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This Week at AASF: ‘Valley of Saints,’ Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, Postmodern Juke Box

Appalachian State University wraps up its annual multidisciplinary arts festival this week with an all-star lineup of film, theater and classical and popular music. The summer might be drawing to an end, but there’s a lot left to experience at An Appalachian Summer Festival. Click here for tickets and more information.

Lunch and Learn: How to Look at Dance with Ray Miller

Wed. July 29, Turchin Center, noon to 1 p.m.

Join Ray Miller, Professor in Dance Studies in the Department of Theatre and Dance, in a discussion of how to look at dance. Attending a dance concert is often exciting, and exhilarating!  Yet, because it is so dynamic and ephemeral, an audience member can wonder if they are getting as much out of the experience as they can because “it goes by so quickly.”

“Valley of Saints” (2012)

This lunch and learn is an opportunity to have a conversation about how we can best look at dance so that we can get the most out of watching and experiencing a dance performance. Bring your enthusiasm. Bring your questions. Let’s have a conversation about how to engage with the poetry of movement we call dance.

Helene and Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series: “Valley of Saints” (2012)

Wed. July 29, Schaefer Center, pre-film talk with Dr. John Pfeifer beings at 7 p.m.

In war-torn Kashmir, a lakeside city is plunged into a military curfew. Stranded together on breathtaking Dal Lake, a working-class boatman and a beautiful young scientist form an unlikely bond. But as violence spills in from the city, their budding romance may not survive.

India/Kashmir; Not rated; Directed by Musa Syeed; 82 minutes.

Broyhill Chamber Ensemble

Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, Inbal Segev

Thurs. July 30, Rosen Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

The Broyhill Chamber Ensemble is an extraordinary association of internationally acclaimed musicians which, in association with its international Reflections series, presents an alternative to the conventional approach to chamber music programming.

  • Gil Morgenstern, violin
  • Kathryn Lockwood, viola
  • Inbal Segev, cello
  • Rieko Aizawa, piano

Program highlights:

  • Piano Quartet No. 1 in c minor, Op. 15
  • Gabriel Fauré
  • Allegro molto moderato
  • Scherzo – Allegro vivo
  • Adagio
  • Allegro molto
  • Piano Quartet in g minor, Op. 25
  • Johaness Brahms
  • Allegro
  • Intermezzo: Allegro
  • Andante con moto
  • Rondo alla Zingarese: Presto
ASF Postmodern Jukebox
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Juke Box

Fri. July 31, Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.

Scott Bradlee is an American musician, pianist, arranger and YouTube sensation noted for recording pop hits of the present performed à la pop hits of the past. Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” assayed as a doo-wop number; Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” modified in flapper jazz; Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” rendered as a 1940s big-band standard. Bradlee manifests postmodernist ideas in his approach to production and business as well as music.

The work of Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox has been viewed on the ensemble’s YouTube channel well over a hundred million times. Most of those doing the viewing, however, are not fully aware of the method to Bradlee’s madness. See this awesome display of talent for yourself on Friday at the Schaefer Center!




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. To purchase tickets, call or visit the Schaefer Center box office at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046. Tickets can also be purchased online at appsummer.org.


About An Appalachian Summer Festival

An Appalachian Summer Festival is presented annually in July by the university’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs. Beginning as a small chamber music series, the festival has emerged as one of the nation’s most highly regarded, multi-disciplinary art festivals, designated one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. True to a university-based arts festival, educational experiences such as lectures and opportunities to meet artists, artistic directors, competition jurors and other experts, have always been an important component of festival programming.