In celebration of Women's History Month, the legendary singer/songwriter Cris Williamson will perform at Frostburg State University on Monday, March 12 at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre.
Williamson's groundbreaking record "The Changer and The Changed," recorded in 1975, propelled her into the limelight and initiated a new genre, women's music. The recording is one of the best selling independent releases ever. With 19 albums to her credit, she is now working on the album "Lucky Dog" and embarking on her first solo tour in almost 15 years.
The Boston Globe has called her "a brilliant lyricist and composer" whose music traverses the musical and lyrical map. For the past 25 years, as one of the most popular performers on the acoustic circuit, Williamson has taken her message of compassion and connection all over the globe.
A former schoolteacher, she has been called a "heroic character [whose] tireless activism continues" by The Boston Phoenix. She has appeared on a multitude of benefit records, performed with Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Brown on behalf of Native American issues and co-founded In the Best Interests of the Children, a pediatric AIDS organization. Her lyrics are often cited in books, thesis papers and women's studies courses.
Bonnie Raitt says, "The first time I heard Cris' music, it was like hearing honey dripped on a cello….Cris has been a whole lot of women's heroes - including mine."
Sponsors of this event include FSU's Women's Studies Program, Faculty Development, GLBTA students through the Student Government Association, Office of the Provost, President's Advisory Council on Diversity, Division of Performing Arts/University Theatre, Lane Center and Campus Activities and FSU Residence Hall Association.
Tickets for the concert are free and can be picked up at the Lane Center Information Desk, starting Monday, Feb. 19. There is a limit of four tickets per person. Reservations are available by calling (301) 687-4145.
The day of the concert, Williamson will conduct an interactive workshop at 3 p.m. in the PAC Studio Theatre to discuss her role in the history of women's music, music composition and writing. To attend, contact Linda McCulloch at (301) 687-4130 or (301) 687-4145.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4201, TDD (301) 687-7955.
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