Lively Arts Announces Ovations! 2015–16 Season

Posted on 5/20/2015 3:43:34 PM

Drum TAO: Seventeen SamuraiThe Lively Arts announced its 2015–16 Ovations! series season at the Thursday, May 21, 2015, After Hours event organized by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Lively Arts. During a presentation, nearly 100 area business and community leaders heard of what events will tour through Indiana over the coming year.

Dean of Fine Arts Michael Hood opened the event introducing Hank Knerr, executive director of the Lively Arts. Knerr proceeded to unveil the season for the first time.

Starting out the year will be the Pittsburgh Symphony on September 30, this time incorporating some IUP’s most advanced student musicians side by side with the full orchestra. Always one of the most popular concerts of the season, this will be the 14th season of a close partnership with the PSO.

In November, the Lively Arts will present a choral extravaganza by combining upwards of 120 high school and community male singers with the world-traveled, top classical male a capella vocal group, Cantus.

As part of National International Education week and the end of Hispanic Heritage Month in October, the Ovations! series will offer CALJE: the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble in concert.

With classical pianist Arnaldo Cohen, we again celebrate both the Latin culture and IUP’s prestigious status as an All-Steinway school, bringing this Brazilian native and Steinway Artist in April to Gorell Recital Hall.

Genghis BarbieThere is nothing like Genghis Barbie. This brazenly brassy, all-female French horn quartet will expertly perform in January, performing as part of the NE Horn Workshop.

Back to October and perfect for the month of ghoul, L.A. Theatre Works, direct from Los Angeles, brings their taunting and tasty Dracula, a play taken directly from the pages of Bram Stoker’s classic novel.

On the heels of the highly successful show by Yamato four seasons ago, the Lively Arts will bring Drum TAO: Seventeen Samurai (pictured above). This world touring group is based in Japan and provides a high-energy performance that combines music, dance, theater, humor, and a driving, seductive primal rhythm.

Every year, the Lively Arts brings one incredibly powerful modern dance company. In February, direct from New York City, the series will bring in RIOULT Dance NY, one of the world’s finest. They will visit Indiana for several days, and their performance will include several local dancers incorporated into one of their works.

Swan LakeIt has been nearly 15 years since IUP has brought in a major touring ballet company. Ending a two-month survey where our audience was asked which iconic ballet they would like to see, a winner was selected. In March 2016, the Moscow Festival Ballet will perform one of the greatest works of all time, Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake.

American Tapestry is taking over performing arts centers and festivals with their easy-going concerts blending American folk music with engaging story telling. For their Indiana appearance in April, they will pay particular tribute to the music since Indiana’s founding 200 years ago as they help us celebrate our town’s bicentennial.

Further exploring America’s roots, the struggles and triumphs of Americans and immigrants has no better conduit than being told through the stories, music, and dances of this Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. With a heavy infusion of soaring ballads and choral grandeur, direct from New York, the Ovations! series includes the return of Ragtime: The Musical.

Mamma Mia And finally, it is difficult to imagine that this musical, one of the world’s most popular and a long-running past and current hit in New York, London, and on tour, has never come to Indiana. The Lively Arts is here to correct that with this hum-along, smile-infused, and sexy mega hit, Mamma Mia.

Also shared at the Chamber event were the seasons planned for other College of Fine Arts and Lively Arts event series such as Theater-by-the-Grove, Dance Theater, Music Theater, University Museum, Kipp Gallery, and Sound Choices.

More information about the season and how to get tickets will be posted on the Lively Arts website over the next few weeks, with a season brochure to be sent shortly after July 1. Donors and sponsors will receive the first opportunity to reserve tickets, with donors at the $250 level or higher given first priority.

In closing the presentation, Knerr stated, “So, why Steinway artist Arnaldo Cohen? Why the Moscow Festival Ballet, Drum TAO from Japan, and RIOULT Dance New York? Why musicals direct from Broadway like Ragtime and Mamma Mia? Why Ghengis Barbie, CALJE, and L.A. Theatre Works? Why Cantus and the Pittsburgh Symphony?

“Why? It is simple: because our community and our students deserves the very best.”