The Indiana community will have a unique opportunity to see 17 performing artists showcasing over two days as the Lively Arts at IUP hosts the annual Pennsylvania Presenters Conference.
The conference moves to a different part of the state each year and features workshops and other activities for professionals involved in presenting performing artists, as well as the performance showcases. The showcases are open to the general public and are free.
Each showcase lasts no longer than 15 minutes, and performances range from theater and magic to classical, jazz, and folk music, to dance, and more. The showcases will be presented in three sets—one on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, and two on Thursday, June 6.
“This is a great opportunity for our community to get a taste of a significant number of artists in a very short time," said Hank Knerr, conference chairperson and Lively Arts director. “It will also give our audiences an inside taste for how the artist selection process works and the wide variety of possibilities available.”
Ample seating is available and tickets are not required. Those attending from the community are encouraged to contact the Lively Arts following the showcases to provide feedback on the performers and interest in bringing them to the community for future seasons.
The first set of showcases starts at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, in Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center. The lineup includes contemporary chamber ensemble Cordis, Ugandan refugee and musician Samite, the mutli-genre Annie Moses Band, magician Bobby Borgia, the popular Billy Jonas Band, and the four-time Grammy nominee duo of Trout Fishing in America.
On Thursday, June 6, starting at 1:45 p.m., showcases will be held in Gorell Recital Hall, on the second floor of Sutton Hall.
The performances will include a special showcase by actor John Astin, who is also the conference keynote speaker. Astin rose to celebrity status as Gomez on the original television series The Addams Family.
Also performing will be family favorite Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band, European folk group the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, comedian and balloon artist extraordinaire John Cassidy, 12-string folk guitarist Neil Jacobs, and the rousing Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.
The final showcase session will be in Fisher Auditorium on Thursday, June 6, at 8:00 p.m. This set of artists includes contemporary dance ensemble Groundworks Dance Theater, songwriter and performer KJ Denhart, multicultural dance troupe Illstyles and Peace, high-energy juggling performance group Playing by Air, and the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.
More information on the artists, including links to their websites, is available online.