Lied Center’s 2020-2021 season to include America, Rosanne Cash, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and more

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The Lied Center has announced its 2020-2021 season, which will feature well-known acts such as Rosanne Cash, the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and America, who are on their 50th anniversary tour. In its Broadway Series, the season will include “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” and Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.

The season will not begin until September, and Derek Kwan, executive director of the Lied Center, said the coming months will likely be a “fluid situation” for the performing arts center.

“Since it is impossible to predict how the current situation will unfold, we want to move forward with the same sense of optimism and hope that the performing arts bring to the world,” he said in a press release. “We will only proceed ahead with scheduled events if allowed by guidelines set by public health authorities and the University of Kansas.”

Tickets will become available to Friends of the Lied Center by donor level starting June 1. Ticket packages will be on sale to the general public on Monday, July 6, and individual show tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 13.

Ticket sales will only be available by phone due to the current public health circumstance, and because of social distancing guidelines, there will be limited seating for events until public health officials and KU determine if it is safe to increase capacity.

For more information, visit or call 785-864-2787.

Here’s the full schedule of the 2020-2021 Lied Center season:

Sherman Irby Duo, saxophone & bass, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15

“The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!”, 7 p.m. Sept. 18

Ryan McKinny, bass‐baritone, 1 p.m. Sept. 20

Amy Speace, Americana singer‐songwriter, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24

The Westerlies, genre‐defying brass quartet, 2 p.m. Sept. 27

Tesla String Quartet with special guest Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet, 2 p.m. Oct. 4

Amirah Sackett & MR MiC, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14

The Capitol Steps, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20

The Brian McKnight 4, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23

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“Debutante Balls,”a one-man play 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28

KU Symphony Orchestra with special guest Tiempo Libre, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5

Maxim Lando, piano, 2 p.m. Nov. 8

Steep Canyon Rangers, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20

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Tetiana Shafran, Olga Kern International Piano Competition Winner, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22

“The Hip Hop Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Nov. 29

Charenée Wade Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15

“Russian National Ballet: Swan Lake,” 2 p.m. Jan. 24

“The Simon & Garfunkel Story,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26

The Mayhem Poets, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30

America-50th Anniversary Tour, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4

KU Wind Ensemble with special guest Jens Lindemann, trumpet, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6

Rosanne Cash, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14

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Oliver Herbert, solo cello, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21

Robbie Fulks, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28

Prague Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. March 2

Emmet Cohen Trio, 7:30 p.m. March 22 and 23

Amir ElSaffar and the Two Rivers Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. March 30

“Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” 7 p.m. April 7

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Promotional image for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

Red Sky Performance: “TRACE,” 7:30 p.m. April 9

John Gorka, folk singer‐songwriter, 7:30 p.m. April 11

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, 7 p.m. April 16

“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” 7:30 p.m. April 18

KU Percussion Group with special guest Thomas Kotcheff, piano, 7:30 p.m. April 22

Sharon Isbin and Jessica Rivera, 2 p.m., April 25

KU Jazz Ensemble I with special guest the Mark Turner Quartet, 7:30 p.m. May 4


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