The Lively Arts at IUP has just announced its full lineup of touring performances slated for the 2013-14 season.
From September through April, the Ovations! series will offer 12 events, most starting at 8 p.m. This will be the Lively Arts’ 24th season of presenting touring performances, and the third for the Ovations! series.
Always committed to bringing unique acts to Indiana, the 2013-14 Ovations! season will kick off Sept. 30 with the ZOFO Piano Duet. Pianists Eva-Maria Zimmerman of Switzerland and Keisuke Nakagoshi of Japan have electrified audiences around the world with a repertoire that spans centuries and have brought a renewed focus to four-hand piano performance.
In the area of theater, the series will once again offer two Broadway hit musicals. Just in time for the Halloween season, “The Addams Family” motors into Fisher Auditorium on Oct. 24. Then, on Feb. 27, the hit Broadway musical “Beauty and the Beast” hits town. A special family-friendly curtain time of 7 p.m. has been set for this blockbuster Disney extravaganza.
Along the lines of Broadway, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be back next season, this time bringing the Pittsburgh Pops in a Valentine’s Day concert. Featuring two Broadway singers, the concert will be the perfect date for Feb.14.
Adding a dose of musical and theatrical unpredictability, the improvisational troupe Baby Wants Candy will offer theater-goers a create-on-the-spot musical comedy. This amazing troupe will join forces with Indiana High School and IUP students to offer up two shows in one at Indiana High School Nov. 19.
Returning to Indiana next season will be one of the Lively Arts’ most talked about groups of all time, Mnozil Brass. This hilarious and quirky septet from Austria will showcase their off-the-wall talent and end the Indiana concert with a one-of-a-kind, unpredictable “brass off” involving some of our IUP brass students and faculty.
Also in the area of music and in time for the holidays, Rhythmic Circus combines live music, tap dance and a big dose of theatrical flare. This young powerhouse troupe of performers will offer a rousing blend of entertainment for every age with an early curtain time of 7 p.m. Dec. 3.
Acoustic blues guitarist, vocalist and composer Corey Harris will perform Feb. 5 in celebration of Black History Month. He has appeared around the world and with greats such as B.B. King, Taj Mahal and Buddy Guy.
Also on deck during the spring semester will be Sybarite5 (March 11) and Grace Kelly (April 24). Sybarite5 offers a new voice and style in classical chamber music performing unique arrangements from Mozart to Radiohead to original works.
Kelly will offer up a distinctive style of jazz as a saxophonist, vocalist, composer and arranger along with her unparalleled band.
Rounding out the wide variety of performing arts offerings for the season will be two leading dance companies.
Koresh Dance brings its explosive, high-energy style to the Fisher stage on Nov. 7, with the country’s premier Latino dance troupe, Ballet Hispanico, offering up a combination of styles and rhythms on March 27.
Advance information about season subscriptions will be sent by the end of June to all those who have donated through the Lively Arts’ Premiere Club. Those donating at the $250 level and above will receive top priority for select seats.
Season brochures will be sent in early July to all those on the Lively Arts mailing list.
For more information or to be placed on the mailing list, sign up at iup.edu/livelyarts, call (724) 357-ARTS (2787), or email email@example.com.
The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania announces the following shows as part of the Ovations! series:
• Sept. 30 — ZOFO Piano Duet, 8 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall, Sutton Hall, IUP
• Oct. 18 — Mnozil Brass, 8 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP
• Oct. 24 — “The Addams Family,” 8 p.m., Fisher Auditorium
• Nov. 7 — Koresh Dance, 8 p.m., Fisher Auditorium
• Nov. 19 — Baby Wants Candy, 8 p.m., Indiana Area Senior High School
• Dec. 3 — Rhythmic Circus, 7 p.m., Fisher Auditorium
• Feb. 5 — Corey Harris, 8 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall
• Feb. 14 — The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Pittsburgh Pops, 8 p.m., Fisher Auditorium
• Feb. 27 — “Beauty and the Beast,” 7 p.m., Fisher Auditorium
• March 11 — Sybarite5, 8 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall
• March 27 — Ballet Hispanico, 8 p.m., Fisher Auditorium
• April 24 — Grace Kelly, 8 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall