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MSO Pops! BRAVO Broadway! Slated at Frostburg State University
08/21/2002

The Allegany Arts Council and Frostburg State University's Cultural Events Series present the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's MSO Pops! BRAVO Broadway to kick off this year's season of exciting performances. This taste of Broadway is set for Sunday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Pealer Recital Hall.

One of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's most popular offerings, this production showcases the familiar sounds of some of America's great standards. Join singers Jan Horvath, Doug LaBrecque and Ron Raines for an evening of favorites, including standards by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Lerner & Loewe, Richard Rodgers and Andrew Lloyd Weber.

Horvath, an original cast member of the original Broadway show "The Phantom of the Opera," has appeared as a soprano guest soloist with more than 70 orchestras. Other Broadway appearances include "The Threepenny Opera," "Sweet Charity," "Stardust," "Oliver!" and "Cats." On Broadway, baritone Doug LaBrecque has thrilled audiences in the title role of the "Phantom of the Opera" and starred as Ravenel in "Showboat." Also a soloist with some of America's finest symphony orchestras, he has toured nationally with "Les Miserables." Ron Raines, known to soap opera fans as the villainous Alan Spaulding on "Guiding Light," is well known to theater audiences around the country as one of America's leading musical theater performers. His credits include leading roles in "Showboat," "South Pacific" and "Teddy and Alice," on and off Broadway. He, too, has performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras throughout the U.S.

In 1986, Mitch Miller conducted the first MSO Pops concert, "Lovers and Ladies" during the Symphony's fourth season. Pops concerts continued through the MSO's ninth season, but went on hiatus until 1996, the 14th season, when it returned by popular demand. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1982 by a small group of Washington County civic leaders and music lovers. From four classical concerts in its first season, programming has grown to include more than 19 performances. Elizabeth Schulze is currently music director and conductor.

Ticket prices are $24 for adults, $20 for AAC Members, $18 for Children Under 18, and $15 for FSU students. Discounts are available for groups of 12 or more.

Tickets can be purchased by calling or visiting the CES Box Office, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Office is located at Frostburg State University in the Lane University Center, Room 235, and can be reached at (301) 687-3137 or toll-free at 1-(866) TIXX CES. Online ticketing powered by CyberSeats is available at the Frostburg State University's Cultural Events Series Web site at http://ces.frostburg.edu.

The CES offers 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 dinner at one of the area's Dinner Show restaurants - Acropolis, El Canelo, Gandalf's, Gehauf's, Giuseppe's, Harrigan's and Tombstone Café.

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 and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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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