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It’s Almost Here! Get Your Tickets and Get Excited for An Appalachian Summer Festival

Tickets are on sale for the High Country’s most exciting summertime series of arts programming. Get yours today, because the fun begins on June 28 for the Weicholz Global Film Series, July 1 at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts, and July 9 for the Schaefer Popular Series, with a vast array of shows you don’t want to miss scheduled throughout the month of July.

Music, theatre, visual arts, dance, film — whatever you’re looking for as the temperatures rise in the High Country this year, you’ll find it on the lineup for An Appalachian Summer Festival.

With countless opportunities to enjoy top quality artistry in your own backyard, there’s no better way to celebrate the summer season than with this annual multidisciplinary arts festival, which is recognized as one of the top university-based attractions in the southeastern United States.

With ticket prices ranging from $5-$50, as well as several free events, the festival offers unique opportunities for residents and visitors to create arts experiences suited to their individual artistic tastes and budgets.

There are several ways to get your tickets, so check out appsummer.org for details.

Take a look at this year’s lineup and start making plans to celebrate with App State this summer.


2016 Festival Season

Schaefer Popular Series:

broadway-and-beyond-kelli-oharaBroadway and Beyond with Tony Award Winner Kelli O’Hara

Saturday, July 9

8 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Tony Award-winning Broadway leading lady Kelli O’Hara has dazzled audiences and critics alike in the most recent revivals of “The King and I,” “South Pacific,” and “The Pajama Game.” Performing with a quintet, Ms. O’Hara takes the stage for an evening of Broadway showstoppers and familiar favorites from the Great American Songbook.


Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge

Saturday, July 15

8 p.m., Holmes Convocation Center

This co-headlining show will feature Grammy and Oscar-award winner Melissa Etheridge, with four-time Grammy-winning Benatar, performing with long-time bandmate and husband Neil Giraldo. Performing their classics hits, fans can expect Etheridge’s “Ain’t It Heavy” and “I’m the Only One,” as well as Benatar’s chart topping “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “Love Is a Battlefield.”

pink-martiniPink Martini

Monday, July 25

8 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Pink Martini performs a stylish and sophisticated blend of jazz, classical, and old-fashioned pop on concert stages around the world, bringing together unique melodies and rhythms to create an eclectic and modern sound.


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Saturday, July 30

8 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

New Orleans native Trombone Shorty is the bandleader and frontman of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a hard-edged funk band that employs hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition.


Jerry Douglas Band with special guest Mipso

Saturday, Aug. 6

8 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Dobro master and 13-time Grammy-award winner Jerry Douglas is a forward-thinking recording artist whose artistry incorporates elements of bluegrass, country, rock, jazz, blues and Celtic into his distinctive musical vision. The evening includes special guest Mipso, a North Carolina string band that takes three-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory.

Classical Music Programming:


broyhill-chamber-ensemble-july6Broyhill Chamber Ensemble

July 6, 20, and 31

8 p.m., Rosen Concert Hall

Every summer, violinist Gil Morgenstern, Artistic Director of the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble and its international “Reflections Series,” assembles several of the nation’s most exciting and acclaimed chamber musicians for an exquisite concert series embracing a diverse repertoire of chamber music works.


Eastern Festival Orchestra with Gerard Schwarz, Music Director

Sunday, July 10

4 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Under the direction of Maestro Gerard Schwarz, the Eastern Festival Orchestra returns to the festival for an afternoon of memorable symphonic music featuring soloists Julian Schwarz, cello, and Marco Núñez, first-prize winner of the 2015 Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists.


 Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists

Sunday, July 17

1 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

The festival, in partnership with the Hayes School of Music, proudly presents the sixth season of the highly acclaimed Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young & Emerging Artists. In the final live round of the competition, a panel of symphony conductors will select a First Place, Second Place and Third Place Winner and the competition audience will select an “Audience Choice Award Winner.”

Theatre Programming:



Reduced Shakespeare Company: “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play”

Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 8

8 p.m., Valborg Theatre

The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s production of “William Shakespeare’s Long-Lost First Play” is a comic misadventure that will feel strangely familiar yet excitingly new. Every famous character and Shakespearean plot device come together in a single story so comically outrageous it’s no wonder the Bard of Avon hid it away.



In/Visible Theatre: “Mauzy”

Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29

8 p.m., Valborg Theatre

“Mauzy” is a play about tale-telling, about songs, about how storytellers can mix so deep into the stories themselves that they never find their way out—out of the story, or out of the mountains, or back to the world of the living.

Dance Programming:



RIOULT Dance NY: “Bach Dances” with live music by the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble

Saturday, July 23

8 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

“Bach Dances” is a series of powerful dances set to Bach masterpieces, characterized by a unity of music, movement, and art. The festival is proud to present an evening that blends the artistry of a company at the forefront of contemporary dance today with the prodigiously talented musicians of its resident chamber ensemble.

The Helene & Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series:

Labyrinth of Lies (2014)

Tuesday, June 28

7 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Difret (2014)

Tuesday, July 5

7 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

The Dinner (2014)

Tuesday, July 12

7 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Baba Joon (2015)

Tuesday, July 19

7 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Three Hearts (2014)

Tuesday, July 26

7 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Tangerines (2013)

Tuesday, Aug. 2

7 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

 Young People’s Global Film Series:


Oddball and the Penguins (2015)

Thursday, July 7

1 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

On the Way to School (2013)

Thursday, July 14

1 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts


Belle and Sébastian (2013)

Thursday, July 28

1 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Marie’s Story (2014)

Thursday, Aug. 4

1 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Visual Arts Programming:



Summer Exhibition Celebration at the Turchin Center

Friday, July 1

6 p.m., Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

Celebrate summer at the Turchin Center and “engage, discover and connect through the arts!” The Summer Exhibition Celebration is an opportunity for art lovers to meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and spend time with fellow arts patrons, while viewing the featured exhibitions in one of the most exciting venues in town: a collection of six galleries filled with a diverse mix of contemporary art from local, regional, and international artists.


30th Rosen Sculpture Walk

Saturday, July 23

10 a.m., Smith Gallery, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

A highlight of every summer festival season, the annual Sculpture Walk offers participants a fascinating journey into the world of contemporary sculpture, through the eyes of the juror. This walking tour, which is free and open to the public, includes stops at each of the ten selected sculptures, providing an opportunity to learn more about each sculpture and to be present for the announcement of the competition’s top awards.


Lunch and Learn Lectures

Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3

Noon, Turchin Center Lecture Hall

1872Workshops for Kids and Young Adults

Throughout the month of July

Schedule can be found www.tcva.org/workshops

Special Post-Festival Concert (sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation):


An Evening with The Avett Brothers
Thursday, Sept. 8

8 p.m., Holmes Convocation Center

With roots in traditional folk and bluegrass, The Avett Brothers’ sound combines a refreshing blend of country, punk, rock and roll, and pop that the “San Francisco Chronicle” describes as having the “heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones.”


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. Celebrating its 32nd season in 2016, the festival has risen in stature to become one of the nation’s most highly respected summer festivals, acclaimed for the breadth and quality of its artistic programming. 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.

Festival Corporate Sponsors:

Westglow Resort and Spa, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, Northern Trust, McDonald’s of Boone, Mast General Store, Goodnight Brothers, Boone Area Visitors Bureau, Sky Best Communications, Scholars Bookshop at the University Bookstore, Panoramic Hospitality, Holiday Inn Express-Boone, Courtyard by Marriott, Country Inn & Suites, Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants, Chetola Resort, Creekside Electronics and Boone Ford-Lincoln.

Festival media sponsors include:

WBTV, WCYB, Charter Media, Winston-Salem Journal, Greensboro News & Record, PBS Charlotte, WNC Magazine, High Country Radio, WHKY AM 1290, WDAV 89.9FM, WFDD 88.5FM, WASU 90.5FM and High Country 365.