Lively Arts Events

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Exhibit: IUP Museum Goes Downtown, From Our Walls to Your Home

The Artists Hand, 732 Philadelphia Street, Indiana

painting: Four-ApplesFor the seventh time, the University Museum will present an exhibition at the Artists Hand Gallery, located at 732 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, beginning April 6. The exhibition, “The University Museum at IUP Goes Downtown: From Our Walls to Your Home,” presents art works from the museum’s collection which will be for sale.

The art on display includes a variety of media: prints, paintings, photographs, drawings, and mixed media in various styles ranging from abstract to classic representational. The subject matter of the works on sale ranges from architecture, landscapes, and still life, to figurative, and more.

Painting: Untitled cityscapeThe exhibition will be on view at the gallery from April 6 through April 24, Monday–Saturday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. with extended hours on Friday, April 9, until 8:00 p.m. for an opening reception beginning at 6:00 p.m.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit the University Museum website or the Artists Hand Gallery website or email museum-info@iup.edu

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

James Iman - Piano Recital

Gorell Recital Hall, 2nd Floor Sutton Hall

IUP alumnus, James Iman, will present a solo piano recital.

**A live audience will be permitted.**

Number of tickets available will be based on current COVID guidelines.

This event will NOT be live streamed.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Rescheduled to April 22-25: Theater: “Ordinary Days”

Virtual Performance

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.

Viewing Codes:

Family / Group $20

Individual $10

IUP Student $7.50

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Ovations Concert: Dreamer's Circus

Streamed Online 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.

Rescheduled to April 22-25: Theater: “Ordinary Days”

Virtual Performance

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.

Viewing Codes:

Family / Group $20

Individual $10

IUP Student $7.50

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Rescheduled to April 22-25: Theater: “Ordinary Days”

Virtual Performance

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.

Viewing Codes:

Family / Group $20

Individual $10

IUP Student $7.50.

Flute Studio Recital

DiCicco Hall, Cogswell Hall, and Live-Streamed

The IUP Flute Studio will present solos and chamber music under the direction of Therese Wacker. A live audience will be permitted. The number of seats available will be based on the current COVID guidelines. 

This event is free and will be live-streamed on the Department of Music’s YouTube Channel.

Monday, April 19, 2021

IUP Piano Studio Recital

Gorell Recital Hall, 2nd Floor Sutton Hall

The IUP Piano Studio will present their Spring 2021 recital of solo and duo selections

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Recital: IUP Trumpet Ensemble

Gorell Recital Hall

The spring performance by the IUP Trumpet Ensemble. Featured will be music for four to 20 trumpets. 

This event is free admission. 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Rescheduled to April 22-25: Theater: “Ordinary Days”

Virtual Performance

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.

Viewing Codes:

Family / Group $20

Individual $10

IUP Student $7.50

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Music Theater: “Ordinary Days”

Virtual Performance

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 RED CAST.

Viewing Codes:

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


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Friday, April 23, 2021

Music Theater: “Ordinary Days”

Virtual Performance

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


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Faculty Trumpet Recital: Kevin Eisensmith

Gorell Recital Hall, 2nd Floor Sutton Hall

This event is part of the annual IUP TrumpetFest. TrumpetFest features recitals by IUP trumpet students and faculty.

A live audience will be permitted.

All events are free and open to the public. Number of tickets will depend on current COVID guidelines. The performance will also be live streamed on the IUP Department of Music's YouTube Channel.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

IUP Trumpet Studio Recital

Gorell Recital Hall, 2nd Floor Sutton Hall

A performance by members of the IUP Trumpet Studio. This event is part of the annual TrumpetFest.

**A live audience will be permitted.**

The Number of tickets available will be based on current COVID guidelines. 

Music Theater: “Ordinary Days”

Virtual Performance

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 RED CAST.

Viewing Codes:

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


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Sunday, April 25, 2021

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

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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. 

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.

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.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Clarinet Studio Recital

Cogswell Hall Courtyard

This is the spring concert for the IUP Clarinet Studio. The program will feature works for solo clarinet, small ensemble, and the Crimson Squawk Clarinet Ensemble.

**A live audience will be permitted consisting of public and IUP community members.**

The event is free and open to the public and will take place in the courtyard outside of Cogswell Hall. Bring a picnic dinner or snack!

Rain Location: Gorell Recital Hall.

Concert: Keystone Chamber Winds

YouTube Live Stream: IUP Department of Music YouTube Channel

The Keystone Chamber Players will perform a diverse program, featuring works by Cheetham, Arnold, Zare, Stamp, and Broughton. This program will be live-streamed only and broadcast on the IUP Department of Music YouTube Channel

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Recital: IUP Saxophone Studio (Online)

YouTube Live Stream

Join the saxophone studio for their spring recital! You’ll hear a mix of saxophone quartets, large ensembles, and a solo work or two.

There will be no live audience permitted. This event will be livestreamed only on the Department of Music’s YouTube Channel.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Performance: Shana Simmons Dance

IUP Campus and Downtown Indiana

Put on your comfortable shoes for this site specific "tour" of the campus and nearby community of Indiana, Pennsylvania which will be serving as the outdoor stage for this collaboration between campus and community groups. If walking isn't your style, other ways of enjoying the series of mini performances will be made available to audience members.

Student Recital: IUP String Project

Gorell Recital Hall

The IUP String Project Student Recital will feature the students of the String Project playing solo and ensemble works. 

This event is free admission. 

Heidi Lucas, Faculty Horn Recital

YouTube Live Stream

Heidi Lucas, horn and Henry Wong Doe, piano present a program of works for horn and piano.

**No audience will be permitted.**

This event will be live streamed on the IUP Department of Music's YouTube Channel

The 20th annual IUP Jazz Festival, featuring the IUP Jazz Band and the IUP Jazz Ensemble. The IUP Jazz band is led by James Flowers. Kevin Eisensmith directs the IUP Jazz Ensemble. The guest artist for this event will be trumpeter Scotty Barnhart. Scotty is the director of the Count Basie Orchestra and a renowned trumpet player.

IUP Jazz Festival

Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

This is the twentieth anniversary of the IUP Jazz Festival. The IUP Jazz Band and the IUP Jazz Ensemble will perform. James Flowers, professor of saxophone, will be the featured soloist for the event.

A live audience of IUP community members only will be permitted.

The number of seats available will be based on the current COVID guidelines. 

This event will be live-streamed on the IUP Department of Music’s YouTube Channel.

For more information about this and other Music Department events, call 724-357-2390 or visit the Music Department’s website.

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