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FSU Dance Company to Present Fall Concert

The Frostburg State University Dance Company, under the artistic direction of Dr. Barry Fischer, will present its 2003 Fall Dance Concert Sunday through Tuesday, Nov. 16 to 18, in the Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre. Sunday's performance will be at 2 p.m., and Monday's and Tuesday's shows will be at 8 p.m.

The program's first act will consist of four works created by dance majors Amanda Swick and Cathie Llewellyn, members of Fischer's "Composition II" class this semester.

All of the works will include live piano accompaniment - on FSU's nine-foot Steinway - performed by guest artist and FSU Performing Arts faculty member Ellen Putman. Putman chose the four pieces, by Debussy, Ravel, Beethoven and Zezconfrey, and collaborated with the two students in creating the dance compositions.

"The four piano compositions chosen stood out from amongst the vast output of piano literature for being among the most picturesque, expressive, programmatic and concise examples of the genre," Putman said.

"My collaboration with dance majors Amanda and Cathie in Dr. Fischer's Composition II class has been a remarkably enjoyable and enlightening experience, both personally and artistically," she added.

The second act will open with two pieces by former FSU Dance Company member and Frostburg native Amy Derezinski. The first will be a group work built on pirate and sailor motifs. The second will be the premiere of a duet, "Coming Home," based on her introspection of her life following her father's suicide when she was one year old. She will be joined in the duet by her stepfather, Joe Williams.

The closing piece of the second act will be the premiere of Fischer's group work, "Friends of the Heart," to the music of "Ashokan Farewell," a tune familiar to viewers of Ken Burns' "Civil War" series.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, senior citizens and children younger than 12.

For information and reservations, call (301) 687-4145. 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, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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