From Shakespeare to Peter Pan to REO Speedwagon, the 2003-2004 Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series offers an array of performances for every member of the family.
The season opens with Steve Reid’s “Dream Scapes” on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 3 and 8 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre. A world of fantasy, tribal rhythms, aerial ballet and dance are brought together to tell a magical story of myth and imagination. Created by Steve Reid of the Rippingtons and Supertramp fame, this multi-media production features a renowned cast of dancers, Cirque du Soleil aerialists and an all-star ensemble of Grammy-award winning musicians and vocalists, including ‘80s pop-sensation Maxine Nightingale.
The Bonnie Rideout Scottish Trio presents “Scottish Fire!” on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m. in the PAC Recital Hall. The Trio, made up of a Rideout, a three-time U.S. Scottish fiddler champion with a passion for the music of the Highlands, Steve Holloway’, known for his Celtic percussion rhythms and dynamic guitarist Bryan Aspey, brings exuberance to traditional Scottish tunes. This event is sponsored by Best Western Braddock and presented in partnership with FSU Center for International Education.
The children’s classic “Peter Pan” will be presented by Box of Light Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC Drama Theatre. Join Wendy, Michael and John Darling in this 21st century adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic as performers mix elements of traditional theatre with Buraku-style puppets, computer animation and audience participation. It’s a guaranteed delight for a child of any age. This event is co-presented with the FSU’s Children’s Literature Centre and 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 administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
The ‘70s and ‘80s are back when REO Speedwagon takes stage at this year’s FSU’s Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 9 p.m. in the Cordts Physical Education Center Main Arena. Since 1970, REO has been on the road and recording non-stop, with 17 critically acclaimed albums and 13 Top 40 singles including “Can't Fight This Feeling,” “Keep On Loving You,” “Time For Me To Fly,” “Hi Infidelity,” “Take It on the Run” and “Back on the Road Again.” Current members include lead singer/songwriter Kevin Cronin, keyboard player and founding member Neal Doughty, bass guitarist Bruce Hall, drummer Bryan Hitt and lead guitarist Dave Amato. This show is presented in partnership with the University Programming Council and the FSU Alumni Association.
The Herbie Hancock Quartet will wow audiences on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. in the PAC Recital Hall. Brilliant American pianist Hancock is revered as a legend and an innovator in the world of jazz who retains his trademark style whether playing hip-hop, Gershwin ballads or traditional tunes. He released his debut album, "Takin' Off," at the age of 22 and was a key player in the celebrated Miles Davis Quintet. The winner of eight Grammy Awards, Hancock has achieved a remarkable balance of commercial and artistic success. His performance is sponsored by Kauffman Promotions and presented in partnership with the University Programming Council.
Christmas will come early when the fan-favorite Three Irish Tenors presents “Christmas from Dublin” on Tuesday, Nov. 25, and Wed., Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC Drama Theatre. Filled with seasonal favorites like “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Adeste Fideles,” “Silent Night” and “O Holy Night,” tenors Ciaran Nagle from “Riverdance,” Anthony Norton of “La Scala Milan” and Paul Byrom, the John McCormick Tenor of the Year 2001 are joined by an ensemble of musicians, including one of Ireland’s most celebrated sopranos and Irish harpists, Jacqueline Whelan. Working with musical director David Wray, the Tenors are now on the fifth American tour. The Tenors are sponsored by Cumberland Holiday Inn and presented in partnership with Windwood Theatricals and FSU Division of Performing Arts.
Frostburg welcomes one of Broadway’s “big ladies” with “The Unsinkable Molly Brown – The Musical” on Friday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. in the PAC Drama Theatre. This spirited tale, with a rousing score by Meredith Willson, tells the exploits of Molly Brown, whose determination to rise above her impoverished origins takes her from the backwoods of Hannibal, Mo., to the palaces of Europe. Along the way, she marries a lucky prospector, enters the “bon ton” of Monte Carlo, survives the sinking of the Titanic and, above all, finally earns the approval she so desperately seeks from the “Beautiful People of Denver.” The musical is sponsored by Best Western Braddock and presented in partnership with Windwood Theatricals and FSU Division of Performing Arts.
Put a world-famous Russian juggler in charge of a motley collection of stray cats and dogs and the result is a charmingly unusual show “Gregory Popovich’s Comedy & Pet Theatre.” The animals hit the stage on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Fort Hill High School Auditorium and Friday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. in the PAC Pealer Recital Hall. Popovich, a former member of the Moscow Circus and Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, adopted his feline and canine cast entirely from animal shelters. Featured on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Comedy & Pet Theatre” is half animal tricks, and half juggling, acrobatics and just plain clowning around. The show is sponsored by Cumberland Holiday Inn and presented in partnership with the University Programming Council and the Allegany County Animal Shelter Management Foundation with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the Animal Shelter.
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will present “MasterWorks IV – Music of the Canvas, Art by Music” on Friday, March 19, at 8 p.m. in the PAC Pealer Recital Hall. From the opening with Respighi’s picturesque “Trittico Botticelliano” to the closing with Mussorgsky’s rousing classic “Pictures at an Exhibition,” the program features the gifted young violinist Nicholas Kendall, winner of the Young Soloist Competition of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Young Artist Competition of the Saint Louis Symphony. MSO continues to be the leading cultural asset to central and western Maryland, south central Pennsylvania, northern Virginia and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Preceding the performance, there will be a chance to meet Kendall and MSO Music Director Elizabeth Schulze. The event is co-presented with the Allegany Arts Council, with special thanks to WFWM Radio for its support.
Aquila Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare’s “Othello” on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC Drama Theatre. Featuring both British and American performers, the Aquila Company, founded in 1991 by producing artistic director Peter Meineck, has won both critical and academic kudos for its work worldwide, and is the Company in Residence at the Center for Ancient Studies at New York University. This presentation is part of “Shakespeare in American Communities,” a national theater touring initiative sponsored by he National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest, and presented in partnership with FSU Department of English.
The season rounds out on a light note with Dan Kamin’s “Comedy in Motion” on Friday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC Recital Hall, featuring eye-popping movement illusions and mind-boggling sleight-of-hand magic. A native of Pittsburgh, Kamin has worked extensively in Hollywood, creating the physical comedy sequences for the movies “Chaplin” and “Benny and Joon.” Kamin’s “Comedy Concertos,” which blend comedy with classical music, have become popular with symphonies nationwide. This 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 administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Season tickets and subscriptions, including the new Family Series Subscription, are available. All tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 18. To purchase tickets or to find out more information, call the FSU Cultural Events Box Office at 301-687-3137 or toll free at 1-866-TIXX-CES, or visit online at ces.frostburg.edu.
Additional packages include the Arts Getaway Packages, providing accommodations for two (at The Best Western Braddock in LaVale, Cumberland Holiday Inn or Rocky Gap Resort), selected meal options, transportation between the hotel and the FSU campus, a special welcome gift at check-in, and two tickets for preferred seating for the Cultural Events Series performance. The “Arts Getaway Package” is not available with the REO Speedwagon event.
You can also add a Dinner Show Package to your ticket purchase and transform your performance into an enchanting social event. The Dinner Show Package provides you with complimentary transportation to and from the FSU campus to any one of five participating restaurants, including BJ’s at the Gladstone, Gehauf’s, Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant, Harrigan’s, and the Tombstone Café. Dinner Show Package is not available with the REO Speedwagon event.
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 at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.