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CES at Frostburg State University Announces 60th Anniversary Season for 2016-17

Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker
Capitol Steps
Capitol Steps
Gravity and Other Myths
Gravity and Other Myths

Celebrating 60 years of bringing world-class performers to Western Maryland, CES at Frostburg State University for 2016-17 features a season of professional artists from around the world. The line-up includes stars of Broadway, award-winning musicians, hilarious comedians and international artists from Ireland, France, Mexico, Australia, India, Tibet, Russia and Barbados.

The season begins with The Midtown Men, featuring four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys.” Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer reunite for a high-energy concert-style performance celebrating classic music from the 1960s. The performance includes incredible vocal performances, delightful choreography and undeniable onstage chemistry. The 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, Sept. 22, takes place in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall in FSU’s Lane University Center. Note: This is not a performance of, or affiliated with, the show “Jersey Boys.”

The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players offer a LIVE! at StarScape cabaret performance, “I’ve Got a Little Twist,” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, in Lane Manicur Hall. With laugh-out-loud comedy, the performance showcases the timelessness of Gilbert and Sullivan music with a twist of Broadway musical theatre favorites from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bernstein, Sondheim and more.

Award-winning actor and comedian Chris Tucker appears in a Homecoming performance on Friday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. in the Main Arena of FSU’s Cordts PE Center. Tucker first rose to prominence on “Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Comedy Jam.” In addition to his international comedy tours, he has starred in films such as the “Rush Hour” series, “The Fifth Element” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Experience side-splitting laughter when The Capitol Steps return to Frostburg on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Performing Arts Center. The Steps provide bipartisan laughs and hilarious comedy about the state of national politics during this presidential election year.

Family audiences will enjoy the children’s musical, “James and the Giant Peach Jr.,” from FSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance. The delightful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book tells the imaginative story of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. The 4:30 p.m. public performance on Wednesday, Nov. 2, takes place in PAC Pealer Recital Hall.

Spectacular acrobatic artists from Australia’s Gravity and Other Myths present “A Simple Space,” an exhilarating, interactive performance at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. Edinburgh Festivals magazine reports, “You will laugh and you will gasp, and you will probably spend some time with your hands over your mouth in awe.”

Celebrate the warmth of the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. with Windham Hill in “A Winter Solstice Concert.” The performance showcases three master musicians who made their names on the popular Windham Hill label: pianist Liz Story, singer and multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie and guitarist Sean Harkness. In a joyful acoustic performance in PAC Pealer Recital Hall, they celebrate winter music traditions from around the world.

Romance is in store with a LIVE! at StarScape club performance on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, from magnetic French songstress Cyrille Aimée. Winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival’s Vocal Competition and the Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition, Aimée displays her versatility with crowd-pleasing originals and new takes on old-time standards. This 7:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day celebration in Lane Manicur Hall features full bar service and a club menu. An additional dinner option offering a selection of entrées is served at 6 p.m.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet presents Buddhist monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery, who arrive in March for a five-day residency endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Events held Sunday, March 5, through Thursday, March 9, include the creation of a mandala sand painting and multiple lectures and workshops on Tibetan philosophy, art, meditation and culture. A public performance of “Sacred Music, Sacred Dance,” which combines multiphonic chanting, sacred music and dance, takes place March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in PAC Pealer Recital Hall.

Traditional Irish music from the Brock McGuire Band is offered in a LIVE! at StarScape club performance on Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Lane Manicur Hall. The band is led by button accordionist and melodeonist Paul Brock and fiddler Manus McGuire and is supported by pianist Denis Carey and vocalist Garry O’Meara on banjo and mandolin. Their performance emphasizes traditional Irish music along with lively arrangements of American old-timey, bluegrass, French-Canadian and Celtic traditions.

A LIVE! at StarScape club performance from iconic jazz musician Dr. Lonnie Smith takes place in Lane Manicur Hall on Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. After a 50-year career, this authentic guru of the Hammond B-3 organ is still making waves. National Public Radio says, “You can probably count on one hand the number of people who’ve mastered the Hammond organ in jazz. Dr. Lonnie Smith can claim that distinction and more.”

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra, led by Musical Director Elizabeth Schulze, presents a Masterworks concert, “A Fifth of Beethoven,” on Friday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in PAC Pealer Recital Hall. Two Beethoven works will appear in the program: “Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73” and “Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67.” Award-winning Russian pianist Yuliya Gorenman, who has been hailed as one of the most exciting Beethoven interpreters of her generation, joins the orchestra in the piano concerto.

Tickets, including packages and discounts, are available beginning Thursday, Sept. 1. Tickets may be ordered by calling 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137 or by visiting Tickets may also be purchased at the CES box office on the second floor of the Lane University Center, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CES is supported by a grant 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. The CES 60th Anniversary season is supported in part by the City of Frostburg and the FSU Foundation, Inc.

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.

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