Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis


In celebration of the Lied Center’s 25th Anniversary, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) will premiere a new work, entitled Rock Chalk Suite, commissioned by the Lied Center. Each of the 15 members of the JLCO will compose one movement to capture 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. The combination of the world’s greatest jazz orchestra with the tradition of basketball that runs so deep at the University of Kansas will result in an unforgettable performance.

Joshua Bell, violin


With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards, and he is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Named the music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. He will perform with pianist Sam Haywood.

“Joshua Bell is the greatest American violinist active today.” — The Boston Herald


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KU Symphony Orchestra with guest Blake Pouliot, violin  Sept. 27th


Blake Pouliot, 24-year-old Canadian violinist, is a charismatic and multifaceted performer who has garnered many accolades, such as becoming the 2016 Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition Grand Prize Winner. Since his solo orchestral debut with the Toronto Trinity Chamber Orchestra at age 11, he has appeared with the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria and the Colburn Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, among others. Pouliot has performed with many of the world’s most celebrated conductors, including Sir Neville Marriner, Nicolas McGegan and Tito Muñoz, to name a few. He performs on the 1729 Guarneri del Gesù, on generous loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank as First Laureate of their 2015 Competition.

REVIEW: Camelot at Theatre Lawrence

I have to admit I had very high expectations for this show.

First…it is one of my favorite musicals of all time.

Second…I know the score from the original and was familiar with the story since it was my utter obsession in 8th grade.

Third…I interviewed the cast during rehearsals and was impressed with their enthusiasm.

So here we go.

In a season that saw both triumphs and a few mis-steps, Camelot is the show that brought home the bacon this year.

I may boldly say that this production was among the finest I have seen since my first day at the theater all the way back in 2011.

You see for me, theater is about acting. You can have marvelous sets and costumes and lighting and music (and we will touch on all of that) but without the acting…there is no theater.

In a role tailor-made for the talents of Christoph David Cording, he did not disappoint. While he self-admittedly is not a singer, he can hold a tune and that is all that was needed. His ACTING carried the performance and the show. He WAS King Arthur and he was also Wort and the emotional transitions that he brought to the performance made you feel every ounce of his fears, self-doubt and agonies. I can not think of anyone from our local talent pool that could carry a role like this that requires such emotional depth. I was in awe.

Oh Alan Martin. How handsome you are and oh can you sing. And we will miss you on our stage. Fare the well event to come the last week of June for sure. The singing and the gallantry was reminiscent of Gaston from Beast and you electrified the stage with your presence.

Welcome Brenna Castor. I hope you do more with TL because you brought a wonderful interpretation to the character of Guenevere.

Welcome back Jim Tuchscherer! You slayed the role of Pellinore. Any time you want to take on King Lear, let me know.

It was a treat to see Steven J Fendt and Bob Newton dance around the stage and also watching Charles E. Whitman perform again reminded me that the curtain never falls on a thespian. Mario Bonilla is omni-present in shows at TL and never disappoints.

Kyle J Tichenor and Tony Console were absolutely delightful in multiple roles with dancing grace and fun supporting expressiveness. Tony…I sure hope we get to hear you sing more often. Anytime you want to join me for karaoke, the mic is yours. You need a role my brother.

Finally, Secily Rees did a magnificent job of capturing the spirit of Morgan Le Fey. I would also like to see her play Glenda the good witch some day. (Hey that rhymes!)

James LaRocca was a little too campy for my taste as Mordred but I suppose such a vile character requires that excess to be believable.

Now, let’s go back stage.

Mary Baker and her orchestra did a magnificent job capturing an often challenging score. The musicians were able to keep up and even more impressive was the fact that they perform in the basement while watching the show via video without being on or near the stage.

Jane Frances Swalwell Pennington continues her costuming win streak. I honestly believe there is no challenge too great for the mighty seamstress. If we ever decided to have a Lawrence RenFest…Jane already has the garb. Well done madame.

James Diemer has raised the bar for every production since his arrival at TL a few years back. From lighting to staging to props, every show continues to exceed its predecessor. It takes a very trained eye to notice the detailed intricacies of the stones and columns but the hard work was evident to me and it enhanced the show without stealing its thunder. Bravo.

Leave it to a radio guy to handle sound properly please. That’s what I have said for 30 years. Bob Newton knows his sound and was masterful at using fading, distance and specific speakers to convey time, distance and emotion in this production. Given the show’s emotional complexity and transcendental overtones, the sound was a critical cast member and it shined.

Last but not least…the director. A good director can make or break a show. This is where we have had a few bumps in the road over the years at TL. But Mary Doveton can literally save and raise any production despite its challenges. There were very few challenges with this cast but the timing, the blocking and the movement was spot on. Camelot was a masterpiece thanks to the attention to detail put into the show. And kudos to you Mrs. Doveton for putting “Fie On Goodness” back into the show. It’s a masterful number and these boys nailed it. The touring production has cut several numbers due to the show’s excessive run time and that one has sadly hit the cutting room floor too often.

So. Camelot! Yes Camelot. A most enchanting place and a wonderful show with a wonderful cast. It runs loooonnnggg folks but go to the bathroom before you take your seat, buy two bottles of water to get through the show and enjoy every last drop of it because it is worth it. Entertaining. Engaging. Moving.

Bravo Theatre Lawrence. One of your best…ever. More like this one please!


This week I had the privilege of interviewing Tomas O’Flannagan who works for The Villages, Inc. of Kansas. This organization needs help. They need staff and volunteers. I implore you to listen to this interview and do what you can to help an organization that is quietly making a huge impact on the lives of our children in need here in Douglas and Shawnee Counties.

The Villages provides emotionally supportive homes to youth in need.

The Villages manages a 400-acre private nature preserve and provides nature-based opportunities for our youth residents including an amazing Adventure Challenge Course which is also available to school groups, church groups, corporate management, workplace teams, etc. in the community.

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Jay talks with Chris Tilden, Director of Community Health,  about the recent drop for Douglas County in quality of life rankings in Kansas. Douglas County now ranks 6th in length of life, down 3 from 2017 and 68th in quality of life down 40 from 2017. For more information, visit 


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Grand Prize Traveling Trophy: #106 THE SANDBAR
1st Place Family: #41 Weatherwax Family Circus
2nd Place Family: #57 Ryan Family
3rd Place Family: #43 Harry Herrington
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2nd Place Commercial: #47 Heartland Meat Market
3rd Place Commercial: #77 Prime Martial Arts
1st Place Non Profit: #21 Greenhouse Culture
2nd Place Non Profit: #86 Douglas County TrailRiders
3rd Place Non Profit: #93 Lawrence Elite Wrestling
Best Dressed Wee Little Irish Folk: Jesse Sottilare, 5
Best Dressed Adult Irish Folk: Tonya McNeely from #22 Kansas Tree Care

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The Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra of Germany



The Lied Center is honored to host The Staatskapelle Weimar on its first tour of North America. Founded in 1491, it is one of the oldest, most illustrious orchestras in the world. In 1756, Duchess Anna Amalia made the orchestra the primary musical institution of the city of Weimar. There are many famous names in classical music history that have been associated with the orchestra, including Johan Hummel, Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss and many others.


Richard Wagner    Overture The Flying Dutchman

Richard Wagner    Wesendonck – Songs featuring Catherine Foster, soprano

Richard Strauss    Don Juan, Op. 20

Richard Strauss    Death & Transfiguration, Op. 24

Anthony Trionfo, flute


Praised for his “spellbinding” performances with “authoritative intellect” by the Santa Barbara Voice after his performance of the Jolivet Concerto with the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, flutist Anthony Trionfo made his recital debuts on the Young Concert Artists (YCA) Series at the Kennedy Center as well as in New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall.Recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in 2012, Trionfo appeared on From the Top as a featured alumni performer. He served as the Principal Flute of the American Youth Symphony for the 2015–2016 season. At the Young Concert Artists 2016 international auditions, Trionfo received numerous prizes including the distinction of being the first YCA artist to win the inaugural LP Classics Debut Recording Prize, granting him a commercial recording.


Trionfo studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of James Walker. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy, having studied with Nancy Stagnitta. He has performed concertos with the Interlochen Symphony Orchestra, the Colburn Symphony Orchestra, the President’s Own Marine Band and the Las Vegas Philharmonic. In 2013, Trionfo was a first-prize winner of the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition and a winner of the National Young Arts Foundation Competition.




Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil. This critically acclaimed one-woman show, performed by Rohina Malik, has been presented at universities, churches, mosques, synagogues and theaters in the United States, Canada and South Africa.Enjoy seating on the stage for this performance.




THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSICis coming to the Lied Center of Kansas. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including My Favorite ThingsEdelweiss and the title song.THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production when The Sound of Music Live! aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.




A talented cast brings to life the epic tale of Celtic culture, carrying its traditional melodies and steps to the new world with a gala celebration of Irish music and dance.

The journey begins in rural Ireland, prior to the famine, in kitchens, barns and fields. As the great hunger closes in, the people look west, across the ocean to New York City.

Mingling with immigrants from around the globe, the Irish congregate in dance gatherings, some bound for the Appalachian Mountains where ancient Irish melodies fuse with African rhythms, creating American tap dance and early roots music.

The journey leads us to the present moment, celebrating the incredible evolution of Irish traditional dance and music—showcasing the new pioneers who will define the new standard of traditional Irish music and dance.

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