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Frostburg State University Announces 2000-2001 Cultural Events Series

The Frostburg State University 2000-2001 Cultural Events Series celebrates the diversity of human expression with an exciting mix of dance, theatre and music performances.

Indulge your senses with the beauty, drama and passion of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's performance of classical ballet masterpieces and contemporary dance explorations, which begins the series in grand style on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre.

Considered one of the top five ballet companies outside of New York City, PBT's performance promises to enchant and delight with exquisite technique, distinctive artistry and stunning theatricality. Mirroring the company's diverse repertoire, the five principal dancers bring Hispanic, Chinese and European influences from their homes in Cuba, China and London. Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr contributes 30 years of accomplishments in the dance world to PBT, and now serves as director of the Agnes B. DeMille Dance Theatre Foundation.

From faraway Kenya in Africa come the Mapapa Acrobats to entertain children of all ages during Parents' Weekend. The troupe will bounce, bop and balance to an infectious Benga beat on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8:30 p.m. in the Cordts Center Main Arena. Combining ancient Chinese acrobatics with East African dance moves, the Acrobats put on an energetic show that is part Cirque du Soleil and part Harlem Globetrotters. Don't be surprised if you find yourself swept into a conga line, wiggling your way under a limbo bar or skipping rope with the Acrobats.

Within three months of their arrival in the United States early last year, the troupe was performing for almost every NBA team and soon opened tours for major recording artists like Monica and Blackstreet. They have just completed a CD of original music, "World Traveler," that incorporates contemporary world music trends with African styles.

Homecoming Weekend brings an American popular music icon, Don McLean, to FSU while on his "30th Anniversary Tour" commemorating his 1971 smash hit, "American Pie." The concert is set for 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7 in the Cordts Center Main Arena.

Citing influences like the Weavers, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holley and Jim Croce, McLean has written more than 200 songs that have, in turn, inspired others. Roberta Flack's Grammy-winning hit "Killing Me Softly with His Song" was penned by a songwriter impressed by one of McLean's performances, and Garth Brooks calls McLean his "idol."

You won't want to miss this chance to see why McLean remains one of America's most popular entertainers.

From Russia with love comes Chamber Orchestra Kremlin to display its distinctively impassioned yet meticulous style that has won rave reviews around the globe. "The group is considered one of Moscow's best," says the Boston Globe. In England, Gramophone says the Orchestra is "an expert body under the baton of a keen stylist." Music Director Misha Rachlevsky and some of the finest young orchestral musicians from Moscow will perform Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the PAC Pealer Recital Hall.

During its nine years of existence, the Orchestra has maintained a strong presence in the international music world, with an active touring schedule and 12 CDs. Some of its recordings have won prestigious awards, including Gramophone of London's Critic's Choice and the Diapason d'Or of Paris. Its repertoire includes such works by such masters as Mozart, Brahms and Bartok, along with lesser-known composers - and, of course, Russian greats like Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Prokofiev.

Discover the Christmas spirit, Irish-style, in a celebration of "Christmas from Dublin" with The Three Irish Tenors, along with soprano and Irish harpist Jacqueline Whelan, seannachai (story teller) and comedian Jimmy Kennedy, plus a heavenly host of Irish dancers and musicians.

This holiday production, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC Pealer Recital Hall, promises to enchant us with age-old traditions and remembrances of an Irish childhood: a hot bath before an open fire while snow falls silent in the meadows; the Wren boys with festive straw masks and drums beckoning us with melodies to the kitchen; the rhythm of footsteps on the flagstone floor as parents dance the night away; and granddad telling stories from his Dublin childhood.

Join the Tenors to spark your holiday spirit with both traditional and distinctively Irish Christmas carols, music, dance and stories!

The hit musical "Crazy for You" promises to chase away those winter blues with a swingin' good time, 30's style, on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC Drama Theatre. Brought to you by Mainstage Productions, this Tony award-winning remake of the musical comedy "Crazy for You" features unforgettable Gershwin tunes, unbeatable choreography and lots of laughs.

The plotline is classic, zany boy-meets-girl, boy-loses girl, boy-gets girl so popular during the '30s. Rich playboy Bobby Child's yearns to perform in "Zangler's Follies" on Broadway with his showgirl friends, despite Mother's disapproval and desire that he settle down with his fiancée Irene. So Mummy dispatches her errant son to take care of family business, foreclosing on an old vaudeville theater in Deadrock, Nevada. But once there, Bobby falls for the theater owner's daughter Polly and to win her, promises to bring the Follies to Deadrock to save the theater. Of course, things don't quite go according to plan and things get wild. Yes, there is a happy ending. Bring the family to see this hilarious show that win nine Tony awards, including "Best Musical," "Best Book" and "Best Choreography."

A different sort of matinee comes to FSU's PAC Pealer Recital Hall on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m., when Ethos Percussion Group brings instruments to FSU that range from drums from all over the globe to marimbas to Swiss cowbells to Brazilian scraped percussion, with Chinese opera gongs and plastic tubing courtesy of Home Depot thrown into the mix. This eclectic group of instruments plus a decade of ensemble experience and worldwide traditional and contemporary compositions result in a distinctive sound that the Washington Post calls "spellbinding."

An active performance and workshop schedule, along with sponsorship of the acclaimed "Bing! Bang! Boom" program for children, has kept Ethos in the public eye. Appearances include Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Students at the Juilliard School, the Berklee College of Music and the University of Maryland, among others, have benefited from the group's percussion expertise.

Spring brings the Brazilian Guitar Quartet to FSU from the land that brought us "The Girl from Ipanema" as part of its tour celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Discovery of Brazil. Their performance of little-known works by Brazilian classical composers, whose music reflects native folk music traditions, is set for Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m. in the PAC Pealer Recital Hall. Along with pieces by Villa-Lobos, Mignone, Guarnieri and Miranda, the Quartet will honor the 250th Anniversary of J.S. Bach's death by performing several of his most famous compositions.

This "dream team" of Brazil's finest guitar virtuosos promises to transform a wealth of formal training, concert appearances and distinctive styles into a heartfelt tribute to the Brazilian spirit. Come and be swept away into a new world of classical music, Brazilian style!

"Snoopy" brings this CES season to a close as part of the 50th Anniversary Tribute to the Peanuts gang's whimsically entertaining world that has enchanted readers since its first appearance in the "funnies." You and your family won't want to miss this hit musical chock full of infectious songs and rousing dance numbers slated for Tuesday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC Pealer Recital Hall.

A Mainstage Production, "Snoopy" engages our emotions through wonderfully familiar vignettes as cozy as Linus' blanket. We hope that Charlie Brown will finally kick that football, we sympathize when Linus loses his blanket to the washing machine, we admire Snoopy the Flying Ace as he surveys the skies from atop his Sopwith Camel (a.k.a. his red doghouse), we eavesdrop as Lucy psychoanalyzes her friends from her office-booth and we commiserate with the gang's classroom and playground humiliations. Come relive your childhood with the Peanuts gang!

Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 28. For information, ticket reservations and series subscriptions, please call or visit the Lane Center Box Office, room 235, Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 301-687-4411. Tickets purchased by mail or phone order will be charged $1.50 per order handling fee. For your convenience, payment by credit card (VISA, MasterCard and Discover), check or money order is accepted. Based on availability, tickets may also be purchased at the venue box office one hour prior to curtain. Please note: Those arriving late for performances will not be admitted until intermission.

The 2000-2001 CES Series is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. Other sponsors include Pittsburgh Arts on Tour, a program funded by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment and administered by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation, and the FSU Department of Music, Campus Activities Board, Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, Performing Arts Center, Alumni Association, Center for International Education, Remo Incorporated, Yamaha Corp. Band and Orchestral Division and Innovative Percussion Incorporated.

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, 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

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