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

    The 2018–19 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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  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman

    Saturday, September 29, 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    The College of Fine Arts’ time-honored tradition continues as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra graces the Fisher stage once again. Conducted by Music Director Manfred Honeck and featuring the masterful musicianship of our 2018–19 Helwig Distinguished Artist, Pinchas Zukerman, on violin.

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman

  • Compania Flamenca Eduardo Guerrero Presents Flamenco Pasion

    Tuesday, October 16, 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    Compania Flamenca Eduardo Guerrero presents a program especially produced for a North American audience, Flamenco Pasion, direct from Spain. Critically acclaimed flamenco dancer and choreographer Eduardo Guerrero uses his eclectic style to combine classical and contemporary Spanish dance with ballet to express the many styles of this expressive art form.

    Compania Flamenca Eduardo Guerrero Presents Flamenco Pasion

  • Artrageous and Art Auction

    Sunday, October 21, 3:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    Artrageous, where the fine arts meet the performing arts, all on one stage! Experience art come alive with an interactive celebration of music, dance, song, and the creation of a masterpiece. Artrageous is fun for the whole family.


  • Spamalot

    Monday, December 3, 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    Ripped from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail,Spamalot is an outrageous Broadway musical comedy telling the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences worldwide are eating up Spamalot!


  • Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Presents Handel’s Messiah

    Sunday, December 9, 3:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    Celebrate the spirit of the season with Johnstown Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s
    Messiah under the direction of Maestro James Blachley. World renowned soloists, IUP choirs,
    and the Johnstown Symphony Chorus will join in the celebration.

    Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Presents Handel's "Messiah"

  • Mnozil Brass

    Monday, February 11, 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    One of the world’s premier brass ensembles is back by popular demand. The Mnozil Brass blends technical virtuosity with comedic brilliance. This Austrian septet performs original compositions with classical favorites, jazz standards, and pop hits. All founding members are graduates of the renowned Vienna College of Music, who met at the Mnozil pub in Vienna, forming their band in 1992. The group has toured internationally and won praise from artists such as Barry Tuckwell, Chuck Findley, Jeff Nelson, and Wycliffe Gordon for their wide repertoire.

    Mnozil Brass

  • Bubble Trouble: An Interactive Bubble Show

    Friday, February 22, 7:00 p.m., Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

    Taking bubbles to the max! Mixing comedy, music, and interactive bubble magic, Jeff Boyer engages and delights audiences. Amusing and educating family audiences for over 21 years, Boyer’s unique, inclusive and interactive art separates Bubble Trouble from other bubble shows. Only $5 for a child’s ticket!

    Bubble Trouble

  • The Sweet Remains: Film Screening, The Independents

    Thursday, February 28, 6:30 p.m., Beard Auditorium, Stouffer Hall

    The Independents is a musical comedy/drama about three solo artists who collide at the same crossroads and discover harmony.  Thus is born “RGB” (at least until they come up with a better band name), and what follows is their roller-coaster-ride journey across America for a one last shot at musical glory.

    The Independents
  • The Sweet Remains

    Friday, March 1, 8:00 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall

    Celebrating 10 years and over 30 million Spotify plays! Driven by strong lyrical and melodic writing, the Sweet Remains’ songs easily appeal to fans of modern folk-rockers such as John Mayer. However, it is their lush harmonies that distinguish them from the throngs of guitar-toting troubadours and harken back to super-groups of the ‘60s and ‘70s like the Eagles or Simon & Garfunkel.

    The Sweet Remains

  • Oleta Adams

    Friday, March 22, 8:00 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall

    Since the runaway success of her 1990 platinum debut album Circle of One and the impassioned hit single “Get Here,” Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans in the United States and Europe with songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, rhythm and blues, and popular music. With over 2.5 million albums sold, this acclaimed artist continues to touch people around the world with her music .

    Oleta Adams

  • Rock of Ages

    Tuesday, April 16, 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

    Broadway’s best party is turning up the volume to 10! Nominated for five Tony Awards, Rock of Ages captures the iconic era of 1980s Hollywood. Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake, and more, this 10th anniversary production will have you ready to rock!

    Rock of Ages