Hersch COVER

LIVE Series

Fred Hersch Trio

Described by Vanity Fair as “The most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade,” Fred Hersch brings his critically acclaimed trio to the Weinberg Center for the first time. Don’t miss this eight-time GRAMMY®-nominated pianist whose latest album Floating was hailed by The New York Times as “extravagantly beautiful.”

Fred Hersch has recently received two 2015 GRAMMY® nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo. 

Artist Bio

Fred Hersch began playing the piano at age four, composing music by age eight and, by the age of 10, was already winning national piano competitions. Now considered one of the most prolific and celebrated solo jazz pianists of his generation, Hersch has released more than three dozen recordings, including Fred Hersch In Amsterdam: Live at the Bimhuis and Fred Hersch Plays Jobim. The latter was cited as one of the year’s Top Ten jazz releases by NPR and The Wall Street Journal. His recording Alone won the “Coup de Coeur” de l’Académie Charles Cros in France.

Hersch has collaborated with an astonishing range of instrumentalists and vocalists throughout the world of music, including Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Bill Frisell, Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Christopher O’Riley and Audra McDonald. In 2003, Hersch created Leaves of Grass (Palmetto Records), a large-scale setting of Walt Whitman’s poetry that was presented in March 2005 in a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall as part of a six-city U.S. tour. His 2010 multi-media theatrical project My Coma Dreams, based on dreams he retained after emerging from two months in a coma, has been performed in New York, New Jersey, San Francisco and Berlin. In addition to a wide variety of National Public Radio programs, including Fresh Air, Jazz Set, Studio 360 and Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, Hersch has also appeared on CBS Sunday Morning with Dr. Billy Taylor


2014-2015 SEASON, All Performances, Jazz, LIVE Series, Music
March 4, 2015 7:30 pm Buy Tickets
Harriett Tubman COVER

Theatre IV

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. Her courage helped to change the world. Share her adventurous life with your students in this accurate and deeply moving musical history lesson.

Recommended for Grades 3-8 in connection with FCPS history and language arts curriculums.

2014-2015 SEASON, All Performances, Educational, Plays, smARTS Series
March 5, 2015 10:00 am Buy Tickets
March 5, 2015 12:15 pm Buy Tickets
We Banjo 3 COVER

Tivoli Society DISCOVERY Series

We Banjo 3

Award-winning quartet WeBanjo3+1 from Galway, Ireland combine Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre, feet tap and pulses race.

Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today.

Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion We Banjo 3 make a bold and extraordinary musical statement. Creativity, sensitivity and passion are present in full measure and Irish music is at the heart of what they play.

We Banjo 3 play with swing and soul, effortlessly combining the best of Irish and Bluegrass banjo music and song, mining the rich vein of the American Old Time tradition and thoroughly reinventing the banjo band sound. Modern rhythms, traditional melodies, virtuosic technique and innovative arrangements of music and song add up to an incredible feast of banjo and mandolin music – guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping.


Watch them perform below:

2014-2015 SEASON, All Performances, Americana, Bluegrass, Irish, Music, Tivoli DISCOVERY Series
March 5, 2015 7:30 pm Buy Tickets
Teelin COVER

Teelin Irish Dance Company

Teelin Irish Dance Company

Teelin Irish Dance Company returns to Weinberg showcasing audience favorites from the past decade. This show celebrates Irish culture with locally renowned musicians while dancers perform traditional steps with an innovative style. Teelin Irish Dance Company is known for performances that accentuate the energy of Irish dance with cutting edge choreography. See the reason that Director Maureen Gately has earned numerous choreography awards, including the Individual Artist award for Choreography from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC).


2014-2015 SEASON, All Performances, Dance, Irish
March 7, 2015 7:00 pm Buy Tickets
Cherish the Ladies COVER

LIVE Series

Cherish the Ladies

They’ve grown from a one-time concert concept to an Irish traditional music sensation, literally the most successful and sought-after Irish-American group in Celtic music. Now celebrating their 30th anniversary, hear firsthand why The Washington Post dubbed them a “thoroughly engaging performance brimming with spirit and soul.”

Artist Bio

Taking their name from the name of a traditional Irish jig, Cherish the Ladies has grown from a one-time concert concept to an Irish traditional music sensation. The group initially won recognition as the first and only all-women traditional Irish band, but their unique blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, continues to set them apart.

Their ability to wrap traditional Irish culture into an immensely humorous and entertaining package, has received recognition worldwide. Celtic Album, their collaboration with the Boston Pops Symphony, led to a 1999 GRAMMY® nomination. They have also been named Best Musical Group of the Year by the BBC and Entertainment Group of the Year by the Irish Voice Newspaper.

The Ladies have recorded ten highly acclaimed albums, including their holiday album On Christmas Night which was chosen as one of the top Christmas albums of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Village Voice, among others. They have also appeared on CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, PBS, BBC and NPR.


Watch them perform live:

2014-2015 SEASON, All Performances, International Act, Irish, LIVE Series
March 8, 2015 3:00 pm Buy Tickets
McChrystal COVER

Frederick Speaker Series

General Stanley McChrystal

Former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs 

A one-of-a-kind commander with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stan McChrystal is widely praised for creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations. He is also known for developing and implementing the counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the way military agencies interact and operate.

A four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military’s most sensitive forces. His leadership of JSOC is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. He is also the author of the best-selling leadership book, My Share of the Task: A Memoir. McChrystal, a former Green Beret, is known for his candor, innovative leadership, and going the distance. Called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, few can speak about leadership, teamwork, and international affairs with as much insight as he can.

The son and grandson of Army officers, McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976 and trained at the Special Forces School in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was later commissioned as an infantry officer and spent much of his career commanding special operations and airborne infantry units. During the Persian Gulf War, McChrystal served on a Joint Special Operations Task Force and commanded the 75th Ranger Regiment. He was promoted to brigadier general in 2001.He also completed year-long fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2000.

2014-2015 SEASON, All Performances, FREDERICK SPEAKER Series, Speaking Engagement
March 11, 2015 7:30 pm Buy Tickets
Hidden in Plain View COVER

Hayden Historical Tours & The Huntsville Spiritual Chorale

Hidden in Plain View




Fifty years ago, Historian and founder of Hayden Historical Tours, Mr. Bobby Hayden was one of “The Magnificent Seven” – the first African-Americans to integrate the presidential honor guards. He served for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.


From Alabama to Carnegie Hall, the Huntsville Spiritual Chorale is noted for their sublime performances and authentic preservation of the Negro Spiritual song tradition which continues to enthrall audiences nationwide.

A Williams and Hayden Family Investments Production
HiddenPlaineView@gmail.com or 301-846-0434.

2014-2015 SEASON, All Performances, Announcements, Community Event, Special Event
March 14, 2015 1:00 pm Buy Tickets
Friends Mtg School COVER

Friends Meeting School & MSD

Friends Meeting School – Disney’s MULAN JR.

How can you see Mulan,Jr., Aladdin and The Wonderful Lamp, Miss Nelson is Missing and a performance of the Little Star Chorus, while helping the Frederick Food Bank?

Come to the Friends Meeting School benefit performance at 2 PM on Sunday, March 15th.  Students from The Maryland School for the Deaf and the Little Star Chorus will be joining Friends Meeting School in acting to help the Frederick Food Bank.  Enjoy the heroic and inspirational story of Mulan, the magic of Aladdin, the fun of the Miss Nelson tales and the amazing Little Star Chorus performers.

Ticket costs are $10 plus a canned food item.  Group rates are available by contacting byankaskas@friendsmeetingschool.org.

2014-2015 SEASON, All Performances, Announcements, Community Event, Plays, Special Event
March 15, 2015 2:00 pm Buy Tickets
Comedy and Magic COVER2

YMCA of Frederick County

Comedy & Magic SPECTACULAR

The YMCA of Frederick County presents

the 6th Annual Comedy & Magic SPECTACULAR!

World-renowned entertainers take center stage at the Weinberg Center on Saturday, March 21st as the YMCA of Frederick County presents the 2015 Comedy & Magic Spectacular, a family-friendly entertainment tapestry of talent now celebrating its sixth year in Frederick.

“It’s a fun-packed, fast-paced, entertainment carousel of variety, clean comedy, magic, juggling, music and a chance to be with the whole family,” according to Chris Colville, Executive Director of the Frederick YMCA.  “Many local businesses and supporters of the Y join us to host the evening that helps us provide special programs and activities for the kids and families in the Hillcrest/Waverly Communities, and many of those kids join us for this special evening.”

This year’s show features:

Scott and Jenny Alexander

These two full time professionals have been performing together for the past fifteen years.  Their show is a playful mix of comedy, magic, mystery and music. They have been seen on television and on most major stages worldwide from the prestigious Le Plus Grande Cabaret Du Monde in Paris, to the wildly popular hit NBC-TV show “America’s Got Talent.” As headliners in Las Vegas at the world famous Caesars Palace, they have performed over four thousand shows to astonished audiences and rave reviews. Scott and Jenny perform as a duo, but also as solo artists as well.  Jenny had the distinct honor of being one of the only female magicians to ever star in her own production in Las Vegas.  Scott is a creative magic designer who has developed his own original magical inventions, which are sought after and performed by fellow world-renowned magicians. Their magic has been seen on the SyFy Channel, Discovery Network and on the iconic “Oprah Winfrey Show.” They are married and are the proud parents of three young children who they describe as their best magic yet!      

Jonathan Burns

Jonathan always thought he was special.  He was the kind of kid who would put his leg over his head at the family reunion or perform musical armpit noises to impress the girls. In 2004, contorting his body and impressing people with his unusual talents became his full time job.  Since then, he has performed at over 300 colleges and universities, at festivals around the globe, and was recently featured on the “Tonight Show” and the “The CBS Late Show.” When he is not performing, he can usually be found in an airport terminal–on his way to another big gig; or spending time with his lovely wife and daughter (Seems the armpit noises worked!).



Adam Ace  

Adam has been making audiences laugh as a full time professional comedian since 1997. In that time, he has performed in 49 of the 50 states, appeared onstage in 27 countries, entertained at 11 military bases, been seen on over 35 different cruise ships and entertained on over 500 college campuses nationwide. Adam has headlined casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, headlined comedy clubs in Los Angeles and was selected to perform at the White House.  In addition to all this, he has 3 times, been named “College Comedian of the Year”. He is a former contestant on the TV shows, “America’s Got Talent,” and “30 Seconds to Fame.” He is also the author of the book, “Funny Quotes by Not So Funny People” Adam has entertained crowds of all ages and all shapes and all sizes. A few words used to describe his contagious personality and high energy, are “Refreshing,” “Different”, and “Original”. What sets him apart is his interaction with the audience and quick wit that make each presentation different, special and extremely memorable.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Y’s engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but also to deliver, lasting personal and social change.


2014-2015 SEASON, Announcements, Comedy, Community Event, Magic

Frederick Reads

Frederick Reads – ANN PATCHETT

Season of Wonder: Escape the Ordinary

Ann Patchett Interviewed by Maureen Corrigan

Best-selling author Ann Patchett is the keynote speaker for the 10th anniversary season of Frederick Reads. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME in 2012, Patchett will be interviewed by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan on-stage.


Ann Patchett is a celebrated author, a devoted reader and a champion of literary culture. She has written eight books and is a frequent contributor to many publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly and The Wall Street Journal. She has served on the board of the Nashville Public Library Foundation and in 2011, when the last of Nashville’s bookstores had been shuttered; Patchett declared ”I have no interest in living in a city without a bookstore.” And so, in November of that year she opened Parnassus Books, a new refuge for the written word.

Patchett published her first story in The Paris Review while still a student at Sarah Lawrence College. Bel Canto, her fourth novel, was published in 2001 and was awarded the Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. The world-renowned Lyric Opera Company of Chicago has commissioned a production based on that novel that will premiere in 2015. Her most recent novel State of Wonder was published in 2011. The Washington Post called that book “the smartest, most exciting novel of the summer” and Library Journal described it as “superbly rendered.” Patchett is also the author of three works of nonfiction including Truth & Beauty, which won the Heartland Prize for Nonfiction and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage which NPR called “terrific and wide-ranging.”

Patchett’s interviewer, Maureen Corrigan, has been the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air for over 20 years. She is also a columnist for the Washington Post and the critic-in-residence at Georgetown University. In the past, she has written reviews for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and The Nation, among others. She is an associate editor of and contributor to Mystery and Suspense Writers and the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Criticism. In 2012, she served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Corrigan is also the author of two books of her own. Her titles include Leave me Alone I’m Reading and So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by Library Journal.

This event is free and no tickets are required. A fundraising reception precedes the event, and book sales and signing will follow. For more information, contact Donna Bannwolf at dbannwolf@frederickcountymd.gov or 301-600-1629.

Frederick Reads Exclusive Meet and Greet Reception

5:15–6:15 p.m.

$50 per person

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with both nationally known literary luminaries at this fundraising reception prior to the free main event. Attendees will receive a complimentary book and first-choice seating at the on-stage discussion following the reception. Refreshments will be served.

Tickets are required to attend the reception and can be purchased by contacting the Weinberg box office at 301-600-2828. Reception ticket proceeds help Frederick Reads bring notable authors to Frederick for free, public readings.

Frederick Reads is made possible by support from:


Curious Iguana, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Downtown Frederick Partnership, Frederick County Public Schools, Frederick Women’s Civic Club, Friends of FCPL, Hood College, Literacy Council of Frederick County, Plamondon Hospitality Partners, Scott Key Center, Tourism Council of Frederick County, and other organizations and individuals

2014-2015 SEASON, All Performances, Announcements, Speaking Engagement, Special Event
March 23, 2015 7:00 pm Buy Tickets This ticket is for pre-show Reception.