smARTS Series

The Rainbow Fish

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Rainbow Fish is used to being the most beautiful creature in the ocean. So when the other fish ask her for some silver scales, she refuses. How can she sacrifice the one thing that makes her unique? Celebrate the true meaning of friendship in this delightful musical retelling.

Recommended for grades K-2 in connection with the FCPS elementary language arts and social studies curriculums.

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Educational, smARTS Series
March 29, 2017 10:00 am Sold Out
March 29, 2017 12:15 pm Sold Out
This event is sold out.

Flying Dog Film Series

“Sixteen Candles” (1984)

Happy hour begins at 6:30pm!

Samantha’s life is going downhill fast. She has a crush on the most popular boy in school, while the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister’s getting married, and with all of the excitement, the rest of her family forgets her birthday. This, combined with a memorable pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents and a foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong, lays the groundwork for a hilarious journey into young womanhood.

Directors: John Hughes
Writers: John Hughes
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry
Duration: 93 min
Genre: Comedy, romance
MPAA: Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual content, brief nudity and teen drinking

Series sponsored by
Flying Dog Brewery

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, FLYING DOG MOVIE Series
March 29, 2017 7:30 pm Buy Tickets

YMCA of Frederick County presents

2017 Comedy & Magic Spectacular

Benefits Children & Families in the Hillcrest / Waverley Communities

Each and every year, our loyal family audiences ask us at the Y, “How do you do it?  A great show for all ages every year.  We LOVE it!”  Our show producer, Russell “RG” Smith spends hours upon hours of time reviewing acts and has another excellent show planned for 2017.  Oh, and please bring a few new families to the show this year so they, too, can experience the best-family-night out they can imagine.

ARDAN JAMES Animated Illusionist
FRED BECKER Magician & Comedian
LYNN TREFZGER Ventriloquist & Comedienne

If you would like to support the 2017 Comedy & Magic Spectacular, please call Kim Selby at the YMCA of Frederick County at 301-418-6574 or email

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Comedy, Community Event, Family-Friendly, Magic
April 1, 2017 7:00 pm Buy Tickets

Tivoli Discovery Series

The Quebe Sisters

“Nothing short of mesmerizing… Imagine the angelic Andrews Sisters singing in top form – and then ripping into a nimble fiddle breakdown.” –The Washington Post

The heart of Texas comes to Frederick when these triple-threat fiddle champions storm the stage in sweet harmony. Already gaining notoriety for their authentic fiddling and singing, this trio of talented sisters combines the nostalgia of Americana with a modern take on southern swing.

You may also like: We Banjo 3 and Scythian

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Americana, Music, Tivoli DISCOVERY Series
April 6, 2017 7:30 pm Buy Tickets Pay-what-you-want ($10 suggested donation)

Piano Battle

“Serious classical music in a whole new context – and you decide the winner!”
Time Out

Two pianists. Six rounds. You be the judge! Part serious classical recital, part tongue-in-cheek competition, two internationally-acclaimed pianists go head-to-head in an interactive concert experience like no other. It’s up to you and your fellow audience members to crown the winner in an evening of iconic favorites performed with a competitive twist.

You may also like: Simply Three and Zora String Quartet

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Classical Music, LIVE Series, Music
April 8, 2017 8:00 pm Buy Tickets

Frederick Speaker Series presents

Bill Nye

Due to popular demand, a second evening with Bill Nye has just been added! Tickets for Friday, April 21 are now on sale to the general public. Please note that tickets already purchased for the Thursday, April 20 performance are not refundable or exchangeable. Please contact the Box Office at 301.600.2828 with questions.

Bill Nye has dedicated his life to helping foster a scientifically literate society and helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes the world work. His career began as an engineer at Boeing, but not long after going to work for them, Nye began to combine his love of science with his flair for comedy, developing dual careers as an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Nye quit his day job and made the transition to a comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s homegrown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live,” where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born.

Nye won seven national Emmy® Awards for writing, performing, and producing “Bill Nye the Science Guy®.” The show itself won 18 Emmys in five years. Nye has authored five children’s’ books about science: “Big Blast of Science,” “Bill Nye’s Consider the Following,” “Bill Nye The Science Guy’s Big Blue Ocean,” “Bill Nye The Science Guy’s Great Big Dinosaur Dig,” and “Bill Nye The Science Guy’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” In addition to his children’s’ books, he is also the author of “Undeniable – Evolution and the Science of Creation,” which was featured on the New York Times’ Bestseller List.

Nye currently serves as CEO of the Planetary Society, the world’s largest space-interest group. Previously, he was elected the American Humanist Association’s Humanist of the Year in 2010, and he was also the honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers with the Ralph Coates Roe Medal in 2012. In addition to his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, he holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, Quinnipiac University, Willamette University, and Lehigh University.

This event is sponsored by:

Delaplaine Foundation Inc






ASL Sign Language2
ASL-interpreted performances

You may also like: Dr. Bennet Omalu

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, FREDERICK SPEAKER Series, Speaking Engagement
April 20, 2017 7:30 pm Sold Out
April 21, 2017 7:30 pm Buy Tickets Meet-&-greets available for an additional $75 each.

Flying Dog Film Series

“Bull Durham” (1988)

Happy hour begins at 6:30pm!

Crash is an aging minor league ball player, brought up from another team to mature a young pitcher. Both of them become involved with Ann, a baseball groupie with her own perspective on the game. It leads, inevitably, to jealousy and other issues for all involved.

Directors: Ron Shelton
Writers: Ron Shelton
Starring: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins
Duration: 108 min
Genre: Comedy, romance
MPAA: Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity and pervasive language

Series sponsored by
Flying Dog Brewery

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, FLYING DOG MOVIE Series
April 26, 2017 7:30 pm Buy Tickets

MD Regional Ballet

Sleeping Beauty

MD Regional Ballet presents Frederick School of Classical Ballet in



Under the direction of Joyce Morrison, this full length production will feature professional guest artists Ellen Grocki and Reyneris Reyes, both of whom are dancers with Miami City Ballet.  Ms. Grocki will dance the role of Princess Aurora and Mr. Reyes will dance the role of Prince Desire.

The ballet retells the loved and familiar story of Princess Aurora, who, at her christening, is bestowed with the gifts of virtue by her fairy godmothers.  But as we all know, the fairy Carabosse, arrives uninvited at the celebration and in her anger pronounces an evil curse upon the Princess, proclaiming that on her 16th birthday, Princess Aurora shall prick her finger and die!  The benevolent Lilac Fairy quickly comes to the rescue and casts another spell upon Aurora which softens the curse so that instead of dying, Princess Aurora will fall into a deep sleep until awakened by a kiss from a handsome prince.  When Princess Aurora turns sixteen, the Royal Family and the Court celebrate with a party and Carabosse arrives in disguise and presents Princess Aurora with a spindle as a gift.  The unknowing Princess pricks her finger on it and collapses.  The Lilac Fairy quickly appears and reminds the King and Queen that the Princess will not die, but instead will sleep and she casts a spell over the entire court to sleep with her.   The Princess and the Court sleep for one hundred years until Prince Desire, while hunting with members of his Court, dreams of his ideal love. The Lilac Fairy appears before him and leads the Prince to the sleeping Princess Aurora.  He awakens her with a kiss and the evil spell is immediately broken.  Prince Desire and Princess Aurora fall immediately in love, and the ballet concludes with a joyous wedding celebration.

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Community Event, Dance, Family-Friendly
April 29, 2017 2:00 pm Buy Tickets
April 30, 2017 2:00 pm Buy Tickets

Tivoli Discovery Series

Zorá String Quartet

“Exquisitely well-trained, supremely blended, and broadly intelligent.” –The Calgary Herald

Celebrated by the Calgary Herald as “exquisitely well-trained, supremely blended, and broadly intelligent,” the Zorá String Quartet strives to introduce new audiences to chamber music. With a repertoire spanning from the Classical and Romantic periods to the 21st century, this intimate ensemble combines cello, violin, and viola in a musically-rich evening sure to please.

You may also like: Simply Three and Piano Battle

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Classical Music, Tivoli DISCOVERY Series
May 4, 2017 7:30 pm Buy Tickets Pay-what-you-want ($10 suggested donation)

Pete Seeger: The Storm King

“Hauntingly moving and strikes a deep chord.” -Wellsville Daily Reporter

The greatness of folk icon Pete Seeger comes to life in this multi-media performance as GRAMMY® award-winner Jeff Haynes sets Seeger’s stories, lyrics, and voice to live music and video. Haynes and accompanying musicians explore traditions as diverse as blues, bluegrass, folk, and jazz, set against the rich tapestry of Seeger’s most engaging stories, narratives, and poems.

GRAMMY® award-winning percussionist and producer Jeff Haynes has toured with a number of acclaimed artists, including Glen Hansard, The Pat Metheny Group, Al Jarreau, Lizz Wright, Harry Belafonte, Peabo Bryson, and Cassandra Wilson, whom he toured and recorded with for nearly 20 years.

Sean Harkness (Baritone Acoustic Guitar w/pickup, Acoustic Guitar w/pickup, Fretless Electric Bass) is “a technical virtuoso whose Joe Pass/Tommy Emmanuel fingerstyle approach is always in service to telling a story or creating a feeling within the song; [Harkness] transcends many genres and can touch listeners of many backgrounds.” —Jazz Inside New York

Timothy Hill (vocals, piano, guitar) has performed with such diverse artists as John Cage, Bill Frisell, Jeff Buckley, Odetta and Pete Seeger.

Sara Milonovich (vocals, fiddle, guitar) is the front woman/founder of the indie roots-rock band Daisycutter and has also performed with Richard Shindell, Pete Seeger, The McKrells, Cathie Ryan, Eliza Gilkyson, Anne Hills, and Antje Duvekot.

Richie Stearns (banjo) has toured with Natalie Merchant, The Horse Flies, Tony Trischka, and Carrie Rodriguez. 

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Bluegrass, Folk, Jazz, LIVE Series, Tribute Act
May 5, 2017 8:00 pm Buy Tickets
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