The sights and sounds of An Appalachian Summer Festival are bringing the season to life in the High Country. AASF, the Southeast region’s can’t-miss multidisciplinary arts festival, has packed the month of July with unforgettable performances and displays. Here’s a look at what the festival has in store for you this weekend:
Parsons Dance – Friday, July 10
The New York City-based professional dance company Parsons Dance will perform at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on July 10 at 8 p.m. World-renowned for its dancers’ nimble physiques and stunning ensemble work, Parsons Dance will deliver an exciting experience not to be missed. Works include Parsons’ stroboscopic masterpiece “Caught” and his latest creation “Whirlaway,” Robert Battle’s percussive work “Train” and Trey McIntyre’s duet “Hymn.” For more information, visit http://appsummer.org/schedule/id/parsons-dance.
Brian Stokes Mitchell with the Winston-Salem Symphony – Saturday, July 11
Named “The Last Leading Man” by The New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway, television and film, along with appearances in the great American concert halls. On July 11 at 8 p.m. the Schaefer Center for the Performing arts will welcome Mitchell with the Winston-Salem Symphony, one of the region’s oldest and most respected professional arts organizations. For more information, visit http://appsummer.org/schedule/id/mitchell.
Eastern Festival Orchestra with Awadagin Pratt, piano – Sunday, July 12
Under the direction of Maestro Gerard Schwarz, the Eastern Festival Orchestra returns to the festival on July 12 at 4 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts for an afternoon of performances featuring soloists Awadagin Pratt (piano) and Amber Carpenter (harp), first-prize winner of the 2014 Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists. For more information, visit http://appsummer.org/schedule/id/efo-schwarz-pratt.
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.