If you have ever thought to yourself that James Naismith bore a striking resemblance to Teddy Roosevelt, you’re not alone. In fact, KU’s very own Junior James Naismith, a.k.a. Harrison Leiszler, proved the point, and with the help of his industrious (and clearly creative) father, Chris Leiszler, c’01, little Harrison had a Halloween costume that truly rocked.
Dressed as Mount Rushmore, the bespectacled Harrison battled the Captain of the Titanic for the top costume at the KU Symphony Orchestra annual Halloween concert at the Lied Center of Kansas. The popular event hosted by the KU School of Music included spooky music, costumed musicians and an instrument petting zoo (where kids could toot their own horn, or try a violin).
As fate would have it, Mount Rushmore happened to celebrate its 75th birthday on October 31, so the timing couldn’t have been better. Pictures of Harrison became so popular online that the South Dakota Department of Tourism reached out to ask Chris and Anne Marie Leiszler, b’00, to feature him on their Facebook page. The proud parents agreed, and the rest is, well, history.
The Lied Center announced its 2014-’15 season lineup on Sunday, April 27, at a special party that included food, drinks and live entertainment—and lots of social media activity.
Those who couldn’t attend the party in person could still feel like part of the action by following the Lied Center’s Twitter account, @liedcenterks, where staff members shared pictures, videos and teasers of the upcoming season’s performances.
The upcoming season includes performances by The Midtown Men, Vienna Boys Choir, the legendary Japanese taiko drumming group KODO and KU alumnus Mandy Patinkin, an acclaimed actor, singer and storyteller.
The November edition of our monthly e-newsletter for members landed in email inboxes on Tuesday, and it included a new benefit of membership: a 10% discount at the Lied Center. The discount is available on all Lied Center Presents performances.
This year’s schedule includes performances by the Turtle Island Quartet and special guest Tierney Sutton, the Peking Acrobats and the Cashore Marionettes.
To receive your discount, contact the Lied Center ticket office at 785.864.2780 and be sure to have your KU Alumni Association membership number ready when you call. This number can be found on your membership card, and it’s also included at the bottom of emails you receive from us.
The Lied Center of Kansas opened on Sept. 28, 1993, with eight performances of “The Secret Garden” and is proud to be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Click here to view a timeline of highlights from the past two decades.
Not a member of the Alumni Association? Click here to join and take advantage of membership benefits like the new Lied Center discount.