The Lied Center for Performing Arts continues to safely provide world-class entertainment — virtually and in person — during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Lied Center has produced nearly two dozen Lied Live Online concerts since the beginning of the pandemic, all presented free of charge. For the first time, new events in November and December will include the option to attend in person at the Lied.
Both shows will be streamed live on the Lied Center’s Facebook page and website. The performances are free to attend in person, but a ticket is required. There is also an option to select a paid ticket to support the Lied Center. Tickets for both events will be available beginning Nov. 5 on the Lied Center website.
“The Love and Justice Concert: In Honor of Justice Ginsburg,” 7:30 p.m., Nov. 19 — This original song cycle in honor of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg features works by three female composers and will be performed by soprano Jamie Marie Webb and pianist Sean Yoo. Works include “Wider Than the Sky” by Lori Laitman, “Pot Roast a la RBG” by Vivian Fung (commissioned by Jane and James Ginsburg in celebration of their mother’s 80th birthday) and “My Dearest Ruth” by Stacy Garrop (based on the final writing of Martin Ginsburg, commissioned by Jane and James Ginsburg in celebration of their mother’s 80th birthday).
“Hannah Huston: Believe in Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15 —The Lied Center welcomes back Huston for a holiday concert presented in collaboration with the Arts for the Soul Music and Fine Arts Series. The singer will present an intimate evening of selections from her holiday album, “Believe in Christmas,” along with some classic holiday favorites. Huston was a preschool teacher in Lincoln when she auditioned for Season 10 of NBC’s “The Voice” in 2016. She finished as second runner-up, launching a successful music career.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all shows through at least Jan. 16 will feature socially distanced seating, and all patrons, volunteers and staff will be required to wear face coverings while inside the Lied Center. For more information on the venue’s health and safety measures, click here.
Lied Learning Online
Audiences have returned to the Lied Center, but online programming continues with new events from Lied Learning Online. In November, participants are invited to spend Election Day learning about art as activism, go on a wild weather yoga adventure, take a master class from a Broadway dancer and meet a Husker singer/songwriter who has already developed a large following.
Lunch and Learn: “NYU Verbatim Theatre: A Play on Politics,” noon, Nov. 3 — The Lied’s video podcast series welcomes Joe Salvatore, professor of educational theatre at New York University, to chat about his groundbreaking work in political and cultural theatre using verbatim performance. Salvatore directs NYU’s Verbatim Performance Lab, which emerged following the success of “Her Opponent,” a re-staging of excerpts of the 2016 presidential debates using gender-reversed casting. Salvatore will discuss his approach to creating theatre, “Her Opponent’s” journey to an off-Broadway run and future projects planned for the Verbatim Performance Lab.
Tiny Lieders: “Spectacular Seasons and Wild Weather: Yoga, Movement and Music,” 10 a.m., Nov. 12 — This series is specifically for the Lied’s youngest patrons. Children 6 and under are invited to join Ashley Laverty, artistic director of Kerfuffle theatre company, for a 45-minute season- and weather-themed movement, music and yoga jam.
Master Classes at the Lied: Musical Theatre Dance with Con O’Shea Creal, noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 15 — This master class will be conducted via Zoom and is geared toward beginning and intermediate dance students ages 11-18. Lied Center teaching artist O’Shea Creal will teach a short choreographed combination from a musical theatre work, and students will learn how to pick up simple choreography, discover and build their unique performance style, gain self-confidence, improve dance audition technique, and observe and learn from their peers. No preparation required is required — just a willingness to try something new. Pre-registration is required. O’Shea Creal is a Lincoln native who appeared on Broadway in the 2014 revival of “Side Show” and in Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” He also appeared as Bert in the 2012-13 national tour of “Mary Poppins” and was recently part of the first national tour of “Something Rotten!”
- Huskers in the Spotlight: Noah Floersch, noon, Nov. 24 — Floersch, a senior marketing major at Nebraska, will give a virtual performance. The 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Omaha has been releasing music professionally since late 2018. In August, he released his second EP, “A Book of Stories.” Floersch’s musical style is inspired by the likes of Jon Bellion, Vampire Weekend and Fleetwood Mac. He plans to pursue a full-time career as a recording artist and songwriter after graduation. He has nearly 100,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and several of his songs have racked up over a million listens on the platform.