Lively Arts Events

Saturday, May 1, 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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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 IUP campus will serve as your outdoor stage for this dance and music collaboration of Shana Simmons Dance with members of the IUP Dance Theater Company, IUP student musicians, Amanda Morrison (clarinet), and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater grad students with music submission from Mumph (hip-hop artist).

Take the Air is a collection of performances at five different locations on the IUP campus, all within walkable distance from the other. Locations include the staircase between Ruddock Hall and Suites on Maple, the stone bench in the Oak Grove, and just outside Sprowls Hall, Cogswell Hall, and Fisher Auditorium.


Sound Choices: 20th Annual IUP Jazz Festival

Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

A tradition spanning two decades, the annual IUP Jazz Festival showcases IUP’s very own jazz band and ensemble. The IUP Jazz band, led by James Flowers, and the IUP Jazz Ensemble, led by Kevin Eisensmith, will perform all-time favorite and innovated jazz pieces. 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.