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Frostburg State University Announces 2001-2002 Cultural Events Series

Another exciting season of the performing arts begins this fall as Frostburg State University presents the 2001-2002 Cultural Events Series. Artists from around the globe and the country will appear on campus to celebrate and share their talents with area audiences.

Parent's Weekend will bring the Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival to Frostburg for a special show on Saturday, September 29 at 8:30 p.m. in the Cordts Center Main Arena. This exciting production stars celebrated singer Nikolai Massenkoff and features the Balalaika Ensemble with soloists and the Russian Souvenir Dancers. A treat for the entire family, the Festival celebrates the Russian spirit and its diverse and rich cultural heritage. This tour of The Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival is presented in partnership with the FSU Campus Activities Board.

On Saturday, October 13 at 8 p.m., Grammy-winner Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band will heat up a cool Frostburg fall evening with some red-hot Latin jazz. This performance will take place in the Cordts Center Main Arena. The veteran conguero - translate "conga player" - is on a mission to share his musical passion for what he describes as homegrown American music for everybody. Members of the audience will be challenged to keep their bodies still during this show. This tour of Poncho Sanchez is made possible by a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

In celebration of Homecoming Weekend, the band America will perform on Saturday, November 3, at 9 p.m. in the Cordts Center Main Arena. Opening for America will be singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards. One of the most beloved and influential groups of the 1970's, America now features original members Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley. The group's clean vocal harmonies, uncluttered arrangements and evocative lyrics continue to attract fans around the globe. Some of their top hits include "A Horse With No Name," "Ventura Highway," "I Need You," "Tin Man," "Sister Golden Hair, " "Muskrat Love" and the 1980's hit, "You Can Do Magic." Their collection, History/America's Greatest Hits, has sold more than four million copies. Edwards is best known for his 70's hit, "Sunshine." This tour of America and Jonathan Edwards is presented in partnership with the FSU Alumni Association.

Christmas From Dublin with Three Irish Tenors returns to Frostburg for two performances after last year's sell-out show. The Tenors will take the stage on Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Pealer Recital Hall. Tenors Ciaran Nagle, Anthony Norton and Tom Cregan join Irish harpist Jacqueline Whelan, seanachai (storyteller) and comedian Jimmy Kennedy, plus a heavenly host of Irish dancers and musicians, for a distinctively Irish celebration of the Christmas spirit.

The hit musical "Big River - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" comes to the FSU Performing Arts Center's Drama Theatre on Sunday, February 3 and Monday, February 4. Sunday's performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Monday's performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Mark Twain's beloved classic comes to life with music, performed by a pit orchestra, from country songwriter Roger Miller and libretto by William Hauptman. The winner of seven Tony awards, including Best Musical, "Big River" showcases the American spirit through America's most beloved form of entertainment, the Broadway musical.

On Sunday, March 3, the Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will present "Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing" at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Pealer Recital Hall. The performance promises to transport audiences to the exotic world of Tibet with the famous multiphonic singers, who practice a type of overtone singing unique to the Tibetan culture, along with masked dancers clad in colorful costumes and accompanied by traditional temple instruments. The Drepung Loseling Monks were featured on the Golden Globe nominated soundtrack of the movie "Seven Years in Tibet." This tour of the Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery is presented in partnership with the FSU Center for International Education.

The pioneering dance company, Philadanco, otherwise known as The Philadelphia Dance Company, will appear on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 in the Performing Arts Center's Drama Theatre. Saturday's performance is set for 8 p.m., while Sunday's performance is a matinee at 2 p.m. This company from the City of Brotherly Love has, according to Dance Magazine, established itself as one of America's foremost dance ensembles. Known for its adventurous choreography that fuses ballet, modern and ethnic dance influences, Philadanco has performed at many world-renowned venues including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Jacob's Pillow and Madison Square Garden. Other performances include collaborations with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Louis Bellson Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

This project is partially supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. This tour is also supported by a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

Concluding the season on Thursday, April 4 is "Edgar Allan Poe - Once Upon a Midnight," featuring John Astin. This play will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Drama Theatre. Known to millions as Gomez, the patriarch of TV's "The Addams Family," Astin proves that he is capable of serious theatre as he transforms himself into the misunderstood genius and visionary. Using a blend of the historical with the supernatural, this show confronts the misconceptions and distortions of Poe to reveal the man known as the father of modern detective fiction and a pioneer of science fiction. Along the way, Astin shows the poet's macabre humor, loving tenderness and inner torment as Poe struggles with his inner demons and the lure of alcohol.

CES also offers its expanded dinner theatre program, which includes a uniquely designed multi-course meal with non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity. Dinner Theatre partner restaurants are Fratelli's Italian Restaurant, Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant, JB's Steak Cellar, Leone's Italian Restaurant, Larry's Blues Cellar, and Oxford House. Information regarding dinner-theatre meal prices, menu selections, and reservation times available and meal purchases can be obtained by calling the CES Box Office.

CES offers a variety of ticket purchasing options ranging from individual event tickets to multiple season subscription and sampler season options. Tickets for FSU students, faculty and staff are available at a discounted price with a valid FSU ID.

For additional information and individual ticket and series subscription purchases, call or visit the CES Box Office, Lane University Center, Room 235, Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (301) 687-3137 or toll-free at 1-(866) TIXX CES. Purchases can also be made by faxing requests to (301) 687-7049; or by emailing All tickets purchased other than in person will be charged a $1.00 per ticket handling fee. For your convenience, payment by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover and Bobcat Card), authorized bankcard, check, and money order is accepted. Based on availability, tickets may also be purchased at the venue box office one hour prior to curtain. All patrons must have a ticket and all sales are final. Please note: Those arriving late for performances will not be admitted until intermission. Visit Frostburg State University's Cultural Events Series website at for more information on the series or individual events.

The 2001-2002 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.

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.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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