The Lied Center is making some French connections with its 2001-02 season, according to Fred Pawlicki, the center's interim director.
BeauSoleil, a Cajun band from Louisiana; "Orfeo," a virtual-reality production from Quebec; Lyon Opera Ballet from France; and "Dance, the Spirit of Cambodia," a project of the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, will bring aspects of the French culture to Lawrence.
The new season was announced Sunday afternoon at the center, prior to the performance by the Girls Choir of Harlem. Tim Van Leer, the new executive director of the Lied Center, and Toni-Marie Montgomery, dean of Kansas University's School of Fine Arts, were among the speakers.
The French programs are a carryover from the Lied Center's Cultural Countdown to the Millennium Project, a three-year project that began in 1998-99 and was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. In past seasons, Pawlicki said, the Lied Center has presented events that highlighted Latino, African-American and Asian/Asian-American influences in the performing arts.
BeauSoleil will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 during the annual free outdoor concert on the lawn of the Lied Center.
Another event that is not part of any of the regular series is the premiere of a new script by Bruce King that will be performed by Haskell Indian Nations University's Thunderbird Theatre. The play will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4.
Karen Christilles, the center's interim associate director/director of marketing, said the play is part of a three-year project with Haskell University that will look at ways the arts can enhance dialogue within the Lawrence community.
And there's good news for parents who want to bring their children to events on school nights and for those who like to be in bed by 10:30 p.m. The Lied Center will be starting its shows earlier. Most nighttime shows will begin at 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. and most afternoon shows will start at 2 p.m. or 3 p.m.
A rundown on the season:
Oct. 9: The Houston Ballet in Stravinsky's "The Firebird," 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 9: Jazz pianist Billy Taylor and jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany, 7:30 p.m. Mahogany is a graduate of Baker University in Baldwin.
Feb. 5: Soprano Harolyn Blackwell and mezzo-soprano Florence Quivar in "America Sings: A Celebration of American Composers," 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 28: St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.
March 10: Teatro Lirico D'Europa in Verdi's "Rigoletto," 7 p.m.
Swarthout Chamber Music Series
Oct. 14: Guarneri String Quartet, 2 p.m.
Nov. 4: Perlman/Nikkanen/Bailey Piano Trio, 2 p.m. The Lied Center is co-commissioning a new work from composer Lowell Liebermann for the trio that will make its world premiere at the concert.
Jan. 20: Phoenix Bassoon Quartet from the University of Costa Rica. 2 p.m. Directed by Kansas University graduate Isabel Jeremias.
Feb. 17: The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, 3 p.m.
April 14: Hutchins Consort, 2 p.m.
New Directions Series
Oct. 6: Flutists Paul Horn and R. Carlos Nakai, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26-27: "Orfeo," a production involving video, dance, theater, music, voice and holographic imagery created by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 1: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 2: Pilobolus Dance Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14: Jazz singer/songwriter Nnenna Freelon, who will perform with a local children's choir, 7:30 p.m.
Broadway and Beyond Series
Oct. 13: "Ragtime," 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 20: "Cookin,'" a mix of modern rock, jazz, comedy and dance from Seoul, South Korea, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 6: "My Fair Lady," 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8-10: "Stomp," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Feb. 9 and 2 p.m. Feb. 10.
April 19: "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," 7:30 p.m.
Lied Family Series
Nov. 1: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, 7:30 p.m. (also part of the New Directions Series).
March 2: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, 7 p.m.
March 12: SQUONK in "Bigsmorgasbordwunderwerk," 7 p.m.
April 6: Aquila Theatre Company in "The Tempest," 7 p.m.
April 7: Aquila Theatre Company in "The Wrath of Achilles," 2 p.m.
Sept. 22: "Dance, the Spirit of Cambodia," 7:30 p.m
Oct. 23: Ju Percussion Group, from Taiwan, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 20: Phoenix Bassoon Quartet, 2 p.m. (also part of the Swarthout Chamber Music Series).
April 30: Lyon Opera Ballet, 7:30 p.m.