Kristin Chenoweth, Beach Boys among Lied Center’s 2016-17 season events

Folk singer Judy Collins will perform at the Lied Center at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24.

If I had a nickel for every press release in my inbox that uses adjectives like “icon,” “world-class” or “superstar” (let’s also throw in their cousin “legendary” for good measure) to describe decidedly less-than-iconic musicians, I’d be a very rich reporter, indeed.

But the press announcing the Lied Center of Kansas’ 2016-2017 season is actually justified in its employment of such words. It isn’t every day The Beach Boys come to town. Or Emmy and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth. Or public-radio star Ira Glass — he’s a superstar to some of us, anyway.

The list also includes folk singer Judy Collins, CMA Award-winning country artist Clint Black and the Russian National Ballet Theatre’s production of “Swan Lake,” in addition to a doubling (from last year) of performances in the “Just Friends” jazz series.

“It has been so much fun orchestrating all of next season’s events based upon meaningful feedback from all of you — our wonderful patrons,” Derek Kwan, the Lied Center’s executive director of the Lied Center, said in the release.

The Lied Center has also received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to “present performances featuring artists with disabilities and to serve audiences with disabilities,” which will include several free performances for children with autism, Gospel Music Hall of Fame honorees The Blind Boys of Alabama, “Last Comic Standing” winner Josh Blue and “the dance company that is known for changing the face of dance and disability,” AXIS Dance Company.

Tickets go on sale May 1 for Friends of the Lied and KU students, with a deadline for advance purchases for the aforementioned patrons at 6 p.m. May 20. Ticket packages for the public will be available starting at 11 a.m May 23, followed by single tickets at 8 a.m. June 6.

For more information, including performance details and ticket information, visit or call the Lied Center ticket office at 864-2787.

In the meantime, here’s the complete 2016-17 season schedule:

An Evening With Judy Collins, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24

Folk singer Judy Collins will perform at the Lied Center at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24.

KU Symphony Orchestra with special guest Caroline Goulding, violin, and special guest conductor Jung-Ho Pak, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30

The Blind Boys of Alabama, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1

The Capitol Steps, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8

Josh Blue, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12

Direct from Shanghai, the P.R. of China, The Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China Performing “Shanghai Nights,” 7 p.m. Oct. 14

Clint Black, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22

Ira Glass: Seven Things I’ve Learned, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5

Ira Glass, host of the public-radio program This

KU Wind Ensemble with special guest Joey Tartell, trumpet, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9

AXIS Dance Company, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” 7 p.m. Nov. 29

The Beach Boys, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5

The Beach Boys will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Lied Center.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” 7 p.m. Dec. 9

The Paludan Sisters present “The Music of the Mind,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27

Russian National Ballet Theatre: “Swan Lake,” 2 p.m. Jan. 29

“Pippin,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2

Rebirth Brass Band, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10

Jon Nakamatsu, piano, 2 p.m. Feb. 12

Erik Kaiel / Arch 8, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25

An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth, 7:30 p.m. March 6

Tony-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth will perform at the Lied Center at 7:30 p.m. March 6.

Imani Winds, 7:30 p.m. March 15

KU Jazz Ensemble I with special guest Kneebody, 7:30 p.m. March 28

American Brass Quintet, 7:30 p.m. March 31

MOMIX: “Opus Cactus,” 7:30 p.m. April 7

Erth’s “Dinosaur Zoo Live,” 4 p.m. April 9

Takács Quartet, 7:30 p.m. April 11

Chris Perondi’s “Stunt Dog Experience,” 7 p.m. April 28

Pavilion Chamber Series

Zorá Quartet, 2 p.m. Oct. 16

Charlie Albright, piano, 2 p.m. Nov. 13

Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica Quintet, 2 p.m. Feb. 26

“Just Friends” jazz series

Benny Green, solo piano, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27

Jimmy Greene Duo, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15

Bria Skonberg Duo, 7:30 p.m. April 24 and 25

Performances for children with autism

Red Kite, Brown Box, Oct. 23 and 24 at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

The Paludan Sisters present “The Music of the Mind,” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 28