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Maryland's Premier Vintage Jazz Ensemble comes to FSU

The Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, which is dedicated to preserving the roots of American jazz, will come to Frostburg State University Friday, May 11, to conduct a series of educational workshops culminating with an evening performance at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Pealer Recital Hall.

Through research, arrangement and performance of a vintage repertoire from Ragtime to Dixieland to Big Band, Baltimore's eminent ensemble "edutains" its audiences with a blend of informative narrative and virtuoso playing that takes the listener on a stroll through America's musical history.

FSU's Jazz Ensemble will join students from the Allegany County school system in a day of workshops and masterclasses with the Peabody musicians. Seventy-nine middle and high school jazz band students will spend the day in workshops held on the FSU campus. Among the participants are musicians from Beall, Fort Hill and Westmar high schools and Westmar, Washington and Mount Savage middle schools.

The professional musicians from Peabody will work with students in sectional rhythm, brass and wind workshops concentrating on style and jazz conception. They will also introduce elements of creative and improvisational style.

The day's activities will culminate as the young musicians appear onstage with the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble during a public evening performance in the Pealer Recital Hall.

The workshop and concert by the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble is made possible with the assistance of Young Audiences of Maryland. Recognizing the fundamental value of the arts, the mission of Young Audiences of Maryland is to ensure that the arts are integrated into the life and education of every child in the state. Last season Young Audiences presented 1,832 programs and workshops throughout Maryland.

Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, celebrating its 25th year this spring, is a fine representation of the many artists on Young Audiences of Maryland's roster. The highly-skilled professional musicians, dancers, actors and visual artists are selected on the basis of their artistic excellence and ability to communicate effectively with young people. A rigorous audition and training process, coupled with ongoing evaluation by arts and education experts, ensures programming of the highest quality.

Tickets to the evening performance are $5 and will be available at the door. For more information, call (301) 687-3163.

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:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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