August 3 | The 2017-2018 Season is Here!

Hooray! Our complete 2017-2018 season has been announced. This year we are proud to bring you thoughtful speakers, uproarious comedians, and captivating live music — plus family favorites, powerful plays, and classic films galore.

“Putting together a season is always an adventure, as our goal is to present a diverse list of events,” says John Healey, our Executive Theater Manager. “The upcoming season presents some old favorites, but quite a few newcomers that help us fulfill our mission.”

Our 39th season of live entertainment kicks off on September 29 with powerhouse singer Storm Large, best known for her work with the band Pink Martini. From there, our Live! Series will feature “America’s Got Talent” comedian Tape Face, rock n’ roll icon Darlene Love, Grammy-winning ensemble Chanticleer, veteran movie-riffers Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu, and a ton more. They will be joined by dozens of other talented performers, from celebrated favorites like Mandolin Orange to fresh faces like Alicia Olatuja.

We will once again host the Frederick Speaker Series, which is celebrating six seasons of bringing world-class leaders into the community. As previously announced, the lineup features Dr. Temple Grandin, Ted Koppel, Mitch Albom, and Rita Moreno. Word on the street is that tickets for these inspiring events will be the first to go… you’d better move quickly!

Our 2017-2018 Family Series will feature familiar and new characters alike in performances appropriate for all ages. Acrobats swing from the rafters, magicians make the impossible possible, and beloved TV characters jump to life on stage. Make it a family outing when you see Champions of Magic, Flip FabriQue: Catch Me!, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – LIVE!, Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas, and Catapult.

As part of our commitment to keeping the arts affordable, we’ll continue to showcase emerging artists in our pay-what-you-want Tivoli Discovery Series. The 2017-2018 lineup includes Bailen, The Commonheart, Cyrille Aimée, New Breed Brass Band, and Dead Horses. Take a chance and you just may discover your new favorite artist!

Honoring our roots as the former Tivoli movie palace, we’ll continue to present our beloved Silent Film Series, featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ. The series begins November 4 with a screening of 1925’s stop motion spectacle “The Lost World.” The popular Flying Dog Film Series returns September 27 with “Tombstone” and will feature films such as “The Princess Bride” and “Dirty Dancing.”

Tickets to all shows are available to Weinberg Center members as of Thursday, August 10. Tickets will become available to the general public on Thursday, August 17 at 10am. Not a member? Join today for as little as $50 (or $35 if you’re under the age of 35)!

So, make your list and mark your calendars! Just a few days until those coveted tickets can be yours. See you at the theater!

July 27 | Meet Your 2018 Speakers

We are pleased to announce the complete lineup for the 2018 Frederick Speaker Series! The celebrated series is entering its sixth year, and its willingness to bring poignant and thought-provoking speakers and their stories to Frederick shows no signs of slowing. From inspirational topics to sensational perspectives, you’ll find it all in the 2018 Frederick Speaker Series. Here’s who’s who this season:

Dr. Temple Grandin is living proof that an individual can thrive against tough odds. Dr. Grandin was diagnosed with autism at a young age and did not even speak until she was four, but her parents fought to keep her out of institutions and in school. Though adversities and challenges were prominent in her adolescence, Dr. Grandin eventually thrived, developing a love for animals. Now, having been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2011, she has revolutionized the livestock industry by designing cattle facilities and working with heavy-hitters such as McDonald’s on animal welfare guidelines. The author of numerous books and the subject of an award-winning HBO film, Dr. Temple Grandin is ready to bring her inspirational story to the citizens of Frederick.

Ted Koppel is best known as the editor and anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” from 1980 to 2005. He continues to be one of the most trusted names in journalism and has won eight George Peabody Awards, 11 duPont-Columbia Awards (television’s equivalent of the Pulitzer), and 42 Emmys. With his trademark wisdom, wit, and warmth, Koppel takes the Weinberg stage to share his observations on the state of the U.S. and the world, providing unmatched analysis of the important foreign policy and political headlines of the day — and, of course, the people behind the scenes.

Mitch Albom is an internationally-renowned and bestselling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster, and musician. From “Tuesdays with Morrie” to “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” his books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies worldwide, have been published in 45 languages, and have been made into Emmy award-winning television movies. A mainstay in American sports journalism, Albom will take his bow in Frederick by weaving personal stories and anecdotes with a captivating message about the potential in all of us for a giving, meaningful life.

Rita Moreno is one of the busiest actresses, singers, and dancers in show business. With star-making turns in “West Side Story,” “The Ritz,” and “The Electric Company” under her belt, the entertainment icon belongs to an elite group of only eight living performers to have won all four of the industry’s most prestigious awards: the Emmy, GRAMMY®, Oscar, and Tony. A Kennedy Center honoree for lifetime contributions to American culture and a recipient of the coveted Presidential Medal of Freedom, Moreno represents the intersection of selfless service and professional achievement. Appearing in Frederick for the first time, the feisty entertainer brings a sense of humor and wealth of personal stories to the stage, exploring the value of diversity, the power of language, and getting older without getting old.


Tickets for the 2018 Frederick Speaker Series will go on sale with the remainder of the Weinberg Center season. Members can gain early access to tickets on August 10 before they’re available to the general public on August 17. (Not a member? Awesome benefits, including early ticket-buying privileges, can be yours for as little as $35!)

These four distinguished guests will join the likes of past speakers that include Dr. Michio Kaku, Cal Ripken Jr., General Colin Powell, Jane Fonda, Tom Brokaw, Bryan Stevenson, George Takei, Bill Nye, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Will you be there, too? See you at the theater!

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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