Lively Arts Events

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Ovations Concert: Dreamers’ Circus

On-Demand Virtual Performance

This young driving force in Nordic world music draws inspiration from folk and traditional Scandinavian music and reshapes it with an endlessly innovated and contemporary approach. The Dreamers’ Circus trio musicians Nikolaj Busk (Denmark, piano and accordion), Ale Carr (Sweden cittern), and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (Demark, violin)—display inventiveness and talent in their approach to performances.

Based in music from Denmark and Sweden as well as Iceland, Finland, and the far reaches of the windswept Faroe Islands, they view these traditional roots merely as a point of departure from which to expand. In playing, they seek to unlock imaginations and allow the mind to wander to a place where stories unfold. The name of the band is no accident. The magical feel upon entering the circus tent, surrounded by vividly colored memories… Dreamers’ Circus strives to engage your senses and invoke a place of freedom, somewhere for our imagination to play in and a space for dreaming.

All Ovations events for the spring 2021 season are Pay-as-You-Can. Visit our ticket site to rent this video.


Please note that this production will run for one week only:

7:30 p.m., Thursday–Saturday, April 22–24; and
2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 25

Written by Adam Gwon, Ordinary Days tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love, and cabs. It is an original musical for anyone who’s ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home.

This evening's performers will be from the BLUE CAST.

Viewing Codes:

  • Family / Group: $20
  • Individual: $10
  • IUP Student: $7.50


After a well-received and dynamic performance of Handel’s “Messiah” in 2018, the Lively Arts is delighted to invite the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra for a return visit to perform “We Sing America,” a patriotic salute highlighting the contribution of female composers.

Designed to complement a gallery of women artists, this program from the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Principal String Quartet showcases the melodic and energetic works of women composers, including famed suffragette Ethel Smyth, award-winning American composers Gabriela Lena Frank and Jessie Montgomery, as well as the evocative music of George Walker. The program concludes with a youthful quartet of Beethoven.

All spring 2021 Ovations events are Pay-As-You-Can.

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Concert: IUP Trombone Studio Reunion

DiCicco Hall, Rm 121 Cogswell Hall

The IUP Department of Music will hold the Trombone Studio Reunion Concert today. 

This event is free admission. 

This event has been rescheduled to its rain date of May 2.

Join the IUP Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the arrival of spring with a special outdoor concert. Grab a spot in the Oak Grove and enjoy an afternoon of diverse musical selections. The rain date for this event is scheduled for May 2, 2021.

The IUP Symphony Orchestra will take you on a symphonic voyage with music from around the world. We’ll parade and dance through the streets of Mexico, marvel at the grandeur of Finland, and sail the high seas of the Caribbean. The orchestra, conducted by Alexandra Dee, will be joined by IUP horn professor Heidi Lucas to perform Hovhaness’s Artik concerto for horn, an ode to the composer’s ancestral homeland of Armenia.

The Wind Ensemble will perform an evening of Chamber Winds and Flex-Band music for this concert. Our music will have something for everyone and be an aural representation of our human condition. Works will include:

  • Canon Fanfare Flexible Instrumentation by Steve Danyew
  • Remember Me by David Maslanka
    • Cello and Wind Ensemble; Linda Jennings, guest soloist
  • Biomimicry for wind octet by Roger Zare
    1. La Sagrada Familia
    2. Cetacean Energy
    3. Bullet Train
  • Point Break (Chamber Winds) by Paul Dooley

The wind ensemble is lead by Tim Paul, director of Bands.

Live public audience will be permitted. The event will also be live-streamed on the IUP Department of Music’s YouTube Channel.

The Wind Ensemble’s performance will start in Fisher (not Oak Grove) at 1pm and the Orchestra will follow at 3pm

Unfortunately, this program has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

Join IUP Dance Theater as they unfold their unique rendition of It’s Just a Bunch of “Hocus Pocus.” On Halloween night, the Sanderson Sisters are brought back from the dead by curious youth who then find themselves pursued by the sisters. Throughout the night, the youth and a cat named Binx attempt to defeat the Sanderson Sisters.

Under the direction of Holly Boda-Sutton, IUP Dance Theater will tell their tale through original choreography on the Zink Dance Auditorium stage.