From world-class Conservatory ensembles, award-winning opera, engaging theatre and musical productions, and a renowned Performing Arts series, Lawrence offers a multitude of performances for members of the Lawrence and Fox Cities communities to enjoy.

Lawrence's larger ensembles deliver more than 40 performances throughout the academic year and most events are offered admission-free.

Gamelan Cudamani 2019 permformance

Performing Arts @ Lawrence  

Lawrence’s renowned Performing Arts Series includes Jazz Series, World Music Series, and the Dance Series.  

Wind Ensemble playing instruments

Student & Faculty Ensembles

Whether it’s a sweeping orchestral arrangement from a concert hall, a mariachi halftime show, or an outdoor jazz trio, our ensembles showcase Lawrence's talented and award-winning students and faculty. 

Opera show with Robert Schleifer (standing) and the cast of Mass. using sign language

Award-Winning Opera 

Lawrence’s renowned Opera program performs one main-stage production each year, and a series of opera scenes throughout the academic year.

Chris Follina plays Richard III in Lawrence’s production of “Richard III.”

Innovative & Collaborative Theatre Productions 

Students in our Theatre Arts program perform in three main stage productions each season. Plus, keep an eye out for a variety of student-led productions including musicals, improv shows, and even “pop-up” shows. 

The Academy of Music student playing violin

Beloved Community Performances

The Lawrence Community Music School performances include departmental recitals, general student recitals, honors recitals, faculty recitals, master classes, and numerous performances by all of our ensembles during the year, including the popular Girl Choir.

Performing Arts Highlights

Music & Arts

"Breathe" - a multidisciplinary water opera

Breathe: a multi-disciplinary water opera, is an ethereal production that utilizes the 鶹Ƶ Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center as the performance space.