Ovations! is IUP’s premier performance series presenting touring artists from around the world.
From Broadway tours to the best in jazz and classical music to theater and more, Ovations! presents the best in performing arts and takes you on a journey that will entertain and engage.
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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.
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
gallery of women artists, this program from the Johnstown Symphony
Principal String Quartet showcases the melodic and energetic works of
composers, including famed suffragette Ethel Smyth, award-winning
composers Gabriela Lena Frank and Jessie Montgomery, as well as the
music of George Walker. The program concludes with a youthful quartet of
Saturday, October 12, 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, 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 return of their recently Grammy nominated performance of Beethoven Symphony No 3, Eroica.
Tuesday, October 22, 8:00 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall
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.
Friday, November 15, 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
In George Orwell's 1984, Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where the Party scrutinizes human actions with ever-watchful Big Brother.
Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
Based on Puccini’s beloved opera La Boheme, Rent follows the ups and down of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan’s East Village.
Tuesday, December 10, 8:00 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall, 2nd Floor Sutton Hall
What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with songs of good cheer brought to you by the Swingles?
Thursday, January 30, 8:00 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall
Imani Winds seamlessly navigates between classical, jazz, and world music idioms, demonstrating their mission to expand the wind quintet repertoire.
Friday, February 7, 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
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 with a bit of Broadway, the hits of Hollywood, and some American brass band favorites.
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 dreaming.