Doc Severinsen Set for One-of-a-Kind Concert, September 16

Posted on 9/3/2014 9:52:32 AM

For the kickoff event to this year’s Ovations! series, the Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is honored to host the return of Grammy award-winning trumpeter and band leader, Doc Severinsen. The concert, also presented in celebration of the Lively Arts’ 25th anniversary season, will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium.

This one-night only concert is filled with a variety of music and performers that will make it a one-of-a-kind experience. Master showman Severinsen will be joined by well-known Kansas City-based singer Vanessa Thomas. And joining the duo will be the IUP Keystone Big Band. Composed of some of IUP’s most accomplished alumni and faculty, all professional musicians, the group will perform some premiere arrangements being composed just for this concert.

Severinsen first performed at IUP in 1995 as the Helwig Distinguished Artist and shortly following his 30-year career with Johnny Carson as music director for the Tonight Show Band. For Doc’s previous visit to Indiana, as many will recall, the concert included three opening numbers with the IUP Jazz Ensemble that brought the house down.

Severinsen has more than 30 albums to his credit, from big band to jazz-fusion to classical. Today, Doc has not lost his flair for the outrageous fashion statement or his trademark wit.  That remaining, his gregarious nature has never interfered with the fact that he has been one of the greatest trumpeters and musicians of the last 60 years, respected in the worlds of classical music, jazz, big band, and now even world music.  His remarkable ability to simply play his trumpet as well as he can has obviously proven to be good enough for the millions of people who count themselves as fans.

Tickets for this concert are available now online at either or online. Tickets are also available by calling or visiting the Hadley Union Box Office off Pratt Drive on the IUP campus or calling 724-357-1313. Additional information is available by calling the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787.

Tickets are $40 regular admission, $34 senior citizens, and $18 for students and children. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting at 7:00 p.m. the night of the concert.

Funding for this concert has been provided by the Helwig Distinguished Artist Endowment and an additional gift from the Helwig family.

Additional funding for the Ovations! series and the Lively Arts is provided, in part, by grants, sponsorships, and private contributions along with funding from the IUP Student Cooperative Association.


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Doc Severinsen

September 16, 2014
8:00 p.m.

Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

Headlining and opening the season will be the return of trumpet master and entertainment icon Doc Severinsen. Severinsen first performed at IUP in 1995 as that year’s Helwig Distinguished Artist following his 30-year stint as music director with Johnny Carson and NBC’s The Tonight Show.

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For more information, visit Doc Severinsen, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.