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FSU Cultural Events Series Offers Special Packages as Holiday Gifts

For the holiday season, Frostburg State University's Cultural Events Series offers Dinner Show Packages and Arts Getaway Packages that are sure to please arts lovers. Upcoming performances for spring 2003 include Barry Manilow's "Copacabana - the Musical," Vienna Choir Boys, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and "Stirrings: a multi-disciplinary work connecting the arts, the environment and human life."

The Arts Getaway Package transforms a performance ticket into a delightful getaway for two, with a choice of accommodations at LaVale's Best Western Braddock Motor Inn or the Downtown Cumberland Holiday Inn. Included with one night's stay is breakfast and dinner for two, a special welcome gift at check-in, round-trip transportation between the hotel and FSU's Performing Arts Center and two preferred seating tickets for the CES performance of your choice.

The Dinner Show Packages, available at seven area restaurants, will turn a performance into a special occasion. Participating restaurants include the Acropolis Restaurant & Lounge, El Canelo Mexican Restaurant, Gandalf's Restaurant & Pub, Gehauf's Restaurant, Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant, Harrigan's Restaurant and the Tombstone Café. Complimentary transportation is available. Reservations can be made up to two days before the performance date when purchasing performance tickets. Patrons pay the restaurant of choice after the completion of their meal.

Escape the winter doldrums with Barry Manilow's "Copacabana - the Musical" with a choice of three shows running Friday and Saturday, January 17 and 18, in the PAC Drama Theatre. Set in the glamorous 40's world of the famous Copacabana nightclub, when "music and passion were always in fashion," this musical extravaganza follows the adventures of the same Lola made famous in Manilow's hit song. Sponsored by Best Western Braddock, this performance is presented in partnership with the Windwood Theatricals and FSU Division of Performing Arts.

Savor the uplifting sounds of the world-renowned Vienna Choir Boys on Friday, February 21, at 8 p.m. in the PAC Pealer Recital Hall. Through worldwide tours and intensive study at home, the Choir has carried on the rich traditions of Vienna's musical life as a living heritage for more than 500 years. The choir's repertoire includes everything from Gregorian chant to contemporary and experimental music. This performance is presented in partnership with the FSU Center for International Education.

Enjoy a touch of California cool jazz when the Brubeck Brothers Quartet come to Frostburg for a performance on Friday, March 14, at 8 p.m. in the Lane University Center Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall. Dave and Chris Brubeck, sons of jazz legend Dave Brubeck, join Mike DeMicco on guitar and Pete Levin on piano and organ for an evening of original compositions, jazz standards and Dave Brubeck classics. With the ability to seamlessly combine straight-ahead jazz, funk and the Brubeck style of playing in odd time signatures, the Quartet offers a glimpse into the future of jazz while honoring the jazz tradition. This tour is made possible by a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

Celebrate the world premiere of "Stirrings: a multi-disciplinary work connecting the arts, the environment and human life," offered Friday through Sunday, April 4 through 6, in the PAC Drama Theatre. This unique work is based upon the acclaimed book of essays, "Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs and Human Imagination," by local writer and FSU professor Barbara Hurd, in collaboration with choreographer Mark Taylor of Dance Alloy, composer Alice Shields and set designers Richard Kagey and Conrad Maust of FSU's Department of Theatre. Sponsored by the Holiday Inn of Cumberland, this event is presented in partnership with the FSU Division of Performing Arts and FSU Department of Visual Arts. This New Directions project is partially supported by a grant from 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 is administered by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

For ticket prices and purchases, call or visit the CES Box Office, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Office is located at Frostburg State University in the Lane University Center, Room 235, and can be reached at (301) 687-3137 or toll-free at 1-(866) TIXX CES. Online ticketing powered by CyberSeats is available at the Frostburg State University's Cultural Events Series Web site at

Tickets for FSU students, faculty and staff are available at a discounted price with a valid FSU ID. All tickets not purchased in person will be charged a $1.00 per ticket handling fee. Payment by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover and Bobcat Card), 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 web site at for more information on the series or individual events.

The 2002-2003 CES Series is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland; the National Endowment for the Arts and the FSU Foundation, Inc.

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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