The Lied Center for Performing Arts will kick off its 30th-anniversary season with a performance by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 19. The season’s classical offerings will also include string quartet Brooklyn Rider, pianist Murray Perahia, and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet with pianist Joyce Yang.
The world-renowned symphony, featuring new Music Director Stéphane Denève, will perform at 7:30 p.m. The program will showcase Claude Debussy’s “La Mer”; Maurice Ravel’s “Piano Concerto in G Major,” performed by piano virtuoso Jean-Yves Thibaudet; and George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” suite. The symphony returns following its landmark “Firebird” collaboration with American Ballet Theatre at the Lied Center in 2018.
“The Lied has a national reputation for piano and classical programming, which is reflected by opening this historic season with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Thibaudet,” said Bill Stephan, executive director of the Lied.
Brooklyn Rider, with the addition of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Paul Barnes on piano, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Kimball Recital Hall. A rare classical group to play the South by Southwest Music Festival, Brooklyn Rider is known for its collaborations with diverse artists, ranging from Sting and Elvis Costello to Béla Fleck and Gabriel Kahane. The group offers an eclectic repertoire and has received rave reviews from classical, world and rock critics.
Now in its eighth season, the Lied’s Piano Series brings top soloists to Lincoln. At 4 p.m. March 1, 2020, Perahia will perform at the Lied Center for the first time in 15 years. A highly sought-after musician, he has won three Grammy and nine Gramophone awards.
The innovative Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will join forces onstage with Van Cliburn Piano Competition silver medalist Yang at 7:30 p.m. April 11, 2020. In its Lied Center debut, the ballet company will present a program that includes musical compositions by Erik Satie, Philip Glass and Robert Schumann, as well as the perspective-bending work “Dream Play.”
The entire 2019-20 Lied Center season will be announced May 8. Beginning May 13, patrons can purchase a season subscription at the box office, 301 N. 12th St., by phone at 402-472-4747 or here. A season-ticket package is an order of four or more events. Members of the general public will receive a 10-percent discount for season-ticket orders of four to seven events. Orders of eight or more events will receive a 20-percent discount. University of Nebraska–Lincoln students can receive those discounts in addition to the 50-percent student discount.
If the performances are not sold out through season-ticket orders, remaining tickets will be available for single-ticket purchase starting in early August.