Lively Arts Events


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Project Trio

Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall

Project Trio is a passionate, high-energy chamber music ensemble comprised of three virtuostic composer/performers from Brooklyn, New York. Blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, Project Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages.

Bursting onto the scene with their landmark videos, right out of the internet generation, Project Trio is a musical experience defining a new level of entertainment! 

Free admission.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Imani Winds Q&A

Stapleton Library Commons

A combination mini-performance and Q&A, this is an opportunity to meet the musicians, hear them talk about their music, ask questions, and enjoy a mini-preview of their January 30th evening performance in Gorell Recital Hall (2nd Floor of Sutton Hall).

Concert: Imani Winds

Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall

Over the course of their 20-plus year career, Grammy-nominated quintet Imani Winds has discovered what audiences’ value most from their concerts: a sense of connection with the music, the performers, the composers, the artistry, and beyond. This concept of connectivity has led them to program not only music from the traditional chamber music canon, but also concerts that reach beyond the usual boundaries of the recital stage.

Imani Winds seamlessly navigates between classical, jazz, and world music idioms demonstrating their mission to expand the wind quintet repertoire. Extolled by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “what triumph sounds like,” Imani Winds has created a distinct presence in the classical music world through their dynamic playing, culturally relevant programming, and virtuosic collaborations.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Faculty Horn Recital, Sarah Schouten

Gorell Recital Hall, 2nd Floor Sutton Hall

A faculty recital featuring Sarah Schouten, horn and pianist Amber Shay Nicholson, performing works by Basler, Naigus, Mutter, and more!

Free admission.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition

Performing Arts Center, Upper Lobby

The Arts-in-Education program ArtsPath will host it's 2020 regional Poetry Out Loud recitation competition at 6:30 p.m. in the upper lobby of the Performing Arts Center on Monday, February 3.  School champions from participating high schools in Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, and Jefferson counties compete for right to represent the ArtsPath region at the state level competition in Harrisburg in March. The winner of the state competition moves on to represent Pennsylvania at the national competition in Washington D.C.

The competition is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the Coordinator for Arts-in-Education services for the Lively Arts, Jeff Wacker, at 724-357-4565, or at

In case of inclement weather, the competition will be held at the same time and location on Wednesday, February 5.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Concert: Chamber Music of Gregory Fritze

Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall

Concert featuring the chamber music of guest artist Gregory Fritze. Performers include an alumni and current IUP tubaphonium ensemble.

Free admission.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

IUP Bands play the music of Gregory Fritze

Fisher Auditorium

The IUP Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble will perform the music of visiting guest composer Gregory Fritze.  Mr. Fritze is an internationally known award-winning composer of wind band music, and will be the Music Department's visiting composer-in-residence.  Joining the IUP Bands will be bass trombonist Mr. Richard Gaynor and IUP faculty emeritus Dr. Gary Bird, tuba. 

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Manhattan Saxophone Quartet

Gorell Recital Hall, 2nd Floor Sutton Hall

The Manhattan Saxophone Quartet met while completing degrees at the Manhattan School of music and features IUP Alumnus Aaron Patterson.

Ovations!: River City Brass Brasstacular

Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

In November 1981, something special happened... 

...a musical renaissance took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Under the baton of conductor Robert Bernat, the River City Brass (RCB) took to the Carnegie Music Hall stage for its inaugural performance. It was an evening of musical excellence and determination – determination to bring about the revival of the grassroots tradition of the American brass band.

ow under the skillful baton of Dr. James Gourlay, the RCB continues its tradition of excellence as they bring to the Fisher stage a great selection of their most popular repertoires. Enjoy an evening brimming with a bit of Broadway, the hits of Hollywood, and some American brass band favorites. Students of the IUP brass studios will share the stage with the talented musicians of RCB as they perform on select pieces.

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

6th Annual IMTA Monster Piano Concert

DiCicco Hall, 121 Cogswell Hall

Indiana Musicale, the Indiana Chapter of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association presents its Sixth Monster Piano Concert. Participants will present ensemble selections of popular and classical works. The IUP Piano Ensemble (IUP piano majors) will also feature in the program.

There is a suggested donation of $5 per adult.

Opening Reception: Dr. Kabala's Cabinet of Wonders: Highlights from a Collection

University Museum, First Floor Sutton Hall

Join us for the opening reception for Dr. Kabala's Cabinet of Wonders: Highlights from a Collection

Free Admission

Guest Artist and Alumni Recital, Sarah Hetrick

Gorell Recital Hall

Sarah is a saxophone alumnus of IUP and current Doctoral saxophone teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Austin.

Admission: Free

Monday, February 10, 2020

Recital: Clara Wieck Memorial

Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall

Recital celebrating the Bicentennial of the pianist and composer Clara Wieck Schumann, including songs, solo piano and comments by music historian Matt Baumer. 

Free Admission.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Exhibit: Dr. Kabala’s Cabinet of Wonders: Highlights from a Collection

University Museum, First Floor Sutton Hall

This exhibition features an eclectic array of artwork from Dr. Irene Kabala’s collection that covers multiple centuries. 

University Museum Hours: 2:00–6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; noon-7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday; noon–4:00 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.

This event runs from February 11, 2020 to March 6, 2020

Free Admission.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Theater: Mummenschanz you & me

Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Mummenschanz has become synonymous with magic. By creating a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects, Mummenschanz offers a stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination. The Swiss-based theater troupe has pioneered a new form of visual theater that has been dazzling audiences worldwide for more than 45 years.

Their most recent program, “you & me” features new performers bringing to life their larger-than-life creations right before your very eyes. Allow your imagination to flourish and fantasy to bloom as you encounter a world of extreme creativity. Experience the life of an oversized frog contemplating dinner and a graceful swan gliding across the waterless stage. Escape to an underwater world to encounter jellyfish and seahorses in their natural habitat. Enjoy, also, the traditional acrobatics of their classic sketches that have stood the test of time. A perfect setting for a magical Valentine’s Day for all ages.

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