The Lively Arts at IUP announced its 2016–17 Ovations!
season from the stage during Saturday’s Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival.
The Festival was held in downtown Indiana on Saturday, May 28, 2016.
Hank Knerr, executive director of the Lively Arts, announced
the season that includes Broadway musicals, contemporary dance, jazz and
classical music, theater, and world music.
On deck to open the season in September is Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall. This amazingly unique
theatrical experience centers on a sweet love story for all ages utilizing live
music, technology, and puppetry. Using 14 miniature sets, the production
process will be exposed showing how this touching graphic novel comes to life
on the big screen.
The two musicals set to tour to Indiana direct from Broadway
next season are Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in October and the ever-popular, dance-filled 42nd Street in March.
In Cinderella, the
audience is transported back to their childhood as they rediscover some of
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,”
“Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago” in this romantic and comical
The original Broadway production of 42nd Street premiered in 1980 and was nominated for eight Tony
Awards. winning two, then another pair with its 2001 revival. Today, 42nd Street
is one of the top 15 longest running shows in Broadway history.
Another highlight for the season includes Grammy
award-winning violinist Pinchas Zukerman performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Manfred Honeck. Set for October, Zukerman
will perform as this year’s Wilfred E. Helwig Distinguished Artist. A tribute
to the late Florence Lattimer Helwig, benefactor of the Helwig Endowment, is
being planned in connection with the concert.
Several international touring acts will also be presented. Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue comes directly from Mumbai, India. It is a colorful, high-energy musical and
dance extravaganza to be presented on Valentine’s Day 2017.
With Fisher Auditorium set to be the premiere performance
for their first U.S. tour, the Daloy Dance Company of the Philippines is
described as “breathtaking, provocative, and daring.” They will be in town for
several days in October and presented as part of International Education Week.
Direct from the southern counties of Ireland, Caladh Nua
performs in March. A vibrant quintet of traditional Irish musicians, they put
their very own contemporary flair on folk classics, traveling around the world
sharing their talents and passion everywhere they go.
There will be no shortage of jazz as the Lively Arts
presents the “New Lady of Jazz,” singer and pianist Diane Schuur. A two-time
Grammy Award winner, she has performed alongside some of the world’s finest
musicians. This concert, presented in December, will include a few holiday
tunes and performance with the IUP Jazz Ensemble.
Influenced by her jazz and classical roots, Shana Tucker
performs a genre blend called Chamber-Soul, a style that has been described as
a mash-up of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman. She is equal
parts songwriter, singer, and cellist and will perform in Gorell Recital Hall
Bridging the worlds of classical and jazz music will be the
Harlem Quartet performing in February. The ensemble shows diversity in music as
they engage new audiences with their repertoire ranging from classical and jazz
compositions to works by minority composers.
The Akropolis Reed Quintet, coming to Indiana in November,
is deeply invested in establishing the reed quintet as a cornerstone chamber
music ensemble. Furthering the construction of a new paradigm in chamber music,
this young, charismatic, and energetic group is committed to reaching the next
generation of musicians and music lovers.
Closing out the season in early May, the New York Gilbert
& Sullivan Players’ production of HMS
Pinafore wonderfully showcases the ageless story and groundbreaking songs
that has kept this musical masterwork an overwhelming favorite on both sides of
the Atlantic and across the world for over a century.
Subscription order forms will be sent to donors and past
subscribers mid-June. Brochures with order forms will be sent and available
early July with subscriptions available through mid-September. Single tickets go on sale approximately
30 days prior to each performance. To be added to the Lively Arts mailing
lists, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724-357-ARTS (2787).
The Ovations! series is funded, in part, by donations
through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student
Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine
Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.