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CES at Frostburg State University Announces 2015-16 Season

The 2015-16 season of CES at Frostburg State University features international professional artists in genres including jazz, folk music, ballet, international dance and musical theatre. This season also sees the return of CES Concerts.

A celebratory weekend coinciding with the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s annual Steel Wheels Weekend showcases musicians from The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. Appearing are bluegrass musician Sandy Shortridge; the ballads, old-time singing and flat-foot dancing of the Whitetop Mountain Band; and bluegrass music from Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder. Free daily performances will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the Frostburg Depot Friday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 13, while a ticketed performance will occur on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyric Theatre on Main Street in Frostburg.

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project appears at the historic Palace Theatre on Main Street in Frostburg on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Banjoist and composer Jayme Stone, once dubbed the “Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo,” makes music inspired by sounds from around the world. The Lomax Project highlights songs collected by celebrated folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax and reimagines traditional music from up and down the North American continent. This performance is presented as the capstone concert for the 10th annual Appalachian Festival.

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra and musical director Elizabeth Schulze return to the FSU Performing Arts Center Pealer Recital Hall on Friday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. for a concert of two masterworks: Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 35” and Jean Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Opus 43.” Joining MSO is award-winning Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana, whose most recent distinctions are winning first prizes at the prestigious 2014 Brahms International Violin Competition in Austria and the 2015 Menetsugu International Violin Competition in Japan.


The CES Concert Series presents Grammy-nominated rock band Daughtry on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. in FSU’s Cordts PE Center Main Arena. Daughtry was formed in 2006 after singer-songwriter Chris Daughtry’s success as a finalist on the fifth season of “American Idol.” The band’s powerful mix of modern rock, hard rock, alternative and post-grunge has earned them millions of loyal fans around the world. Returning to Frostburg to open for Daughtry is Washington, D.C.-based rock quartet, Honor By August.

The Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India present “Spirit of India” on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in PAC Pealer Recital Hall. The artists offer an extravagant feast of traditional Indian music, dance and costume as they lead the audience on a musical and cultural journey to Mumbai and beyond.

Spirit of India
“Spirit of India”

As a component of Arts for the School Day and Arts for After School, CES joins FSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance in presenting “Junie B. Jones – The Musical” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, in PAC Pealer Recital Hall. This heart-warming production was adapted for the stage by Marcy Heisler (book and lyrics) and Zina Goldrich (music). With the goal of opening children to the wonderful world of theatre and literature, the musical will capture people’s hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students. Additional school day performances are offered on Monday, Nov. 2, through Wednesday, Nov. 4.

New Zealand’s Indian Ink Theatre Company mixes humor, heart and great storytelling with “The Elephant Wrestler” on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall in FSU’s Lane University Center. Since 1997, the Indian Ink artists have presented remarkable theatrical works of intimate scale that remind audiences of the simple truths of life. “The Elephant Wrestler,” named by the New Zealand Herald as its “feel-good production of the year,” follows the chai seller Kusitar as he sells his soulful beverage to travelers who pass his stand in India’s busy Bangalore Train Station.

Hailing from Québec, the traditional foot-stomping musicians of De Temps Antan offer a LIVE! at StarScape club performance on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Lane Manicur Hall. Using their feet, singing and sharing their infectious energy on bouzouki, accordion, fiddle, guitar and harmonica, this youthful trio was applauded by the Belfast Telegraph for their “irresistible verve and musicality,” while the online music resource FolkWords shared that “they have enough power to drive a nuclear furnace.”

Family audiences can enjoy one of three holiday performances of The Barter Players in “Frosty” on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Frostburg’s Palace Theatre. Performances take place at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Inspired by the beloved holiday song, “Frosty” follows the adventures of a young boy whose snowman magically comes to life and his journey to find the real magic of Christmas.


Broadway-style musical theatre returns with “Flashdance – The Musical” on Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the FSU Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre. Based on the 1983 film, “Flashdance” tells the story of a steel mill welder with dreams of being a professional dancer. Featuring a 21-member cast and live musicians, the production includes popular songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” “Maniac” and “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll.”

Classical ballet fans will benefit from two performances of the Moscow Festival Ballet in “The Sleeping Beauty” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, and Thursday, March 24, in the PAC Drama Theatre. Under the artistic direction of former Bolshoi Ballet soloist Sergei Radchenko, the company of Russian-trained artists brings life to one of everyone’s favorite fairy tales. Featuring Tchaikovsky’s masterful score, “The Sleeping Beauty” is certain to enchant young and old alike.

The season ends on Saturday, April 23, with a LIVE! at StarScape club performance of the spirited jazz band The Hot Sardines, whose performances recall the heady atmosphere of Prohibition-era speakeasies and Parisian nightclubs. Boston’s Patriot Ledger praised the Sardines, saying that they’re “not so much reviving standards, as taking defib paddles to them and jolting them back to life.”

Tickets, including packages and discounts, are available beginning Aug. 24, except for tickets for Daughtry, which go on sale Aug. 31. Tickets may be ordered by calling 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137 or by visiting

CES is sponsored in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council and is supported by a grant from MSAC, 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.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 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 or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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.


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