As part of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s sesquicentennial celebration, the Lied Center for Performing Arts and Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts will present “Charter Day Celebration: Music and Milestones, N150,” an evening of live performances and multimedia entertainment, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Lied.
Jeff Zeleny, senior White House correspondent for CNN and a Nebraska alumnus, will guide the audience through some of the university’s major accomplishments.
“Our university’s 150th anniversary is an important milestone, and this event is a perfect finale for our Charter Day celebration and opportunity to launch into our next 150 years,” Chancellor Ronnie Green said. “I encourage everyone to attend this special performance and share in an extraordinary evening.”
More than 175 artists will unite to perform a program including Richard Wagner’s “Entry of the Gods into Valhalla,” Carl Orff’s “O Fortuna” from “Carmina Burana” and N150-commissioned new works by Nebraska alumni David von Kampen and Garrett Hope. Special features include tributes to celebrated alumni Willa Cather, Roxane Gay and Ted Kooser.
Performing ensembles include the Cornhusker Marching Band, UNL Symphony Orchestra, UNL Opera, UNL Dance, Chamber Singers, University Singers and Varsity Singers. They will be joined throughout the evening by notable Nebraskans, including actress Marg Helgenberger.
“The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts is thrilled to showcase our students, faculty, alumni and friends in this special event,” said Chuck O’Connor, dean of the college. “We know audiences will enjoy the performances of our ensembles, including the premiere of two new compositions created for this event by our alumni Garrett Hope and David von Kampen. All of the performers deserve the spotlight of the world-class Lied Center stage to showcase their tremendous talents. We are proud to be a part of this important celebration.”
Tickets are $30 and available here, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office, 301 N. 12th St. University of Nebraska–Lincoln students can purchase tickets at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard. A limited number of free Arts for All tickets for students are available here. Children 18 and younger are eligible for half-price tickets.