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Ovations!

Celebrating the Lively Arts’ 25th anniversary!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.

Helping to make Ovations! possible and keep tickets affordable are are many sponsors, donors, and partners.

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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
 

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
 

Cirque Peking: National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China

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

From the exotic Far East comes the world’s most riveting acrobatic troupe whose astonishing acts inspire the same awe and wonder in people today as they did a millennium ago. The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China is among Asia’s most acclaimed ensembles, whose artists have won countless international awards and competitions. For seven decades, this company has been thrilling young and old alike with dazzling acts of tumbling, juggling, contortion, balancing, and high-flying athleticism.

Cirque Peking: National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

Essential Graham: Martha Graham Dance Company

March 2 at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

As founder of the Martha Graham Centre of Contemporary Dance, where her principal dancers included Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, and pop star Madonna, Martha Graham developed a revolutionary technique of movement which has been copied by companies all over the world. Recognized as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Graham created a movement language based on the expressive capacity of the human body.

Essential Graham: Martha Graham Dance Company
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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