Occasionally I have to remind myself what makes life full and rich. With all of the chaos and noise that surrounds us, taking time to breathe in the arts is so important. The arts just make everything that much better.
The Lied Center had an amazing 2017-18 season. Those moments on stage when you hear a piano sonata that touches your heart, or experience the beauty of dance that takes your breath away, remind you what a rich cultural scene we have in Lincoln.
And that doesn’t end with the season. The rescheduled Audra McDonald concert is May 29th at the Lied. McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two GRAMMY Awards and an Emmy Award, she is as much at home on Broadway and opera stages as she is in roles on film and television. This will be a great concert.
The Lied announced the new season this month with Leslie Odom Jr. from Broadway’s "Hamilton," Johnny Mathis, Chris Botti, Mannheim Steamroller, "The King and I," Complexions, San Francisco Symphony, Tim Allen and Paul Schaffer, just to name a few. Season Ticket packages are now available at LiedCenter.org. Single tickets will go on sale later this summer.
Next month welcomes Jazz in June. Every Tuesday throughout June at 7 p.m. on the west side of the Sheldon, you get to hear great jazz music, meet up with friends and bring the kids-- and it’s all free. Plus a market with food and shopping starts at 5 p.m. For this year’s lineup and more about the artists, go to JazzinJune.com.
Sheldon Museum of Art’s summer exhibitions, “Michael Eastman: Havana” and “Roberto Salas: Pictures from the Revolution,” will be on view May 29-July 29. Accompanying these shows will be free, public events with an unmistakably Cuban flair. First Friday on June 1 features a “verbena” (street party) on the plaza west of the museum. On June 8 at 6 p.m., photographer Michael Eastman will speak about his series “Havana,” and the museum’s annual Family Day is Sunday, July 15, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Teens are invited June 15 to bring their friends to Sheldon to make art and hear music. The event is free and open to all high school students; registration is required. To sign up, visit go.unl.edu/teen-night.