Ovations Announcement 2013-2014

  • We are pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Ovations! season. In the coming days and weeks, additional information will be posted regarding each event as well as other Lively Arts series such as Theater-by-the-Grove, Music Theater, Dance Theater, Sound Choices, University Museum, and Kipp Gallery.

    For now, here is a run down of the events to be featured in the 2013-2014 Ovations! season, featuring twelve touring acts from across the globe.

    To be sure to get your choice of seats before all other subscribers, join the Premiere Club at the Director level or above. All Director level members receive exclusive reservation privileges through July 19. After July 19, all members of the Premiere Club receive top priority on a first-come-first served basis.

    Information and order forms will be sent by June 25 to all current and past Premiere Club members. All others on our mailing list will be sent a brochure and order form by July 8. To be placed on our mailing list, sign up on our homepage (middle of page near the top). You will also be given the option of adding your mailing address. Or you can contact us directly at lively-arts@iup.edu or 724-357-2787 (ARTS).

    ZOFO Piano Duet

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    • Monday, September 30, 8:00 p.m.
    • Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor of Sutton Hall
    • Internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann, from Switzerland, and Keisuke Nakagoshi, from Japan, have joined forces since 2009 to become ZOFO. As a pair, they have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Osaka, Japan, with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for four-hand piano. One of a rare handful of professional ensembles worldwide focusing exclusively on piano duets, this prize-winning duo is rediscovering and energetically performing hidden gems of the traditional one-piano-four-hands repertoire along with a strong dedication to 20th and 21st century works.

    Mnozil Brass

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    • Friday, October 18, 8:00 p.m.
    • Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
    • Back by popular demand, the Lively Arts is pleased to once again present this Austrian septet. There’s something about Mnozil Brass that’s a little quirky and a lot of entertainment and filled wall-to-wall with virtuosic musicality. Combining music with a good dose of absurdist theater, the group’s name refers to a pub in Vienna. Since then, they have presented in an unmatched style with elements of slapstick existing next to pure musical genius. And for the Indiana performance, we will experience a one-of-a-kind, unpredictable “brass off” with IUP music students and faculty.

    The Addams Family

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    • Thursday, October 24, 8:00 p.m.
    • Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
    • This whole spooky and creepy family come to Fisher Auditorium just in time for the Halloween season. With an original story that’s every father’s nightmare, The Addams Family immediately became one of Broadway’s biggest hits upon its debut in 2010. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart man from a respectable family. And if that weren't upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother—his sultry wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's boyfriend and his parents.

    Koresh Dance

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    • Thursday, November 7, 8:00 p.m.
    • Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
    • Known for its engaging performances and technically superb dancers, Koresh Dance Company’s critically acclaimed work continues to attract increasingly large audiences. Roni Koresh, the company’s founder, has developed a vast repertoire of work that ranges from explosive and passionate to intimate and restrained. With a powerful stage presence and high-energy style, this Philadelphia-based company has received recognition across the nation. Hailed internationally as well, they have toured throughout Spain, Turkey, Israel, South Korea, Mexico, and Guatemala. 

    Baby Wants Candy

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    • Tuesday, November 19, 8:00 p.m.
    • Indiana Area Senior High School
    • The world’s premier musical improvisation theater company started in Chicago with companies also in New York and Los Angeles. They have peformed their unique brand of musical theater entertainment across the globe from Singapore to Charleston to Edinburgh. According to The Scotsman, they combine “creatrive wit with awesome performances. They are an entertainment phenomenon.” For their first act, they will work with Indiana High School and IUP students to create a special ensemble work. For the second act, they will take suggestions from the audience and create—on-the-spot—a one-of-a-kind musical comedy that will amaze all ages.

    Rhythmic Circus

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    • Tuesday, December 3, 7:00 p.m.
    • Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
    • This ensemble has quickly risen from an underground percussive-dance phenomenon to an innovative company known for transforming their tap shoes into musical instruments. Infusing their unpredictable blend of hard-hitting tap, high-spirited humor, and finger-snapping instrumentals, the troupe satisfies their “rhythmic appetite” on everything from sand to folding chairs—and in one number even utilizes the technology of electric drum triggers to change the sound of their taps. This unforgettable show, a celebration for the holidays and presented at a family friendly time of 7:00 p.m., is guaranteed to leave audiences of all ages amazed with its unique “you have to see it to believe it” quality.

    Corey Harris

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    • Wednesday, February 5, 8:00 p.m.
    • Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor of Sutton Hall
    • Corey Harris is a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter who has carved out his own niche in Blues. A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, he has appeared at venues throughout North America, Europe, Brazil, the Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Sitting at the top of his field, he has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as B.B. King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, R.L. Burnside, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Matthews Band, Tracy Chapman, Olu Dara, Wilco, and others. His additional recordings include Fish Ain’t Bitin’ (1996), Vu-Du Menz (with Henry Butler, 2000), Downhome Sophisticate (2002), Zion Crossroads (2007), and blu black (2010).

    Pittsburgh Symhony Orchestra: The Pops

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    • Friday, February 14, 8:00 p.m.
    • Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
    • Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Pops! Special guest singers Melissa Errico and Ryan Silverman will join in to serenade you with popular love songs from Broadway and beyond. Drawing upon musicians from five continents, the PSO and its growing family expresses great diversity and an immense appreciation of excellent music. The Pittsburgh Symphony remains among the world’s top orchestras, thrilling audiences for over 100 years, and has been named by some as “the Greatest American Orchestra.” Join us, bring a date, sit back and enjoy this special holiday treat.

    Beauty and the Beast

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    • Thursday, February 27, 7:00 p.m.
    • Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
    • Direct from Broadway, the most beautiful love story ever told comes to life on stage. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping musical spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This award-winning love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. The story centers on Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved before time runs out, the curse will end and all will be restored. Join us at our special family-friendly curtain time of 7:00 p.m.

    Sybarite5

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    • Tuesday, March 11, 8:00 p.m.
    • Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor of Sutton Hall
    • The first string quintet ever selected as a winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in its 60 year history, Sybarite5 has taken audiences by storm all across the U.S., forever changing the perception of chamber music performances. From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules. From Mozart to Radiohead, Sybarite5’s eclectic repertoire and dynamic performance style is turning heads throughout the music world.

    Ballet Hispanico

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    • Thursday, March 27, 8:00 p.m.
    • Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
    • Celebrating 42 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico is recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization. Led by artistic director Eduardo Vilaro, the company boasts a rich and diverse repertory of over 100 works by the foremost choreographers and emerging artists of our time. The works expand the troupe’s legacy of exploring the diversity of Latino culture through a fusion of classical, Latin, and contemporary dance powered by theatricality and passion. The company celebrates the dynamic aesthetics of the Hispanic diaspora, building new avenues of cultural dialogue and sharing their joy of dance with all communities. 

    Grace Kelly

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    • Thursday, April 24, 8:00 p.m.
    • Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor of Sutton Hall
    • Musical energy flows non-stop from the heart of the young phenom, Grace Kelly. Lincoln Center artistic director Wynton Marsalis was so impressed with Kelly’s three-night appearance as guest of his Jazz Orchestra that he invited her to join the ensemble at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. Harry Connick, Jr. heard Kelly in a master class one afternoon and brought her on stage to sit in with his band that night. To this astonishing list of kudos and credits, Kelly now adds Grace, the seventh release on her PAZZ label and comes to Indiana to share her saxophone playing, singing, songwriting, and band.