Lied Center has 9 free shows for students this semester. Reserve your tickets now. | Announce

Lied Center has 9 free shows for students this semester. Reserve your tickets now. | Announce

Art for All at the Lied Center for Performing Arts

written by Avery Plessel | Lied Center for Performing Arts

This spring semester, the Lied Center will host nine “Arts for All” shows. This means they are completely FREE for UNL students.

First come, first served and reservations can now be made at:

A quick look at upcoming Arts for All shows:

February 14 – Jazzmeia Horn
Jazzmeia Horn, winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album and recently voted the #1 Jazz Vocal Album by NPR Music’s Jazz Critics Poll, Jazzmeia Horn makes her debut at the Lied Center in a Valentine’s Day concert not to be missed. Jazzmeia Horn, a three-time GRAMMY® Award nominee, plays songs of daring musicality and emotional power.

March 1 – Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with pianist Alessio Bax
Celebrate Chopin’s birthday (March 1, 1810) with the GRAMMY® Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Italian pianist Alessio Bax working together to perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Orpheus is a radical experiment in musical democracy that has been proving for 50 years what happens when extraordinary artists gather with total trust in one another and belief in the creative process. A home of Carnegie Hall for over 35 years, Orpheus returns to the Lied Center after his 2017 performance “wowed” Lincoln audiences.

March 9 – Ajijaak on Turtle Island
Travel with the cranes as they fly over Turtle Island. Nebraska’s favorite bird takes center stage in this larger-than-life production, featuring live music, dance and some of the best puppets in the world. The story features Native American/Indigenous artists, music, language and culture with puppets created by the Jim Henson Creature Shop (creator of the Muppets). This family-friendly show will inspire you with an incredibly beautiful production created in NYC with inspiration from Nebraska and the North American crane migration.

March 17 – Trinity Classic Irish
Straight from his brand new PBS hit special, Trinity: Classically Irish is the next big thing in Irish music from creator and producer The Irish Tenors. Three accomplished young singers with performing skills including Celtic Thunder, Riverdance, Celtic Woman and stages around the world perform fresh arrangements of popular music. Songs include “Red Is the Rose”, “Danny Boy”, “The Parting Glass”, “The Rocky Road to Dublin” and more.

March 21 – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
electrifying. Joyful. Powerful. gorgeous. Be inspired by Ailey’s peerless dancers, who bring you the pulsing thrill of contemporary classics and the mood-lifting joy of classics like Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece Revelations. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to confirm what dance lovers have long known – that nothing surpasses Ailey in unparalleled artistry, athletic prowess and boundless passion.

April 1 – Cirque Alfonse: Animal
One of the world’s best cirque companies takes young and old on a journey to a newly invented land. The cattle shed is crazy and the barn is upside down! A gentleman farmer surrounds himself with crazy creatures: the chickens have teeth, the ducks are very cheeky and the cows are running amok!

April 13 – Huntertones
Huntertones brings people together with fun, imaginative, fearless music. Fusing inspired improvisation and adventurous compositions, the group’s energetic, horn-driven sound fuses jazz, funk, rock and soul. Individual Huntertones members have compiled a diverse roundup of collaborations with top artists including Jon Batiste, Snarky Puppy, Stevie Wonder, Andy Grammer, Ed Sheeran and more.

April 16 – Yunchan Lim: Van Cliburn Gold Medalist 2022
In June 2022, Yunchan Lim became the youngest person to ever win gold at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; His performances consistently exhibited a “magical ability” and a “natural, instinctive quality” (La Scena) that amazed listeners around the world. As jury chairman Marin Alsop put it, “Yunchan is that rare artist who organically brings together profound musicianship and amazing technique.” The depth of his artistic ability and his connection to listeners also earned him the Audience Award and Best Performance of a New Work (for Sir Stephen Hough’s Fanfare Toccata).

Every four years, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition produces a new gold medalist. As Nebraska’s official Van Cliburn presenter since 1994, the Lied Center presents the newly-recognized Van Cliburn Gold Medalist for the first time. With previous winners such as Olga Kern, Vadym Kholodenko, Jon Nakamatsu and Behzod Abduraimov, the Cliburn is widely regarded as one of the preeminent music competitions in the world.

MAY 2 & 3 – American Ballet Theatre: Giselle
Experience a phenomenal evening of breathtaking artistry when America’s National Ballet Company,® American Ballet Theater (ABT), returns to the Lied Center with the romantic masterpiece Giselle. Accompanied by Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, Giselle perfectly complements the virtuosity of ABT’s unrivaled roster of international ballet stars, bringing tales of unrequited love, revenge and forgiveness to vivid life. The New York Times proclaims, “…this (Giselle) happens to be the best thing America has ever seen…”

This spectacular production is the latest in a series of historic moments with American Ballet Theater at the Lied Center. In 2018, the Lied Center presented a landmark collaboration between ABT and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra to perform Igor Stravinsky’s masterpiece Firebird, with ballet superstar Misty Copeland in the title role. In 2021, the American Ballet Theater’s song ABT ACROSS AMERICA brought it to Lincoln’s Pioneers Park, drawing an audience of more than 6,000 and garnering national media attention.

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