The 2005-2006 Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series launches this September with its broadest range of artistic performances to date. With two series, Main Stage and Jazz Club, CES will feature events ranging from orchestral music to jazz to classic rock, musical comedy to serious drama, and ancient and traditional works to contemporary multi-media collaborations.
The CES Jazz Club sponsored by Kauffman Music gets the season rolling with John Fedchock New York Sextet on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. in FSU’s Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall. Fedchock established his career as a jazz trombonist in 1980 when he joined the legendary Woody Herman Orchestra. He now leads a 16-piece New York Big Band, comprising alumni from major big bands and stars from New York’s jazz scene. This performance is sponsored by Vision Embroidery and supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and is funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and in part by the Allegany Arts Council.
The Main Stage Series begins on Saturday, Oct. 1, with Circus Nexus, sponsored by Century 21 Potomac West-Tom Kurek, at 8 p.m. in FSU’s Cordts Center Main Arena. This highly theatrical production is considered the “new circus” with international, award-winning dancers and acrobats, accompanied by an exciting score and evocative décor, costumes and lighting.
What is a CES season without a captivating performance by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra? This year, on Friday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. in FSU’s Pealer Recital Hall, Allegany Arts Council again sponsors the return of MSO, under the baton of critically acclaimed conductor Elizabeth Schulze. The program features the works of Carl Maria Von Weber, Johannes Brahms and Anton Dvorak and will include a performance by award-winning guest violinist Rachel Barton-Pine.
FSU’s 2005 Homecoming will rock with the songs of the 1980s, as 38 Special and Eddie Money, sponsored by Billy Bender Chevrolet, take to the stage on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 9 p.m. in FSU’s Cordts Center Main Arena. 38 Special’s Southern-rock style gained attention in the early 1980s with two breakthrough numbers, “Rockin’ into the Night” and “Hold on Loosely.” A string of hits followed including “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Like No Other Night” and “Chain Lightnin’.” Straight-up rock and roll icon Eddie Money has been making music since the mid 1970s. With hits like “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Baby Hold On,” “Walk on Water,” “Think I’m in Love” and “Shakin’,” Money continues to be one of the hardest working men in rock and roll.
Windwood Theatricals presents a new musical, based on the international best-seller by Stuart Hample, “Children’s Letters to God,” on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in FSU’s Pealer Recital Hall. Taken directly from the letters of young people writing to God, the work is humorous and serious and reflects the directness of youth and the challenges of childhood. This performance is sponsored by Best Western-The Braddock and Belt Construction.
Drummer, vocalist, composer/arranger T.S. Monk comes to FSU’s Manicur Assembly Hall on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Monk, chairman of the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz named in honor of his father, is known for his spectrum of styles from R&B to traditional jazz. This performance is sponsored by Tri-State Hand and Occupational Therapy and supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, and funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and in part by the Allegany Arts Council. This tour of T.S. Monk is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.
The holiday season will feature Vienna Choir Boys “Christmas in Vienna,” sponsored by Best Western-The Braddock and NBC 25, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in FSU’s Pealer Recital Hall. Founded in 1498, the choir performed exclusively for the Austrian royal court. Today there are about 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14, divided into four touring choirs.
Windwood Theatricals presents the stage version of the 1949 Marilyn Monroe musical “Gentleman Prefer Blondes” on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 25, 26 and 27, in FSU’s Drama Theatre. Set in the roaring ‘20s, the story focuses on two ex-chorus girls as they chase men, get into trouble, and sing a bevy of hit songs including “A Little Girl From Little Rock,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and, of course, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” The official hotel of the Cultural Events Series, Best Western-The Braddock, sponsors this event.
The David Leonhardt Jazz Group will wow audiences on Friday, March 10, for two shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., at Cumberland’s newest performance venue, Windsor Hall, at 39 Baltimore Street. This critically acclaimed acoustic ensemble plays a blend of mainstream and modern jazz, including both standards and original compositions. The performance is sponsored by Allegany Aggregates 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; and supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, and funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and in part by the Allegany Arts Council.
Aquila Theatre Company will present “Hamlet” on Tuesday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in FSU’s Drama Theatre. William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of familial discord, personal ambition, love and revenge is directed by Robert Richmond. This engagement of Aquila Theatre Company of London is a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Tour funded by the Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, and is funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
On Thursday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Pealer Recital Hall, audiences will experience Andean music, one of the few authentic prehistoric culture forms to survive the 500 years of European occupation of South America. “Andes Manta” features the Lopez brothers from Ecuador who play more than 35 traditional instruments. This engagement of Andes Manta is a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Tour funded by the Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and is sponsored by Best Western-The Braddock.
The multi-media dance company “BodyVox” will grace the FSU Drama Theatre stage on Monday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. Visionary founders and co-directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland have created choreography for The Academy Awards, for music videos for Sting, U2, Pat Metheny, John Fogerty and David Bowie’s concert production, “The Glass Spider.” This tour of BodyVox is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and is sponsored by Best Western-The Braddock.
The CES season wraps up on Saturday, May 6, with jazz from Chris Vadala. Two performances, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., will be held at Windsor Hal in Cumberland. One of the country’s foremost woodwind artists, fluent on both clarinet and saxophone, Vadala has performed and recorded with jazz greats including Chuck Mangione, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Sarah Vaughn. This performance is sponsored by Mark DiNola, DDS, supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, is funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and in part by the Allegany Arts Council.
Discounts are available for both the Main Stage and Jazz series. Purchasing series subscriptions guarantees the best seats in the house at a discount off individual event tickets. Additional packages including Arts Getaway Packages will also be available this season. To purchase tickets or for 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.
The Cultural Events Series at Frostburg State University is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art; and in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.
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