November 26, 2014
Appeared in the Fall-Winter 2014 issue of IUP Magazine.
When trumpeter Doc Severinsen returned to campus in September, 19 years after his first IUP performance, the university entrusted him with two important tasks—opening the 2014–15 Ovations! performing artist series and kicking off the 25th season of the Lively Arts at IUP.
The Lively Arts encompasses all performing and visual arts events presented by the College of Fine Arts and its departments, as well as Kipp Gallery, the University Museum, and the ArtsPath arts-in-education outreach program. The Lively Arts also administers the Wilfred E. Helwig Distinguished Artist program, which has welcomed performers including Itzhak Perlman, Dave Brubeck, Rosemary Clooney, Olivia Newton-John, Marvin Hamlisch, and Bernadette Peters, in addition to Severinsen.
These photographs represent a small portion of the programming the Lively Arts has brought the campus and community in the last quarter century.
Former Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen opened the 2014–15 Ovations! season in September, backed by IUP’s Keystone Big Band. Photo credit: Keith Boyer.
“An Evening of Dance and Percussion” (2001), coproduced by IUP Dance Theater and Percussion Ensemble. Photo credit: Keith Boyer.
“The Mountain and the Bumblebee” (2014), a Kipp Gallery exhibit curated by Chris McGinnis ’06 that explores the notions of landscape.
Johnny Smith ’07 and Megan Miller ’09 in Little Shop of Horrors (2006), produced by Theater-by-the-Grove, with IUP Music Theater. Photo credit: Department of Theater and Dance.
Taiko drumming troupe Yamato gave a master class for college and high school students before its performance in November 2011. Photo credit: Lively Arts.
Jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck came to IUP in March 1994 as the Wilfred E. Helwig Distinguished Artist. He is pictured with Florence Lattimer Helwig, who established the endowment in memory of her husband (inset photo). Marvin Hamlisch, composer and conductor, was the Helwig Distinguished Artist in 2009. Both Brubeck and Hamlisch died in 2012. Hamlisch photo credit: Bill Hamilton; Brubeck photo credit: Lively Arts.
In Indiana for an IUP performance in February 2012, the DePue Brothers Band also played its signature bluegrass for students at Indiana Area Junior High School.
At IUP to perform India Jazz Suites, tap dancer/choreographer Jason Samuels Smith, with Chitresh Das on drums, led a master class for students in March 2012.
Before a performance at IUP in October 2012, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, gave a class for community ukulele enthusiasts.
In the spring of 2005, IUP faculty members and students joined father-son duo Nitta Oyako, combining American jazz with traditional shamisen music, for the duo’s first US tour.
Singer Cleo Laine, center, and her composer husband, the late John Dankworth, far left, were at IUP in October 1994 to perform as the Helwig Distinguished Artists.
Actress, dancer, and singer Chita Rivera, pictured with her dancers, performed at IUP in November 1996. Mel Tormé was slated to be that year’s Helwig Distinguished Artist but canceled because of illness.
Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, center right, met students during a reception before her performance as the Helwig Distinguished Artist in May 2012. Left of Peters is Florence Lattimer Helwig, benefactor of the award endowment.
The new Military Resource Center is one of several initiatives helping students make a successful transition from military to campus life.
The library’s Special Collections and Archives area helps patrons study items they may not find anywhere else.
Creating a diverse environment at IUP sometimes means providing a bridge to help students cross from their previous environment to our community.
IUP is housing the Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Pipe Organ, thanks to a lease agreement with the American Guild of Organists.
More than 150 alumni return to campus each year to speak to classes, recruit students for jobs or internships, share professional expertise, and more.
Ed Bouchette, the Steelers beat reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has earned a spot in Canton, Ohio, among the greats of the game.