The Barbies Coming to Town January 23

Posted on 1/13/2016 9:14:27 AM

Genghis BarbieThe Lively Arts at IUP will open its spring semester offerings with the wildly whimsical quartet, Genghis Barbie. Presented as part of the Ovations! series, this all-female horn quartet will hit the stage on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

Genghis Barbie is the most innovative and energizing chamber ensemble of its generation and beyond. The French horn foursome consists of Rachel Drehmann (aka Attila the Horn), Danielle Kuhlmann (aka Velvet Barbie), Leelanee Sterrett (aka Cosmic Barbie), and Alana Vegter (aka Freedom Barbie).

The group has a combined 24 years of conservatory training and delivers a visceral and unadulterated musical adventure. Performing arrangements of pop music from the 1960s to today, contemporary commissions, and classical works, they are the most versatile and expansive group in New York City’s music scene.

In addition to their busy NYC performing schedule, the French horn quartet of ladies has performed as contributing artists at the 2011 International Horn Society Symposium in San Francisco and appeared on America’s Got Talent. In May 2012, the quartet made their Carnegie Hall debut in the premiere of a new concerto for four horns commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony.

If you would like to meet the “Barbies” in advance, they will hold an free, informal question and answer session in the Commons of IUP’s Stapleton Library on Friday, January 22, at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are available online or the Lively Arts online ticketing website. They can also be purchased at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or by calling the HUB ticket office at 724-357-1313.

Tickets are $28 for regular admission, $24 for seniors and groups, and $16 for students and children. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Parking on campus is free.

For more information on this and other events within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail

The Ovations! series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Co-Operative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.