Lively Arts Events

Monday, April 26, 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.


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 Spring 2021 Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra

Fisher Auditorium

Rescheduled from April 26 and now in Fisher Auditorium, the IUP Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra celebrates the arrival of spring with as they 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.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m. the wind ensemble, led by Tim Paul, director of Bands, will perform an Evening of Chamber Winds and Flex-Band music for this concert followed by the orchestra, conducted by Alexandra Dee, at 3:00 p.m. The orchestra 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.

Our music will have something for everyone and be an aural representation of our human condition. Works will include:

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

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

The IUP Choral Studies area proudly presents "Vivaldi Gloria & Awakenings". This concert will feature the IUP Chorale & IUP Baroque Ensemble conducted by Dr. Gerrit Scheepers, and the IUP Chamber Singers conducted by Dr. Craig Denison. Works by Vivaldi, Harris, Howells, and Esenvalds will be performed. Don't miss this wonderful concert. The concert has no admission fee and will be streamed on Monday, April 26 at 7:00pm.

No live audience as this is a pre-recorded performance. The concert will be streamed on the IUP Department of Music's YouTube channel