CES at FSU Presents World-Class Performers in Spring Lineup

Jan 13, 2020 3:10 PM

The Cultural Events Series at Frostburg State University continues its 2019-20 season with a spring lineup of professional performing arts events, including ballet, circus arts, jazz, funk and orchestral music. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, Feb. 14, CES presents a Valentine’s Day event with virtuoso pianist Thomas Pandolfi’s performance of “Into the Night With Gershwin.” Lauded by Washington Post and New York Concert Review critics, Pandolfi is considered a leading interpreter of George Gershwin’s iconic music. The LIVE! at StarScape event will be held in the Frostburg Lyric Theatre at 20 E. Main St. Prior to the performance, patrons can opt to attend a romantic four-course dinner at The Toasted Goat in the Frostburg Hotel Gunter, 11 W. Main St. Dinner service will begin at 5 p.m.

Charismatic folk singer and songwriter Crys Matthews performs as part of On the EDGE on Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall of FSU’s Lane University Center. Matthews, who was awarded the grand prize at Lincoln Center’s NewSong Music Competition, writes compelling, thoughtful songs about love and life that often explore cultural and social justice themes. This event is supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

On Tuesday, March 3, family audiences will enjoy awe-inspiring and imaginative circus arts with the visit of Quebec’s Cirque FLIP Fabrique in “BLIZZARD.” The New York Times declared that “after watching them perform, you may suspect that they hail from a different planet.” This event, held in the Drama Theatre of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center, is sponsored by Thomas Cumberland Subaru Hyundai.

The Russian National Ballet returns on Wednesday, March 11, with the colorful ballet comedy, “Don Quixote,” which follows the hilarious misadventures of the barber Basilio, his lover Kitri, and, of course, the legendary title character. The performance, presented in the Pealer Center Drama Theatre, is sponsored by Dr. Julianne Ferris and Mr. Daniel F. McMullen, Jr.

A high-energy blend of funk, jazz and danceable grooves comes to the LIVE! at StarScape stage when the musicians of Ghost-Note perform on Friday, March 27. Ghost-Note was founded by Grammy-winning musicians Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth from the popular jazz band, Snarky Puppy. This club-style performance in Lane Manicur Hall is supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Jazz Touring Network.

Celebrate the centennial of American jazz icon Dave Brubeck on Friday, April 3, with an extraordinary multimedia jazz performance from the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, led by Brubeck’s sons, Chris and Dan. Through music, stories and video interviews with Dave and the musicians he influenced, the show invites audiences to travel along the timeline of Brubeck’s extraordinary life and career. The LIVE! at StarScape performance in Lane Manicur Hall is sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Peter Halmos.

The a cappella group Naturally 7 will present an On the EDGE performance on Wednesday, April 15, in Lane Manicur Hall. Come experience the sound of a full band created by the human voice when this seven-man crew uses their voices as instruments to present a powerful performance incorporating soul, rap, rock and folk. (Note: The appearance by Las Vegas quintet The Lique, originally scheduled for Thursday, April 16, was cancelled.)

Jazz singer Veronica Swift closes the season with a LIVE! at StarScape club-style performance on Friday, May 1, in Frostburg’s Lyric Theatre. Already a seasoned performer at the age of 24, Swift frequently performs with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and has been praised by JazzTimes as “an adept lyrical interpreter” with “tremendous tonal command.” This engagement is sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Peter Halmos and is supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Jazz Touring Network.

For more information, visit CES’ webpage at ces.frostburg.edu or contact the CES box office at 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137. The CES box office, located in the Lane Center, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Cultural Events Series is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. On the web at msac.org. CES is sponsored in part by the City of Frostburg and the Allegany Arts Council.

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 www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. 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.