Living Jazz Legend to Perform in Fisher Auditorium

Posted on 11/29/2016 10:22:16 AM

Diane ShuurLeading into the holiday season, the Lively Arts will welcome living jazz legend Diane Schuur on its Ovations! series. The concert is set for Friday, December 9, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center.

“I Remember You” is the theme for her program, which draws on the music of Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, and other gems. Through these standards of the great American songbook, her singing and piano playing conjures the emotions that burn in our hearts, wild romance, and the thirst for love and happiness. Schuur embraces this music with artistic integrity and deep respect for the lyrics, giving true meaning to the elegance and swing of Sinatra and Getz, both of whom were personal champions in her impressive career.

In addition to these standards and a few holiday hits with her trio, Schuur will also be joined by the IUP Jazz Ensemble for a couple of tunes.

Schuur is considered one of contemporary jazz’s leading vocalists, noted for her expressive and powerful voice. Born blind, her spirit and life is shown through her passion in her work. Both of her parents embraced jazz, supporting her as a pianist and collector of various jazz records. She later attributed the true “discovery” of her musical talents to Stan Getz, who heard one of her performances and invited her to perform at the White House, leading to an impressive list of venues from Carnegie Hall to Sesame Street.

Performing and expanding her career for more than three decades, Schuur has been awarded two Grammy awards along with three additional nominations. Her appearances have resulted in highly successful recordings, often landing herself at the number one spot on the Billboard Chart.

Her performances have complemented various popular and renowned artists, including Barry Manilow, B.B. King, the Count Basie Orchestra, Stevie Wonder, and many others, all contributing to her still-growing popularity.

As part of her visit, Schuur will lead a rehearsal with the IUP Jazz Ensemble as well as host a question-and-answer session with IUP students. Area high school music teachers and their students have also been invited to this session.

Tickets for this event are available online at IUPTickets.com 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 priced at $40 for regular admission, $34 for senior citizens, and $18 for students and children. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance.

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

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.

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