Frederick Speaker Series presents

Ted Koppel

Legendary Anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline”

During more than 50 years that he has worked as a professional journalist, Ted Koppel has embodied the term “eyewitness to history.” He covered John F. Kennedy’s funeral in 1963, Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign in 1964, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Koppel also covered a succession of ten conflicts as an ABC News war correspondent, beginning with Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia in 1967, 1969, 1970 and 1971 and finally as an embedded correspondent with the 3rd armored infantry division during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

He covered Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign in 1968 and historic visit to the People’s Republic of China in 1972, and Henry Kissinger’s shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East in 1973 and 1974. Koppel was with Mikhail Ghorbachev inside the Kremlin on the last day of the Soviet Union and was the first journalist to interview Nelson Mandela at his home in Suweto, South Africa upon his release from 27 years in prison.

Over the course of 26 years as anchor and managing editor of “Nightline,” Koppel became the longest serving news anchor in U.S. broadcast history. After leaving ABC in 2005, Koppel and his colleagues produced 20 hours of documentaries for the Discovery Network, where he served as managing editor. Since then, he has worked as a contributing analyst for BBC America and a special correspondent for the NBC News magazine program, “Rock Center.”

In 2012, New York University named Koppel one of the “100 outstanding journalists in the United States in the last 100 years. When he left ABC News after 42 years, he was the most honored reporter in that network’s history, having received more Overseas Press Club awards than the previous record holder, Edward R. Murrow, and eight George Foster Peabody awards. Television’s equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize is the Columbia-DuPont award; Koppel has won 12. He has also been awarded 42 Emmys, including one for lifetime achievement.

Koppel’s most recent book “Lights Out,” a 2015 New York Times bestseller, examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways for America to prepare for a cyber-catastrophe. Koppel serves as commentator and non-fiction book reviewer for the National Public Radio. He is also a contributing columnist to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. As of February 2016, Koppel has undertaken a new assignment for CBS News as Senior Contributor to “The CBS Sunday Morning Show.”

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2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, FREDERICK SPEAKER Series, Speaking Engagement
February 22, 2018 7:30 pm Buy Tickets Meet-and-greets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 301.600.2828.

Teelin Irish Dance Company: Celtic Storm

“Leave your expectations behind and step across the threshold to a place where old customs are ignited with a modern flare.” –IrishCentral

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, experience the graceful beauty and thundering beats of percussive Irish dance and music. This Columbia-based, award-winning company has enthralled audiences around the world with their cutting-edge choreography. Whether you’ve seen them before or you’re new to the excitement, don’t miss this amazing and ever-evolving spectacle!

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2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, Dance, LIVE Series
February 24, 2018 7:00 pm Buy Tickets

Flying Dog Film Series

“A Life Less Ordinary” (1997)

Happy hour begins at 6:30pm!

Heaven resembles a modern police department, and its angels are given “cases” to ensure that mortals on Earth find love. Now, a new rule is in place for O’Reilly and Jackson, two underperforming angel partners: they must successfully resolve their next case by helping two mortals fall in love, or else they will be forced to stay on Earth forever. Robert Lewis, a janitor in L.A., takes his boss’ daughter Celine hostage after being fired and replaced by a robot. In order to maintain their positions in Heaven, O’Reilly and Jackson offer some unsolicited help to bring this unlikely couple together.

Directors: Danny Boyle
Writers: John Hodge
Starring: Ewan McGreggor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter
Duration: 103 min
Genre: Comedy, crime, fantasy
MPAA: Rated R for violence and language

Series sponsored by
Flying Dog Brewery

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, FLYING DOG MOVIE Series
February 28, 2018 7:30 pm Buy Tickets

Cyrille Aimée

“One of the most promising jazz singers of her generation… Brilliant sound, fresh ideas, [and] impeccable rhythm.” –The Wall Street Journal

“Aimée is the revelation.” –New York Daily News

With a musical journey that began in the Gypsy camps of France, the bittersweet depth of Cyrille Aimée’s music pays tribute to her roots through the energy and emotion of modern jazz and pop. Don’t miss your change to break away and be enchanted by this rising star’s “brilliant sound, fresh ideas, [and] impeccable rhythm” (The Wall Street Journal).

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Photo by CThru Lens Photography.
2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, International Act, Jazz, Music, Tivoli DISCOVERY Series, Vocalist
March 1, 2018 7:30 pm Buy Tickets Pay-What-You-Want (Suggested donation $10)

Frederick Film Festival presents

The 2018 Oscar-Nominated Shorts

Don’t miss your chance to see all of the 2018 Oscar-nominated shorts up on the big screen before the Academy Award ceremony!

Friday, the animated shorts program starts at 6:00pm and the live-action shorts program starts at 8:00pm. New this year, the Best Short Film: Documentary nominees will screen here at the Weinberg Center on Saturday, beginning at 8:00pm.

 

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, Special Film Event
March 2, 2018 6:00 pm Buy Tickets
March 3, 2018 8:00 pm Buy Tickets

Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, Bernard Harvard, Producing Artistic Director presents

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

By Ken Ludwig

Laughter is elementary, my dear Watson! The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered one by one and renowned sleuth Sherlock Holmes, along with his trusted sidekick Dr. Watson, must work feverishly to crack the case. Witness five talented actors playing 40 quirky characters, and venture deep into a world filled with disguises, silly accents, and murderous deceit. All is not what it seems… do you know whodunit?

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Photo by Mark Gavin.
2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, Comedy, LIVE Series, Plays
March 4, 2018 3:00 pm Buy Tickets

We Banjo 3

“We Banjo 3 transcend even the best of superlatives.” –Huffington Post

Among the most celebrated young musicians in Ireland today, award-winning quartet We Banjo 3 infuses traditional tunes with a modern Americana sound. From banjo and fiddle to mandolin, guitar, and vocals, these two sets of brothers make a bold and extraordinary musical statement, delivering “freshness and finesse bordering on magical” (The Wall Street Journal).

UPSTAIRS (Balcony/Mezzanine): Reserved seating
DOWNSTAIRS (Orchestra/Rear Orchestra): General admission

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2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, Americana, International Act, Irish, LIVE Series, Music
March 7, 2018 7:30 pm Buy Tickets DOWNSTAIRS - General Admission
March 7, 2018 7:30 pm Buy Tickets UPSTAIRS - Reserved Seating

The MozART Group

“Keeps the audience in stitches!” –The Jerusalem Post

Eschewing the sober formality of great concert halls and buttoned-up maestros, the MozART Group is an ingenious fountain of noble craziness. With a humorous spin on classical standards, they aim to find something for everyone to love… and maybe even convert a few diehard rock or pop fans along the way. Whether you prefer Beethoven, Bach, or the Beatles, you won’t want to miss the hilarity of these international musical masters!

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2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, Classical Music, LIVE Series, Music
March 8, 2018 7:30 pm Buy Tickets

Enchantment Theatre Company presents

My Father’s Dragon

Recommended for grades K-5 in connection with the FCPS language arts curriculum.

When nine-year-old Elmer Elevator hears of a baby dragon being held captive on the fearsome Wild Island, he sets off on an adventure like no other. Enchanting special effects, humor, and an unlikely friendship combine as the beloved Newbery-winning book series roars to life onstage.

The smARTS Series presents weekday performances for students! All FCPS reservations must be made through the FCPS Elementary VPA office. Tickets are required for homeschool groups of less than 25 and the general public. Download a smARTS Series brochure.

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, Educational, smARTS Series
March 12, 2018 10:00 am Buy Tickets
March 12, 2018 12:15 pm Buy Tickets

Frederick Speaker Series presents

Mitch Albom

Bestselling author, columnist, and radio host

Author, philanthropist, columnist, and sports reporter Mitch Albom is an inspiration around the world. His books have sold over 35 million copies and have been translated into over 40 languages. His breakthrough book, “Tuesdays with Morrie,” became an international phenomenon with over 14 million copies sold. Now in its twentieth year, “Tuesdays with Morrie” remains one of the top-selling memoirs of all time, and was adapted into an Emmy award-winning TV movie produced by Oprah Winfrey, starring Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria.

Albom has founded 10 charities, including nine in the Detroit area, including S.A.Y. Detroit, which operates a family health clinic; A Time to Help, a volunteer organization; and A Hole in the Roof Foundation, which repairs faith-based homeless shelters. He also directs the Have Faith Haiti Mission in Port Au Prince, which helps impoverished children and orphans.

A columnist for The Detroit Free Press since 1985 and a panelist on ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters,” Albom has been named the #1 Sports Columnist in the Nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) 13 times. In June 2010 he received the APSE Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement, the biggest prize in sports journalism, and in June 2013, he was inducted into the Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

Albom hosts two radio shows on WJR-AM. He has appeared on “The Today Show” and “Charlie Rose,” and his articles have been featured in The New York Times, GQ, and Sports Illustrated. Currently, he is developing an hour-long TV show for TNT.

Albom’s books “The First Phone Call from Heaven” and “Have A Little Faith” were both #1 New York Times bestsellers. His beloved book “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list and sold nearly five million copies in its first year; Albom also wrote the screenplay for the ABC TV movie starring Jon Voight and Ellen Burstyn.

His latest book, “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto,” debuted at #4 on The New York Times bestseller list. In 2017, Albom announced that the sequel to “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” is near completion, and that his next work will be about the children of the Have Faith Haiti Mission.

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2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, FREDERICK SPEAKER Series, Speaking Engagement
March 15, 2018 7:30 pm Buy Tickets Meet-and-greets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 301.600.2828.