford Marsalis and Dani Lotton-Barker were presented the 2015-16 Lied Center IMPACT Awards on Wednesday, April 6, prior to the Branford Marsalis Quartet performance. This is the second season the Lied Center is recognizing one artist or group for distinguished service to the performing arts and one USD 497 educator for distinguished

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  • Beyond the Stage

    From internationally-renowned musicians, actors and dancers to independent filmmakers and artistic directors, the Lied Center makes it possible to engage with and learn from some of the world’s most outstanding artists. Catch a glimpse of the opportunities students and community members have to perform and interact with artists in master

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  • Gifts support student access at the Lied Center of Kansas

    Two gifts for the Lied Center of Kansas will support the center’s Performing Arts Access Expansion program, which aims to increase access to arts programs for Lawrence school district middle- and high-school students. Continue reading on the KU Endowment website.

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  • Print at Home Tickets

        Print Your Tickets at Home The process is simple: Once you have selected your tickets, select “Online Order – Print At Home Online Order – Print At Home.” Once you have completed your order, you will receive a confirmation email and your tickets will be available in a PDF

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  • New! Print at Home Tickets

    The Lied Center is proud to announce the option to print your tickets at home. The process is simple: Once you have selected your tickets, select “Online Order – Print At Home Online Order – Print At Home.” Once you have completed your order, you will receive a confirmation email

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  • Expanding Performing Arts Access

    A fundraising dinner to support performing arts experiences for middle and high school students Join the Lawrence Schools Foundation and the Lied Center for a dinner buffet with artist Ashli Cristoval, aka Jazzy Ash. Ashli will talk about her work as a musician and teacher, and the importance of teaching

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  • Accessibility

    Accessibility Barrier-free entrances and accessible seating Please contact the Ticket Office for assistance in finding the best location to meet your needs. Barrier-free entrances and accessible seating are available on all levels. Assistive listening devices Assistive listening devices (ALD) are available at no charge. The system uses radio frequency, which eliminates issues

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  • Be the First to See the 2015-16 Season

    There is something for everyone in the upcoming season. We wish we could tell you more, but it is under wraps until the Season Announcement Party. If you make a tax deductible donation to the Friends of the Lied, you’ll receive an invitation to the year’s most-anticipated party on April 26 and you’ll be the first

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  • Stay Informed

    Sign up for our e-newsletter and receive discounts, calendar listings and performance information. Email us at lied@ku.edu to be added to the list.

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  • SUA Partnership with the Lied

    In the Fall of 2014, the Lied Center and Student Union Activities (SUA) established an official partnership with the intent of enhancing both entities’ appeal and programming objectives among the student population at the University of Kansas. The Lied Center is grateful to SUA for facilitating greater awareness of Lied Center performances among

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  • Art Discovery with Lied Center Staff

    Want to know what the experts in the presenting arts are channeling for inspiration? Each week a staff member presents an art initiative, of their choice, at the Lied Center staff meeting. Their offerings are so diverse and fantastic that we thought we’d share them with you. Please post on

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  • School Ambassadors

    Each school in USD 497 has an arts ambassador who serves as a link between the Lied Center and the school. This network of teachers helps disseminate Lied Center news to their respective schools and assists with coordinating tickets to school-only performances.

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  • 1993-94

    Bobby McFerrin and Kansas City Symphony David Parsons Dance Company and Billy Taylor Trio Guarneri String Quartet Joyce Castle, David Holloway, and Patricia Wise King’s Singers Kronos Quartet Laurie Anderson Minneapolis Children’s Theater in “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” New York City Opera National Company in “Madame Butterfly” Pretty Ugly Dance

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  • Directions

             Lawrence Community links:          Parking at the Lied Center Parking at the Lied Center is free on weekdays after 5 pm and all day on the weekend. During Lied Center season performances, reserved parking is available to Friends of the Lied at the Benefactor level and

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  • Wynton Marsalis

    2014 Impact Artist Award Winner Internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator, author and a leading advocate of American culture 9 Grammy Awards, Pulitzer Prize winner, National Medal of Arts recipient, United Nations Messenger of Peace, CBS Cultural Correspondent, one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Greatest Leaders, over 30 honorary doctorates, Managing

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  • Recent Engagement/Education Events

    From providing a space for middle school educational displays to free school-only and classroom demonstrations, there is always something going on for students in our community at the Lied Center. Enjoy these photos from some of our recent engagement and educational events.

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  • Recent Friends Events

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  • Become a Volunteer

    Volunteer ushers play a very important role as the face of the organization. They greet patrons, take tickets, provide directions and establish a welcoming environment at the Lied Center. If you have questions, or would like to become a volunteer usher, email liedushers@ku.edu, or call 785-380-9085.

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  • Rental Form

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  • KU Employee Payroll Deduction for Lied Center Series Tickets*

    To purchase tickets using Payroll Deduction, bring your completed form to the Ticket Office. Print out and complete one form per person, per semester: FY18 Payroll Deduction Form *This offer does not apply to KU Medical Center employees or KU students.

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  • KU Student Lied Center Performance Pass

    The pass is: Valid for one student admission to each performance in the main auditorium throughout the season. (Performance Pass does not include events that take place in the Pavilion or have seating on the stage.) Valid for one performance to events with more than one show date or time Available for

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  • Study Guides

    Out of Bounds Big Bad Wolf (Student Study Guide) Big Bad Wolf (Teacher Guide) Mistatim (Teacher Guide) Mistatim (Student Study Guide) The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise & the Hare (Teacher Guide) The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise & the Hare (Student Study Guide) Walking the Tightrope (Teacher Guide) A Brown Bear, A Caterpillar, and

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  • Ticket Info

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