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Tickets Are on Sale Now For An Appalachian Summer Festival, First Event on June 27

Tickets on sale now for all An Appalachian Summer Festival events:
Jennifer Nettles, Chris Botti, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
YES with special guests Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, 
An Evening with Sutton Foster and much more!
BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA—For over three decades, Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts celebration, An Appalachian Summer Festival, has emerged as one of the nation’s leading regional arts festivals, featuring the very best in music, dance, theatre, film and the visual arts. The festival has grown from a popular local and regional event to a destination for visitors from around the Southeast, who are attracted by the breadth and quality of its artistic programming, as well as the natural beauty of its High Country setting. The festival’s 33rd season, to be presented June 27-Aug. 5, 2017, will feature world-renowned performing and visual arts programming. 
With ticket prices ranging from $5-$60, 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. Purchase any five adult tickets, in any combination and receive 10% off. This “Pick 5” ticket discount is only applied to purchases at the box office or by phone. The discount cannot be applied to online orders, films or student/child tickets. 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.  
2017 Festival Season
For videos, images and detailed information about each event, visit www.appsummer.org
Schaefer Popular Series:
Saturday, July 8
8 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Two-time Tony Award-winning actress, singer and dancer Sutton Foster makes her debut on the Schaefer Center stage for a high-spirited evening of song. Sutton has performed in 11 Broadway shows – most recently the revival of “Violet” – and originated roles in the Broadway productions of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Little Women,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Shrek The Musical,” and her Tony Award-winning performances in “Anything Goes” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
Saturday, July 15
8 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Grammy Award-winning Country superstar Jennifer Nettles has become one of the most admired singer-songwriters in music today. Since exploding onto the music scene in 2004 as lead vocalist for international duo Sugarland, Nettles has recently released her debut album “Playing With Fire.”
Saturday, July 22
8 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
For over two decades, multi Grammy Award-winning master trumpeter and composer Chris Botti has amassed a variety of honors, including multiple Gold and Platinum albums, to become the nation’s largest selling instrumental artist.
Thursday, July 27
8 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Bruce Hornsby will perform with his longtime band, the Noisemakers, and tap into many of the genres that have influenced his music over the years— pop, jazz, bluegrass, country and modern classical.
Saturday, Aug. 5
8 p.m., Holmes Convocation Center
Inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in 2017, YES will embark on a national tour, treating fans to a set list of greatest hits from all of the band’s nine studio albums up to 1980, and showcasing the storied history of one of the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands.
Dance Programming:
Friday, July 21
8 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. “Opus Cactus” will take audiences on a visual and sensory journey through the natural wonders of the American Southwestern desert, bringing the landscape to life with dynamic images of cacti, slithering lizards and fire dancers.
Saturday, July 29
8 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Featuring an all-star lineup of choreographers, this exciting Charlotte Ballet performance will leave audiences feeling uplifted, energized and in awe. Enjoy three duets ranging from classical to contemporary and two moving masterworks.
Classical Music Programming:
Friday, June 30 and Tuesday, June 25 at 8p.m.
Sunday, July 16 and Sunday, July 23 at 4 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.
Sunday, July 9
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 masterworks featuring internationally renowned violinist Midori, and Hunter Bockes, first-prize winner of the 2016 Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists.
Sunday, July 30
1 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
In partnership with the Hayes School of Music, the festival proudly presents the seventh season of the highly acclaimed Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young & Emerging Artists, featuring our state’s most promising young classical musicians. 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:
Thursday, July 13 and Friday, July 14
8 p.m., Valborg Theatre
A family is pushed to the breaking point as they struggle to save their beloved matriarch from being robbed of a glorious present by ghosts from her past. A journey through the heartbreak of Alzheimer’s Disease, “Maid’s Door” is “poignant without being manipulative, and thought-provoking without being preachy…a memorable evening at the theatre,” writes Susan Gilmor of Relish.
Thursday, Aug. 3
12:30-6 p.m., Banner Elk
An Appalachian Summer Festival will head to Banner Elk for a matinee performance of “Legally Blonde” by the highly acclaimed Lees McRae Summer Theatre. Following the performance, attendees will dine at Puerto Nuevo before heading back to Boone.
The Helene & Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series:
Wednesdays: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2
7 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
June 28: The Innocents (Poland/France)
July 5: Worlds Apart (Greece)
July 12: Rams (Iceland)
July 19: I, Daniel Blake (UK)
July 26: Glory (Bulgaria)
August 2: Tanna (Vanuatu/Australia)
Young People’s Global Film Series:
Tuesdays, June 27, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1
1 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
June 27: My Lucky Elephant (Thailand)
July 11: Virginia’s Run (Canada)
July 18: Duma (South Africa)
July 25: Secrets of War (Netherlands)
August 1: Theeb (Jordan)
Visual Arts Programming:
Friday, July 7
6-10p.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.
Saturday, July 22
10 a.m., Smith Gallery, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
The Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition is a national, juried competition presented annually by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.  To celebrate the 31st anniversary of this inspiring installation, join competition juror Gregory Elliott on an educational outdoor tour of the ten selected pieces from this year’s competition. The tour will conclude at the Schaefer Center with an awards reception. An additional work of sculpture will be installed at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. 
Lunch and Learn Lectures
Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2
Noon, Turchin Center Lecture Hall
Throughout the month of July
Schedule can be found www.tcva.org/workshops
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. 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 in recent years.
Festival Corporate Sponsors:
Westglow Resort and Spa, 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, and Creekside Electronics 
Festival media sponsors include:
WBTV, WCYB, Charter Media, Our State Magazine, Winston-Salem Journal, Greensboro News & Record, WNC Magazine, High Country Radio, WHKY AM 1290, WDAV 89.9FM, WFDD 88.5FM and WASU 90.5FM.