Spanning eras, countries, and cultures, the 2020–21 season offers a diverse selection of dance, music, theater, and art. There is sure to be something for everyone.
Find an event to attend by type, or browse the different series, below.
View the Events Calendar for Lively Arts.
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Every so often a new singer
emerges who is able to assimilate multiple musical touchstones and still come
off sounding remarkably fresh and unburdened by the past. Kandace Springs is
one of those artists. This Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and pianist
counts such stylists as Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta
Flack, and Norah Jones as her heroes, but as evidenced by her sparkling Blue
Note Records debut Soul Eyes, mimics none of them. Springs had attracted the attention of
Prince, who had heard her makeover of Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me.” The music
icon then invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the 30th
anniversary of Purple Rain. She has
since appeared on Ghostface Killah’s 36 Seasons, Aqualung’s 10 Futures, and
Black Violin’s Stereotypes. Her second full-length Blue Note album, Indigo, was
released September 2018.
superstars Mark and Maggie O’Connor join the combined forces of the IUP
Symphony Orchestra and the Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra (Alexandra Dee
and David Anderson, conductors). This all-American concert will feature Mark
O’Connor performing his ground-breaking "Improvised Violin Concerto.”
O’Connor creates the solo part from scratch at every performance, so this is
guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind concert!
Washington DC, 1950. State
Department employees Bob and Nora find themselves at the forefront of the
moment when the Red Scare adds shades of Lavender. In other words, along with
rooting out potential Communists, the couple must now investigate
“deviants”; i.e., gays. Unfortunately for Bob and Nora, they are also
gay and their marriage is a cover for their actual partners who also pretend to
be a married couple. Hilarious screwball misdirection eventually gives way to a
sober examination of gay rights and American values.
After a well-received and dynamic performance of Handel’s “Messiah” in 2018, the Lively Arts is delighted to invite the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra for a return visit to perform “I Sing America,” a patriotic salute highlighting the contribution of female composers. Designed to complement a
gallery of women artists, this program from the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra
Principal String Quartet showcases the melodic and energetic works of women
composers, including famed suffragette Ethel Smyth, award-winning American
composers Gabriela Lena Frank and Jessie Montgomery, as well as the evocative
music of George Walker. The program concludes with a youthful quartet of
Collaborating once again,
Holly Boda-Sutton and Michael Kingan present the always popular “An Evening of
Dance and Percussion” bringing back 10 favorite pieces from previous
productions dating back to 2009.
This young driving force in
Nordic world music draws inspiration from folk and traditional Scandinavian
music and reshapes it with an endlessly innovated and contemporary approach.
The Dreamers’ Circus trio
musicians Nikolaj Busk (Denmark, piano and accordion), Ale Carr (Sweden
cittern), and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (Demark, violin)—display inventiveness
and talent in their approach to performances. Based in music from Denmark and
Sweden as well as Iceland, Finland, and the far reaches of the windswept Faroe
Islands, they view these traditional roots merely as a point of departure from
which to expand. In playing, they seek to unlock imaginations and allow the
mind to wander to a place where stories unfold.
The name of the band is no
accident. The magical feel upon entering the circus tent, surrounded by vividly
colored memories… Dreamers’ Circus strives to engage your senses and invoke a
place of freedom, somewhere for our imagination to play in and a space for
Written by Adam Gwon,
Ordinary Days tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect
as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love, and cabs. It is an original
musical for anyone who’s ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a
complex place. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3
million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City
such a unique and extraordinary home.
Join IUP Dance Theater as
they unfold their unique rendition of It’s Just a Bunch of “Hocus Pocus. On
Halloween night, the Sanderson Sisters are brought back from the dead by curious
youth who then find themselves pursued by the sisters. Throughout the night the
youth and a cat named Binx attempt to defeat the Sanderson Sisters. Under the
direction of Holly Boda-Sutton, IUP Dance Theater will tell their tale through
original choreography on the Zink Dance Auditorium stage.
The 20th annual IUP Jazz
Festival, featuring the IUP Jazz Band and the IUP Jazz Ensemble. The IUP Jazz
band is led by James Flowers. Kevin Eisensmith directs the IUP Jazz
Ensemble. The guest artist for this event will be trumpeter Scotty Barnhart.
Scotty is the director of the Count Basie Orchestra and a renowned trumpet
Thursday, December 5, Sound Choices
60’s 70’s 80’s: Artist Legacy of IUP
September 10–November 6, University Museum
The Awakening of Spring
October 25 - November 2, Theater-by-the-Grove