The Lied Center is making some French connections this season.
BeauSoliel, a Cajun band from Louisiana; "Orfeo," a four-dimensional 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, Cambodia, will bring aspects of the French culture to Lawrence.
The French listings are a carry-over from the Lied Center's Cultural Countdown to the Millennium Project, a three-year project that began in 1998-1999 and was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
In past seasons, 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 northeast lawn of the Lied Center. An informational fair will begin at 6 p.m.
Another event that is not part of any of the regular series is the premiere of a new script by Bruce King performed by Haskell Indian Nations University's Thunderbird Theatre. The play will be 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4.
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 beginning its shows earlier.
Here is a rundown of the new 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.
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: The 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, 7:30 p.m.
Broadway and Beyond Series
Oct. 13: "Ragtime," 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 20: "Cookin'," modern rock, jazz, comedy and dance from Seoul, 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's "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 Swarthout Chamber Music Series).
April 30: Lyon Opera Ballet, 7:30 p.m.