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‘Phantom of the Opera’ tops Lied’s October lineup
The Lied Center for Performing Arts’ 2019-20 season kicks into high gear in October with a 12-day run of “The Phantom of the Opera” and performances by string quartet Brooklyn Rider and vocal group The Texas Tenors.
Tickets are on sale online, 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% discount with a valid NCard.
“The Legend of Georgia McBride,” Oct. 2-4, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 6, 2 p.m.; Oct. 8-11, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 12, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 13, 2 p.m., Carson Theater — The Nebraska Repertory Theatre presents this award-winning play about a struggling Elvis Presley impersonator who finds a path to prosperity by becoming a lip-syncing drag queen.
Brooklyn Rider, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Hall — This New York City-based string quartet is known for its eclectic repertoire, gripping performances and collaborations with artists such as Sting, Elvis Costello, Béla Fleck and Gabriel Kahane. The group will join University of Nebraska–Lincoln music professor and pianist Paul Barnes to celebrate the release of their CD recording, including Philip Glass’ new work “Anunciation.”
“A Night of Chinese Arts,” Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Hall — This celebration of Chinese culture will feature excepts of the Beijing Opera, folk songs, dance and traditional instrumental music. The program is presented through a partnership of the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts, Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera and UNL Confucius Institute.
The Texas Tenors, Oct. 13, 4 p.m., Lied Center — More than 100 million people watched this trio become the highest-ranking vocal group in the history of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” From Alabama to Giacomo Puccini, the Tenors bring a unique blend of country, gospel, classical and Broadway tunes to the stage.
Get the Led Out, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Rococo Theatre — From the bombastic and epic to the folky and mystical, Get the Led Out has captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians who re-create the classic rock band’s songs in their original depth and glory.
Stefon Harris and Blackout, Oct. 18, Rococo Theatre — This vibraphonist exudes passionate artistry and astonishing virtuosity that have propelled him to the forefront of the jazz scene. Fresh off his 2018 album “Sonic Creed,” which was named jazz album of the year by top jazz radio station WBGO, Harris returns to Lincoln for the first time in a decade.
“The Phantom of the Opera,” Oct. 23, 8 p.m.; Oct. 24, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 26, 8 p.m.; Oct. 27, 1:30 and 7 p.m.; Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 2, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 3, 1:30 and 7 p.m., Lied Center — Cameron Mackintosh’s reimagining of the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making it one of the largest productions on tour in North America. The show retains the beloved story and thrilling score of the original but boasts new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography.