A celebration 150 years in the making
calendar icon23 Jan 2019
Lincoln, Neb.--On Charter Day, Feb. 15, 2019, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a monumental evening of live performance and multimedia entertainment titled, “Charter Day Celebration: Music and Milestones.” At this special event, host Jeff Zeleny, University of Nebraska alumnus, native Nebraskan and Senior White House Correspondent for CNN, will guide the audience through some of the University’s major accomplishments.
“Our university’s 150th anniversary is an important milestone, and this event is a perfect finale for our Charter Day celebration and opportunity to launch into our next 150 years,” said Chancellor Ronnie Green. “I encourage everyone to attend this special performance and share in an extraordinary evening.”
More than 300 artists unite to perform a program including Wagner’s “Entrance of the Gods,” Orff’s “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana and N 150-commissioned new works by Nebraska alums David von Kampen and Garrett Hope. Special features include tributes to celebrated alumni Willa Cather, Roxane Gay and Ted Kooser.
Performing ensembles include the Cornhusker Marching Band, UNL Symphony Orchestra, UNL Opera, UNL Dance, Chamber Singers, University Singers and the Varsity Singers. They will be joined throughout the evening by notable Nebraskans, including actress Marg Helgenberger. The production will seamlessly integrate multimedia and projection, music and lighting in an impressive tribute to the University.
“The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts is thrilled to showcase our students, faculty, alumni and friends in this special Music and Milestone, N150 event,” said Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Endowed Dean Chuck O’Connor. “We know audiences will enjoy the performances of our ensembles, including the premiere of two, new compositions specially created for this event by our alumni Garrett Hope and David von Kampen. All of the performers at this event deserve the spotlight of the world-class Lied Center stage to showcase their tremendous talents. We are proud to be a part of this important celebration.”
Tickets are $30 and are available at https://go.unl.edu/ha97, by phone at (402) 472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office, 301 N. 12th St. UNL students can purchase tickets at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard. Children 18 and younger are eligible for half-price tickets. A limited number of free Arts for All tickets for students are available at https://go.unl.edu/dvtz.
For more information on the University's N150 celebration, including a full schedule of Charter Week events, visit https://n150.unl.edu/.