The Performing Arts @ Lawrence enriches the educational experience of our music students and inspires the whole community by bringing in world-class performers from around the globe.

Each season offers a wide array of performances—from string quartets to modern dance, new music ensembles that push the boundaries to the ancient tradition of Tuvan throat singing, and from big band to solo piano. Explore the Performing Arts @ Lawrence and find something that will inspire you!

Trumpet player Tine Thing Helseth holds her trumpet looking back at the camera over her left shoulder against a yellow background.

Artist Series

Our Artist Series features artists performing primarily Western classical music. You'll hear vocalists, string performers, wind groups, and brass ensembles of varying configurations. Our series has featured artists including Hilary Hahn and Midori, violin; Emanuel Ax and John Browning, piano; the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Vermeer String Quartet; Matthias Goerne, baritone; and the vocal groups Chanticleer and the Anonymous 4, and many others.

Performing group Eighth Blackbird in concert. Six musicians arrayed with their instruments.

New Music Series

The New Music Series gives Lawrence a place to highlight musicians who are actively creating and crafting what it means when you say "21st-century music."  This series has featured artists like Alarm Will Sound, Yarn Wire, Roomful of Teeth, and Bang on a Can Allstars.

The Miguel Zenón Quartet performs the Saturday Evening Showcase Concert during Fred Sturm Jazz Celebration Weekend Saturday, November 9, 2019, in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.

Jazz Series

The Jazz Series at Lawrence features jazz musicians of all styles, from bebop to big band, and swing charts to standards. From duos to groups taking up the entire stage, the Jazz Series has seen it all! Our series has featured artists including Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Chick Corea, Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson, the Dave Holland Quintet, and many others (including Dizzy Gillespie!). 

Performers of Nobuntu wearing colorful dresses and looking up at the camera standing on red carpet.

World Music Series

With performances from across the globe, the World Music Series brings performers from around the world to Appleton to share their incredible musical traditions and cultures. Our series has featured artists such as Simon Shaheen and the Near Easterner Music Ensemble, Dobet Gnarhore, Dakabraka, Zakir Hussain, Red Barrat, and many others.

Dancer performing underwater, surface of water at the bottom of the frame so dancer seems to be upright while being upside down underwater

Dance Series

In the Dance Series, you'll see performers of widely varied backgrounds perform both choreographed and improvised works in both traditional and non-traditional settings. This series has featured Lower Left, Set Go, and BREATHE: a multidisciplinary water opera.

Erik Nordstrom as Count Almaviva and Max Muter as Figaro stand while chorus kneels down watching them, during a dress rehearsal for The Marriage of Figaro.


Our renowned and award-winning opera program performs one mainstage production each year and a series of opera scenes throughout the academic year.