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Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series Announces 2014-15 Season

In its 37th annual season, the Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series offers performances from professional artists in the genres of music, dance and theatre. Tri-state residents can choose from events offered as part of two performance series. The Main Stage Series presents artists in a traditional theatrical setting, while LIVE! at StarScape offers an intimate club-style atmosphere.

The season begins Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. with the Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Band, appearing at the historic Palace Theatre on Main Street in Frostburg, as the capstone concert for the ninth annual FSU Appalachian Festival. Their repertoire embraces the best of American roots music, including traditions of Appalachian, bluegrass, Cajun, Scandinavian and Celtic, along with elements of country, jazz and swing. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has said, “On stage, Mason and Ungar complement each other like a finely crafted fiddle and bow. Together they weave a rich postmodern musical magic carpet on which listeners may vicariously glide back in time and experience firsthand the sonorous riches of traditional music.”

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra returns to Pealer Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. for a concert of two classic masterworks: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra” and Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1.” Joining MSO on the Mozart concerto are gifted twin sisters, Christina and Michelle Naughton, who have been celebrated around the world for their prodigious artistry and stunning technique. The Philadelphia Inquirer remarked, “Their musical compatibility is even more keen than their physical resemblance,” while Berlin’s Der Tagesspiegel described their “effortlessness, clearly defined emotions (and) cat-like virtuosity.”

Fans of classic rock will be thrilled with a LIVE! at StarScape performance of the celebrated 1970s band, FireFall. Two performances during Homecoming on Friday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall in the Lane University Center will provide a blast from the past. Acclaimed for such hits as “You Are the Woman” and “Just Remember I Love You,” FireFall has remained a radio mainstay throughout their 40-year history. Lush harmonies supported by expert musicianship and catchy melodies make this performance a must-see event for lovers of popular music. VIP tables that include a Meet and Greet photo session will be available.

Award-winning hit maker, recording artist and pianist Jim Brickman arrives in Frostburg on Friday, Nov. 7, to present “The Platinum Tour Celebrating 20 Years.” The 7:30 p.m. performance takes place in PAC Pealer Recital Hall. To mark the 20-year milestone of his dynamic career, Brickman showcases new music along with the hits that earned him two Grammy nods, four gold albums and the distinction of being Billboard’s most charted adult contemporary artist.

Top children’s touring company TheatreworksUSA returns for a poignant performance of E.B. White’s beloved Newberry Medal-winning book, “Charlotte’s Web.” The 4:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, Nov. 13, occurs in PAC Pealer Recital Hall. TheatreworksUSA is the only children's theatre company to receive both a Drama Desk Award and a Lucille Lortel Award. Since 1961, they have enlightened, entertained and instructed more than 78 million people in 49 states and Canada. This performance is especially recommended for family audiences with elementary school-aged children.

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Embark on the holiday season with riotous laughter when the Reduced Shakespeare Company presents “The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged).” The Sunday, Dec. 14, matinee takes place at 3 p.m. in PAC Pealer Recital Hall. For more than 30 years, these talented comic actors have proven themselves masters at condensing the classics and bringing hysterical, side-splitting laughter to audiences across the globe. Broadway World declared, “‘The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)’ will make your spirits bright, whether you joyfully embrace the upcoming season or get dragged into it kicking and screaming.”

On Valentine’s Day, CES presents a LIVE! at StarScape club performance of Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play featuring Peter Madcat Ruth and Joel Brown. The son of jazz legend Dave Brubeck, Chris Brubeck has established his own reputation as a modern master. Triple Play’s vast and vivid repertoire takes audiences on an epic journey through American music, encompassing Delta blues, Tin Pan Alley standards, New Orleans grooves, jazz gems and incisive originals. The Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lane Manicur Hall and offers a 6 p.m. pre-show dinner option.

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Lovers of classical ballet will delight in the Russian National Ballet Theatre production of “Swan Lake.” Led by Artistic Director Elena Radchenko, herself a former Bolshoi Ballet soloist, this 50-member company of Russian-trained artists brings the tragic story of good vs. evil to vivid life on Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. on the Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre stage.

The electrifying music of Spanish-native Cristina Pato and the Migrations Band sets fire to the season’s third LIVE! at StarScape performance on Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Lane Manicur Hall. A master of the gaita, or Spanish bagpipe, Pato marries elements of jazz, folk and world music styles in her high-energy performances. The New York Times calls her “a virtuoso,” saying, “When she opens the floodgates of her technique, ... the force can knock you back a few steps.”

CES takes its programming on the road when Montana Repertory Theatre presents “The Great Gatsby” on Thursday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountain Ridge High School Auditorium in Frostburg. Adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s haunting novel by award-winning playwright Simon Levy, the play brings all the beauty and poetry of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece to vivid life on stage. Since 1968, Montana Repertory Theatre has toured the country with productions that in the past 10 years alone have taken them to 200 communities across the nation.

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Captivating jazz songstress Cécile McLorin-Salvant appears on the LIVE! at StarScape stage on Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyric Theatre on Main Street in Frostburg. A 2014 Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album, McLorin-Salvant is one of the jazz world’s brightest new stars. Her soulful voice hearkens back to legends of the past; the New York Times declared, “If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three – Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald – it is this … virtuoso.”

The season closes on Thursday, April 23, with the performance of “Broadway Nights – Broadway Today,” featuring Broadway stars Craig Schulman, Gary Mauer and Rita Harvey. The stars of musicals like “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables” and “Fiddler on the Roof” appear at 7:30 p.m. in PAC Pealer Recital Hall. Broadway Today features solos, duets and trios from some of musical theatre’s most popular shows, including “Wicked, “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia,” “Chicago, “Les Misérables,” “South Pacific” and “Company.”

Tickets, including build your own series and discounts, are available for all CES performances beginning Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the CES Box Office located on the second floor of the Lane University Center, by calling 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137 or online at

The Cultural Events Series 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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