Library/Lively Arts Series Offers “Messiah” Presentation by JSO Music Director James Blachly

Posted on 11/30/2018 11:19:05 AM

Maestro James BlachlyThe IUP Libraries and Lively Arts are pleased to present Maestro James Blachly, music director of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, as he gives a presentation titled “The Endless Fascination of Handel’s Messiah, the Most Popular Piece of Music Ever Written,” from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, in the Orendorff Music Library, Room 101 of Cogswell Hall. All faculty, staff, students, and the general public are invited to this free event.

The 2018–19 academic year marks the seventh year the IUP Libraries Lively Arts Mary Jane Shafer Memorial partnership has presented free noontime programs featuring Ovations! series artists, and other performers, in Lec/Dem and Q&A formats.

These popular presentations give those in attendance the opportunity to meet the artist(s), ask questions, and hear a preview of the upcoming performance. This presentation will be the second in the 2018-19 series.

Blachly will also be assisted by IUP music professors Kevin Eisensmith, trumpet; Stephanie Caulder, oboe; and Henry Wong Doe, piano. “This outreach event is a great opportunity to learn about this incredibly popular piece of music,” said Lively Arts Executive Director Kristen Koehler.

She continued, “A presentation by an individual of James Blachly’s stature, and in combination with tthree stellar IUP music faculty members, will be the perfect learning experience before attending the performance on Sunday. So, bring your lunch and enjoy meeting Maestro Blachly and learning about such an historic piece.”

As part of the Lively Arts Ovations! series, the performance of Messiah by the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, IUP’s University Chorale, and the Johnstown Symphony Chorus takes place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, in Fisher Auditorium.

For more information, visit the Lively Arts or call 724-357-2787 (ARTS). To buy tickets, visit the Lively Arts website, call 724-357-1313, or come to the IUP Performing Arts Center Box Office between noon and 5:00 p.m. M–F to purchase in person and save the $3 ticket fee (except day of show).