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An Appalachian Summer Festival 2020 Announces Calendar of Online Events Beginning July 1

The Boone, NC-based festival releases this season’s free online-only

programming schedule of livestreamed and specially

recorded music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts events

Festival organizers for Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts event, An Appalachian Summer Festival, announce the complete programming calendar for this summer’s revised virtual series. The online festival features a month-long selection of livestreamed and specially pre-recorded concerts, live chats with artists, film screenings, and virtual tours. The pivot from in-person to online was created in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the cancellation of live events for the first time in festival history. App Summer, which typically draws more than 27,000 visitors to the High Country each summer, will present its 36th season of special programming daily July 1-31.

All events are free and will be streamed via the website as well as the festival’s YouTube and Facebook channels. Film screenings require pre-registration, as registration capacity is limited. Some events will be archived for later viewing; others are only available for the scheduled date and time. Full descriptions about each event and how to access them are available at www.appsummeronline.org.

While the main slate of events occurs July 1-31, the series will offer a special online welcome on June 30th at 2pm from the festival’s Advisory Board Chair, Kent Tarbutton, and Vice-Chair Jenny Miller; and Denise Ringler, Director of Arts Engagement and Cultural Resources. The virtual celebration officially wraps up on July1; however, a special announcement about An Appalachian Summer Festival’s 2021 season will be posted at Noon on August 1.

“The Office of Arts and Cultural Programs and Turchin Center for the Visual Arts enlisted the help of a large group of artists, including several who were scheduled to perform this summer, as well as others from our local community and around the state, to create a virtual series that embraces the disciplines of music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts,” said Allison West, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for OACP. “Content will be delivered in a variety of ways: pre-recorded selections with special messages to App Summer audiences, live streams of concerts and plays, artist Q&As, virtual tours, artist exhibitions, film screenings, and more through our website, YouTube Live, Facebook and Instagram. But viewers can always visit the website, where details related to all programs and how to access those programs will always be available and updated. We are presenting content this year in an entirely new way. It was challenging but also deeply fulfilling to be able to provide audiences with something that’s memorable, that’s raw, that feels spontaneous and exciting and, most importantly, that’s shared with a community passionate about the arts during the best of times and the most challenging of times. We feel privileged to maintain a strong connection to our audience and bring the arts from our home to yours.”


An Appalachian Summer Festival Online 2020 Schedule of Events

SUNDAYS: Broyhill Chamber Series Sneak Peek, 2pm

            Tune in to special preview performances by some of the country’s most celebrated chamber ensembles and enjoy a sample of each group’s planned appearance as part of the festival’s 2021 season.

July 5 — Tesla Quartet

July 12 — Canadian Brass

July 19 — Julian Gargiulo: Pianist with the Hair — Live from Paris

July 26 — Emerson String Quartet


MONDAYS: Behind the Scenes, 2pm

            Enjoy an inside glimpse into how all things performing and visual arts come together during a time when staff, artists and audiences are forced to be apart.

July 6 — Behind the Scenes at the Schaefer Center

July 12 — Behind the Scenes at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts

July 19 — #TCVAatHome: Student Artist Feature, Brooke Drury

July 26 — #TCVAatHome: Student Artist Feature, Hannah Hagler


TUESDAYS: Weicholz Global Film Series, 7pm

            Don’t miss four award-winning and critically acclaimed foreign and independent films selected by Dr. John Pfeifer. Registration is required, as “seating” is limited. Link is available for 24 hours from scheduled start time.

July 7 — The Charmer

July 14 — Portrait of a Lady on Fire

July 21 — Corpus Christi

July 28 — Honeyland


WEDNESDAYS: Exhibition Showcase Series, 2pm

Take a journey through the galleries of the Turchin Center via curator-narrated videos and artist interviews that tell stories and provide insight into the compelling and diverse artwork featured in the summer exhibitions.

July 1 — A Walk with the Curator: Mary Anne Redding

July 8 — Unequal Scenes with Johnny Miller

July 15 — Matrilinear with Elizabeth M. Claffey

July 22 — Afterimage Anxiety with Joshua Rose

July 29 — Rain and the River with Jacklyn St. Aubyn

*As a special offering, tune in to WDAV Classical 89.9 with Ted Weiner at 11am every Wednesday in July to enjoy selections from Broyhill Chamber Ensemble concerts from festivals past.


THURSDAYS: Live from Rosen Concert Hall, 7pm

Join us as we feature faculty and staff of Appalachian State’s own Hayes School of Music, Appalachian Studies, and other areas across our campus and community in a series of live performances and interviews spanning a variety of musical genres.

July 2 — “A Musical Salon on a Summer’s Evening:” Eric Koontz, Juni Cho, Soo Goh & James Douthit

July 9 — “Songs for Summer:” James Stokes, Juni Cho, James Douthit & Gennard Lombardozzi

July 16 — Kraut Creek Ramblers and Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road

July 23 — “Across Seasons and Cultures:” Rite of Spring

July 30 — “What the World Needs Now:” An Evening of Love Songs with Todd Wright & Friends


FRIDAYS: Center Stage, 7pm

            From orchestral, jazz, and bluegrass offerings to regional and national theatre, the stage is set for a series of livestreams, artist Q&As, and a celebration of the Bard.

July 3 — All-Star Orchestra: “The New World and Its Music”

July 10 — Shana Tucker: An Evening of ChamberSoul

July 17 — “My Life in the Theatre:” NC Black Repertory Company Artistic Director Jackie Alexander

July 24 — National Players presents As You Like It (Registration required; link is available for 48 hours from scheduled start time.)

July 31 — Greetings from Wilkesboro with The Kruger Brothers


SATURDAYS: In the Spotlight, 7pm

            Indulge in an inspired artistic journey through the worlds of internationally renowned dance, a Tony-winning playwright and award-winning sculptors, culminating with a special season announcement.

July 11 — Parsons Dance: “Caught at Home”

July 18 — Introducing Sarah Jones and friends* (who live in her head)

July 25 — Rosen Sculpture Walk with the Juror: Virtual Tour

August 1 — An Appalachian Summer Festival 2021 Season Announcement


Questions about An Appalachian Summer Festival 2020

Visit www.appsummer.org or call the box office staff at 800-841-2787.

Please note the amended box office hours for June and July:


Through June 29

Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

June 30-July 31

Monday & Wednesday 9am-4pm

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9am-8pm

Saturday 5-8pm

Sunday Noon-3pm

Canadian Brass
Julian Gargiulo—photo by Tina Ravitz
Kraut Creek and Cane Mill
Kruger Brothers
Mistaken Identity_Joshua Rose
National Players presents As You Like It
Parsons Dance – Photo by Travis Magee
Rosen Sculpture Walk – Sculpture by Bob Doster


About An Appalachian Summer Festival:

Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music series, and retains strong roots in classical music, combined with a variety of other programming geared to almost every artistic taste and preference. With an audience of 27,000, the festival has been named one of the “Top Twenty Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society in recent years.