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This winter brought a busy arts scene to the University of Nebraska's city campus. I’m looking forward to the blossoms of spring, which are spectacular around the Sheldon Museum of Art and Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Ushering in the season, the Lied Center hosted the extraordinary American Ballet Theater with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Danny Elfman and Hubbard Street Chicago, just to name a few. The Glenn Korff School of Music presented "Prague Spring 5," a trio of UNL performance groups playing music by Czech composers, and celebrated 22 years of collaboration between Paul Barnes, Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music at the UNL Glenn Korff School of Music and world-renowned Philip Glass.

The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at UNL commissioned Glass to write Piano Quintet No. 1 “Annunciation,” his first piano quintet. The world premiere of this Glass composition was performed by the Chiara String Quartet and pianist Paul Barnes at the Lied this April. Glass heard his work come to life at one of Chiara’s last performances as a full-time quartet.

An Evening with Audra McDonald is at the Lied Center Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. She is the recipient of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards and an Emmy Award. As the L.A. Times noted, “She is in her prime. No one on Broadway can touch her.”

The Lied also announced its 2018-19 Glenn Korff Broadway series, and tickets are available for season ticket holders at LiedCenter.org.

The Sheldon recently installed "Re-Seeing the Permanent Collection: The Long 1968." Through six distinct gallery installations and a number of rarely seen objects from the permanent collection, Sheldon explores the politics of activism, cultural experimentation and artistic production of the late 1960s. "Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings" exhibition, "Original Behavior" and "Sheldon Treasures" continue through May 13. Details: sheldonartmuseum.org.

Don’t miss a great opportunity to snag some beautiful ceramic pieces. The UNL Clay Club Spring Ceramics sale runs from April 27-28 in Richards Hall, Room 118, and is worth the trip. See the websites for a full schedule.

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