CES at FSU Presents World-Class Performers in Spring Lineup

Jan 22, 2018 11:00 AM

CES at Frostburg State University continues its 2017-18 season with a spring lineup of award-winning musicians and professional artists from around the world, performing ballet, jazz, country music and surreal theatre.

New York-based actress and playwright Qurrat Ann Kadwani presents “They Call Me Q” on Thursday, Feb. 15. The one-woman play follows the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Bronx who seeks balance between cultural pressures. Laden with heart and humor, “They Call Me Q” speaks to the universal search for identity experienced by immigrants of all nationalities. This On the EDGE performance in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall of FSU’s Lane University Center begins at 8:15 p.m. and features informal table seating, comfortable couch and armchair seating, and food and beverage options.

A LIVE! at StarScape performance on Saturday, Feb. 24, presents the music of Joan Soriano. Born in the rural countryside of the Dominican Republic, Soriano infuses steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. Bachata music, which is essential to Dominican culture, draws on a variety of influences from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. The 7:30 p.m. club-style performance takes place in Lane Manicur Hall. This engagement is funded in part by a Southern Exposure grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The traditional Irish ensemble Danú presents a club-style LIVE! at StarScape performance on Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Lane Manicur Hall. For two decades, Danú’s powerhouse musicians have offered high-energy performances of ancient and original music to appreciative audiences around the world. This engagement is sponsored by the Lewis J. Ort Library in observation of Irish-American Heritage Month.

Often referred to as “the musicians of silence,” the visionary theatre artists of Switzerland’s Mummenschanz have enchanted international audiences with boundless imagination for more than 45 years. With their latest production, “you and me,” the troupe delivers the large-scale masks, mind-bending choreography and illusions that fans have grown to love. The Tuesday, March 13, performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Theatre of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. This engagement is sponsored by CBIZ, Inc.

Vivacious singer-songwriter Risa Binder performs as part of the On the EDGE series on Thursday, April 12. Since breaking through with her critically acclaimed 2014 EP “Nashville,” the Emmy-nominated musician has emerged as a county music powerhouse. This performance in Lane Manicur Hall begins at 8:15 p.m. and features informal table seating, comfortable couch and armchair seating, and food and beverage options.

Trinidadian bandleader and jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles effortlessly taps into the Afro-Caribbean background of his homeland in Trinidad and Tobago. Charles plumbs the musical depths of the islands, from calypso to Haitian voodoo music, fusing both with the swagger of New Orleans trumpet style. His Friday, April 13, LIVE! at StarScape performance of “Creole Soul” takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Lane Manicur Hall. This engagement is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Cuban artist Daymé Arocena offers a LIVE! at StarScape performance on Sunday, April 29, at 2:15 p.m. in the Frostburg Lyric Theatre at 20 E. Main St. Crediting Ella Fitzgerald as an influence, Arocena blends classic soul and soul jazz standards with Cuban musical styles for a spellbinding, multilingual homage to her native country. Before the performance, patrons may opt to enjoy a noon brunch buffet at The Gin Mill, one of Frostburg’s newest and most exciting restaurants. This engagement is funded in part by a Southern Exposure grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The season draws to a close on Thursday, May 10, with the return of the Moscow Festival Ballet in a performance of the timeless fairy tale “Cinderella.” Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s exuberant score, the beloved ballet tells the familiar rags-to-riches story and features some of Russia’s finest ballet artists. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Center Drama Theatre. This engagement is sponsored by Dr. Julianne K. Ferris and Mr. Daniel F. McMullen, Jr.

Tickets may be ordered online by visiting http://ces.frostburg.edu or by calling 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137. The box office 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 supported in part by the City of Frostburg.

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.

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