KU News Release

May 2, 2011
Contact: Marisa Bregman, Lied Center, 785-864-2722

Lied Center announces 2011-12 season

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LAWRENCE — The Lied Center of Kansas announces its spectacular season of world-class events for 2011-12.

Highlights include contemporary dance company Jin Xing Dance Theatre from Shanghai, China; American jazz and modern music icon Herbie Hancock; and author and humorist David Sedaris.

To kick off the new season, families are invited to the Lied Center open house and community arts celebration on Saturday, Aug. 27 to commemorate the opening of the new Lied Center pavilion. Families will enjoy many of the performances in the 2011-12 season, including the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, live-action graphic novel “The Intergalactic Nemesis” and the interactive theater of Farfalle (Butterflies).

“We’re excited to present these magnificent performances,” said Lied Center Executive Director Tim Van Leer. “In the Chinese zodiac, 2012 is the year of the dragon and we’re thrilled to present the season-long Lied Center China Festival featuring performances by Mongolian musicians AnDa Union, the Chamber Ensemble of the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, Jin Xing Dance Theatre and more. We’re also delighted to bring back some Lied Center favorites including Chiara String Quartet and David Sedaris. The season marks the opening of the Lied Center pavilion, a new space for further engagement and learning opportunities with 2011-12 performing artists. It’s going to be a great season.”

As with the current season, events in 2011-12 are priced with families and students in mind. All performances feature student and youth prices that are half the price of, or less than half of, the price of adult tickets. Several events are priced at $10 for students and youth, and some at just $5 for students and youth.

Tickets are available in “Create Your Own,” or “Fixed Event” packages as well as single-event tickets. Performances go on sale to Friends of the Lied today and to the public Monday, May 16. Online ticket sales also begin on May 16. Before this date, call or visit the Lied Center ticket office to purchase tickets at 785-864-2787 or 785-864-2777 TDD.

Media advisory: News releases, images and related information about Lied Center events will be available online about six weeks before each event during the 2011-12 season. To access these materials online, visit lied.ku.edu/press.

The 2011-12 Lied Center season:

Open house and community arts celebration
Saturday, Aug. 27
— Free and open to the public.
— Celebrate the opening of the Lied Center pavilion with performances and an expanded community arts festival.
— An event designed for community members to engage with live performing arts at the Lied Center.
— Sponsored by KU Credit Union.

Compañia Flamenca José Porcel 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30
Tickets: $28 adults, $10 students and youth
— Artistic Director José Porcel offers the audience an invitation to share his intimate connection with the artistic traditions of the gypsies.
— Woven like an intricate fabric from the threads of its dancers, musicians and vocalists, Spain’s preeminent flamenco company brings the traditional art form to vibrant, theatrical life.
— Gypsy Fire explores the journey of the heart and soul of flamenco from a decidedly contemporary perspective.

La Catrina Quartet 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16
Tickets: $21 adults, $5 students and youth
— Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as a wonderful ambassador for music, the quartet’s mission is to perform string quartets from Latin American and Mexican composers.
— La Catrina will perform an all-Latin American program including works by Astor Piazzolla, Silvestre Revueltas and a new quartet by Roberto Sierra, commissioned for the ensemble by Symphony Space in New York City.

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China
7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21
Tickets: $28 adults, $10 students and youth
— An astounding and mesmerizing experience for the young and the young at heart begins the Lied Center’s China Festival.
— This dramatic 35-member company performs feats of strength, skill and ability in a balancing act of exhilaration and risk.
— Taking the audience on an extraordinary journey of spectacle and wonder, the National Acrobats perform high-flying acrobatics, martial arts, gripping illusions and enchanting traditional Chinese dance and music.
— Sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

The Intergalactic Nemesis
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29
Tickets: $21 adults, $10 students and youth
— This period-sci-fi-horror-suspense-comedy-romance for the whole family is performed in an innovative, multimedia presentation.
— While three actors, one foley artist and one keyboardist provide all the voices, sound effects and music, more than 1,250 hand-drawn, full-color, blow-your-mind comic book images are projected on a screen, telling the larger-than-life story.
— Plot: The year is 1933. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott face the most serious threat Earth has ever known: an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon.

Herbie Hancock
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30
Tickets $45 adults, $22.50 students and youth
— Legendary jazz pianist, composer and bandleader Herbie Hancock has been at the forefront of modern jazz, funk and rhythm and blues music for more than 40 years.
— Credited with bringing jazz-fusion music into the mainstream, Hancock’s eclectic and abundant collaborations and inventive compositions have led him to become a true musical icon.
— Originally a member of Miles Davis’ revolutionary “second great quintet,” Hancock collaborated with the illustrious trumpeter on groundbreaking fusion works including “In A Silent Way” and “Bitches Brew.”
— Throughout his artistic explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice.
— His distinguished career includes an Academy Award for his film score to “Round Midnight” and 14 Grammy Awards, including album of the year in 2008.
— Many of his compositions, including “Canteloupe Island,” “Maiden Voyage,” “Watermelon Man,” “Chameleon” and “Rockit” are contemporary standards that have had a profound effect on all styles of modern music.

AnDa Union
7: 30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5
Tickets: $21 adults, $5 students and youth
— The musicians expertly play a variety of traditional lutes, flutes and mouth harps, singing in traditional and mystical vocal forms.
— AnDa Union’s powerful performances are a masterful reimagining of nearly forgotten styles of traditional Mongol music.
— Harkening back to the days of Genghis Khan, this rich heritage of ancient music is intermingled with the modern influences of the many disparate tribes of both Inner and Outer Mongolia.
— Sponsored by Dave and Gunda Hiebert.

An Evening with David Sedaris
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9
Tickets $40 adults, $15 students
— As one of America’s foremost humor writers and recurring contributors to NPR’s “This American Life,” David Sedaris has become somewhat of a superstar in the literary world.
— Always a sold-out performer at the Lied Center, it is easy to see why he has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for best spoken word and best comedy album for recorded public presentations of his novels.
— With quirky and astute insights into the human condition, Sedaris has an unmatched ability to capture the simultaneous horror and humor in each passing moment — both on the page and on the stage.
— Sponsored by Boston Financial Data Services.

Suzanne Farrell Ballet
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12
Tickets: $28 adults, $10 students and youth
— Suzanne Farrell, renowned muse of legendary 20th century ballet choreographer George Balanchine, works to preserve the legacy of his illustrious works through her company located at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
— Farrell’s dancers are known for their ability to engage audiences by connecting inspiring choreography to musical rhythms.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19
Tickets: $21 adults, $5 students and youth
— For its invigorating artistry and inventive programming, Ethel is recognized as America’s foremost postclassical string quartet.
— Performing a program celebrating the concepts of presence and continuity, Ethel will present its own arrangement of Philip Glass’ score from “The Hours,” as well as works by Terry Riley, Huang Ruo, David Lang and Julia Wolfe.
— Using amplification and improvisation in its performances, the ensemble boldly explores new synergies between tradition and technology.

The Celtic Tenors
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10
Tickets: $28 adults, $10 students and youth
— Considered the most successful classical crossover trio ever to emerge from Ireland, the Celtic Tenors is known for its range of passionate resonances.
— Performing Celtic, classical operatic and dazzling arrangements of popular songs, the trio travels the world reinventing the tenor model.
— Performing a program of traditional folk and contemporary holiday favorites.
— Sponsored by Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community.

South Pacific
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18
Tickets: $46 adults, $23 students
— This beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical revival won seven Tony Awards in 2008, including best musical revival and features the classic songs “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “Some Enchanted Evening” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.”
— Set on a tropical island during World War II, “South Pacific” is an epic musical romance.
— Pulitzer Prize-winning “South Pacific” follows the two couples as their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and their own prejudices.
— Sponsored by Capitol Federal Savings.

Chiara String Quartet
2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29
Tickets: $21 adults, $5 students
— The Chiara String Quartet makes its much-anticipated return to the Lied Center stage.
— The ensemble is known for performing contemporary classical music and the masterworks of string quartet repertoire in established concert venues as well as nontraditional locations including bars and art galleries, shattering the established boundaries of the concert music setting.
— Among other works, Chiara will perform Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Milagros” (Miracles), inspired by the composer’s mother’s homeland of Peru.

Elvis Lives
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2
Tickets $36 adults, $15 students
— This multimedia Elvis extravaganza features a talented group of performers representing four of the King’s memorable eras: the 1950s, 1960s, the concert years and his movie career.
— Starring the winner and finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, as well as an Ann-Margret tribute artist, “Elvis Lives” is a pulse-racing musical journey through the rock ’n’ roll icon’s life and career.
— With a live band, movie footage and images straight from the Graceland archives, audiences can’t help falling in love with this phenomenal concert experience.
— Sponsored by Lawrence Journal-World.

Chamber Ensemble of the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra
7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13
Tickets $28 adults, $10 students
— Led by conductor Wang Fujian, the orchestra has played a vital role in conserving and sustaining Chinese folk music.
— Adept, remarkable musicians, the ensemble performs significant Chinese works on percussion, wind and plucked-string instruments.
— Praised for its distinctive style and superb performances, the ensemble celebrates China’s significant history with a broad repertoire that features folk orchestra, national and Cantonese music.
— Sponsored by Dave and Gunda Hiebert.

Matt Haimovitz, cello, and Christopher O’Riley, piano
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
Tickets: $21 adults, $5 students
— Host of NPR’s music program “From the Top,” Christopher O’Riley is recognized as a leading American pianist of his generation.
— Matt Haimovitz made his solo debut at age 13 with the Israel Philharmonic and has since redefined what it means to be a classical musician, bringing concert performance to clubs and coffeehouses around the world.
— The program will be determined by the audience before the performance from a playlist provided by the artists, featuring classical compositions by Bach and Chopin along with works by Radiohead and Piazzolla.

Jin Xing Dance Theatre
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23
Tickets: $24 adults, $10 students and youth
— Chinese choreographer Jin Xing’s path from army colonel to award-winning dancer is one of discovery, strength, metamorphosis and triumph, and this journey is reflected in the intense beauty and powerful grace of her company’s members.
— Having studied in the United States with Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and José Limón, among others, Xing has won national and international awards for her innovative and deeply personal choreography.
— Founded in 1999, Shanghai’s Jin Xing Dance Theatre mesmerizes international audiences with its contemporary mix of Chinese traditionalism and modern dance.
— Sponsored by Dave and Gunda Hiebert.

SFJAZZ Collective
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14
Tickets: $24 adults, $10 students
— Honoring the astronomical success of rhythm and blues, pop, soul, jazz and funk superstar Stevie Wonder, SFJAZZ will perform original arrangements of the singer/songwriter’s extensive catalog including “Superstition,” “My Cherie Amour” and “Do I Do,” as well as its own inspired compositions.
— The SFJAZZ Collective is a stellar cooperative of eight world-renowned jazz soloists who perform works by both seminal icons of the genre and the collective’s own members: Avishai Cohen, trumpet; Robin Eubanks, trombone; Eric Harland, drums; Stefon Harris, vibes and marimba; Matt Penman, bass; Edward Simon, piano; Mark Turner, saxophones; and Miguel Zenón, alto saxophone and flute.

Mnozil Brass
7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31
Tickets: $24 adults, $10 students and youth
 —The Austrian brass septet routinely combines slapstick humor with impeccably accomplished musical performances.
— The ensemble’s shows are characterized by elegant beauty juxtaposed against raucous and riotous eruptions, as the musicians take the audience on a journey spanning multiple musical styles and epochs.
— Performing Blofeld, Mnozil Brass’ newest work, is chock-full of stunts, music and movement.
— Founded in 1992 by graduates of the Vienna College of Music, Mnozil Brass is a truly singular experience and one not to be missed.

Farfalle (Butterflies) by Compagnia TPO
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10
5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11
4, 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, April 13
11 a.m. and 5 and 7 p.m Saturday, April 14
Tickets: $24 adults, $12 students and youth
— Compagnia TPO, a visual theater group from Prato, Italy, uses digital technology and multimedia to transform the stage into a beautiful, virtual landscape filled with images of plants, insects and vibrant colors where dancers gracefully weave the story against a backdrop of light and sound.
— Farfalle (Italian for butterflies) takes audiences of all ages on a unique journey through the lifecycle of a butterfly.
— Sponsored by Collective Brands.

Note: An additional Broadway show sponsored by Douglas County Bank will be announced in August.

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