The IUP Lively Arts Ovations series will be presenting the River City Brass Ensemble for one night only on Friday, February 7, at 8:00 p.m. Their performance, “Brasstacular” will take place on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Fisher Auditorium in the Performing Arts Center.

Founded in 1981 by the late Robert Bernat (conductor and music director 1981-94), the River City Brass was the first professional concert band to be established in the United States in over 25 years. Today, River City Brass performs a 35-concert series in Western Pennsylvania under the skillful baton of James Gourlay.

Often called the “Boston Pops - In Brass,” River City Brass won the 2018 Readers' Choice Gold Award for Family Entertainment from Trib Total Media. The concert will include a bit of Broadway and the hits of Hollywood. Also joining the River City Brass on select numbers will be students from the IUP Brass Ensemble (directed by Christian Dickinson).

Tickets for this event are available for purchase online through the Lively Arts website or by calling the ticket hotline at 724-357-1313. They can also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office in Fisher Auditorium. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $24 for regular admission, $20 for seniors/I-Card/military, and $12 for students and children. Online tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ticket hotline and ticket office in Fisher Auditorium are open from noon to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. The ticket office is closed for university holidays. For more information on this and other events as well as group tickets within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or email

The Ovations series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.