Ovations! is IUP's premier performance series presenting touring artists from around the world.
From Broadway tours to the best in jazz and classical music to theater and more, Ovations! presents the best in performing arts and takes you on a journey that will entertain and engage. There are many sponsors, donors, and partners who help make Ovations! possible and keep tickets affordable.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
Founded in 1895, the world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be visiting Indiana University of Pennsylvania for a side-by-side performance with a specially selected assembly of IUP student musicians. Works planned are by Beethoven, Bach, Grieg, and Borodin.
Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
Bram Stoker’s Dracula is recognized as one of the greatest horror stories ever told. Performed in unique radio-play format by the renowned L.A. Theatre Works, Count Dracula slips quietly into Victorian London to seek out victims so that he may maintain eternal life. Only one man, the smart and resourceful Dr. Van Helsing, can stop the carnage.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.; Gorell Recital Hall, second floor Sutton Hall
Founded in 2006 by Nicaraguan pianist and composer Darwin Noguera and Mexican trumpeter and composer Victor Garcia, CALJE follows in the innovative footsteps of the pioneering Cuban group Irakere, Arturo O’Farril’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, and the Dizzy Gillespie United Nations Orchestra. This dynamic group continues the legacy of Latin Jazz big band, creating new original and genre-bending works.
Saturday, November 7, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
The nine-member men's a capella vocal ensemble Cantus performs as a chamber ensemble, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process. Acknowledged around the world for their programmatic versatility, artistic excellence, and charismatic personality, Cantus gives voice to the shared human experience. Their Indiana performance will include a massed-choir experience that will bring down the house.
Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
Direct from Broadway, the national tour of this powerhouse musical comes to Indiana. At the turn into the 20th century, three families from three different worlds are joined in New York: an upper class Protestant family from New Rochelle, a young African-American musician in Harlem, and a newly immigrated artist living in a lower-east-side tenement.
Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
The all-girl, all-horn quartet Genghis Barbie was initially developed because the four of them were all good friends, loved to do the same thing, and had a lot of free time. This fast-rising star ensemble brings the music world glamor, style, and virtuosity.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
The performers of Drum TAO are both highly trained athletes and highly expressive artists. Melodies of various genres and primal taiko rhythms result in an enchanting scene that only this Japan-based ensemble can present. Using music, choreography, humor, and spectacle, the group has critics raving about their extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
RIOULT Dance NY fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for presenting the sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works of Pascal Rioult. Since starting his own company, Rioult has dedicated his energies to developing his own choreographic style and nurturing a robust ensemble of dancers.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
It was on March 23, 1999, that the musical Mamma Mia! met its first and most crucial test when it was put in front of its first-ever paying audience in London. It was given the kind of welcome it has been getting ever since, every night, at every one of the many productions that have since followed.
Monday, March 28, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
Founded in 1989 by principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Radchenko, the Moscow Festival Ballet brings together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.
Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.; Gorell Recital Hall, second floor Sutton Hall
American Tapestry founder Robin Spielberg says, “These are songs I grew up singing, and your parents grew up singing.” Moved to keep these historical and poignant American gems fresh and alive, she formed a trio to encourage today’s young people to pass these songs onward to future generations. This event will also help celebrate Indiana Borough’s bicentennial.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.; Gorell Recital Hall, second floor Sutton Hall
Steinway artist Arnaldo Cohen began his musical studies at the age of five and graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with an honors degree in both piano and violin, although he didn’t plan to become a professional pianist. It was winning Italy’s prestigious Busoni International Piano Competition in 1972 that helped him decide his calling.
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April 28- May 7, 2016
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