LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The Lied Center for Performing Art is welcoming a special performance for the holiday season.
Harry Connick, Jr. will be at the Lied Center on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Join Harry and his band as they celebrate New Orleans' three hundredth birthday and the influence that shaped his career. He will toast this beloved city and also perform a selection of holiday favorites.
Harry Connick, Jr.’s career has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world. He has received GRAMMY® and Emmy awards as well as Tony Award® nominations for his live and recorded musical performances, his achievements in film and television and his appearances on Broadway as both an actor and a composer.
Lied Center’s Executive Director and Chief Artistic Officer Bill Stephan said, “This performance by Harry Connick, Jr. helps to fulfill Glenn Korff's dream to enlighten and entertain families and generations of Nebraskans by bringing some of the most accomplished performers in the world to Lincoln. Harry Connick, Jr. headlines the list of past GK Platinum Artists who have performed on the Lied stage including: Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Audra McDonald.”
Stephan said, “I had the opportunity to see Harry Connick, Jr.’s New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration last year and it is one of the best live performances I have ever attended. Bringing an artist and production of this caliber to Lincoln is what helps make the Lied Center one of the nation’s distinctive performing arts centers. ”
The foundation of Connick’s art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of five. To honor his beloved hometown which turns 300 this year, Connick and his band have been performing in the U.S. on his “A NEW ORLEANS TRICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION” tour.
Over the past three decades, Connick has established himself as a musician, singer and composer par excellence, a legendary live performer and a best-selling artist with millions of recordings sold around the world. Highlights of his music career include several multi-platinum recordings such as “When Harry Met Sally,” “Blue Light, Red Light (Someone’s There)”, “When My Heart Finds Christmas,” “Come By Me and “Only You.”
Connick has appeared in 19 films including Dolphin Tale with Morgan Freeman, Hope Floats with Sandra Bullock, P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank, Bug with Ashley Judd, and Copycat with Sigourney Weaver, and on television (American Idol, Will & Grace, South Pacific and his Emmy Award winning concert specials). In the fall of 2016, he launched Harry, a national daytime television show featuring his touring band, which earned 11 Daytime Emmy nominations in its two seasons, including two nominations for best host, and a Critics’ Choice nomination for best talk show. On Broadway, Connick received Tony Award® nominations as both a lead actor in The Pajama Game and as a composer/lyricist for Thou Shalt Not.
Despite his busy career, Connick has always found the time to be charitable and has done some of his most important work in his efforts to help New Orleans rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He, along with friend Branford Marsalis, conceived of “Musicians’ Village,” a community in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Musicians’ Village provides homes for Katrina-displaced musicians and its focal point, the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, is an after-school teaching facility for children, a performance hall and recording studio for indigent musicians and a gathering place for the community.
This is a GK Platinum artist presentation, made possible in part with generous support from the Glenn Korff estate.
Tickets start at $40 and are available at LiedCenter.org, 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.