From Tap Dogs to the Glenn Miller Orchestra to a metal-bending presentation of “The Aluminum Show,” Lied Center organizers are presenting a variety of performances for the upcoming season.
Nineteen performances are lined up for the 2009-2010 season, with tickets for the majority of shows costing less than those during the past year.
Value is a theme, both for people squeezed by an economic pinch and patrons drawn by a rich diversity of high-quality entertainment.
“Next season features some incredible shows from across the globe,” said Tim Van Leer, the center’s executive director. “From the passionate Orquestra de São Paulo with guest percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie, to the traditional Japanese taiko drumming of Shidara, the 2009-10 season offers excellent performing arts experiences for everyone.”
Event tickets go on sale Monday for members of Friends of the Lied. The general public may begin purchasing tickets April 20, the date when online sales also begin.
Here’s the season schedule, organized by series or description of event:
l Broadway — The Drowsy Chaperone, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1; and Avenue Q, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24.
l Concert — Orquestra de São Paulo with percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9; Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28; and Gold Medalist, featuring the winner of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16.
l Family — Darwin the Dinosaur, 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3; Straight No Chaser, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; and The Aluminum Show, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.
l New Directions — Trey McIntyre Project, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23; Ferocious Beauty: Genome, featuring the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7; and Pilobolus Dance Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5.
l Special Event — Amanda Shaw, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, following a free outdoor concert and family arts festival at 6 p.m.; and Glenn Miller Orchestra, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.
l Swarthout Music — Cypress String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28; Sasha Cooke, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24; and The Albers Trio, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7.
l World — Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14; and Shidara, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10.
l Dance — Tap Dogs, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11.
For more information, contact the Lied Center Box Office at 864-2787, or visit www.lied.ku.edu.