July 10, 2014. An Appalachian Summer Festival is celebrating its thirtieth year this summer. Began in 1984 as a chamber music festival, the annual event has since become one of the nation’s largest regional multi-arts festivals, featuring a diverse mix of music, theatre, dance, visual arts and film.
Over 26,000 people attend each year and for nearly a decade, the festival has been named one of the “Top Twenty Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Megan Stage, Manager of Marketing and Public Relations for the festival, encourages all to come out and participate.
“There’s something for everyone. We have a diverse mix, from dance and music to art, film and theatre. There’s a chance to expand your horizons and experience something that you haven’t experienced before and try something new that will add a little bit of culture to your summer.”
July 10: Triad Stage Presents All’s Well That Ends Well
Triad Stage, a multiple award-winning theatre company out of Greensboro, is presenting a rendition of Shakespeare’s classic All’s Well That Ends Well directed by Preston Lane. The play has been traditionally characterized as one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays” due to its complexity and inability to be easily classified as either a tragedy or comedy. The story revolves around Helena, a French noblewoman and her attempts to wed Bertram, the son of a recently deceased king. In true Shakespearean fashion, the play is full of complex schemes, shifty ploys, witty banter, poetic justice and tight suspense.
The play will be performed for one night only at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $19 with the Pick 5 discount and $10 for students and children. For more information, click here (https://www.hcpress.com/arts/an-appalachian-summer-festival-presents-alls-well-that-ends-well-on-thursday-july-10-at-8-p-m.html).
July 11: Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Summer Exhibition Celebration
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts invites the public to come experience its Summer Exhibition Celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. for the debut of two new exhibits, “TWENTY: Contemporary Art from South Africa” and “South African History Under Apartheid: A Tribute to Nelson Mandela.” The two new exhibits celebrate South Africa’s 20th year as a democracy and seek to examine its history of struggle and its current cultural climate, twenty years after apartheid. Guests will be able to enjoy live music performed by Todd Wright during the exhibitions.
Two additional exhibits, “Ivan Fortushniak: In Christ Alone” and “Legacy, Tradition, Reinvention: Penland Resident Artists,” are soon to be on their way out, so come view them before it’s too late.
Admission to the Summer Exhibition Celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, click here(https://www.hcpress.com/arts/the-turchin-center-for-the-visual-arts-at-asu-hosts-summer-exhibition-celebration-on-friday-july-11.html).
July 12: Family Day at the Turchin Center
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is hosting Family Day, which is themed around its new exhibit, “TWENTY: Contemporary Art from South Africa.” From 1 to 4 p.m., there will be several arts activities for children that surround the theme of South Africa.
Admission to Family Day is free and open to the public. For more information, visit TCVA.org.
July 12: Matthew Morrison with the Greensboro Symphony
Matthew Morrison, Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe-nominated singer and actor will be performing alongside the Greensboro Symphony at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Morrison made his Broadway debut in 2002 with productions of Footloose and The Rocky Horror Picture Show and has since risen to acclaim in his role as Link Larkin in the original cast of Hairspray and as Will Schuester in the widely popular Glee. He has also released several albums under Adam Levine’s 222 Records, including the 2013 tribute to Broadway, Where it All Began.
Admission is $50 for adults, $47.50 with the Pick 5 discount and $48 for students and children. For more information, visit AppSummer.org.
July 13: Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists
In partnership with the Hayes School of Music, the Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists celebrates its fourth year. During the spring of 2014, a number of contestants submitted recordings of their work to a panel of judges and eight were selected to perform for a live audience at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 where jurors will select three top prize winners and the public will select an Audience Choice Award Winner. The first prize winner will receive an opportunity to perform with famed conductor Gerard Schwarz and the Eastern Festival Orchestra during next season’s An Appalachian Summer Festival.
Admission to the competition is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Rosen-SchaffelCompetition.AppState.edu.
July 14-18: Kid’s Art Week at the Turchin Center
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is hosting its Kid’s Art Week, featuring art instruction for children ages seven through twelve. Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 14-18 in classroom 3200 at the Turchin Center and will be instructed by veteran artists and art instructors Rosa Dargan Powers and Kelly Snider. Activities for the week include creating mammal masks, underwater-themed water colors, insect prints, felted finger puppets, mixed media collage animals and animal paintings using Mexican folk art amate paper.
The workshop has a maximum enrollment of 15 participants and admission costs $175 for donors and $200 for non-donors. For more information, visit TCVA.org.
July 14: Nickel Creek
Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling roots trio Nickel Creek will be performing at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. This concert is part of their first U.S. tour since 2007 and will feature music from their latest critically acclaimed album, A Dotted Line, which was released earlier this year. The trio was formed in 1989 when its members Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins were no older than 11 and the trio became known as gifted child prodigies. Today, their music has earned them multiple Grammy nomination and one win for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
The show is currently sold out. For more information, visit AppSummer.org.
July 15: Global Cinema Film Series Presents Like Father, Like Son
The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts is presenting a showing of the acclaimed Japanese drama Like Father, Like Son directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda. The showing will begin at 7 p.m. with a pre-film talk by John Pfeifer. The film involves a young couple, Ryota and Midori, who are told that their child is not actually theirs and that he was accidentally switched at birth. The couple soon meets their biological child for the first time and must make life-changing decisions and cope with their new reality.
Admission is $10 for the general public and $9 for those with a film pass. For more information about the film and about the Global Cinema Film Series, click here(https://www.hcpress.com/arts/global-cinema-comes-to-appalachian-summer-festival.html).
July 16: Lunch and Learn: Penland Resident Artist David Eichelberger
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is presenting David Eichelberger as part of its Lunch and Learn series, which offers interactive lectures that give insights from experts in their field. Eichelberger is a ceramics artist concentrating in functional pottery and is a current resident of the Penland School of Crafts. During the lecture, he will talk about his work, which is currently on exhibition at the Turchin Center, and discuss the role of the Penland School of Crafts for emerging artists. Attendees are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch to enjoy during the lecture, which will last from noon to 1 p.m.
Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit TCVA.org.
July 18: The Making of a Ballet Dancer: An interactive Presentation with the Dance Theatre of Harlem
The Dance Theatre of Harlem is presenting an informal presentation on the art and science of classical dance for ages 5 and up from 6 to 7 p.m. It is designed to be an accessible introduction to ballet for all ages that will cover exercises in jumping, turning, partnering, lifting and dancing on pointe. The Dance Theatre of Harlem will conclude the presentation with excerpts from their performance repertoire. Audience participation is expected.
Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit AppSummer.org.
July 19: The Dance Theatre of Harlem
The Dance Theatre of Harlem will be performing at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Originally founded in 1969 for African Americans who were barred from other U.S. ballet companies, The Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown to become a premier ballet company that brings new life into the art form. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Virginia Johnson and Executive Director Laveen Naidu, the company will preform their repertoire consisting of “Lark Ascending,” “Black Swan,” “past-carry-forward” and “Return.” This is their first tour through the south, so come experience this rare opportunity.
Admission is $28 for adults, $26.60 with the Pick 5 discount and $26 for students and children. For more information, visit AppSummer.org.
July 20: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble Reflections Series Presents: Songs Without Words
The Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, in association with Nine Circles Chamber Theatre and its “Reflections Series International,” will perform at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. The series presents an alternative to traditional chamber music programming — solo and chamber music will be performed together with art, poetry and prose from around the globe. Ensemble members include Gil Morgenstern and Hurumi Rhodes on violin, Kathryn Lockwood on viola, Inbal Segev on cello and J.Y. Song on piano.
Admission costs $20 for adults, $19 with the Pick 5 discount and $10 for students and children. For more information, visit AppSummer.org.
An Appalachian Summer Festival continues throughout the summer. Visit AppSummer.org/Schedule for the complete list of events.