• 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.

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  • NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players in HMS Pinafore

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    Subtitled The Lass That Loved a Sailor, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players’ production of HMS Pinafore promises to be a show filled with a larger-than-life comical cast and musical hit songs. This globally-traveled troupe will take you on a satirical trip aboard their British naval vessel with a story that includes a twisting love triangle, dastardly enemies, romantic characters, and signature tunes.

    Cast singing in HMS Pinafore


  • Ken Waldman and Friends: A Special Free Event

    Thursday, September 8, 2016; Indiana Theater, 637 Philadelphia Street, Downtown Indiana.

    Alaskan fiddler, poet and storyteller, Ken Waldman will present a concert and conduct workshops during his visit to Indiana. The concert will be presented as a special gift to the community as an pre-opening performance of the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival. Admission to the concert is free. A post-concert jam will be held at the Coney ($10 donation).

    Ken Waldman
  • Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall

    Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    Based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name, Nufonia Must Fall tells a story centering “around a headphones-sporting robot on the verge of obsolescence and infatuated with a winsome office drone.” The show is projected on screen with a live string quartet performing while the “backstage” production is brought to the main stage exposing the magic to the audience.

    Nufonia robot and girl
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

    Pinchas Zukerman, violin, 2016–17 Helwig Distinguished Artist

    Manfred Honeck conducting

    This event has been cancelled due to the strike called by the members of of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. For information about refunds please see our new News Post online.

    Pinchas Zukerman
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    Presented by Park Inn by Radisson Indiana

    A treat for every age, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella tells the tale of a young woman, a prince about to be king, true love, a Fairy Godmother, an evil stepmother and sisters, whimsical wishes, glass slippers, magical transformations, and dreams that really do come true. Come and be transported back to your childhood with beloved songs and unforgettable moments and rediscover the beauty of this classical tale.


    Cinderella dancing with Prince Charming
  • Daloy Dance Company

    Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    Daloy Dance Company from the Philippines was formed by the acclaimed contemporary dancer Ea Torrado. The company uses its platform as an outlet to discuss societal controversies that are often shared challenges around the world, from culture to culture. On their first tour in the United States, they have assembled a community of dance artists and collaborators from across this great south Asian archipelago.

    Daloy Dance Company
  • Akropolis Reed Quintet

    Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.; Gorell Recital Hall, second Floor Sutton Hall

    The Akropolis Reed Quintet performs an innovative repertoire of classical music spanning four centuries up through the present. Their dynamic concerts have raised them to critical acclaim and have allowed them to commission more than 25 reed quintet works to date. Since their founding in 2009, the Akropolis has made a name for itself, greatly impacting the next generation of musicians and audience members alike.

    Akropolis Reed Quintet
  • Diane Schuur

    Friday, December 9, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    Diane Schuur has been long regarded as one of the leading vocalists and piano players in the world of contemporary jazz. Receiving two Grammy Awards, her life has been filled with performances with some of the world’s finest musicians. This concert will include a few holiday tunes and performance with the IUP Jazz Ensemble.

    Diane Schuur
  • Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at 8:00 p.m; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    Catch a glimpse of India through this sensual, colorful performance of Taj Express: The Bollywood Music Review. Direct from Mumbai, India, Taj Express fuses traditional Bollywood and modern flare, combining western and eastern culture. This extravaganza will have the audience on the edge of their seat. Come celebrate Valentine’s Day in Bollywood.

    Taj Express: The Bollywood Music Review

  • Harlem Quartet

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.; Gorell Recital Hall, second floor Sutton Hall

    The Harlem Quartet, founded on the principal of sharing both classical and jazz music with a diverse audience and featuring music by minority composers, has performed across the globe. Since its public debut in 2006 at Carnegie Hall, the New York-based ensemble has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in France, the U.K., Belgium, Panama, Canada, and South Africa.

    The Harlem Quartet
  • Caladh Nua

    Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.; Gorell Recital Hall, second floor, Sutton Hall

    Caladh Nua is a quintet of versatile musicians who knit together traditional Irish music with a contemporary flair. They have brought their infectious musical passion to a vast, diverse array of cities and people across the globe. With a style deeply rooted in the southern counties of Ireland, they visit Indiana just in time to help us celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

    Caladh Nua
  • 42nd Street

    Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    The original Broadway production of 42nd Street premiered in 1980 and played for almost 3,500 performances. It was nominated for eight Tony Awards winning for Best Musical and Best Choreography. It was revived in 2001, winning two more Tony Awards. Today, 42nd Street is one of the top 15 longest running shows in Broadway history. 

    42nd Street logo
  • Shana Tucker

    Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.; Gorell Recital Hall, second floor Sutton Hall

    Shana Tucker—songwriter, singer, and cellist—began her journey as a musician in the fourth grade when she began taking piano lessons with her great-grandmother. Eventually, her musical talents garnered a scholarship to Howard University. In 2011, Tucker began her journey as a jazz soloist with her debut CD, SHiNE.

    Shana Tucker