2016.2017 Diamonds have become the recognized symbol for celebrating a 60th anniversary. Diamond is derived from the Greek word adamas, which means unconquerable and enduring. It is also believed that the fire in the diamond symbolizes the constant flame of love. Although I recognize this is usually referring to 60 years of marriage, I can guarantee you that it is also fitting for our CES program at Frostburg State University. We have been fanning the flame of love for the arts for 60 years! As we began developing this special 2016-17 season, we were determined not only to move forward, but also to take this opportunity to look back in our celebration of the arts. This year you will find a season that features an array of international artists as well as the return of some of our favorites from the past. We are excited to offer at least one performer from almost every continent – what a great way to fulfill the FSU tagline of “One University. A World of Experiences” – and the return of The Capitol Steps (2004/2008/2012), The Mystical Arts of Tibet (2002), Maryland Symphony Orchestra (2002-2016) and A Winter Solstice (1993). In addition, many of our upcoming performances will take you on a trip down memory lane as they remind you of past performances. For example, if you remember jazz icons such as Herbie Hancock, Poncho Sanchez, Dave Valentin and others, then you will be thrilled that the Hammond B3 master, Dr. Lonnie Smith, will heat up our LIVE! at StarScape in April; or if you were enthralled by the daring artists of STREB in our 2009-2010 season, then you won’t want to miss the jawdropping acrobatic dancers of Australia’s Gravity and Other Myths in November. These are just a few examples of what lies ahead in our 60th season celebration! As you celebrate 60 years with us this season, you will also notice some changes as we position ourselves for 60 more years. We invite you to: • Join CES as a member and enjoy the members-only benefits.
• Visit our new easy-to-use CES ticketing portal and purchase your tickets online any day and any time and print them at home.
• Help us ensure a future of at least 60 more years by contributing to our 60th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign.
• Celebrate the past 60 years through our interactive history website and lobby displays.
• ENJOY THE CELEBRATION WITH US!
Mary Jane Plummer
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