• Lied Center COVID-19 Update

    Updated August 12, 2020 SEP 14 & 15 – Sherman Irby Duo > Postponed to a TBD date during the 2021–22 Season SEP 18 – The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! > Rescheduled to Friday, SEP 17, 2021 SEP 20 – Ryan McKinny, bass-baritone > Rescheduled to Sunday, FEB 13,

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  • Rock Chalk Suite—Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

    New York, NY – Wilt Chamberlain, Paul Pierce, Lynette Woodard and Jo Jo White are among the University of Kansas basketball legends honored on Blue Engine Records’s “Rock Chalk Suite” by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Commissioned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Lied Center

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  • Lied Center to present IMPACT Awards to a local music teacher and a Kansas native opera legend

    The Lied Center of Kansas named Peter Gipson, Sunflower Elementary School music teacher, and Samuel Ramey, world-renowned opera singer and Kansas native, as the recipients of the 2019–20 season’s IMPACT Awards. Each season, the Lied Center recognizes one USD 497 educator for distinguished service to arts education and one artist

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  • “Rhythm in the Bluestem” by Chris Wolf Edmonds

    The Friends of the Lied commissioned a new piece from Chris Wolf Edmonds. Her inspiring artwork entitled “Rhythm in the Bluestem” is displayed in the Lied Center stairwell and featured on the 2019–20 program cover. Note from the artist Living in Kansas at the eastern edge of the Tallgrass Prairie

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  • Aspects of Nature by Rita Blitt

    Donated by artist. Sculpted bronze. 1991.

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  • Rendall Garden Photos by John Clayton

    Macro photographs of the Susan and Doug Rendall garden by John Clayton printed on brushed metal sheet.

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  • Secret Garden, by Ron Rencher

    Given by the KU Senior class of 1994, IHO the Lied Center opening in 1993

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  • The Planet, Birth & Life by Jeff Weinberg

    Few events are more dramatic than the stages in the life of a planet. What comes into being, and eventually dies, is not a world but only its dispositions. We should observe everything including that which we cannot see, or know, or understand.

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  • The Susan and Doug Rendall Garden

    The beauty of the sculpture is perfectly complemented by the lush flowers and plants surrounding it. The sustainable pollinator garden was designed by Susan Rendall, and planted and cared for by she and her husband, Doug Rendall, both master gardeners. Every detail of the garden, designated as a monarch waystation,

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  • “BLOOM” by Jan Gaumnitz

    The Lied Center commissioned a new piece of visual art for the 25th Anniversary—a physical landmark to memorialize the significant milestone. Local artist Jan Gaumnitz conceptualized and created the nearly 20-foot-tall sculpture that now resides in the circle drive at the main entrance of the Lied Center. Note from the

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  • Lied Center receives Mellon Foundation grant for new DEI curriculum leveraging the performing arts

    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $466,000 grant over a three-year period to the University of Kansas’s Lied Center to support the “Utilizing the Performing Arts to Enhance Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives” project. The project will consist of the creation, implementation and assessment of a new

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  • Local high school students to perform with chart-topping group Black Violin at the Lied Center

    Acclaimed music group Black Violin will welcome Lawrence High and Free State High School orchestra students onstage with them at the Lied Center on Saturday, October 19. Black Violin’s performance begins at 7:30 pm, and the students will perform with the group during a portion of the show. Mariah Barnett

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  • 2019–20 Lied Across Kansas Artist—Jazzy Ash

    November 11–15, 2019 Each season, the Lied Center takes the show on the road to provide free performing arts experiences to other communities in Kansas, like Sabetha, Salina, Russell and Hays. Students, educators and community members in these areas experience the arts in an enhanced way through workshops, performances and

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  • Lied Center employee wins KU’s Employee of the Year Award

    On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 the University of Kansas held its annual Employee Recognition Ceremony. The Lied Center’s custodial supervisor, Doug Rendall, was recognized as employee of the year. This prestigious award is given to two outstanding KU staffers each year. All candidates for the award had been previously nominated

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  • Lied Center of Kansas announces the 2019–20 season

    Sunday, May 5, 2019: The Lied Center of Kansas announced the 2019–20 season to the Friends of the Lied at the annual Season Announcement Party on Sunday, May 5. The season includes a wide variety of performances and genres, including four national-touring Broadway shows, several legendary musicians, world-renowned classical ensembles,

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  • 2019-20 Ticket Packages

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  • WindSync to travel to Kansas communities in the Lied Across Kansas tour

    For the fourth year in a row, the Lied Center of Kansas is taking the show on the road and bringing world-class artists to different communities in Kansas. The Lied Across Kansas program gives students and community members the opportunity to engage with artists and experience the arts in an

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  • 2019 KU Powwow and Indigenous Cultures Festival features Indigenous artists’ work

    This year, the annual KU Powwow and Indigenous Cultures Festival will encompass several events in the month of March, culminating with a full day of activities at the Powwow, which is being held at the Lied Center of Kansas on April 6. The 2019 KU Powwow and Indigenous Cultures Festival

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  • Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Announces Indigenous Arts Initiative

    Now Accepting Applications  The Indigenous Arts Initiative at the University of Kansas invites two emerging Indigenous artists to participate in a two-week residency from March 24 to April 6, 2019 (visual arts) or March 18 to April 1, 2019 (film). As a partnership between KU (The Spencer Museum of Art,

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  • Lied Center announces 2018–19 IMPACT Award winners

    The Lied Center of Kansas is proud to announce Johannah Cox and Joshua Bell as the recipients of the 2018–2019 IMPACT Awards. Each season, the Lied Center recognizes one USD 497 educator for distinguished service to arts education and one artist or group for distinguished service to the performing arts.

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  • 2018-19 Ticket Packages

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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Art of The Lied

    Art of The Lied “BLOOM” by Jan Gaumnitz The Lied Center commissioned a new piece of visual art for the 25th Anniversary—a physical landmark to memorialize the significant milestone. Local artist Jan Gaumnitz conceptualized and created the nearly 20-foot-tall sculpture that now resides in the circle drive at the main

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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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  • Single Ticket Kickoff Party

    Special Offer: 8–9 am only With your 2019–20 Lied Center ticket order, receive a pair of tickets to ONE of the following performances: KU Symphony Orchestra with special guest Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola Hiplet Ballerinas Martha Redbone–Bone Hill: The Concert KU Percussion Group with special guest Eriko Daimo, marimba KU Wind Ensemble

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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 Connected

    Sign up for our e-newsletter and receive discounts, calendar listings and performance information.

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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 & Parking

    Directions          Parking 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 above. Lawrence Community links         

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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: FY21 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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