September is packed with entertainment, as the Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series offers three consecutive weeks of first-rate performances.
The CES season opens with “Dream Scapes” on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 3 and 8 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre. Created by Steve Reid of the “Rippingtons” and “Supertramp” fame, this multi-media production features an amazing cast of dancers, Cirque du Soleil aerialists and an all-star ensemble of winning musicians with the beautiful vocals of 80's pop-sensation Maxine Nightingale.
Reid, a world-renowned percussionist and producer, has played on over 700 recordings, produced several gold-records globally, and holds a Grammy for his work with the legendary Miles Davis. Featured on saxophones and a variety of unusual flutes, is former Rippingtons and Native Language recording artist Jeff Kashiwa. Dig Lewis, on bass, heralds from such greats as Stevie Wonder and Bozz Skaggs, while Blake Arron performs on electric and acoustical guitars. Providing the beautiful and lush keyboard harmonies is Hans Zirmuhlen, while rhythmic powerhouse Rogerio Jardim rounds out the package on drums and percussion.
Joining a talented cast of dancers directed by choreographer, Louise Reichlin, are five incredible aerialists from Cirque Du Soleil, who perform aerial ballets. Art meets technology as large-scale illusions, futuristic computer animations and high tech visuals come together for an extraordinary presentation.
The Bonnie Rideout Scottish Trio presents “Scottish Fire!” on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall. With a distinctive blend of lyricism and intensity, Bonnie Rideout brings an exuberance and animation to traditional Scottish tunes, Highland bagpipe music and ancient Gaelic melodies. An American fiddler with a passion for the music of the Scottish Highlands, Rideout is one of the top performers to wield a bow. With Steve Holloway’s driving Celtic percussion rhythms and Bryan Aspey’s dynamic guitar, the Bonnie Rideout Scottish Trio brings a timeless legacy to pulsating, foot-stomping life onstage.
A three-time U.S. Scottish fiddle champion, Bonnie has performed her vibrant repertoire on stages from Scotland’s renowned Edinburgh International Festival to Washington D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and is the only American to hold the honor of representing Scottish fiddle music in Edinburgh. Appearing frequently on the BBC, CBS News Sunday Morning, The Thistle and the Shamrock and NPR’s Performance Today, Rideout has released ten solo albums, made numerous guest appearances on other CDs, and published nine music instruction books for Mel Bay Publishing Company.
This event is sponsored by Best Western Braddock and presented in partnership with FSU Center for International Education.
CES opens its new Family Series with the Box of Light Theatre presentation of the children’s classic “Peter Pan” on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall. Join Wendy, Michael and John Darling as they take flight with Peter and meet the rambunctious residents of Never-Never-Land.
This innovative presentation combines elements of traditional theatre with computer animation, Bunraku-style puppetry and audience participation in this 21st century adaptation of the J. M. Barrie classic.
Under the direction of artist Rand Whipple, Box of Light Theatre has captivated audiences in 11 countries on four continents, including performances at the Smithsonian Institution and on public television.
“Peter Pan” 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.
Season tickets and subscriptions, including the new Family Series Subscription, are available. 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. 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.
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.