VISION We envision a world in which the arts are universally valued as essential to the human experience, and the Lied Center is a catalyst for realizing this ideal.
MISSION The Lied Center of Kansas serves as a catalyst for the arts, creativity, engagement and community‑building through the following core activities: • Presenting a series of diverse, relevant and world-class performances to activate our community and strengthen its connection with the arts. • Engaging our community through experiential learning in the performing arts and our world by providing opportunities to attend, explore, participate and create. • Serving as a communal gathering space for shared experience, connection, conversation and the celebration of achievement.
FOREWORD The World Wide Web made its debut. The first Beanie Babies were released. The KU men’s basketball team won the Big Eight Conference title. Jurassic Park topped the box office charts. These tidbits of pop culture all occurred 25 years ago in 1993. My, how times have changed! But maybe not as much as we think. In 2018, another film in the Jurassic Park series has already topped $1 billion worldwide and the KU men’s basketball team once again captured the conference title. At the Lied Center of Kansas, our team is ecstatic to have withstood the test of time over the last quarter century. And that is simply because of you. We are so fortunate to have built an incredible community of supporters encompassing the University of Kansas, the Friends of the Lied and patrons from Lawrence, Douglas County, the state of Kansas and beyond. And we are eternally grateful to Christina Hixson and the Lied Foundation Trust whose vision and leadership laid the groundwork for where we are today. It is truly humbling to follow in the footsteps of founding Executive Director Jackie Davis and Executive Director Emeritus Tim Van Leer. Both leaders helped to build an incredible foundation and culture for the organization. We are thrilled to build upon their legacy by marking the 25th Anniversary with a number of inspiring projects, in addition to the everevolving roster of artists and programming: • For the youth in our community, we have successfully established a $500,000 Expanding Performing Arts Access Fund to ensure that every single student in Lawrence Public Schools can attend an age specific, world-class performance on an annual basis (see page 14). • For those who experience hearing loss in our community, we have installed hearing loop technology at the Lied Center (see page 22). • The unmatched folklore of Kansas basketball will be celebrated in a truly unique manner with a world-premiere performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (see pages 12–13 for more details). • The main circular drive was enhanced with an inspiring sculpture by artist Jan Gaumnitz and a monarch waystation garden crafted by Susan and Doug Rendall (see page 23). I would like to express my special thanks to all current and former Friends of the Lied board members, staff and volunteers. There is so much to be excited about during this landmark season. As a way to show our appreciation for your support, we hope you will enjoy this commemorative book. It demonstrates the special history of the Lied Center, how the vision for the Lied Center has come to life today and how it will continue to progress over time. Here’s to the next 25 years! Rock Chalk!
Derek Kwan, Executive Director
DOUGLAS A. GIROD, M.D. University of Kansas Chancellor Dear Derek and the Lied Center team, I am delighted to offer my warmest greetings and congratulations to the Lied Center of Kansas on your 25th Anniversary. Since opening in 1993, the Lied Center of Kansas has provided access to diverse, relevant and world-class artists and has welcomed over 2 million patrons through its doors. The Lied Center has engaged our community by providing experiential learning opportunities for over 1,500 KU students and free performing arts access for over 125,000 public school students. It has served as a communal gathering space that has provided a venue for shared experience and celebration of achievement. From hosting dignitaries to graduation ceremonies, it has provided the perfect place for the university community to gather, connect, learn and celebrate. Over the past 25 years, the Lied Center of Kansas has had a profound impact on our community and enhanced the lives of many. Please accept my best wishes for continued success as you celebrate this impressive milestone. Sincerely,
Chancellor Douglas Girodâ€™s inauguration ceremony at the Lied Center, April 2018
TIM VAN LEER Executive Director Emeritus 2001–2013 It was an honor to have been the executive director of the Lied Center of Kansas from July 2001 to December 2013. I knew from the beginning that it was a special place, not only as an outstanding performing arts center, but as an organization with a deep history dating back to the university’s first Concert Series that began in 1903–04. During my tenure, it was a privilege to meet and get to know the amazing philanthropist Christina Hixson. Early on, I realized that the Lied Center needed a multipurpose space for smaller events, and she was instrumental in the addition of the Pavilion event space in 2010–11. I am proud to have been part of that expansion to the Lied Center and thankful for the generosity of Ms. Hixson and so many of our patrons. What truly stands out for me, though, are the people I worked with and the memorable performances. Since the Lied Center opened its doors in 1993, it has been home to world-renowned and local performances, from classical trios and ballet, to modern dance and Broadway shows, to productions by KU’s School of Music and Department of Dance, to name a few. I have especially fond memories of working with young artists early in their careers. It was very gratifying to personally bring young artists to perform in schools and public spaces, both in Lawrence and in other communities across Kansas. Working with KU students, on the events committee and other KU student organizations, were some of the most enjoyable years of my performing arts career. And the dedicated Lied Center staff and volunteers, who worked both in front of and behind the curtains, were outstanding! Congratulations for providing performing arts to ALL!
3 Ribbon cutting in the Kemper Foyer (main lobby), March 2011
JACQUELINE Z. DAVIS Founding Executive Director 1993–2000 It is a special treat for me to look back on the creation of the Lied Center. So many people played an important role in the final product, which is a beacon for the performing arts in the Midwest. I especially want to thank the Lied Center staff, who worked tirelessly to perfect all aspects of this great venue. The marvelous Christina Hixson primarily funded the creation of the Lied Center, as executor of the Ernst F. Lied Foundation, and she also gave a generous endowment for programming a number of years ago. Great credit also goes to then Chancellor Gene Budig and to the Dean of the School of Fine Arts at that time, Peter Thompson. Dr. Budig’s efforts were critical in fundraising, and Mr. Thompson considered every detail to make the Lied Center the great building that it would become. I have so many wonderful memories of working with acousticians, theatre consultants, KU Capitol Planning and Lied Center staff members to “dress” the theatre. I traveled from Colorado to Canada to look at orchestra lifts. I went to Michigan and Mexico City to find the chairs. We all pored over colors for days, and I love the gray, burgundy and blue color scheme that resulted. The goal was to blend comfort with a bit of elegance, to match the great performers who would grace our stage. I learned quickly that traditions are special when constructing a building. Many thanks to Randy Turner, the project’s construction supervisor, for putting me on a long ladder to touch the ceiling for good luck at the end of construction. Were any of you around to see the tree on the top of the building weeks before we opened on September 23, 1993? It looked very strange, but those of us who knew why it was there for one week felt very lucky indeed. My favorite moment came after we had opened. Luci Tapahonso of the Lied Center board asked that members of the Haskell Indian Nations University community give a blessing for the building. I asked when we might set a date with my colleagues at Haskell, and I was told that I would “just know.” This worried me momentarily, but I forged ahead with programming and then had 4
almost forgotten the request completely. One day, I returned early from lunch and, instead of going straight to my office as I usually did, I strolled into the theatre almost as if there was a rope pulling me toward it. I looked up at the stage and saw about 20 people had come with Ms. Tapahonso to the site. She turned to me and whispered, “We have been waiting for you.” We formed a circle, and they wished the very best for the Lied Center, its staff, its patrons and its artists. I cried throughout the entire ceremony because it was such a special moment. These blessings seemed to have worked and continue to do so. Some of the best artists in the world have graced the Lied’s stage. Through my own efforts and those of my colleague and friend, Tim Van Leer, and now through the great leadership of Derek Kwan, the organization is dynamic and thriving. The programming has won several awards and continues to both delight and challenge audiences. The Lied Center has also been acknowledged as one of the most important university presenters in the country. So many wonderful artists have visited Lawrence to perform at the Lied Center. My list of favorites is too long to mention, but two events stand out to me. One being the national tour of The Secret Garden that opened the building in a week-long run. It was a fabulous beginning. The second, and most memorable, was the evening that opera singers Patricia Wise and Joyce Castle—both KU graduates—opened the Concert Series for the Lied. They sang separately and together. They described how important their education was at KU, and they spoke reverently about their teachers, some of whom were in the audience. It was a magical moment.
I feel so fortunate that I was given the opportunity to be the Lied Center’s first director. The town and university have been united since the beginning in their support of the Lied Center as a place to experience music, dance, theatre and to connect as a community. Thanks to those who made the blessings possible. Happy 25th Anniversary to all. May the magic continue for many more years. 5 Joyce Castle performed in the Lied’s first Concert Series in 1993
The Secret Garden was the first Broadway musical to be presented on the Lied Center stage for the gala opening in 1993.
CHRISTINA M. HIXSON A story of resolve, generosity and inspiration A tribute by Dolph C. Simons, Jr. Christina Hixson is a unique and special individual. She has enriched the lives of millions of individuals through her generosity and deep commitment to encourage young people to take advantage of educational opportunities that, in turn, will help them become better citizens and achieve their dreams and potential. Christina Hixson is the lady who made this grand Lied Center possible, as well as providing academic scholarships to hundreds of University of Kansas students. However, the building is not named for her, but rather for the man, Ernst F. Lied, who hired her shortly after she finished high school in 1944 for a job paying 50 cents per hour. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Lied Center, a shining, active and stimulating hallmark of the University of Kansas. KU students, faculty, area residents, preschool through high school students, and tens of thousands of others have had the opportunity to enjoy world-class musicians, actors, speakers, as well as national and international leaders on the Lied stage. The Lied Center has played a major role in making KU a more complete university, enriching the lives of millions, elevating the importance of the arts, and making Lawrence and the state of Kansas better and more enjoyable places to work and live. In addition to providing the fiscal framework and foundation for the Lied, Hixson has been generous in her fiscal support for KU students on the Mount Oread campus, as well as funds for research programs at the KU School of Medicine in Kansas City. Her commitment and interest in KU is mirrored by her generous support for scholarships and programs at Iowa State University, the University of Nebraska, the University of Nevada, Creighton University, Whitworth College in Washington and many other diverse programs in these states, such as a nationally recognized zoo, Boys Town National Research Hospital, museums, legal aid programs, Doane College, public schools, Catholic Charities, The Salvation Army, athletic programs, conference centers and other programs totaling more than $300 million. Hixon was born in Missouri but shortly thereafter moved to Clarinda, Iowa. When she was 12 years old, her father abandoned the family, and her mother was left to support four children. Two of Hixsonâ€™s older siblings had already left home to start their own families.
It was a tough, hard life with Hixson holding a wide variety of jobs—cleaning chicken houses, waiting tables, cooking and cleaning for harvest crews and growing up in a house without hot water or a bathroom. On most days, her mother would leave early in the morning for work, leaving two quarters on the kitchen table for Hixson to use to feed the children.
What kind of a person is Chris Hixson?
She was a good student with excellent skills in mathematics and shorthand, focusing on courses she thought would help her find a job after her schooling. She borrowed money from an uncle to enter a business school in Omaha because, as she said, “I knew I didn’t want to be a waitress the rest of my life.” Shortly after Hixon entered the business program, school officials received a phone call from Lied, who owned a large automobile dealership in Omaha, asking if there was a student who might meet their needs. Hixson was recommended, and she went to work for him on November 20, 1944 for a salary of 50 cents per hour. Lied was the only boss she ever had during her distinguished business career. Over the years, she had many assignments helping expand Lied’s businesses, and eventually, she became his closest advisor and associate. Her business skills, bargaining powers, vision and her tenacity in making sure every dollar was spent wisely resulted in tripling the value of the company following Lied’s death in 1980. At the time of his death, the estate was valued at $110,241,192, and over the next 30 years Hixon has given away more than $300 million.
7 Christina Hixson visits the Lied Center of Kansas during construction, 1992
Why did Hixson decide to give money to KU for the Lied Center?
She wanted to do something to honor Lied, who had entered KU as a student in 1923, was a class officer in 1924 and a KU letterman in golf in 1925. He transferred to the University of Nebraska and received his degree in 1927. She had provided money for a performing arts center in Nebraska and then worked with former KU Chancellor Gene Budig to decide what might be a fitting memorial on Mount Oread to recognize Lied. Budig is a Nebraska native who had served as an Assistant Vice Chancellor and head of Public Affairs for the University of Nebraska along with Durwood “Woody” Varner, a former President of the University of Nebraska as well as President of The Nebraska Endowment program. A performance center was also selected as an appropriate remembrance at KU, and many locations were considered by Hixson and Budig before the West Campus site was chosen. Hixson is a gracious, unassuming person who can be tough and demanding when necessary. She doesn’t tolerate laziness, carelessness or half-hearted efforts. If she and her foundation are considering funding a project, she expects every dollar to be spent wisely. Also, Hixson will not agree to provide sizable funding for a project unless those requesting fiscal help show enough confidence and belief in the project to invest their own funds. Hixson’s interest in a specific project or program does not end with writing a check, as she continues to oversee how the money is being used and how students receiving scholarship funds are performing. She pays close attention to the academic records of the students and does not hesitate in offering advice on their professional manner of dress. When asked what motivates her in providing millions of dollars and scholarships she says, “I’m someone who’s scraped. That’s the kind of person I’m interested in. The kid I’m looking for has to go home to work on the farm or some other job just to get through high school. I’m looking for the kid who doesn’t even think college is an option. Give them a chance. A lot of extraordinary things are done by ordinary people if they are given a chance.” Hixson continually emphasizes the importance of a good education, knowing this serves as a foundation for a successful career. If this indeed proves to be the
case, she is hopeful that, at some point in the students’ careers, they too will be in a position to follow her pattern and philosophy of giving. The Christina Hixson story should serve as an inspiration and real-life example for students to realize what can be accomplished if they have the motivation and work habits to take advantage of educational opportunities. Hixson’s wonderful record of generosity has not been carried out with the motive to capture headlines, receive awards or have buildings named after her. She considers the academic success and personal growth of the students she’s helped as her number-one reward. She is genuine in every sense. She is honest in every respect. She is modest and careful with every dollar, whether spent in her gifting programs or in her own modest lifestyle. There is nothing phony about her. When offered a free and convenient private jet ride by a university official to attend a distant meeting, she said, “If you have enough money to fly me on a jet, maybe you don’t need my money as much as you suggest.” Her mission is to provide opportunities and expand horizons, stimulate young people to reach their potential and become good, involved citizens interested in the welfare of others. She wants those who may not normally have the opportunity to hear an opera singer, marvel at a Broadway show or listen to an important speaker to be able to have such experiences at the Lied Center.
Lied Trustee Christina Hixson and artist John Martin pose next to her portrait located in the Seymour Gallery (upper lobby).
The record shows that over the past 25 years, Hixson’s vision and dreams for the Lied Center of Kansas have been met and exceeded. KU is a better and more complete university due to Hixson’s generosity; students who have received fiscal support from Hixson have been given a head start in many respects; and those who have taken advantage of attending a performance at the Lied, whether a musical, dance, symphony or any of the ever-changing menu of events, is sure to leave the center with a smile, or thoughtfully stimulated, in appreciation for this magnificent facility. The Lied Center is truly a gift that continues to offer enjoyment and entertainment year-after-year. Thank you, Chris Hixson. 9
LET’S CELEBRATE! We are beyond grateful to all of our patrons and partners for their support of the performing arts in our community— we wouldn’t be celebrating 25 years without you. And that’s why we’ve planned an anniversary season like no other with many special activities and events for you to enjoy. Come celebrate with YOUR Lied Center of Kansas!
LIED LOVES LAWRENCE:
Community Arts & Music Festival Friday & Saturday, September 14 & 15, 2018
We can’t think of a better way to kick off the Lied Center’s 25th Anniversary Season than with a celebration of performing arts in appreciation of our community that has supported us for the last quarter century. You’re invited to an extravaganza of spectacular performances, live music, kid-friendly activities, behind-the-scenes workshops and more. The festival is in honor of Christina M. Hixson, the sole trustee of the Lied Foundation Trust.
Friday, September 14, 2018 Starting at 7:30 pm Free and open to the public
KU School of Music Collage Concert Collage is a Jayhawk tradition that celebrates the beginning of a new academic year for the KU School of Music. Drawing upon the world-class talents of faculty and students from across the School of Music, the program consists of several different musical vignettes showcasing KU’s vibrant music community.
Immediately following the Collage Concert, there will be a performance by Quixotic outside of the building. Quixotic is an innovative performance art collective that fuses imagination with technology, dance, projection mapping and live music to create fully immersive, multi-sensory experiences.
Saturday, September 15, 2018 Starting at 4:00 pm Free and open to the public
The festivities on Saturday begin with the dedication of a new sculpture created by local artist Jan Gaumnitz in the circle drive at the main entrance to the Lied Center. The sculpture resides in a sustainable pollinator garden, created by master gardeners Susan and Doug Rendall. More information about the sculpture and garden can be found on page 23. Following the dedication, we’ll get the party started with family-friendly activities both outside and inside the building. Enjoy live bands on the outdoor stage, along with children’s activities like a bouncy house and more. Complimentary treats will be provided, and food will be available for purchase from food trucks. Inside the building, get a behind-the-scenes look at the Lied Center and enjoy workshops to learn about stage tech, movement and dance, theatrical makeup and more.
Mwenso & The Shakes A unique troupe of global artists who present music that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry while commanding a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro-American music.
The Steel Wheels Americana, bluegrass and folk music with exquisite harmonies, hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation One of New Orleans’ treasures featuring a blend of funk, jazz, rock, hip-hop and a whole lot of Southern charm.
Quixotic Once the sun goes down, Quixotic will shine in a stunning outdoor performance piece, featuring projection mapping, live music and dance, and designed specifically for the Lied Center with the show taking place directly ON the building. Festival sponsor
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA with WYNTON MARSALIS World Premiere: 25th Anniversary Commission Honoring 15 KU Basketball Luminaries October 11, 2018 The 25th Anniversary Season is full of special performances and events, and the world premiere of the commission honoring 15 KU basketball luminaries is an extraordinary example. The work includes movements composed by each of the 15 members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO), and each movement captures the spirit of a beloved KU basketball legend. This project represents the first time the JLCO has been commissioned to create a new work as a collective.
Wynton has often compared playing in a big band to playing on a basketball team.
Performance sponsored by
The JLCO, comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. Under Music Director Wynton Marsalis, the JLCO performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works, including compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus and many others. While this collaboration is a unique idea, it was the similarities between the art of jazz and the sport of basketball that ignited the commission. Lied Center Executive Director Derek Kwan explained, “Wynton has often compared playing in a big band to playing on a basketball team. Each member plays within a form, understands the rules and is called upon to improvise at specific moments in time. Most importantly, the results are best when individuals don’t play selfishly but function as a team.”
Another aspect making this project truly special is that the proceeds will help fund the Lied Center’s Expanding Performing Arts Access Endowed Fund. The purpose of this fund is to enable every single student in Lawrence Public Schools to attend a world-class, age-specific performance on an annual basis. Learn more about the Expanding Performing Arts Access Endowed Fund and other education programs on page 14. Through the generosity of private donors, each movement of the 25th Anniversary Commission is sponsored. The 15 KU basketball legends who will be highlighted in individual movements and the corresponding movement sponsors are: Phog Allen – John & Rosy Elmore Charlie B. Black – Cathy L. Daicoff Mario Chalmers – Miles & Paula Schnaer Wilt Chamberlain – Beverly Smith Billings Nick Collison – Catherine Holland Bill Hougland – Brad & Linda Sanders Clyde Lovellette – Jon & Vicki Jamison Danny Manning – Danny & Julie Manning James Naismith – David Booth Paul Pierce – Cathy Reinhardt Darnell Valentine – Steve & Chris Edmonds Walt Wesley – Roland & Joanne Hurst Jo Jo White – Scott & Linda Robinson and Chris & Jane Fevurly Andrew Wiggins – Jeff & Mary Weinberg Lynette Woodard – In honor of Renate Mai-Dalton, Venkat & Neeli Bendapudi
Forrest “Phog” Allen
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS Providing performing arts experiences and opportunities for students and educators.
School-Only Performing Arts Experiences Every year, the Lied Center provides school-only performances for more than 10,000 students in USD 497 and surrounding schools, for free. Research has shown that the arts enrich all aspects of education. Integrating art into the learning environment helps influence students with diverse learning styles and promotes interdisciplinary understanding and critical thinking. Experiencing and engaging in the performing arts can spark creativity and inspiration in many more aspects than just the arts. And for younger audiences, these live arts experiences introduce them to dance, theatre, music and storytelling, as well as learning how to attend an event as an audience member. The Lied Center is committed to providing free, age-appropriate performances by world-class artists to local students each year and has had a history of doing so for children in kindergarten through fifth grade since the Lied Center opened in 1993. In 2007, the Performing Arts 3to5 program was created so that preschoolers could also have live performing arts experiences. And in the 2015â€“16 season, the program was expanded to middle and high school students as well. Due to generous gifts and the creation of the Expanding Performing Arts Access Endowed Fund, the Lied Center is proud to be able to offer outstanding performing arts experiences for every student in USD 497 for free, each season in perpetuity. 14
Rennie Harris Puremovement school performance, 2014
Arts Ambassadors The Lied Center Arts Ambassadors are a group of dedicated educators who serve as a communication network between USD 497 and the Lied Center. Every school building in the Lawrence Public School District has an ambassador representative. The Ambassadors help arrange the school logistics relating to the School Performance Series. These include placing all performance-request orders, arranging for buses and distributing all educational materials from the Lied Center. They help make the most of Lied Center performances and events for local students.
2018–19 School-Only Performances Kindergarten to second grade: Parsons Dance
The Lied Center of Kansas gratefully acknowledges the 2018–19 USD 497 Arts Ambassadors: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Michelle Barnes, Woodlawn Elementary School Morgan Carter, Kennedy Elementary School Lysette DeBoard, Cordley Elementary School Rachel Downs & Leslie Campbell, Free State High School Kim Gamble, New York Elementary School Peter Gipson, Sunflower Elementary School Lisa Greenwood, West Middle School Teresa Hupfauf, Pinckney Elementary School Jamie Johnson & Megan Hurt, Lawrence High School Margaret Jones, Liberty Memorial Central Middle School Donna Lang, Kennedy Elementary School, Early Education Linda Longino, Langston Hughes Elementary School Coleen Martin, Broken Arrow Elementary School Laurie Matney, Hillcrest Elementary School Pat Newton, St. John Catholic School Nicole Price, Prairie Park Elementary School Scott Robinson, South Middle School Christina Smith, Quail Run Elementary School Katie Stoltenberg, Sunset Hill Elementary School Lindsay Taylor, Schwegler Elementary School Anne Tormohlen, Deerfield Elementary School Deborah Woodall Routledge, Southwest Middle School
Third to fifth grades: They Called Her Vivaldi
Middle School: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Lawrence Schools Foundation helps fund school performances for USD 497 students, 2018 High School: Passing It Forward
Simone Porter performance with the KU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jung-Ho Pak, 2017
At the Lied Center, we are not only passionate about providing students opportunities to see world-class artists perform, but we also believe giving students the opportunity to learn from and perform with artists can be lifechanging for young, aspiring performers. Each season, we are excited to help facilitate these kinds of opportunities, and we are grateful for the support of artists and teachers who help make these performances a reality. In the 2017â€“18 season, Lawrence High and Free State High School orchestra students performed to a packed house with Black Violin, a popular and high-energy group composed of classically trained string instrumentalists. The orchestra directors and students worked in advance to prepare for the performance and then rehearsed on the day of the concert with Black Violin. Some of the student performers had even seen Black Violin in a previous School Performance Series at the Lied Center as third through fifth graders, and then again in high school. So, being able to perform with the group was an experience coming full circle. Together, they wowed the audience at the public performance in September 2017. For KU students, the Lied Center started the Jayhawk Live Series during the 2014â€“2015 season. Select performances in this series pair an international touring artist or dance company with a major university ensemble, including the KU Symphony Orchestra, KU Jazz Ensemble I, KU Wind Ensemble, KU Percussion Group and University Dance Company. KU students gain invaluable experience rehearsing and performing with renowned professional artists. Learn more about the Jayhawk Live Series on page 27.
Anat Cohen works with Dan Gailey and KU Jazz Ensemble I, 2018
University Dance Company performs a piece by Thodos Dance Chicago, 2015
2017–18 IMPACT Award winners Black Violin and Deborah Woodall Routledge
As part of our mission to be a catalyst for creativity and the arts, we believe it is critical to celebrate others who share similar passions and values. In the 21st season (2014–15), the Lied Center established the IMPACT Awards. Each season, one artist or group is honored for distinguished service to the performing arts, and one educator in the Lawrence School District is honored for distinguished service to arts education.
Artists: The artist or group who receives this award has made an indelible impact on the performing arts in the following areas: • Leadership—The artist is celebrated for initiating programs or projects that ensure the future of the arts. • Integrity—The artist is committed to the highest artistic standards. • Education—The artist is deeply engaged in performing arts education.
2016–17 IMPACT Award winners Imani Winds and Sara Bonner
• Discovery—The artist is a trailblazer through the creation of new and innovative work. Educators: As we all know, educators have to be creative in the classroom to truly engage their students. There are some, however, who go far beyond the norm and create a space of imagination, creativity and innovation in their classrooms. The educator who receives this award provides support, encouragement and inspiration to their students. In addition to providing various arts experiences, this individual is committed to integrating the arts into the classroom curriculum through creative and innovative teaching practices.
2015–16 IMPACT Award winners Branford Marsalis and Dani Lotton‑Barker
IMPACT Award Recipients Artists
USD 497 Educators
2017–18 • Black Violin 2016–17 • Imani Winds 2015–16 • Branford Marsalis 2014–15 • Wynton Marsalis
2017–18 • Deborah Woodall Routledge 2016–17 • Sara Bonner 2015–16 • Dani Lotton-Barker 2014–15 • Lois Orth-Lopes
2014–15 IMPACT Award winners Wynton Marsalis and Lois Orth-Lopes
Lied Across Kansas Providing performing arts experiences and engagement opportunities to students and community members of all ages not only in Lawrence, but across the state of Kansas, is an important initiative at the Lied Center. With that goal in mind, the Lied Across Kansas program was developed. Each season, the Lied Center takes the show on the road to Sabetha, Salina, Russell and Hays. The center selects an artist or group that will be performing in the Lied Center Series to travel to these communities and work with and perform for students, educators and community members. The program provides these communities with opportunities to experience the arts in an enhanced way, through workshops and conversations covering a wide array of performing arts, including dance, theatre, music and more. At the end of the tour, the artist or group travels back to Lawrence for a performance at the Lied Center, which is made available to each community through a free, live webcast.
In partnership with
Dance duet Erik Kaiel/Arch 8 during Lied Across Kansas tour, 2017
2018–19 • WindSync
2017–18 • Paige Hernandez
2016–17 • Erik Kaiel/Arch 8
2015–16 • PROJECT Trio
Performing Arts 3to5 To connect with our younger audiences, the Lied Center offers the Performing Arts 3to5 program for preschool-age children. Each season, this program invites preschoolers to sit on the Lied Center stage and experience an enjoyable performing arts experience, created just for them, in a relaxed and fun environment. The children are able to watch a short, age-appropriate performance for free and interact with the artists, allowing them to engage their curiosity and experience the performing arts first-hand. ODC Dance performing for preschoolers, 2017
Third Grade Theatre Arts Day In partnership with Theatre Lawrence and the Lawrence Arts Center, the Lied Center offers third graders a hands-on exploration of theatrical makeup, acting, costuming, dance and movement, lighting and sound and more. The children have so much fun learning and playing that it has become one of our favorite activities each year. In fact, this program has been so popular with the students that we’ve decided to let the adults in on the fun, too! During our Lied Loves Lawrence: Community Arts & Music Festival, we will have many behind-the-scenes workshops and activities for everyone to explore—children and adults. Check out pages 10–11 for more information about the Lied Loves Lawrence Festival.
25th ANNIVERSARY INITIATIVES As the Lied Center’s programming has evolved over time, so has the building. We are excited for patrons to enjoy the latest enhancements to the interior and exterior of the facility.
Lawrence Otolaryngology Hearing Loop
In honor of the 25th Anniversary, the Lied Center is proud to partner with Lawrence Otolaryngology and the Friends of the Lied to provide a hearing loop system to help make performances at the Lied Center more accessible and enjoyable for people with hearing loss. For individuals who use assistive listening devices like hearing aids, large performance venues and group settings can be problematic because of background noise, distance from a sound source and reverberation, resulting in unintelligible and frustrating performing arts experiences.
Hearing loop advocates Dr. Richard Meidinger and Vicki Douglas
With the hearing loop, the sound from the stage will be delivered directly into telecoil-enabled hearing aids, cochlear implants or headsets with loop receivers. The telecoil, or t-coil, can be easily activated by a switch on the individual’s personal hearing device, enabling it to receive clear sound from the loop without extraneous noises. Additionally, headsets will be available at the Lied Center for patrons to use if they do not have t-coil hearing aids or cochlear implants. Dr. Robert C. Dinsdale, otolaryngologist and a partner at Lawrence Otolaryngology said, “It was a natural fit and an easy decision to support the hearing loop. The Lied Center is a terrific asset to our community, and anything we can do to help improve communication in the arts and in the community, we want to support.” Of his personal experience using hearing loops versus not, Dinsdale said “the difference is night and day. It’s so useful and convenient—I go in, I take my seat and with one click, I can hear a performance even better than someone who doesn’t have hearing loss.” We are ecstatic to provide this service to our patrons starting in the 25th Anniversary Season, thanks to the generous support of Lawrence Otolaryngology and our Friends of the Lied.
Meeting with National Hearing Loop Advocate Juliette Sterkens in 2018
“BLOOM” by Jan Gaumnitz The Lied Center was eager to commission a new piece of visual art for the 25th Anniversary—a physical landmark to memorialize the significant milestone. Local artist Jan Gaumnitz conceptualized and created the nearly 20-foot-tall sculpture that now resides in the circle drive at the main entrance of the Lied Center. Note from the artist: The seeds of thought for the sculpture “BLOOM” were planted many years ago in my grandmother’s flower garden and in the fields of my farming uncles. There, I observed the cycles of planting seeds, nurturing growth and the season of fruition. The seasons were the clock that guided everyone’s lives. In choosing “BLOOM” as the theme for a sculpture to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Lied Center, I likened this endeavor of planting to the mission of the Lied Center: planting seeds of discovery, nurturing the development of receptive minds and talent, and the fruition of awareness, self-confidence and commitment to each person’s ability to “bloom” in whatever way is their destiny. I hope that “BLOOM” will be a symbol for aspiring to have beauty around and within us. In choosing the design and materials for the fabrication of “BLOOM,” I considered the environment that was to be its home—open spaces with challenging winds, visibility from long distances, as well as seasons of sun, rain and snow. Simplicity of design seemed important, as did color, to bring the focus to the front entrance of the Lied Center, in addition to the strength and durability to withstand the elements. Welded sheets of steel seemed to provide the answer to all the requirements, as well as ease of maintenance and receptiveness to color. The location of “BLOOM” in the midst of a Kansas garden is the ideal home. – Jan Gaumnitz
The Susan and Doug Rendall Garden
The beauty of the sculpture is perfectly complemented by the lush flowers and plants surrounding it. The sustainable pollinator garden was designed by Susan Rendall, and planted and cared for by she and her husband, Doug Rendall, both master gardeners. Every detail of the garden, designated as a monarch waystation, was meticulously planned—the positon of each plant in relation to the sun, the color scheme and visual aesthetics, the origin of each plant to ensure it would thrive, plus many other factors. Thank you to Jan Gaumnitz and the Rendalls for sharing your talents with the Lied Center and the community! 23
MILESTONES & MEMORIES Reminiscing with Deb Kraushaar, who has celebrated every milestone moment of the Lied Center, even before it opened.
There have been many people working behind-the-scenes during the past 25 years who have helped the Lied Center become what it is today. However, there is only one person who has been working for the Lied Center since before it opened and still works here today. We can say, unequivocally, that the Lied Center would not be the same without Business Coordinator Deb Kraushaar. Deb began working for KU in 1987 as secretary for the Concert Series alongside two other staff members and several students at that time. She managed the office and arranged artists’ transportation, lodging and meals, and just helped in general with anything that needed to be done. When planning for the Lied Center’s construction began, Deb was involved and helped to keep track of the building committee meetings as far back as 1988, while continuing her work for the ongoing Concert Series.
Deb Kraushaar, Lied Center Business Coordinator
She was there for all the milestone moments at the Lied Center, from the groundbreaking ceremony in 1990, to the week-long run of The Secret Garden at the opening in 1993, to each anniversary that has been celebrated since. Deb has worn many hats during her tenure—accounting and finances, helping with artists’ logistics, assisting with grants, making sure office supplies are stocked and everything in between. She is the keeper of all historical Lied Center knowledge. She is the friendly voice you talk to when you call the administrative office. With a history like that, no doubt it would be difficult to pinpoint her favorite memories at the Lied Center. But when asked to do so, Deb did what she does best—she helped.
The evolution of the Lied Center logo over the past 25 years
Lied Center of Kansas 1993
“I’ve loved so many moments here, I can’t even remember them all. But a few that come to mind right away are the events that my family attended with me. Our two young daughters came with us to CATS in the mid-90’s. And taking our grandsons to shows is always fun. Like when our oldest one came with us to see TAP DOGS, he was tapping all the way out to the car. To see the performing arts have that effect is so heart-warming.
What are some of your favorite memories during your time with the Lied Center?
“Also, I’ve loved the opportunity to be in the audience whenever there is a large orchestra performing. The sound filling the auditorium is simply amazing. And being able to see many classic operas performed by the New York City Opera National Company—those memories are priceless to me. “Not to mention all of the school performances, master classes, artists-inresidence, Lied Across Kansas tours, collaborations with other KU departments and so much more. The Lied Center has had an incredible impact on the community. “I’m proud to be a part of what the Lied Center does for everyone. And I’m proud to work with the staff and all the students. I’ve come to know so many over my 31 years at KU. It feels good to know that we all help each other out as a team and we all strive for excellence. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.
The Secret Garden, 1993
“If patrons and students take away even just a little bit of what I have experienced from all of the shows and activities, then the Lied Center has accomplished a wonderful mission.” – Deb Kraushaar
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTS & PARTNERSHIPS Providing opportunities for the community and university to attend, explore, participate and create, in collaboration with many great partner organizations.
The Lied Center strives to provide experiences that go beyond the stage for students and adults of all ages. In addition to student engagements, many artists-in-residence at the Lied Center have involved community members and organizations in workshops, meet-and-greets, special performances, discussions and more. Actor, writer and diversity educator Scott Turner Schofield performed his play Becoming A Man In 127 EASY Steps at the Lied Center in 2018, and he also had a very active series of engagements during his week in residence. Not only did he have meetings and discussions with students and educators at the high schools and university, but he presented “Transgender 101” for the community at the Lawrence Public Library, among other events. With his compassion, entertaining storytelling style and ability to facilitate understanding on topics related to gender and sexuality, his engagements were meaningful and impactful.
UNVEILED: A One-Woman Play
AXIS Dance Company is an acclaimed ensemble of dancers who are changing the face of dance and disability. When they performed at the Lied Center in 2016, they also held mixed-ability dance and movement workshops for veterans and community members. Additionally, they performed for preschoolers as part of the Performing Arts 3to5 program. We believe interactions like these are critical to the Lied Center’s mission— whether it’s a Q&A session with an artist, like Rohina Malik after her performance in UNVEILED: A One-Woman Play; or special performances, like Chen Guang’s moving piano recitals for residents at Brandon Woods and Pioneer Ridge assisted living communities. The Lied Center will continue to help provide these community-building opportunities.
AXIS Dance Company workshop, 2016
Scott Turner Schofield with students, 2018
Jayhawk Live Initiated in the 2014â€“15 season, Jayhawk Live is presented as part of the Lied Center Series each year in partnership with different departments and schools in the arts at the University of Kansas. KU students from the School of Music or Department of Dance are joined by a world-renowned artist or group for master classes, rehearsals and a featured performance in the Lied Center Series. Past performances have included the KU Wind Ensemble with master flutist Jim Walker; the University Dance Company with ODC Dance; and KU Jazz Ensemble I with special guest Anat Cohen, jazz clarinetist virtuoso. These collaborations provide invaluable learning experiences beyond the classroom with successful, working artists. Additionally, the performances provide opportunities for the community to see the amazing artistry of students from the distinguished KU School of Music and Department of Dance.
2018â€“19 Jayhawk Live Performances:
KU Symphony Orchestra with special guest Blake Pouliot, violin Conducted by Carolyn Watson
KU Percussion Group with special guest Andy Akiho Directed by Michael Compitello
KU Jazz Ensemble I with special guest Renee Rosnes, piano Directed by Dan Gailey
September 27, 2018
January 31, 2019
April 4, 2019
KU Powwow & Indigenous Cultures Festival Since Spring 2016, the Lied Center has hosted the annual KU Powwow & Indigenous Cultures Festival in partnership with the KU First Nations Student Association, Haskell Cultural Center and Museum, Spencer Museum of Art, KU Office of Diversity & Equity, KU Office of Multicultural Affairs, KU Haskell Community Liaison Office and the KU Native Faculty & Staff Council.
28 Beading workshop
This free community gathering features traditional powwow activities, such as the Grand Entry and competitive dancing, representing more than 60 tribes. Additionally, the event typically features educational workshops, engaging speakers, indigenous films and childrenâ€™s programs focused on indigenous cultures and history. The KU Powwow keeps growing from year to year, and Spring 2019 will certainly be no exception with more exciting and educational programming than ever before. We are thrilled to host the KU Powwow, and we are so appreciative of our partners for enriching our community with this event each year.
Ovation! USD 497 Talent Show The Lied Center’s stage is graced with some of the world’s best performers, but many great talents can be found right in our own backyard! In partnership with the Lawrence Schools Foundation, the Lied Center encourages local students to pursue their passions for the performing arts in the annual, district-wide talent show for middle and high school students, Ovation!
There is always a wide range of talent represented at Ovation!, including dancers, contortionists, trapeze artists, instrumentalists, singers and more. Students participating in Ovation! are selected through an audition process and then share their talents on the main stage at the Lied Center with a full production, which is emceed by Brian Hanni, the Voice of the Jayhawks. The show celebrates the immense talents of the youth in our community, and the proceeds of the show benefit the Lawrence Schools Foundation. The foundation provides students and teachers with enrichment experiences, scholarships, teacher recognition and classroom support, innovative teaching grants and partnerships with community organizations and businesses through its LEAP program (Lawrence Education Achievement Partners). “We are constantly amazed by the level of talent from our students and so grateful for the partnership with the Lied Center in allowing our students from across the district to showcase this on the big stage!” said Dena Johnston, executive director of the Lawrence Schools Foundation. Silvia Liu performing aerial silks, 2017
Final bow from the inaugural performance, 2017
Final bow from the 2018 performance
The concept of the talent show was developed by then high school student Graham Edmonds in 2016, who was a summer intern at the Lied Center. As his vision became reality, he served as the show’s executive producer during his junior and senior years at Lawrence High School. There is now a scholarship award in his honor—The Graham Edmonds: Standing Ovation Award—due to his hard work and outstanding achievements in the community. The award will be presented annually to a student that demonstrates team building, values and ethics, leadership, assessing community needs, and project planning to implement activities that help build a culture of service within our schools. Thank you to the Lawrence Schools Foundation, Graham and all the students who have made this event a success during the past two years. We look forward to many more years of showcasing the rising stars of our community!
Graham Edmonds receiving the Standing Ovation Award scholarship in 2018
Free State Performance Ensemble, 2018
Rita Joseph, 2018
Music Theatre Monday–Southwest Middle School, 2017
Enriching Student Experiences with SUA In the fall of 2014, the Lied Center and Student Union Activities (SUA) established an official partnership with the intent of enhancing and enriching the student experience at the University of Kansas. SUA is a student organization that strives to provide diverse, interactive and educational programming and leadership opportunities for KU students. The Lied Center supports this mission wholeheartedly. Numerous events have been hosted at the Lied Center in partnership with SUA, including appearances by comedians Nick Offerman, Colin Jost and Adam Devine. The 2018–19 season will feature appearances by Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, and Phoebe Robinson, comedian and star of 2 Dope Queens and Ibiza. The Lied Center also collaborates with SUA to share free live music at “Tunes @ Night” with KJHK, and “Dinner and A Show” gives students the opportunity to see world-class performances at greatly discounted prices. SUA and the Lied Center have co-hosted free activities for the community as well. Midwest Fall Fest features live music, work by local artists, food trucks and more. At the Campus Carnival, KU students and friends/family of KU students enjoy carnival rides, games and food.
SUA and KJHK presented Vic Mensa in 2015
SUA staff with Adam Devine, 2017
In 2017, the Lied Center was proud to accept the SUA Choice Award for University Support, and we are excited to build upon this partnership for many years to come.
SUA staff with Nick Offerman, 2015
Reaching Beyond the Stage From internationally renowned musicians, actors and dancers to independent filmmakers and artistic directors, the Lied Center makes it possible to engage with and learn from some of the world’s most outstanding artists. Catch a glimpse of students and community members interacting with and learning from artists in master classes, discussions, presentations and experiences that reach “beyond the stage.” Watch the Beyond the Stage video series on the Lied Center of Kansas YouTube channel or at lied.ku.edu/beyond to see these valuable arts experiences unfold each season.
AXIS Dance Company
Thodos Dance Chicago with University Dance Company
Big Bad Wolf school-only performance
Truth Values panel discussion with women from KU in STEM fields
ODC Dance with University Dance Company
Out of Bounds
A SPACE TO GATHER Serving as a communal event space for shared experience, connection, conversation and celebration. Jayhawk Traditions The Lied Center has been home to countless Jayhawk events, including some long-standing traditions. KU’s annual Rock Chalk Revue, one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the United States, has been hosted at the Lied Center every year since the facility opened in 1993. Student organizations vie for the opportunity to write, produce, stage and perform musical vignettes as a benefit for organizations like the United Way and the Boys and Girls Club. We are happy to be a part of this fun and worthy cause! KU Holiday Vespers has also been hosted at the Lied Center for many years. The vespers tradition has roots dating back to December 1884, and the event continues to be a community favorite, showcasing the School of Music’s choirs and symphony orchestra each holiday season. In celebration of the new academic year each fall, the KU School of Music kicks off its performance season with the annual Collage Concert at the Lied Center. Drawing from the school’s many ensembles and soloists, the Collage Concert is the school’s most musically diverse performance of the year. The 19th Annual Collage Concert is free and open to the public on Friday, September 14, as part of the Lied Loves Lawrence: Community Arts & Music Festival. See pages 10–11 for more information about the festival.
Dance, Sparkles and Spotlights
Girls Rock Lawrence
Each year, performers of all ages dance across the Lied Center stage in numerous dance studio recitals. While there is no shortage of sequins at the recitals, there is even more talent and joy. We truly value our relationships with studios like Sarah’s School of Dance, Dance Gallery, Miss Maria’s Dance Cheer Gymnastics, Leigh’s School of Dance, Dazzlers, Byrd’s Dance and Gymnastics, among others.
For one week in the summertime, the Lied Center rocks out with the young but powerful talents of the campers at Girls Rock Lawrence. The mission of the organization and camp is to provide a safe space for girls and trans youth in the community to unite, be inspired and inspire each other. During the week, the campers form bands, write music and perform live in a special showcase. The Lied Center is thrilled to be involved in this incredible experience for youth in the community in partnership with KJHK.
Notable Lectures and Speakers The Lied Center has been host to many lectures by notable speakers and public figures in partnership with different organizations in KU and the community. No matter the speaker or the topic, the Lied Center is a gathering space for all, fostering connections and powerful conversations. Notable speakers and lecturers have included former President George H.W. Bush, sponsored by the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics; Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, sponsored by KUâ€™s School of Business and School of Engineering; former President Bill Clinton, sponsored by the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics; Colombian President and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Juan Manuel Santos, sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor at KU; and anti-bullying speaker and advocate Lizzy Velasquez, sponsored by the Lawrence Public Library, to name a few.
Naturalization Ceremonies Some of the most uplifting moments at the Lied Center come from not just performances, but also from events where the community gathers together in celebration. The naturalization ceremonies that occur at the Lied Center are shining examples of this. To date, approximately 7,000 friends, family members and other individuals from the community have gathered at the Lied Center to watch almost 2,000 candidates take the oath and complete the process of becoming a United States citizen. These special ceremonies, typically, have people representing nearly 70 different countries and almost all continents. The exciting and positive energy in the air is contagious at these events, and we could not be happier to share in these milestone moments with families and friends in the community. 35
VOLUNTEER USHERS Every year, our Lied Center Volunteer Usher Corps provides more than 6,000 hours of volunteer service here at the Lied Center. Volunteer ushers play a very important role, as they are the face of the organization and help shape the experience for all patrons coming through the doors. They greet patrons, take tickets, provide directions and answer questions, all with a warm and welcoming smile. We are proud to have an Usher Corps of over 130 volunteers, some who have been ushers at the Lied Center for more than 20 years! We are grateful to our ushers not only for donating their time and energy to the performing arts, but also for their service to the community. In fact, about 85% of Lied Center ushers also volunteer for other organizations such as LINK, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Audio Reader, the American Red Cross and more. So, to all of our ushers, past and present, thank you for your hard work and dedication. We could not have made it to this milestone anniversary without you!
â€œCamp Liedâ€? theme for usher appreciation night, 2018
The Lied Center is grateful for the contribution of all our 2018â€“19 ushers. Eva Alley Dody Anderson Marolyn Anderson Tim Arnold Candi (Claudia) Baker Paul Baker Dorothy Bechtel Beth Bodine Marilyn Brobst Vern Brobst Suzi Cammon Lynne Chase Rob Claassen Rose Claassen Karen Clark Donna Conway Carladyne Conyers Gerry Cottingham Jerry Cottingham Glen Davis Linda C Dean Linda Dolsberry Anita Dougherty Shelley Dougherty Tish Duke Merilee Dymacek Leslie Elkins Don Faulconer Lanny Faulconer
Jerry Feese Patrick Finnegan Jan Fox Debbie Fugett Ann Furlong Ligia Galarza Angel Gillaspie Mark Gleeson MaryNell Gleeson Jane Gnojek Duane Goertz Barb Gorman Sue Gossett Eileen Grosser Stewart Grosser Barbara Gurss Linda Haar Nancy Hause Sonja Jacobs Judy Johnson Joyce Pearl Jones Audrey Kamb-Studdard Maggie Khater Brian Kuehl Deb Locke Mark Lohmeyer John Luhrs Marty Luiso Nick Luiso
Breck Marion Grace Marion Robert Markley Katherine McGillivray Candice Meiners Kieru Miller Dward Moore Mary Murphy Ellen Neis Susie Nightingale Teresa Olds Karin Pagel-Meiners Pete Peterson Janice Rake Candice Ranney Barbara Reid Roberta Renz Brenda Rezac Randy Rezac Carl Rolf Dorothy Rolf Debbie Sack Tom Sack Peggy Sanford Anne Sargent Dan Schenkein Larry Schlosser Louise Schlup Dave Schmidt
Erin Schmidt Lucy Schmidt Oscar Schmidt Gary Scott Nancy Scott Gayle Sherman Myron Shipley Dianne Sisk Vic Sisk Dot Smith Marcia Smith Mary Ann Stewart Ted Swartz Chris Tilden Katherine Tilden Tracy Tolbert Bill Troutfetter Linda Troutfetter Julie Trowbridge-Alford Linda Troxel Carol Wallace Cliff Wallace Debby Wedel Dennis Wedel Melissa Wick Teresa Wilke Jules Woodrick Jo Anne Zingo We apologize for any errors or omissions as the roster does change frequently.
2018â€“19 VIP SPONSORS
Steve & Chris
GAUTT Marilyn & George McCLEARY
Kenny Rogers with U.S. Bank representatives, 2017
Dave & Gunda
HIEBERT Jack & Jan
Wizard of Oz cast members with Hy-Vee representatives, 2018
FRIENDS of the LIED LEADERSHIP Executive Board
Honorary President: Christina Hixson President: Steve Edmonds President Elect: Lois Orth-Lopes Past-President: Jon Jamison 2018 Campaign Chair: Larry Gadt Treasurer: Tom Sack
2018–19 Board Members Saida Bonifield Julie Boyle Rosy Elmore Jani Flynn Dan Gailey Martha Gage Howard Graham Amber Roberts Graham Captain Gray Charles Higginson Michael S. Kennedy Judy Krueger Janet Riley Stan Rolfe Lori Vanchena Ginger Wehner Derek Kwan
25th Anniversary Advisory Committee Beverly Smith Billings Steve Edmonds Sandra Gautt John Hampton Jon Jamison Linda Luckey John Lungstrum Marilyn McCleary Dan Simons Deb Teeter Jack Wright
The Lied Foundation Trust The Lied Center of Kansas opened on September 28, 1993, and was built through the generosity of the Lied Foundation Trust. It is dedicated to Ernst F. Lied’s parents, Ernst M. and Ida K. Lied. Ernst F. Lied attended the University of Kansas from 1923 to 1925 and later graduated from the University of Nebraska. Upon his death, Christina Hixson was appointed as sole Trustee of the Lied Foundation Trust. An additional gift from the Lied Foundation provided for the construction of the Lied Pavilion, and a gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation provided for the expansion of the Lied Center main lobby, now the Kemper Foyer.
The Lied Performance Fund Endowment Lied Foundation Trustee Christina Hixson, a woman of extraordinary vision and leadership, has established a permanent endowed fund for making Lied Center programs accessible to the people of Kansas. The Lied Center and KU Endowment Association acknowledge the following benefactors who have made major contributions to the Lied Performance Fund in response to the challenge grants provided by the Lied Foundation: Irvine and Ellen Hockaday Dick and Kathleen Raney A. Scott and Carol L. Ritchie Richard and Jeanette Sias Louis L. and Adelaide C. Ward Robert K. and Dale Jellison Weary Dean and Marjean Sparling Werries
Endowed Funds for programming and education We are grateful for the many people who share the Lied Center’s goal of providing people from all walks of life with rich and diverse performing arts experiences. Through the KU Endowment Association, tax-deductible gifts may be made to continue achieving this goal. The following endowed programming and education funds have been established to support the Lied Center: Evie Brinkman Memorial Education Fund Sandra Gautt Early Childhood Performing Arts Access Fund Jerry and Jacki Hannah Family Fund Maurice and Betsy Joy Programming Fund Clyde and Marty Nichols Performing Arts Fund The Ethel and Raymond F. Rice Foundation Kent and Donna Saylor Performing Arts Access Fund The Dolph Simons Family Fund Frances Wright Strickland Programming Fund Tim and Jerrye Van Leer Education Endowment In Support of Chamber Music J. Anthony Burzle Fund Eugene A. and C. Florence Stephenson Fund Lena M. Stranathan Fund Raymond Stuhl Fund
Board of Governors Christina M. Hixson, Las Vegas, Nevada Douglas A. Girod, KU Chancellor, Lawrence Beverly Smith Billings, Lawrence Jacqueline M. Bogner, Lawrence Don Johnston, Lawrence Kent Saylor, Sabetha Dale Seuferling, KU Endowment, Lawrence Kristin Chenoweth with Dan, Trisha and Briahn Simons, 2017
2018–19 STAFF Administration
Derek Kwan, Executive Director Doug Wendel, Associate Director Deb Kraushaar, Business Coordinator Sue Mango, Development Director
Jeri Glynn, Ticketing Services Director Kim Spencer, Associate Ticketing Services Director Burke Slocum, Ticketing Manager Devin Fix, Ticketing Manager (KU Student) Maci Hartford, Ticketing Manager (KU Student) Rattanin “Justin” Chaipet, Sales Staff
Engagement/Education Anthea Scouffas, Engagement/Education Director Leighann Dicks, Assistant Grant Writer (KU Student)
Marketing Brad Knauss, Marketing Director Shala Stevenson, Creative Director Betsy Ostrander, Marketing Communications Specialist Marketing Assistants (KU Students) Hannah Perry Abhimanyu Sandal Kerry Thomas
Operations Kate Lorenz, Events Coordinator Jared Schultz, Senior House Manager (KU Student) Kelly Werther, Operations Assistant (KU Student) House Managers (KU Students) Sasha Arteaga Grace Claman Molly Hatesohl Madisen Pool Doug Rendall, Maintenance Supervisor Building Attendants Greg Blair Danny Bowman Carla Geddings Bruce Springsteen Parking Attendants Brandon Fultz Brandon Jones
Debra Carter, SSC Finance Manager Angel Gillaspie, SSC Accounting Specialist Matt Miller, SSC Human Resources Specialist
Ticket Sales Staff (KU Students) Katie Friend Gretchen Kelly Carolisa Watson
Technical Ann Hause, Technical Director Andrew Hause, Associate Technical Director Erin McElroy, Technical Office Assistant Webcast Directors (KU Students) Courtney Gehrke Li Guan Karsan Turner Technical Supervisors Ian Bradt Christian Cooley Hillary McPherson Daniel Rogovein Stagehands (KU Students) Austin Armstrong Ethan Bastian Bethany Colson Ronald Culver Reece Dickson Kelly Eckert Mitchell Eifler Abigail George Hanah Glimpse Anthony Graham Graham Hathaway Taryn Hessel Madeline Holland Alexis Jensen James Kendall-Thompson Harold Kottwitz
Isaac Leibold Alexis McGhee-Dinvaut Nicholas Monroe Audrey Morel Charlotte Nodarse Maggie Puderbaugh Anahi Puebla Charlotte Richter Rhett Rinehart Jackson Sabol Honor Schleicher Kayleigh Shaffer Gabrielle Shawnee Carson Taylor Jacob Thomas
SEPTEMBER 28, 1993
ÂŠ 2018 Lied Center of Kansas. This book was printed with private funds. Writer: Betsy Ostrander. Editors: Brad Knauss, Kate Lorenz. Contributors: Derek Kwan, Chancellor Douglas A. Girod, Tim Van Leer, Jacqueline Z. Davis, Dolph C. Simons, Jr., Anthea Scouffas, Deb Kraushaar, Jan Gaumnitz. Photo credits: Luke Chang, John Clayton, KU Marketing Communications, KU School of Music, KU School of the Arts Department of Dance, Derek Kwan, Kate Lorenz, Betsy Ostrander, Tim Phillips, Anthea Scouffas, Frank Stewart, SUA staff. Design/Layout: Shala Stevenson. Printer: Kingston Printing.
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