"Welcome to your Lied Center of Kansas! I am honored to serve as President of the Friends of

“We envision a world in which the arts are universally valued as essential to the human experience, and the Lied Center is a catalyst for realizing this ideal.”
—Lied Center vision statement

What better way to accomplish this vision than with opportunities for children and young adults to attend top-quality and diverse performances as well as interact with, learn from and even perform with world-class artists. As a retired music teacher, I have seen first-hand the excitement of students from these memorable experiences facilitated by the Lied Center and the schools.

Last season, we celebrated the Lied Center’s 25th anniversary. This season marks the 25th anniversary of the Lied’s partnership with Lawrence Public Schools. We are recognizing this important partnership with new art, created by Carol Bradbury in collaboration with Lawrence students and teachers. Watch for the lovely transformation in the lobby this season.

Additionally, the Lied Center’s public performances offer something for everyone—string quartets, jazz combos, family shows, dance, Broadway, innovative performances that push audiences to grow, and everything in between.

None of this would be possible without the Friends of the Lied! On behalf of everyone at the Lied Center, we thank you for your support. If you are not yet a Friend, please consider a gift and become a part of bringing another wonderful season of entertainment and learning to our community and beyond.

We are here for everyone—enjoy!

— Lois Orth-Lopes
2019–20 Friends of the Lied Board President