In its 36th annual season, the Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series presents a line-up of professional artists in genres of music, dance and theatre. Tri-state residents can choose from affordable events offered as part of two exciting performance series. The Main Stage Series offers artists in a traditional theatrical setting while LIVE! at StarScape delivers club-style seating in an intimate atmosphere. In addition, CES’ Inspiring Audiences program allows community members to connect with the arts through attendance at events such as workshops, lectures and open forums.
The season launches with the world premiere of “Love American Style!” from Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works (RHAW) on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. in the FSU Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre. Harris, whose cutting-edge choreography is recognized internationally, describes the new full-length work as a hip-hop dance musical. Featuring the music of rock artists such as Queen and David Bowie, “Love American Style!” will be particularly exciting for local audiences; it features the talents of four local dancers, Henry Newby, Amy Milligan, Leah Becker and Autumn Hudson, who auditioned to perform onstage with the professional performers from RHAW.
CES next presents the capstone concert for the eighth annual Frostburg Appalachian Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. in PAC Pealer Recital Hall. “From Ireland to Appalachia” features a rousing performance from Seán Keane & Friends. Keane is widely praised in the Celtic music community for his distinctive voice. Mike Harding of BBC Radio 2 remarked, “The man truly has a great voice – warm and yet edgy at the same time – and a way with songs that can only come from being steeped in and loving the tradition.” Also performing is the award-winning husband and wife duo, Al Petteway and Amy White, who present an inviting acoustic performance of contemporary Celtic and Appalachian melodies.
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Led by Musical Director Elizabeth Schulze, the ever-popular Maryland Symphony Orchestra returns to PAC Pealer Recital Hall on Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. This year’s concert features the youthful energy of the genre-twisting strings band, Time for Three, that has been described as “the world’s first classically trained garage band.” The program offers a stimulating blend of music from composers old and new. Timeless works from Bach, Barber and Beethoven will be performed as well as inventive arrangements and medleys from contemporary musicians such as Leonard Cohen, Bon Iver and Mumford & Sons.
FSU’s annual Family Weekend celebration is highlighted by the energetic rhythms of the Pedrito Martinez Group, who perform as part of a colorful Afro-Cuban festival on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. Martinez, a native of Havana, is hailed by critics and audiences alike for his skills as a percussionist and band leader. Music critic Ben Ratliff of The New York Times called him “an incomparable performer.” The free festival occurs in FSU’s Lane University Center, with music taking place in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall at 1, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m.
Scottish singer Julie Fowlis presents “Music of the Scottish Isles” in a spirited performance on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in PAC Pealer Recital Hall. Fowlis, who sings traditional songs in the Gaelic language of her ancestors, is also known for her stunning voice work on the animated Pixar movie, “Brave.” Fowlis performs with an ensemble of gifted musicians and is considered to be a treasure in her native country; she was the first person to be given the title of Scotland’s Gaelic Ambassador by the Scottish Parliament.
On Thursday, Nov. 7, family audiences are invited to attend the Two Beans Production of the children’s musical, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Based on the award-winning book by children’s author Judith Viorst, the performance follows Alexander through his terrible day. Tickets are available for this 4:30 p.m. performance that takes place in PAC Pealer Recital Hall.
The first LIVE! at StarScape club event of the season takes place Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. in Lane Manicur Hall. Soulful jazz and blues singer, Catherine Russell, whom The Washington Post called “a wonderfully charismatic performer with a show-stopping voice,” offers a performance that is reminiscent of legendary divas like Bessie Smith and Billie Holliday.
The world-famous Vienna Boys Choir presents a holiday concert in PAC Pealer Recital Hall on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. The remarkable voices of these 10- to 14-year-old boys enchant audiences young and old in a program of Christmas favorites from throughout the ages.
Performers from Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre present Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Driving Miss Daisy,” on Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC Drama Theatre. The play deftly explores themes of friendship, prejudice and racism as it follows the southern Jewish widow, Daisy Werthan, and her loyal chauffeur, Hoke, throughout several decades in mid-20th-century Georgia.
The educational performance of “The Math Maniac Show” is a fun-filled journey that helps children in grades K-5 to be successful with numbers. Guided by Max Millions, students learn about many elements of math, including place values, integers, fractions, geometry, measurement, money and basic probability. Tickets are available for a 4:30 p.m. performance on Monday, March 24, in PAC Pealer Recital Hall.
An evening of side-splittingly funny comedy, improv and audience participation awaits the lucky ticket holders of “Broadway’s Next H!T Musical.” Two LIVE! at StarScape performances occur Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 30, at 3 p.m. in Lane Manicur Hall. With a little help from the audience, the boisterous comedians of “Broadway’s Next H!t Musical” create a brand new musical on the spot. It’s a different uproarious show every night.
The final LIVE! at StarScape event of the season occurs Saturday, April 12, at 8 p.m. in Lane Manicur Hall. The Grammy Award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra electrifies audiences with a performance of hot Latin jazz. The 13-member ensemble’s irresistible salsa rhythms and high-energy vocals combine magically in original compositions as well as fresh arrangements of classic salsa tunes from SHO band leader and founder, Oscar Hernandez.
End the season with a celebratory Sunday brunch in Frostburg’s Lyric Theatre on Main Street, featuring an intimate performance from solo pianist and composer Robin Spielberg. Spielberg, who has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Joe’s Pub, offers a performance that draws the audience in through her delightful melodies and warm, engaging persona. Brunch is served at 1:15 p.m. and Spielberg’s performance begins at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 27.
Tickets, including ticket packages and discounts, are available for all CES performances: a Build Your Own Series package for those planning to attend several events throughout the year; Corporate Nights offering group pricing, priority seating and personalized service; and Group Sales with special rates for purchases of 15 or more tickets for a single performance. Tickets may be ordered by calling 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137 or by visiting http://ces.frostburg.edu.
The Cultural Events Series is sponsored in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council, and is supported by a grant from MSAC, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.
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