• Ovations! is IUP’s premier performance series presenting touring artists from around the world.

    The 2017–18 Season

    From Broadway tours to the best in jazz and classical music to theater and more, Ovations! presents the best in performing arts and takes you on a journey that will entertain and engage.

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  • Pablo Sáinz Villegas, guitar

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017; 8:00 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall, second floor Sutton Hall

    Known for the passion he puts in every performance, Pablo Sainz Villegas expresses his emotion through the guitar marking him as “this generation’s great guitarist.” Internationally renowned, he has played on some of the world’s most notable stages from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Berlin Philharmonie and praised by The New York Times for his “virtuosic playing characterized by irresistible exuberance.”


    Pablo Sainz Villegas
  • Jersey Boys

    Sponsored by Park Inn by Radisson Indiana

    Thursday, October 12, 2017; 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    This Best Musical Tony, Grammy, and Olivier award-winning Broadway hit is driven by the true story of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The Four Seasons. The story follows four blue-collar kids—Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi—and how they became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs and sold 175 million records worldwide—all before they were 30. Contains strong language.


    Jersey Boys
  • Kun-Yang Lin Dancers

    with the IUP Dance Theater

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017; 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    These superbly precise dancers combined with highly inventive choreography resonates within the soul. Using the artistic director’s Asian heritage, KYL/D is able to transport any audience to a completely new cultural setting celebrating life and the ability of dance to take of taking each viewer on a journey of self-discovery. They will also perform a piece with selected members of the IUP Dance Theater.


    Kun Yang Lin Dancers

  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

    Manfred Honeck, conducting

    Monday, October 30, 2017; 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    The world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returns to Indiana for another outstanding performance. Maestro Manfred Honeck will conduct the program, including Beethoven’s Eroica symphony. Founded in 1895, this internationally recognized ensemble has performed all over the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America and continues a long tradition of collaboration with IUP.


    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Black Violin

    Wednesday, November 8, 2017; 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    With a mission to always engage the audience to look at things from a different perspective, Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester capitalize on their differences and their stunning technique. To most people, jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical are musical genres. But to revolutionary music group Black Violin, they’re nothing but ingredients.


    Black Violin

  • The Hot Sardines

    with the IUP Jazz Ensemble

    Sunday, December 3, 2017; 7:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    The Hot Sardines bring people together with classic jazz through their unique, energized style. Their horn arrangements, vocals, and piano melodies bring us back to another time with their impressive range and variety. New York-based, the Hot Sardines will add in a few holiday tunes and team up with the IUP Jazz Ensemble for a one-of-a-kind concert experience.


    The Hot Sardines
  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

    Monday, February 5, 2018; 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    Best known as “The Trocks,” this internationally traveled group of professional male dancers performs both classical and modern dance repertoire and mix it all up by dancing en pointe—on their toes. The comedy and spectacle never stop in this artistically precise, family-friendly, colorful, and whimsical romp through a variety of dance repertoire.


    Les Ballets Trockadero
  • ETHEL with Robert Mirabal: The River

    Thursday, February 22, 2018; 8:00 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall

    ETHEL is known around the world for transcending the limits of traditional jazz and contemporary music, always adapting and finding ways to cross the boundaries of the musical and cultural diversity. Continuing a deeply successful six-year collaboration inspired by ceremonies dedicated to the sun, ETHEL and Native American flutist Robert Mirabal present their next evolution of the cross-cultural concert experience.


    ETHEL With Robert Mirabal
  • Jacob Shaw, cello

    Tuesday, March 6, 2018; 8:00 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall

    Award-winning cellist, Jacob Shaw, has performed across Europe, Asia, and North America. A native of Great Britain who now calls Copenhagen his home, he has created the concept of “Radical Classic,” an alternate movement to build a diverse and new generation of classical music fans. His vast repertoire is a fresh approach to classic recitals and includes traditional works that range from sonatas to folk music.


    Jacob Shaw

  • Lise de la Salle, piano

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018; 8:00 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall, 2nd Floor Sutton Hall

    In just a few years, through her international concert appearances and her award-winning recordings, Steinway Artist Lise de la Salle has established a reputation as one of today's most exciting young artists and is a musician of uncommon sensibility and maturity. Her playing inspired a Washington Post critic to write, “For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe...the exhilaration didn’t let up for a second...”


    Lise de la Salle
  • HAYA: Migration Concert

    Thursday, April 5, 2018; 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    HAYA Band’s Migration Concert is about finding your own spiritual home and seeing the beauty in life. Founded in 2006 and based in Beijing, the group is an award-winning music collective representing a new era in folk music. HAYA expresses their understanding of modern Mongolian music that connects to their passion for nature. This concert marks their U.S. debut.


    HAYA: Migration Concert
  • Kinky Boots

    Thursday, April 19, 2018; 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    This Broadway mega-hit tells the story about a most unexpected and unlikely pair. The winner of a Tony for Best Musical, a Grammy, and London’s Olivier Award, Kinky Boots encourages people to embrace their differences. Set in Great Britain, the line-up includes 16 original songs by pop legend Cyndi Lauper and is bona fide huge-hearted, high-heeled, and high-stepping spectacular.


    Kinky Boots