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Kruger Brothers Kick Off ASU’s Performing Arts Series Performing ‘Appalachian Concerto’ Thursday, Sept. 13

Sept. 12, 2012. Appalachian State University’s Performing Arts Series announces its 2012-13 schedule highlighted with many collaborations with campus and community partners. Beginning Sept. 13, 2012 with The Kruger Brothers performing Appalachian Concerto, featuring Appalachian’s Hayes Faculty Ensemble and ending April 16, 2013 with An Evening with Garrison Keillor and Musical Guests, the 2012-13 Performing Arts Series spans the entire academic year with events ranging from music, theatre and opera.
Tickets are on sale now by calling 1-800-841-ARTS or 828-262-4046 or clicking www.pas.appstate.edu. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Performing Arts Series box office which has temporarily moved to the Valborg Theatre during the Farthing Auditorium renovation project. 
The Kruger Brothers performing Appalachian Concerto
Thursday, September 13
8 p.m.
Rosen Concert Hall
Ticket Prices: Adults: $15; Students/Children: $8
Composed in 2010, Appalachian Concerto was commissioned by the Ashe County Arts Council and is a work for banjo, bass, guitar and string quartet. Innovative, challenging and beautiful, the piece takes the ensemble playing the Kruger Brothers are famous for to an entirely new level of musicianship. The Kruger Brothers’ bluegrass sound blended with symphonic music brings to life the history and and celebrates the culture of Appalachia. For more information on the Kruger Brothers and to purchase tickets to this performance, visit http://pas.appstate.edu/schedule/id/kruger-brothers

Appalachian’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents ‘Noises Off’
by Michael Frayn/directed by Joel Williams
Wednesday, October 3-Saturday, October 6
7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 7
2 p.m.
Valborg Theatre
Ticket Prices: Adults: $15; Appalachian Faculty: $13; Students/Children: $8
Noises Off peels back the theatrical curtain on the escapades of a theatre company in the final hours of producing the fictional farce, Nothing On. Fans of bloopers and out-takes will be rolling in the aisles at the hapless and frantic antics of this befuddled acting troupe. For more information on this production presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance, or to purchase tickets, visit http://pas.appstate.edu/schedule/super/id/noises-off  

Star of the Sea Studios presents Dragons in the Mountain
Friday, October 26
Saturday, October 27
8 p.m.
Broyhill Events Center
Ticket Prices: Adults: $10; Students/Children: $8

This original theater work produced by Star of the Sea Studios utilizes exquisite puppets, masks, poetry and song, video, photography and live music to weave story and place in a mythical Appalachian landscape. The story follows a worn down, burnt out environmental activist as he embarks on a visionary journey to (re-) connect with a sustainable energy of the soul. For more information on this performance, or to purchase tickets, visit http://pas.appstate.edu/schedule/super/id/dragons-in-the-mountain

Connecting Crossroads in North Carolina with Daniel Bernard Roumain and Laurelyn Dossett
Thursday, November 1
8 p.m.
Valborg Theatre
Ticket Prices: Adults $10; Students/Children: $8
Recently, acclaimed composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), known Gaga, teamed up with one of the most sought-after voices in creative collaborations, North Carolina singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett, and the two embarked on a statewide, mountains-to-coast journey. The result is a new collection of musical works that reflect the people and places of North Carolina, presented in collaboration with communities across the state. After a weeklong residency in the High Country, the award-winning creative team will perform in concert at Appalachian. For more information on this performance that the residency, or to purchase tickets, visit http://pas.appstate.edu/schedule/id/connecting-crossroads
Appalachian’s Office of Multicultural Student Development presents An Evening with Maya Angelou
The 29th MLK Commemoration
Tuesday, January 22
7 p.m.
Holmes Convocation Center

Maya Angelou is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature and as a remarkable poet, educator and director. Ms. Angelou has authored 11 best-selling books including I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and her current best seller, Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now. Ms. Angelou will be the keynote speaker at the 29th Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration. For more information on this event, visit http://pas.appstate.edu/schedule/id/maya-angelou.  

New York Polyphony
Friday, February 8
8 p.m. 
Rosen Concert Hall
Ticket Prices: Adults: $15; Students/Children: $8
Praised by National Public Radio for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts,” the New York Polyphony is establishing a reputation as one of the world’s finest vocal chamber ensembles. The four men deliver dynamic performances in a wide range of styles which ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary works. For more information on the New York Polyphony or to purchase tickets to this performance, visit http://pas.appstate.edu/schedule/id/new-york-polyphony
Walnut Street Theatre presents
Around the World in 80 Days
by Mark Brown/Adapted from the novel by Jules Verne
Wednesday, February 20
8 p.m.
Valborg Theatre
Ticket Prices: Adults: $15; Students/Children: $8
Before there were pirates in the Caribbean or anyone was raiding the lost ark, there was Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days—the mother of all adventure stories. Mark Brown’s thrilling adaptation is a whirlwind trip filled with exotic locales, narrow escapes and great fun. And you think travel today is a challenge! For more information on this performance, or to purchase tickets, visit http://pas.appstate.edu/schedule/id/around-the-world
Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell and Bastien und Bastienne 
by W.A. Mozart
Thursday, April 4 – Saturday, April 6
8 p.m.
Sunday, April 7
2 p.m.
Rosen Concert Hall
Ticket Prices: Adults: $10; Students/Children: $8
Two wonderful operas highlight the Hayes School of Music spring opera program. Mozart’s one-act comic opera, Bastien and Bastienne, along with Dido and Aeneas, an opera in a prologue and three acts by Henry Purcell to a libretto by Nahum Tate, combine for a magical evening of opera! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://pas.appstate.edu/schedule/super/id/opera
An Evening with Garrison Keillor and Musical Guests
Tuesday, April 16
8 p.m.
Holmes Convocation Center
Ticket Prices: Adults: $38; Faculty/Staff: $35; Students (ages 6-18): $20; Appalachian students: $15
Widely known as host of the popular public radio program A Prairie Home Companion, “everyman philosopher” and social pundit Garrison Keillor is one of America’s foremost humorists, authors and storytellers. In this entertaining evening, he goes local, performing with some of our region’s finest musicians. For more information on Garrison Keillor, or to purchase tickets this event, visit http://pas.appstate.edu/schedule/id/garrison-keillor