Peter Ostroushko & The Heartland Band
Lied Center Concert and Art Festival
- Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, KU campus, Lawrence
- Cost: Free
- Age limit: All ages
Submitted press release: The Lied Center of Kansas kicks off the 2008-09 season with Peter Ostroushko & The Heartland Band in a free outdoor concert and Family Arts Festival sponsored by Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community. Best known for the group's frequent appearances on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion, Peter Ostroushko & The Heartland Band join together for the Lied Center's outdoor concert to create magnificent contemporary American music from the heartland with traditional European influences at its roots. Their repertoire is technically brilliant, entrenched with time-honored rhythms and instrumentation.World-renowned mandolin and fiddle player, Peter Ostroushko is one of the most accomplished instrumentalists and gifted composers of his generation. Playing with his highly talented colleagues, the Heartland Band consists of Rich Dworsky on piano and organ, Ruth MacKenzie on vocals, Joel Sayles on bass and vocals and Marc Anderson on percussion.While Peter has spent more than 25 years as a frequent performer on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," he's also appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and even Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.The Family Arts Festival will begin an hour before the concert, at 6 p.m. in the garden courtyard on the east side of the Lied Center and will provide an opportunity for adults and children alike to learn about more than 20 local arts and community organizations and their upcoming season events. The event will include prize giveaways, crafts, balloons, face painting, wandering buskers and other fun activities for the entire family.The concert is a gift to the community and is made possible by a grant from the Ernst F. Lied Foundation through the Lied Performance Fund of the Kansas University Endowment Association. The fund is designed to sponsor, support and subsidize outreach programs and performances, and to provide tickets to Lied Series productions for those in the community who might not otherwise be able to attend.The outdoor concert is FREE and open to the public. No tickets are required for this show. In the event of inclement weather, the concert and Family Arts Festival will take place inside the Lied Center. For additional information, patrons are encouraged to contact the Lied Center Ticket Office at 785-864-2787.