Music Events

  • The Department of Music presents dozens of events each year. Of special note are those presented as part of our Sound Choices series and Music Theater.

    Performed by a variety of ensembles, including various inter-departmental collaborations, the concerts are produced by our faculty and highlight performances by our students, faculty, alumni, and special guests.

    View the Events Calendar for all Lively Arts events.

    The Lively Arts is the umbrella for all performing and visual arts events presented by the College of Fine Arts.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

IUP Piano Studio Recital

Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall

The Lively Arts

The IUP Piano Studio will be giving their Fall studio recital. The program will include solo and duet selections. 

Free Admission

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Concert: IUP Jazz Band & Jazz Ensemble

Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

The Lively Arts

This is the annual fall performance of the IUP Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble, featuring jazz music written for the big band.  The Jazz Band is led by Dr. James Flowers.  The Jazz Ensemble is directed by Dr. Kevin Eisensmith.  This concert is free and open to the public.

Free Admission.

IUP Horn Studio Recital

DiCicco Hall, 121 Cogswell Hall

The Lively Arts

IUP Horn Ensemble performing a variety of works including selections by Mozart, Wiggins, and Weber.

Free admission.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Faculty Recital: Dr. Therese Wacker featuring Dr. Kevin Eisensmith

Gorell Recital Hall, 2nd Floor Sutton Hall

The Lively Arts

Faculty recital featuring the World Premiere of Daniel Dorff's Ballade for Alto Flute, Flugelhorn, and Piano.

Free admission.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Recital: IUP Trumpet Studio

Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall

The Lively Arts

This recital is presented by members of the IUP Trumpet Studio.  Students from freshman to senior will perform solos with piano accompaniment and works for two and three trumpets. 

Free Admission.

Recital: IUP Trumpet Ensemble

Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall

The Lively Arts

This is the annual fall performance of the IUP Trumpet Ensemble.  The 15-member ensemble will perform original and arranged works for groups ranging from 3 to 15 trumpets.  The IUP Trumpet Ensemble is conducted by Dr. Kevin Eisensmith.  This recital is free and open to the public. 

Free Admission.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Theater: “Rent”

Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

The Lively Arts

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.

A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters love.

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More information about this event.

Indiana Brass Band Concert

DiCicco Hall, 121 Cogswell Hall

The Lively Arts

The Indiana Brass Band is a portrayal of brass bands of the mid 19th century. The band is dedicated to exploring the Amiercian Brass Band movement and performing the music on original instruments.

Free Admission.

Recital: IUP Percussion Ensemble featuring Joe McCarthy

Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall

The Lively Arts

This program will feature a variety of contemporary Percussion Ensemble pieces and the IUP Steel Band.

Joe McCarthy has led a diverse career as drummer/percussionist, bandleader, producer, and educator in a myriad of settings from symphony orchestra to bebop, big band, afro cuban, theater, and beyond. He is the founder, leader, producer, and drummer of Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, winner of the 2008 Latin Grammy for Latin Jazz Album of the Year.

Joe recently completed a 20-year tour as chief petty officer with the United States Naval Academy Band, where he served as principal percussionist with the wind ensemble and chief in charge/drummer of the Next Wave Jazz Ensemble, one of the Navy’s two premier big bands. He proudly endorses Zildjian, Yamaha, Remo, Latin Percussion, and Vic Firth, featuring the Joe McCarthy signature drumstick.

Free Admission.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Faculty Brass Quintet Recital

Gorell Recital Hall

The Lively Arts

The IUP brass faculty will present a recital of contemporary chamber music for brass quintet, including holiday favorites for the season.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Sound Choices: Broadway Extravaganza

Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

The Lively Arts

About the Show:

Sound Choices Program

IUP Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Alexandra Dee, Conductor

IUP Music Theater

Drs. Oliver Lo and Evan Englestad, Music Director

Featuring IUP Faculty and students, presenting famous show tunes by Frank Losser, Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Sondheim and more.

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More information about this event.

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