FROSTBURG, Md.—The spring season of Frostburg State University’s Cultural Events Series promises to be another exciting lineup of musical and theatrical performances for all ages, bringing Dr. Seuss, King Henry V and some of the finest jazz musicians to Western Maryland and the tri-state region.
FSU’s two performance series, the Main Stage Series and the CES Jazz Club sponsored by Kauffman Music, along with special events, provide opportunities for both residents and visitors to enjoy world-class performances at an affordable price and in easy-access venues. Tickets are on sale now.
The tri-state region will have the chance to enjoy a longtime Broadway favorite when the CES Main Stage Series presents “Bye Bye Birdie” The Musical Preview Friday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Drama Theatre in the FSU Performing Arts Center. The Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8 p.m. and the Saturday matinee starts at 3 p.m. “Bye Bye Birdie” brings the musical story of teen idol Conrad Birdie and the effects of his visit to a small town in Ohio to life. There’s plenty of nostalgia in this delightful musical set in the 1950s, when rock ‘n’ roll, angora sweaters and “The Ed Sullivan Show” reigned supreme. Winner of eight Tony Awards, “Bye Bye Birdie” offers lots of laughs and great songs, including “Put On a Happy Face,” “One Last Kiss” and “What’s the Matter With Kids Today?”
Bassist Esperanza Spalding, a 23-year old prodigy-turned-pro, has been touted as the hope for the future of jazz and instrumental music. Upon her return from a European tour, the bassist, vocalist and composer will bring her voice and her instrumental chops to the stage at Windsor Hall at Town Centre on Sunday, Feb. 8. Patrons have the option of a 5 p.m. Supper Club or 6:30 p.m. concert only.
Who doesn’t know and love the Cat in the Hat? The Cat will be the host, emcee and all-around mischief maker in the TheatreworksUSA production of “Seussical” on Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in FSU’s Pealer Recital Hall. Enjoy a wild musical romp through some of Dr. Seuss’ best-loved stories, with characters like Horton, the soft-hearted elephant; the unfuzzy Miss Gertrude McFuzz; the amazingly lazy Mayzie La Bird; and JoJo, the imaginative young Who. It’s a fast-paced, whimsical adaptation of the original Broadway version, perfect for ages 4 and up—and their parents and grandparents.
One of America’s pre-eminent pianists, George Winston, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at FSU’s Pealer Recital Hall. Winston’s styles of music are both New Orleans R&B and his own folk piano style. He is known for his tribute album of Vince Guaraldi’s composition for the “Peanuts™” animations. Winston performed to a sold-out audience in 2007 at Windsor Hall in Town Centre with the coordination of CES at FSU.
Wrapping up the season will be Shakespeare’s rousing story of courage and the price of glory, “Henry V.” This classic will be vividly brought to life by The Acting Company/Guthrie Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in the Drama Theatre of FSU’s Performing Arts Center. Young, restless and ambitious, Henry V inherits a troubled crown and seeks to secure his position at home by turning the country’s attention abroad, launching a hasty invasion of France. This Shakespearean epic follows Henry and his men through the brutality of warfare as the ragtag band confronts heavy opposition and their own destinies. Don’t miss the artistry and passion of this production, directed by Davis McCallum.
Ticket packages and discounts are available, including the Build Your Own Series for those planning on attending several events throughout the spring season; Corporate Nights offering group pricing, priority seating and personalized service; and Group Sales, with special rates for purchases of 15 or more tickets for a single performance. Tickets may be ordered by calling 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137 or by visiting http://ces.frostburg.edu.
The Cultural Events Series is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive, and in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu.