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Published Monday, October 14, 2013 at 10:51 am

1) Branch, Johnson, Kizakevich and Piacentino Elected to Foundation Board

Susan M. Branch of Charlotte, Charlene A. Johnson of Winston-Salem, Paul L. Kizakevich of Raleigh and Joe Piacentino of Charlotte have been elected to Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors. The new members were elected to the four-year term on the board. 

  • Branch is vice president and risk manager for Ciena Capital LLC in Charlotte where she manages a commercial loan portfolio of securitized and balance sheet debt; mitigates losses by implementing and negotiating liquidation strategies; and manages foreclosures, bankruptcies, receiverships, condemnations and other actions. 
  • Johnson has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate and commercial banking. She is senior vice president with First Tennessee Bank and previously worked with Wachovia Bank and was a team leader of an underwriting group in the Carolinas for Wachovia.

  • Kizakevich graduated from Appalachian in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. He also earned an MBA from N.C. State University in 2007.

  • Piacentino is senior vice president/chief financial officer for Balfour Beatty Construction in Charlotte, where he is responsible for the company’s east region, which includes operating divisions in Washington, the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida and military/multi-family housing.

2) Annual Halloween Concert Presented Oct. 31 by the Hayes School of Music

The Hayes School of Music organ studio at Appalachian State University will present its seventh annual Halloween Monster Concert Thursday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. in the Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free and the public is invited. Costumes are encouraged. Featured during the evening will be Bach’s famous “Toccata and Fague in d minor” with special audience participation, the singing of “pumpkin carols,” a silent movie with organ accompaniment, free candy, costume contests and more.

3) Price Receives North Carolina Dance Alliance Choreography Fellowship

Sherone Price, an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University, has received a 2013 choreography fellowship from the N.C. Dance Alliance. The competitive award is selected annually on the basis of a review of excerpted dance works, career achievements and evaluation of a project proposal for a new dance work. As the 2013 choreography fellow, Price premiered a new work titled “Skedman’s Inn” at the North Carolina Dance Alliance Choreographer’s Showcase, which was held at the Durham School of the Arts Oct. 12. “Skedman’s Inn,” named for an establishment that his grandfather operated in rural Chatham County is an exploration of Price’s personal family history as well as an examination of a time and place. Skedman’s Inn was a store/gas station/liquor house/juke joint located on a dirt road off the highway between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro. “Skedman was my grandfather’s nickname,” Price explained. “He was a farmer, a legitimate businessman and bootlegger.” Although the dance work is inspired by events and historical circumstances, it is not strictly narrative and does not tell a single story. “I have done a good deal of research into my family history of Chatham County and similar rural African-American communities. All of the research that I have done informs the work and even the movement vocabulary, but the work does not tell a literal story.”

4) High Country Wine Tour

Join in for the last High Country Wine Tour of the season. The Tour begins at 12 p.m. Oct. 17. Tickets are $35 and include a box lunch, wine tasting keepsake glass, and sampling at each winery. For reservations and info call 828-898-5605. There are limited seats available. 

5) Breakfast at the Post

Woolly Worms, Valle Crucis Fair and Leaf Looking begin on Saturday with the Watauga American Legion Post #130’s “Country Breakfast at the Post” on Saturday morning, Oct. 19 from 7-10 a.m. The cost is $8 per person for an all-you-can-eat home-cooked breakfast with a menu including: country ham, sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, grits, cooked apples and fresh fruit, orange juice and coffee, regular and buckwheat pancakes and take out is available. This event is open to the public. 

6) Brass Chamber Ensemble Performs Oct. 28

The Brass Chamber Ensemble will perform on Monday, Oct. 28, at Appalachian State University. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Broyhill Music Center. The event is free and open to the public. The concert is sponsored by the Hayes School of Music. The Brass Chamber Ensembles will perform “Olympic Fanfare” by John Williams, “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber and “Quintet, Op. 72 (1961)” by Malcom Arnold, featuring David Marvel and Matt Dickson on trumpet, Doug Poteat on horn, John Louis on trombone and Blake Ryall on tuba. The ensembles will also be performing “Power” by John Stevens featuring Jacob Lumpkin and Josh Singleton on Euphonium and Austin McCall and Christopher Moore on the tuba, “Canzona per sonare No. 1 “La Spiritata” (1608)” by Giovanni Gabrieli featuring Omar Colon and Austin Wiley on euphonium and Stephanie Lumpkin and Blake Ryall on the tuba. The last set of songs include “Sonata No.22 from Hora Decima” by Johann Pezel, “Stardust” by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish featuring Jason Grimes and Crystal Snyder on trumpet, Austin Berry on horn, Christa White on trombone and Sephanie Lumpkin on tuba, “Song for Japan” by Steven Verhelst and “Achieved is the Glorious Work” by Franz Joseph Haydn. The Appalachian Chamber Ensembles are coached by faculty members Christopher J. Blaha, Drew Leslie and James Stokes Jr. 

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