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From the classics to Jazz to Blues and from touring artists and presentations by our own faculty, students, and alumni, the offerings are extensive. 

Through both our Ovations! touring professional artists and series such as Sound Choices and Music Theater, we bring you a number of musical performances throughout the year.

View the Events Calendar for Lively Arts.

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Deborah Henson-Conant

December 4 at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Deborah Henson-Conant, known for high-energy shows that fuse music, theater, and her evocative singing voice, is a Grammy-nominated one-woman orchestra. With electric harp, voice, and a looper pedal, she layers sounds in real time, then weaves solo lines and vocals above it. This return engagement features a program of ballads, blues, holiday music, and collaboration with the IUP Jazz Ensemble and PSO harpist Lucy Scandrett. 

Deborah Henson-Conant
 

The Tender Land

December 4-6 at 8:00 p.m. and December 7 at 2:00 p.m.; Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

Set in rural, depression-era America, two handsome drifters arrive at the Moss farm in search of work. Laurie, originally shaken by these outsiders, soon falls in love with one of them and must choose between her roots and her desire to explore the world, leaving the life she knows behind.

The Tender Land
 

Sister Act

January 20 at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won’t be found—a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. Sister Act features an original Alan Menken/Glenn Slater score with a vast inspiration of musical styles from Motown, soul, and funk to great big disco anthems and Barry White-inspired musical comedy.

Sister Act
 

Te Amo, Argentina

February 11 at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

After winning a Latin Grammy in 2010 for an original Lalo Schifrin piece called “Pampas,” Antonio Lysy was inspired to produce a performance that would combine chamber music, balletic tango dance, and scenic animations. The show’s tango dancers, Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionievo, are two of the most beloved and talented tango dancers worldwide.

Te Amo, Argentina
 

Heroes and Martyrs from WWII

February 1 at 8:00 p.m.; DiCicco Rehearsal Hall, 121 Cogswell Hall

Christine Clewell, accompanied by fellow faculty members, performs a variety works by different artists on IUP’s new pipe organ.

The new Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Memorial Organ
 

Leaves of Grass

February 7 at 7:00 p.m.; Gorell Recital Hall, Sutton Hall 2nd Floor

Join us as Laura Ferguson, singer and IUP faculty member, performs the setting of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman to the stylings of renowned jazz composer Fred Hersch.

Leaves of Grass
 

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

February 21 at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Sitting at the top of short list of the world’s finest orchestral organizations, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returns to perform yet another stunning concert. Featuring world-renowned pianist Lars Vogt and under the direction of Maestro Manfred Honeck, the evening features an all-Beethoven program.

Lars Vogt
 

Vienna Boys Choir

March 18 at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Established in 1498, the Vienna Boys Choir includes approximately 100 choristers between ages 10 and 14 divided into four touring choirs. According to the (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier, “Their tone is pristine, their dynamics perfectly rendered, but of course it is their youth and pure soprano voices that make them unique.”

Vienna Boys Choir
 

Bach and Beyond

March 21 at 7:00 p.m.; DiCicco Rehearsal Hall, 121 Cogswell Hall, and Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor of Sutton Hall.

The IUP music faculty combine forces to present chamber music from the Baroque era. Scheduled to perform are members of the Hoodlebug Brass, the Litton String Quartet, Keystone Chamber Players, and the IUP voice faculty.  

Bach and Beyond
 

Pablo Ziegler Classical Quartet for New Tango

March 26 at 8:00 p.m.; Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor of Sutton Hall

For decades, Buenos Aires-born, Latin Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler has been one of the most important figures in Argentine New Tango, the vibrant musical hybrid of classic tango and American jazz. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times writes, “He is cool, understated and makes everything look easy and natural… Just as a really suave tango dancer seems not to move with feet but on wheels, Ziegler skates the keyboard.”

Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet
 

Jones-Maruri Duo

April 9 at 8:00 p.m.; Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor of Sutton Hall

Join us for a very special evening of rich cello and masterful classical guitar as we welcomes back the Jones-Maruri Duo to IUP. Since their first U.S. tour in 1991, they have performed each year throught the U.S. as well as Canada, Cuba, Venezuela, and Europe.

Jones-Maruri Duo
 

An Evening of Dance and Percussion

March 28 at 7:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Joining forces for a rousing evening of music and movement are two of IUP’s most popular groups, the IUP Dance Theater and the IUP Percussion Ensemble. Under the direction of Holly Boda-Sutton and Michael Kingan, this unique presentation takes on a different beat as the two groups explore the music and dance of different cultures and genres.

An Evening of Dance and Percussion
 

Memphis the Musical

May 4 at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Filled with high-octane dancing, songs that perfectly capture the era, and an absorbing tale of fame and forbidden love, Memphis offers soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Memphis takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated ’50s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun falls in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer, Felicia Farrell.

Memphis
 

Doc Severinsen

September 16 at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

A Grammy award winner, Doc has made more than 30 albums—from big band to jazz-fusion to classical. Two critically acclaimed Telarc CDs with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra showcase his multifaceted talents from Bach to ballads. He received a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance – Big Band for his recording of Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band–Volume I.

Doc Severinsen
 

The Litton Quartet

October 7 at 8:00 p.m.; Gorell Recital Hall, Sutton Hall 2nd Floor

The Litton, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s faculty string quartet, will present a program that includes pieces by Haydn and Beethoven along with a special premiere work and guest artist.

Litton Quartet
 

Strings and Serpents

October 22 at 8:00 p.m.; Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor of Sutton Hall

Strings and Serpents is a collaboration between pianist/composer Andy Milne and animator Saki Murotani that began touring in 2014. Musically, this project will explore a synthesis of Japanese and Western structures in terms of form, improvisational language, and rhythm. The video animation will employ 2-D and 3-D computer-generated imagery (CGI) techniques, inspired by preliminary musical sketches.

Strings and Serpents
 

An Evening of Story Legends in Music and Dance

November 1 at 7:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

IUP Dance Theater and IUP Music faculty, under the direction of Jack Stamp and Holly Boda-Sutton, will present two well-known dance works by composers Aaron Copland and Igor Stravinsky, Appalachian Spring and The Soldier’s Tale (Histoire Du Soldat).

An Evening of Story Legends in Music and Dance
 

Celebrating Our Own

November 14 at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Under the direction of Stephanie Caulder and Jason Worzbyt, the IUP Music Department celebrates the collective talents of its students and faculty.

Celebrating Our Own
 

Other Events

 

The Tender Land

The Tender Land

December 4–7

Season of Light

Season of Light

November 15–December 13

 
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