Mount Oread to Mount Rushmore

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 in Alumni News and News

South Dakota Jayhawks will love this

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.

We featured the little Leiszler on our blog too many times to count, as a sharp-shooting future Jayhawk, a Kansas Day crooner, a Junior James Naismith and the star of this year’s Traditions Night. Stay tuned. Who knows what he’ll do next.

–David Johnston

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Lied Center announces new season lineup

Posted on May 7, 2014 in Alumni News and News

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.

Tickets are currently on sale to Friends of the Lied members and KU students. Students can also buy a performance pass for $125 through Optional Campus Fees.

Ticket packages will be on sale to the general public—including Alumni Association members—from May 19-June 6. A party in the Lied Center lobby at 8 a.m. on June 9 will kick off single ticket sales.

Alumni Association members receive a 10% discount on single tickets to Lied Center series performances. Not a member? Join now to take advantage of this special benefit of membership!

We compiled some of our favorite tweets from the season announcement party into a Storify to share some of the highlights:


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Members receive new discount at the Lied Center

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 in Alumni News and News

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.

Lied CenterThis 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.  

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