From the classics to jazz to blues and from touring artists to presentations by our own faculty, students, and alumni, the offerings are extensive.

Through both our Ovations! touring professional artists and series such as Sound Choices and Music Theater, we bring you a number of musical performances throughout the year.

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Ken Waldman and Friends: A Special Free Event

Thursday, September 8, 2016; Indiana Theater, 637 Philadelphia Street, Downtown Indiana.

Alaskan fiddler, poet and storyteller, Ken Waldman will present a concert and conduct workshops during his visit to Indiana. The concert will be presented as a special gift to the community as an pre-opening performance of the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival. Admission to the concert is free. A post-concert jam will be held at the Coney ($10 donation).

Ken Waldman


Friday, September 9, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall

The IUP voice and piano faculty are joining forces to showcase their talent and hard work with an evening of art songs, arias, and piano solos, plus collaboration on Brahms' Liebeslieder. This combination of talent in one night is a rare treat indeed. Come hear our internationally acclaimed faculty members doing what they do best.


Kid Koala's Nufonia Must Fall

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name, Nufonia Must Fall tells a story centering “around a headphones-sporting robot on the verge of obsolescence and infatuated with a winsome office drone.” The show is projected on screen with a live string quartet performing while the “backstage” production is brought to the main stage exposing the magic to the audience.

Nufonia robot and girl

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Pinchas Zukerman, violin, 2016-17 Helwig Distinguished Artist

Manfred Honeck conducting

This event has been cancelled due to the strike called by the members of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. For information about refunds please see our new News Post online.

Pinchas Zukerman

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Presented by Park Inn by Radisson Indiana

A treat for every age, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella tells the tale of a young woman, a prince about to be king, true love, a Fairy Godmother, an evil stepmother and sisters, whimsical wishes, glass slippers, magical transformations, and dreams that really do come true. Come and be transported back to your childhood with beloved songs and unforgettable moments and rediscover the beauty of this classical tale.

Cinderella dancing with Prince Charming

Litton Quartet

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall

The Litton Quartet, IUP's resident faculty string quartet, opens their season with a special recital with works to include Haydn's String Quartet in G Major Opus 77, no. 1; Beethoven's Quartet Number 9, Opus 59, no. 3; and “Dances in Time” by Stanley Chepaitis. 

The Litton Quartet

Blood Wedding

November 4 and 5, 2016, at 7:00 pm; November 6, 2016, at 2:00 pm; Zink Hall Dance Theater

When a young bride-to-be receives a visit from a former paramour on her wedding day, a family blood feud threatens the celebration and sparks a deadly dance of love and deception, family and revenge, beauty and betrayal in this performance based upon Garcia Lorca's classic tale. 

Blood Wedding

Akropolis Reed Quintet

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.; Gorell Recital Hall, second Floor Sutton Hall

The Akropolis Reed Quintet performs an innovative repertoire of classical music spanning four centuries up through the present. Their dynamic concerts have raised them to critical acclaim and have allowed them to commission more than 25 reed quintet works to date. Since their founding in 2009, the Akropolis has made a name for itself, greatly impacting the next generation of musicians and audience members alike.

Akropolis Reed Quintet

Die Fledermaus (The Bat)

December 2 and 3, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.; December 4, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Coproduced by the Department of Music and the Department of Theater and Dance, and sung in English, Die Fledermaus is an ever-popular operetta by the King of Waltz, Johann Strauss. Join in this full-stage production as disguise provides a delightfully humorous night. Directed by Oliver Lo, choreographed by Joan Van Dyke, and featuring the IUP Faculty Festival Chamber Orchestra conducted by Michael Borowitz.

Die Fledermaus

Diane Schuur

Friday, December 9, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Diane Schuur has been long regarded as one of the leading vocalists and piano players in the world of contemporary jazz. Receiving two Grammy Awards, her life has been filled with performances with some of the world's finest musicians. This concert will include a few holiday tunes and performance with the IUP Jazz Ensemble.

Diane Schuur

Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at 8:00 p.m; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Catch a glimpse of India through this sensual, colorful performance of Taj Express: The Bollywood Music Review. Direct from Mumbai, India, Taj Express fuses traditional Bollywood and modern flare, combining western and eastern culture. This extravaganza will have the audience on the edge of their seat. Come celebrate Valentine's Day in Bollywood.

Taj Express: The Bollywood Music Review

Harlem Quartet

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.; Gorell Recital Hall, second floor Sutton Hall

The Harlem Quartet, founded on the principal of sharing both classical and jazz music with a diverse audience and featuring music by minority composers, has performed across the globe. Since its public debut in 2006 at Carnegie Hall, the New York-based ensemble has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in France, the U.K., Belgium, Panama, Canada, and South Africa.

The Harlem Quartet

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

This musical masterwork by Karl Jenkins combines the IUP Choir with soloists and a specially assembled orchestra of faculty and guest artists along with collaborators from across the community and campus.

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

Caladh Nua

Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.; Gorell Recital Hall, second floor, Sutton Hall

Caladh Nua is a quintet of versatile musicians who knit together traditional Irish music with a contemporary flair. They have brought their infectious musical passion to a vast, diverse array of cities and people across the globe. With a style deeply rooted in the southern counties of Ireland, they visit Indiana just in time to help us celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Caladh Nua

42nd Street

Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

The original Broadway production of 42nd Street premiered in 1980 and played for almost 3,500 performances. It was nominated for eight Tony Awards winning for Best Musical and Best Choreography. It was revived in 2001, winning two more Tony Awards. Today, 42nd Street is one of the top 15 longest running shows in Broadway history.

42nd Street logo

A New Genesis

April 8, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

The IUP Dance Theater and IUP Percussion Ensemble once again combine talent to unfold a new adaptation of Nolan and Johnson's idyllic sci-fi story Logan's Run through the powerful music of Genesis and Phil Collins. 

A New Genesis4

Shana Tucker

Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.; Gorell Recital Hall, second floor Sutton Hall

Shana Tucker—songwriter, singer, and cellist—began her journey as a musician in the fourth grade when she began taking piano lessons with her great-grandmother. Eventually, her musical talents garnered a scholarship to Howard University. In 2011, Tucker began her journey as a jazz soloist with her debut CD, SHiNE.

Shana Tucker

A Broadway Extravaganza

Thursday, April 27, 2017 8:00 p.m. Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Enjoy the IUP Symphony Orchestra and IUP Music Theater for a night of Broadway classics! This performance will include show tunes from Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, The Music Man, Phantom of the Opera, Sweeny Todd, and more. Directed by Dr. Oliver Lo.

A Broadway Extravaganza

NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players in HMS Pinafore

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Subtitled The Lass That Loved a Sailor, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players' production of HMS Pinafore promises to be a show filled with a larger-than-life comical cast and musical hit songs. This globally-traveled troupe will take you on a satirical trip aboard their British naval vessel with a story that includes a twisting love triangle, dastardly enemies, romantic characters, and signature tunes.

Cast singing in HMS Pinafore