Frostburg State University’s Cultural Events Series presents Celtic Crossroads, performing Irish music like never before, doing to Irish music what Riverdance has done to Irish dance, on Sunday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. Because of the show’s popularity, this performance has been moved from FSU’s Pealer Recital Hall to the larger venue of The Stage at Mountain Ridge High School in Frostburg.
The name Celtic Crossroads originates from a time in Ireland when neighboring communities met at the crossroads between towns and villages to socialize. With a focus on keeping the tradition of Irish music alive, each Celtic Crossroads performer nurtures this bygone concept, but by virtue of their young age and raw talent, they steer this tradition into the 21st century. True high-kicking from some of Ireland’s best-respected Irish dancers intensifies the pulsating rhythms of the show.
Celtic Crossroads’ live performances reveal how Irish music influenced the global birth of a multitude of musical genres, particularly bluegrass and country. Celtic Crossroads redefines Irish music by going right to the heart of its rhythms. Their inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves are steering Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory.
The show itself is a fantastic spectacle and features seven world-class musicians playing over 20 instruments. From start to finish, the audience will be captivated by a wonderful fusion of musical varieties in the Irish music genres, such as Eastern European Gypsy, American bluegrass, world classical, jazz and the various forms of Celtic music from around Europe and the rest of the world.
Magical interludes from the haunting uilleann pipes, whistles, low whistles and, of course, the Irish harp, along with some of Ireland’s finest examples of traditional song, transport the audience to those crossroads in Ireland. Tempestuous fiddle playing competes with explosive banjo, intricate mandolin, accordion, mandola, bouzouki and awe-inspiring guitar riffs, while silky flute playing reminds the audience that these traditional musicians are also classically trained. Throw in thunderous bodhran rhythms, drum kit and Peruvian cajon, along with Irish dancers defying laws of speed and gravity, and the audience will find themselves tapping, stomping and clapping to the rhythm.
Tickets for Celtic Crossroads are $22 for adults and $15 for those under 17. Corporate and group discount ticket rates are also available. Tickets may be ordered by calling 301-687-3137 or online at http://ces.frostburg.edu.
The Cultural Events Series is supported by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency that believes a great nation deserves great art.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional higher education centers within 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 or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
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.