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FSU Cultural Events Series Announces 2002-2003 Season
08/07/2002

Frostburg State University announces its 2002-2003 Cultural Events Series, with eight shows and 13 performances scheduled from late September through early April. All performances will take place on the FSU campus. Programs featuring artists from nearby Frostburg to faraway China include an eclectic array of works for local audiences during this season.

FSU Cultural Events and Allegany Arts Council will co-present one of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's most popular offerings--MSO Pops! BRAVO Broadway! This concert showcases the familiar sounds of some of America's great standards on Sunday, September 22, at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Pealer Recital Hall. Join singers Jan Horvath, Doug LaBrecque and Ron Raines for an evening of favorites. Horvath and LaBrecque are familiar faces on the Broadway circuit, while Raines is probably best known as Alan Spaulding in the daytime drama, "Guiding Light."

For Parents' Weekend, the CES presents the Chinese Festival with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company on Saturday, October 5, at 8:30 p.m. in the Cordts Center Main Arena. Bring the family to enjoy a unique blend of Chinese traditions with dance and music in this distinctively Asian-American production, presented in partnership with FSU's Campus Activities Board.

Homecoming Weekend will continue the Saturday night concert tradition with a country music extravaganza featuring singers Collin Raye and opening act Chad Brock on October 26 at 9 p.m. Often described as the man with the most muscular tenor in country music, Raye is known for his distinctive style blending country rhythms with socially conscious lyrics. "Love, Me," "In This Life," "Little Rock," "I Think About You" and "Couldn't Last a Moment" are some of the highlights of his career, which includes ten No. 1 singles and four platinum albums. Brock likes to get his audience fired up with hits like "Yes," "Ordinary Life" and "Lightning Does the Work." His new album, "III," takes him light years beyond his first two powerful releases, featuring music he feels more truly captures the essence of who he is as an artist.

This year's Homecoming concert coincides with USA Weekend's 2002 Make A Difference Day, a national community service project. Raye serves as a member of the advisory board. Partners for this special concert include FSU's Office of Alumni Affairs and Campus Activities Board.

"The Nutcracker," starring the International Ballet Theatre of Russia, returns to Frostburg just in time for the holidays, with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 26 and 27, in the Performing Arts Center's Drama Theatre. Presented in the grand Russian tradition, this beloved ballet has enchanted children of all ages for more than a century with its fantastic story, elaborate costumes, magical sets and dynamic music. Presented in partnership with the Windwood Theatricals and FSU Division of Performing Arts, "The Nutcracker" is sponsored by Days Inn and Suites.

Winter will seem far away when Barry Manilow's "Copacabana - the Musical" comes to town for three shows running Friday and Saturday, January 17 and 18, in the PAC Drama Theatre. Set in the glamorous 40's world of the famous Copacabana nightclub, when "music and passion were always in fashion," this musical extravaganza follows the adventures of the same Lola made famous in Manilow's hit song. Sponsored by Best Western Braddock, this performance is presented in partnership with the Windwood Theatricals and FSU Division of Performing Arts.

The world-renowned Vienna Choir Boys will uplift spirits on Friday, February 21 at 8 p.m. in the PAC Pealer Recital Hall. Through worldwide tours and intensive study at home, the Choir has carried on the rich traditions of Vienna's musical life as a living heritage for more than 500 years. The choir's repertoire includes everything from Gregorian chant to contemporary and experimental music. This performance is presented in partnership with the FSU Center for International Education.

Jazz fans will enjoy a touch of California cool when the Brubeck Brothers Quartet come to Frostburg for a performance on Friday, March 14, at 8 p.m. in the Lane University Center Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall. Dave and Chris Brubeck, sons of jazz legend Dave Brubeck, join Mike DeMicco on guitar and Pete Levin on piano and organ for an evening of original compositions, jazz standards and Dave Brubeck classics. With the ability to seamlessly combine straight-ahead jazz, funk and the Brubeck style of playing in odd time signatures, the Quartet offers a glimpse into the future of jazz while honoring the jazz tradition. This tour is made possible by a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

The world premiere of "Stirrings: a multi-disciplinary work connecting the arts, the environment and human life" will be presented Friday through Sunday, April 4 through 6, in the PAC Drama Theatre. This unique work is based upon the acclaimed book of essays, "Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs and Human Imagination," by local writer and FSU professor Barbara Hurd, in collaboration with choreographer Mark Taylor of Dance Alloy, composer Alice Shields and set designers Richard Kagey and Conrad Maust of FSU's Department of Theatre. Sponsored by the Holiday Inn of Cumberland, this event is presented in partnership with the FSU Division of Performing Arts and FSU Department of Visual Arts. This New Directions project is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency and the Pew Charitable Trusts, and is administered by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

The CES is offering two new options to package event tickets this season. The Arts GetAway Package adds a hotel stay, dinner and breakfast to event tickets at either the Best Western Braddock or Cumberland Holiday Inn. The Dinner Show Package adds transportation and dinner at one of the area's Dinner Show restaurants, Acropolis, El Canelo, Gandalf's Gehauf's Giuseppe's Harrigan's, and Tombstone Caf├ę.

CES offers a variety of ticket purchasing options ranging from individual event tickets to multiple season subscription and sampler season options. Tickets for FSU students, faculty and staff are available at a discounted price with a valid FSU ID.

For additional information and individual ticket and series subscription purchases, call or visit the CES Box Office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Office is located in Lane University Center, Room 235, and can be reached at (301) 687-3137 or toll-free at 1-(866) TIXX CES. All tickets not purchased in person will be charged a $1.00 per ticket handling fee. Payment by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover and Bobcat Card), check and money order is accepted.

New this year is online ticketing, powered by CyberSeats®. By visiting http://ces.frostburg.edu, patrons may choose a seat location, view the stage from that section, select seats and purchase tickets on line.

Based on availability, tickets may also be purchased at the venue box office one hour prior to curtain. All patrons must have a ticket and all sales are final. Please note: Those arriving late for performances will not be admitted until intermission. Visit Frostburg State University's Cultural Events Series web site at http://ces.frostburg.edu for more information on the series or individual events.

The 2002-2003 CES Series is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland; the National Endowment for the Arts and the FSU Foundation, Inc.

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) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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