Lively Arts Events

Sunday, May 2, 2021

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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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.


This event has been rescheduled from April 25 to May 2, starting at 1:00 p.m. and will now take place in Fisher Auditorium instead of the Oak Grove.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m. the Wind Ensemble, directed by Tim Paul, director of Bands, 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:

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

Then at 3:00 p.m. 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.

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