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Cultural Events Series Offers Main Stage, Jazz and Family Series This Season

The Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series will offer three separate series during its 2004-2005 season.

The expanded schedule includes an eight-event Main Stage Series featuring classical symphony, musical theatre, classic rock ‘n roll and political satire; a four-event CES Jazz Club sponsored by Kauffman Music featuring contemporary fusion jazz, Afro-Cuban, Latin, classic and cross-over jazz; and a four-event Family Fun Series sponsored by Smiley’s Fun Zone and Pizzeria featuring a Grammy-award winning musician, classic children’s musical theatre, a mix of life-size puppet theatre, a juggler and animals.

The Main Stage Series opens the season on Thursday, Sept. 16, with “The Capitol Steps,” the well-known political satire group straight from Washington D.C. Join the only group in America that tries to be funnier than Congress as they take a humorous look at serious election-year events. The CES Jazz Club will kick off when the Grammy-winning contemporary jazz-fusion group presents “An Evening with the Yellowjackets,” on Thursday, Sept. 30. The Family Fun Series comes to life with Tom Chapin, a well-known name in the music industry and a gifted entertainer, on Saturday, Oct. 2.

The next three events of the season are part of the Main Stage Series, sure to provide something for everyone. The Allegany Arts Council continues to partner with CES to present the Maryland Symphony Orchestra on Friday, Oct. 15, for a “MasterWorks Concert, A Passage to Russia.” On Saturday, Oct. 23, the ‘70s and ‘80s classic music icons The Doobie Brothers take the stage for the FSU Homecoming capstone concert. The popular Aquila Theatre Company goes sci-fi with a presentation of the H.G. Wells’ classic “The Invisible Man” on Sunday, Nov. 7.

The CES Jazz Club will “cubop” into the Rocky Gap Resort with the Afro-Cuban style of The David Sánchez Group on Saturday, Nov. 20; while back in Frostburg, the stress of the holidays is forgotten in the serene sounds of the season with “A Winter’s Eve” on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 6 and 7. The 2004 year is ushered out with “Enchantment Theatre,” a Family Series event with life-size puppets performing the children’s classic “Beauty and the Beast” on Saturday, Dec. 11.

Frostburg welcomes in the New Year with a musical production of the Broadway favorite “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” on Jan. 23, 24 and 25, 2005; then heads back to the CES Jazz Club at Rocky Gap Resort for the toe-tapping drumming sound of the Allison Miller’s “Boom Tic Boom” on Saturday, Feb. 5.

Back by popular demand, the animals will hit the stage of Beall High School on Friday, March 11, when world-famous Russian juggler Gregory Popovich returns to Western Maryland with his motley collection of cats, dogs, birds and mice in “Comedy & Pet Theatre.” Classical music with a contemporary style will take center stage at Frostburg on Thursday, March 17, as the DaPonte String Quartet share their joy of performing chamber music in their own unique way.

The CES Jazz Club concludes on Friday, April 1, when two jazz greats bring the “Hilton Ruiz/Dave Valentin Latin Jazz Ensemble” to Frostburg to close down the “Club.” The Main Stage Series closes in class with a special presentation of “Carmina Burana” with the Leah Stein Dance Company and a variety of vocalists on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, 2005; while the Family Series concludes with another children’s favorite as Theatreworks USA presents “Corduroy – The Musical” on Saturday, May 14.

Discounted pricing is available for all three series options. 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 again this season. Series subscriptions and event tickets go on sale on Aug. 23. 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

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589