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2020-21 Events 

Frostburg State University’s Cultural Events Series and the FSU Student Activities program present a series of FREE, interactive streaming events from the National Geographic Live Virtual Speaker Series. Through stories and conversation, each live event brings viewers behind the scenes with National Geographic’s world-renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers, conservationists, explorers, and adventurers. All events in this series are free and require prior registration to access the live feed.

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Scientific Exposure Tuesday, February 9 at 7 PM

Reimagining Dinosaurs Tuesday, February 23 at 7 PM

Feats of Filmmaking Tuesday, March 16 at 7 PM

Mysterious Seas
Tuesday, March 30 at 7 PM

Women and Migration
Tuesday, April 13 at 7 PM



Maryland Symphony Orchestra 2020-21 Season

Maryland Symphony Orchestra
2020-21 Concert Season

Join MSO for a LIVE virtual concert in Spring 2021.  Learn More

Email to receive a special COUPON CODE applicable to all virtual subscriptions and performances for the 2020/21 MSO Concert Season. The code can be redeemed on the MSO ticketing website 

The MSO returns to the stage in January 2021!

The MSO has been inspiring audiences in our community since 1982. Today, the artistic level of its performances has grown to be worthy of some of the best orchestras in the country.

Join Music Director  Elizabeth Schulze  for a season filled with some of the world’s greatest music performed by the most talented and versatile musicians in the region.

Despite a multitude of challenges presented by COVID-19, the MSO is busily preparing for a return to the historic Maryland Theatre in January 2021!


Home for the Holidays: Brass Edition

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2020 | 3 PM 

Free virtual concert for the community with registration
No cost to register. Stream online at

For nearly two decades, the MSO’s “Home for the Holidays” concerts have become the area’s favorite holiday tradition with families and friends gathering to listen to the magical sounds of Christmas that are sure to fill hearts and souls with goodwill throughout the rest of the season.

The 2020 “Home for the Holidays” program will feature the Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s brass musicians in a delightful performance of familiar tunes and grand classics that blend beautifully into the atmosphere of the season.

Musical selections will include:

  • Hark the Herald Angel Sings
  • Deck the Halls
  • Carol of the Bells
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • Joy to the World
  • Nutcracker Suite
  • Christmas Song
  • Sleigh Ride
  • and more!

The 2020 “Home for Holidays” concert is sponsored by Younger Auto Group. The MSO is also supported by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.



CES presents the Maryland Symphony Orchestra String Quartet

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020 | 7 PM
Free performance will stream on YouTube

CES is delighted to present a live, virtual performance from the Maryland Symphony Orchestra String Quartet. The hour-long program features music from The Beatles and Cole Porter, and the works of Alberto Ginastera, Carlos Gardel, Alexander Borodin and Franz Joseph Haydn.

Rob Martin, Concertmaster
Marissa Murphy, Principal Second Violin
Phyllis Freeman, Principal Viola
Katlyn DeGraw, Associate Principal Cello
The Program
Begin the Beguine - Cole Porter
Danzas Argentinas No. 2 - Alberto Ginastera
Por Una Cabeza - Carlos Gardel
String Quartet No. 2, I. Allegro moderato - Alexander Borodin
String Quartet Op. 76, No. 3 II. Poco adagio cantabile - Franz Joseph Haydn
Seven by the Beatles - Lennon/McCartney
Day Tripper | A Hard Day’s Night | Eleanor Rigby | Yellow Submarine
Yesterday | When I’m Sixty-Four | Back in the U.S.S.R
This performance, which will be filmed with a single camera, will serve as a pilot live stream to help us in preparing for the production of future, more involved multi-camera streams.


Kyshona performs

CES and Appalachian Festival present
We the People: Voices for Change
Songwriting Workshop with Kyshona

Virtual via Zoom
Meeting ID: 810 4728 2626
Passcode: 585080

Create a modern-day song of protest with songwriter and musician Kyshona, using the voice as a motivator for change. Participants will be encouraged to complete a verse and chorus of their own, allowing them to walk away from the workshop with a song to build upon in their own time. 

This virtual workshop will take place via Zoom. The link for participation will be posted on the CES and Appalachian Festival Facebook pages.

About the artist
Kyshona merges her experiences in songwriting and music therapy to focus on one mission: to be a voice and a vessel for those who feel lost, forgotten, silenced or in pain.  

Born and raised in South Carolina into a family of gospel musicians, Kyshona first found her musical footing in the study of classical music. During her music therapy studies at the University of Georgia, she explored Appalachian folk song and instrumentation.  

Kyshona is privileged to work with adults and youth experiencing homelessness, incarceration, trauma, and isolation. For more than 13 years, her work as a music therapist has brought her to treatment facilities, rehabilitation programs, mental health facilities, forensics units, nursing homes and special needs schools.

Artist's Website

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CES is supported in part by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Allegany Arts Council.


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