Archive for Friday, April 3, 2009

Lied Center announces 2009-2010 season lineup

A full season of entertainment was announced at the Lied Center's annual season-starting event.

April 3, 2009


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


skinny 9 years, 1 month ago

I bet most 18 and 19 year old KU students will run right out and buy tickets for those shows, NOT!

Who is running the Lied Center these days?

Man, with the exception of the outdoor concert that line up sucks big time.

How about some rock, classic rock, county, or even some jazz shows!

Looks like I'll be driving to KC for our entertainment.

Reuben Turner 9 years, 1 month ago

i'd have to argree skinny. i don't see anything on the list that i would even think to go see. i guess i'll continue to enjoy frequent rides to kc,

misseve 9 years, 1 month ago

UGH.. I am in agreement those arent very appealing. I was planning to see Ain't Misbehavin' BUT the prices were out of range for me and my family. THEN when I saw that it was nearly an EMPTY show you would think they would ADJUST the prices? I forgot, where I was. If you want FAMILIES and students to attend shows think of what you are booking AND the prices of the tickets... Just a thought..

JHawker 9 years, 1 month ago

I just put it in my calender to buy tickets asap for Avenue Q [which anyone, especially college age students] would love.. I also saw several other shows I would much enjoy watching - and yes, I am a student at University of Kansas and I'll stay right here in Lawrence rather than spend the money in Kansas City.

townie79 9 years, 1 month ago

the Music Hall in KC also announced their next seaon...Spring Awakening, A Chorus Line, Wicked, White Christmas and Young Frankenstein

reneej28 9 years, 1 month ago

WOW!! almost all of these shows sound amazing!! I can't believe the Lied Center was able to book such an exciting season! especially with the current economy. and i'm very proud that they have many shows that are cheaper than previous season tickets, which make them more accessible to both KU students and the general public. i think everyone should view a sample of all the shows that are booked before making any judgments on the upcoming Lied Center season. some shows are slightly redundant, but all in all, most performances should and will draw large audiences!

Danimal 9 years, 1 month ago

Can't think of anything I'd rather do less than see these shows.

Steve Jacob 9 years, 1 month ago

Debating if my almost 16 year old son (by the time the show is here) is ready for Avenue Q?

domino 9 years, 1 month ago

My 19 y/r son invited me to go to the Glen Miller Orchestra for Valentines Day with him. We went out for supper together, then to the concert. We both had a great evening and there were quite a few college age students/couples there. It was great to see the younger ones out dancing with the big band generation and everyone inbetween.

overthemoon 9 years, 1 month ago

The Lied Center isn't a very good venue for rock/country concerts. I like the classical/jazz/theatrical/dance lineups we usually have the opportunity to see. This lineup is about 50% in numbers and quality of what has been offered in the past. Really weak and most not worth the hefty ticket prices. I'm sure the Lied management is trying to put the best face on what was probably a very difficult scheduling/budgeting process.

A real sign of the times. And a very sad one.

cowboy 9 years, 1 month ago

Tap dogs were hot about 5 years ago , this is a yawner !

kugrad 9 years, 1 month ago

Since the last director left, I am sorry to say that, in my personal opinion, the quality of the performances scheduled has gone down. I do not see many exciting performers on this schedule. Last year's schedule was poor. I think new direction is needed.

TheGreatOz 9 years, 1 month ago

Well, it is performing arts, so I wouldn't necessarily expect to see a rock concert or a country singer twanging away. I think the majority of the lineup sounds great...I love dance, and there is quite a variety. And you can't go wrong with Glen Miller music.

oohmgrover 9 years, 1 month ago

Avenue Q is extremely offensive in parts, so I'd take the chance to check out the soundtrack before bringing a 16 year old. It is hysterical, but a sampling of the song titles included are "The Internet is for Porn", "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist", and "You Can Be as Loud as the Hell you Want When You're Making Love"

TriSigmaKS 9 years, 1 month ago

The Lied Center does their own programming, but also look to SUA (Student Union Activities) and many other departments that provide some alternative types of entertainment such as bands/comedians/lectures, etc. for your varietal interests. Many SUA programs are held at the Lied Center.

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