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Second Annual IUP Plays Pittsburgh Offers Musical Extravaganza

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania will take over Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. for IUP Plays Pittsburgh, IUP’s second annual event at Heinz Hall.

The program will showcase the talents of IUP faculty and students with performances by the IUP Symphony Orchestra and tuba-euphonium ensemble, IUP Percussion Ensemble, IUP Jazz Ensemble, the Gorell Trio and the IUP Marching Band. Ted Sohier from WQED will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.

A dessert reception, hosted by the IUP President Tony Atwater and Dr. Beverly Roberts-Atwater, will be held in the lobby of Heinz Hall at 7 p.m.

Sponsoring the event is Massaro Corp. of Pittsburgh, general contractor for IUP’s Residential Revival student housing project.

Tickets are available in advance from the Heinz Hall box office, (412) 392-4900, and will be sold at the door the night of the concert. Tickets are $15 and include the dessert reception before the concert.

A number of seats on a bus traveling to the concert are available for community members and students. Those interested in reserving a seat should e-mail Matthew Baumer at mbaumer@iup.edu. The bus will leave from Cogswell Hall at 5:30 p.m. and return shortly after the concert, leaving Pittsburgh between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m.

The Symphony Band, under the direction of Dr. David Martynuik, will open the concert with “Grand Canyon Suite.” The tuba-euphonium ensemble, under the direction of Zach Collins, will continue the program with “Spider Man II,” “Preghiera” and “Tubamobile.”

The Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Michael Kingan, will perform “Rite of Passage” with Chris Lyon as marimba soloist, “Marimba Quartet” and “Don’t You Worry ’Bout a Thing.”

Following intermission, the Jazz Ensemble will continue the program with “Back Home Again in Indiana,” “Satin Doll,” “From This Moment On” with soloist Laura Ferguson and “Better Git Hit in Your Soul.”

The Gorell Trio will perform “De Profundis,” “Beautiful Dreamer” and “If You’ve Only Got a Moustache” with soloist baritone Robert Peavler.

The Marching Band concludes the concert with “Beatles Revisited,” “Crimson Xpress,” “Hail Indiana,” “From Russia with Love” and “Amazing Grace.” The Marching Band is directed by Martynuik.

For more information, contact IUP Fine Arts Public Events at (724) 357-2547 or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.