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Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival to Perform at FSU
09/20/2001

The Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival will appear at Frostburg State University on Saturday, September 29 to open the 2001-2002 Cultural Events Series and celebrate Parents' Weekend. The performance is set for 8:30 p.m. in the Cordts Center Main Arena.

Starring world celebrated singer Nikolai Massenkoff and featuring a Balalaika ensemble and soloists, plus the Russian Souvenir Dancers, this show expresses the Russian spirit in song and dance. The performance offers audiences a tantalizing glimpse of Russian history and traditions.

Massenkoff's resonant bass voice, the musicians' virtuosity and the graceful movements of the colorfully clad dancers have mesmerized audiences in seven countries and 38 states. The show has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and at a variety of venues, including Carnegie Hall, Las Vegas, the Epcot Center and the recent Olympics in Korea. Massenkoff has shared the stage with such stars as Liberace, Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, Glen Campbell and Ray Charles.

"Massenkoff has an astonishing voice and charisma," says the Chatauquan Daily of New York. He developed his unique vocal style as a child in a Russian Orthodox orphanage. The entire family will enjoy this unforgettable cultural journey into the heart of Russia, the Ukraine, Moldavia and Armenia.

Dinner theatre specials are available prior to the performance at one of the following dinner theatre partner restaurants, Fratelli's Italian Restaurant, Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant, JB's Steak Cellar, Leone's Italian Restaurant, Larry's Blues Cellar, and Oxford House and can be purchased through the CES Box Office. Each special includes a uniquely designed meal with non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity.

Tickets for this splendid journey into the heart of Russia are available beginning Monday, August 27. All tickets for this performance are general admission. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 17. There is no ticket charge for this Parents' Weekend performance for FSU students and family as well as FSU faculty and staff with a valid FSU ID.

For information and ticket purchases, and for dinner-theatre menu selections and reservation purchases, contact the FSU CES Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at (301) 687-3137 or toll-free at 1-(886) TIXX CES. Order requests can also be faxed to (301) 687-7049 or emailed to CES@frostburg.edu. Based on availability, tickets may also be purchased at the Cordts Center Arena Box Office one hour prior to the performance.

For information and ticket availability on the day of the show, call (301) 687-4411. All patrons must have a ticket, and all ticket sales are final.

This tour of The Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival is presented in partnership with the FSU Campus Activities Board. Additional information can be obtained by visiting Frostburg State University's Cultural Events Series website at www.frostburg.edu/events/ces.

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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Frostburg State University
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