Lively Arts Ovations Season and Single Tickets Now on Sale

Posted on 8/30/2019 11:33:58 AM

The Lively Arts at IUP opens its 2019–20 Ovations season with a performance by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The concert will feature one of the most internationally sought-after vocalists and a frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls, baritone Matthias Goerne. The performance will be presented Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center.

Holding to its mission to “engage, enrich, and inspire through unparalleled live musical experiences,” the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Manfred Honeck, is scheduled to begin the evening with Sibelius’ “The Swan of Tuonela, No. 2” from Legends, Opus 22, followed by the songs of Schubert and Strauss featuring Goerne as the soloist. Following intermission, PSO will close the concert with the return of their recently Grammy® nominated performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.”

Following the concert, the audience is invited to a free post-show reception in the Crimson Café, sponsored by Aramark/IUP Dining.

Matthias Goerne has appeared on the world’s principal opera stages, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real, Madrid; Paris National Opera; and the Vienna State Opera. His carefully chosen roles range from Wolfram, Amfortas, Kurwenal, Wotan, Orest, and Jochanaan, to the title roles in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck and Béla Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle.

Goerne’s artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards including four Grammy nominations, an ICMA award, and only recently the Diapason d’or arte. After his legendary recordings with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Alfred Brendel for Universal Music, he has recently completed the recording of a series of selected Schubert songs on 12 CDs for harmonia mundi (the Goerne/ Schubert Edition) with eminent pianists. His latest recordings of Brahms songs with Christoph Eschenbach and of Mahler songs with the BBC Symphony have received rave reviews.

Tickets for this event are available for purchase online through the Lively Arts website or by calling the ticket hotline at 724-357-1313. They can also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office in Fisher Auditorium. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $40 for regular admission, $34 for ages 60+, military and I-Card, and $20 for students and 18 and under. Online tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ticket hotline and ticket office in Fisher Auditorium are open from noon to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. The ticket office is closed for university holidays. For more information on this and other events as well as group tickets within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or email

This performance of the Pittsburgh Symphony is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit National Endowment for the Arts.

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. 

List of 2019–20 Season Shows

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, October 12, 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium

Non-package ticket pricing $40, $34, $20

The College of Fine Arts’ time-honored tradition continues as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra graces the Fisher stage once again. Conducted by Music Director Manfred Honeck and featuring the internationally-acclaimed baritone Matthias Goerne.

Niyaz, featuring Azam AliNIYAZ, featuring Azam Ali

Tuesday, October 22, 8:00 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall, Sutton Hall

Non-package ticket pricing $22, $18, $11

With all the mysticism and allure of their native lands, Niyaz seamlessly blends ancient Sufi poetry and folk songs from the Middle East to India with rich, acoustic instrumentation and state-of-the-art modern electronics. With four best-selling and critically acclaimed albums, their music has been featured in several major Hollywood film and television scores, including The Matrix, Prince of Persia, Thor: The Dark World, True Blood, and Bones, to name only a few.

1984, by George Orwell

Adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan

Friday, November 15, 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium

Non-package ticket pricing $24, $20, $12

In the throes of unprecedented challenges to privacy, truth, and personal expression, Aquila Theatre brings 1984, George Orwell’s cautionary novel, to the stage for the 2019–20 season. As our modern world grapples with the threats and benefits of technological integration, Aquila Theatre’s production of 1984 provides a space to appreciate the value of individual thought—an evocative and timely narrative of personal freedom against political repression. Today, Orwell’s prescient story resonates around the globe as individuals, systems, and governments clash.

Rent, 20th Anniversary Tour

Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium

Non-package ticket pricing $48, $42, $24

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theater. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.

The SwinglesThe Swingles: “Winter Tales"

Tuesday, December 10, 8:00 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall, Sutton Hall

Non-package ticket pricing $22, $18, $11

The unmistakable sound of the Swingles has long been associated with Christmas, and audiences can look forward to music from five decades of holiday releases, including their 2015 album Yule Songs Vol. II. Alongside these seasonal favorites, the program includes select pieces from the group’s year-round touring repertoire. Program to include classic carols, beloved Christmas songs, and more.

Imani Winds

Thursday, January 30, 8:00 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall, Sutton Hall

Non-package ticket pricing $22, $18, $11

Over the course of their 20+ year career, Grammy-nominated quintet Imani Winds has discovered what audiences’ value most from their concerts: a sense of connection with the music, the performers, the composers, the artistry, and beyond. This concept of connectivity has led them to program not only music from the traditional chamber music canon, but also concerts that reach beyond the usual boundaries of the recital stage.

River City Brass Ensemble: “Brasstacular”

Friday, February 7, 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium

Non-package ticket pricing $24, $20, $12

Now under the skillful baton of James Gourlay, the RCB continues its tradition of excellence as they bring to the Fisher stage a great selection of their most popular repertoires. Enjoy an evening brimming with a bit of Broadway, the hits of Hollywood, and some American brass band favorites.

Mummenshanz: “you & me”

Friday, February 14, 7:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium

Non-package ticket pricing $22, $18, $11

Long before there was Blue Man Group, there was Mummenshanz. The Swiss-based theater troupe has pioneered a new form of visual theater that has been dazzling audiences worldwide for more than 45 years. Their most recent program, “you & me” features new performers bringing to life their larger-than-life creations right before your very eyes. Experience the life of an oversized frog contemplating dinner and a graceful swan gliding across the waterless stage. Escape to an underwater world to encounter jellyfish and seahorses in their natural habitat. A perfect setting for a magical Valentine’s Day for all ages.

Finding NeverlandFinding Neverland

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium

Non-package ticket pricing $48, $42, $24

The winner of’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says Time Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Originally directed by visionary Tony-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award winning film, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan.

West Virginia Dance Company

Thursday, April 9, 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium

Non-package ticket pricing $22, $18, $11

Called “West Virginia’s best-kept secret,” West Virginia Dance Company was founded in 1977 with the distinct purpose of enriching lives through dance and with special emphasis on making dance more accessible to rural communities. Today, the company continues to delight audiences across Appalachia and beyond with works that are thought-provoking and engaging yet approachable and appropriate for an audience of any age.