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Published Monday, September 28, 2015 at 11:37 am

1) Appalachian Symphony Band to Perform on Oct. 5

Compositions arranged for band based on original works for piano, choir, symphony and King Henry VIII’s court are featured in an Appalachian Symphony Band concert called “Borrowed and Blurred!” The program begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Admission is free.

The concert is directed by Kevin Gray Richardson, a member of the Hayes School of Music faculty, with graduate conductors Matthew Brusseau and Onsby Rose.

The performance opens with Philip Sparke’s arrangement of “Pastime with Good Company,” written by King Henry VIII.  It will be followed by Norman Dello Joio’s “Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn,” based on a theme from a composition for piano by Haydn.

Brusseau will conduct “The Beethoven Machine” composed by Michael Colgrass. The composition is based on a sonatina written by Beethoven when he was a child.

The band also will perform Larry Daehn’s band transcription of “March Slav,” written by Tchaikovsky for orchestra.

The poetry of Robert Burns inspired Percy Aldridge Grainger’s “Ye Banks and Braes O’Bonnie Doon.”  Grainger wrote the composition for choir in 1903 and wrote the band setting in 1932.

The band will premier William G. Harbinson’s band arrangement “Of Fire and Ice.” The work was originally composed for the University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra and performed in 2012. The title refers to the use of opposing styles throughout the piece – fiery horns and percussion followed by quieter passages, and harmonies contrasted by dissonant passages. Harbinson is a member of the Hayes School of Music faculty and a former dean of the school.

2) Holiday Clay Workshop at Art of Living Retreat Set for Oct 13, 15, 20, 22

The Art of Living Retreat Center Pottery Studio will offer “Holiday Clay Workshop,” a ten hour class for beginning and intermediate students. Students can choose from either of two sections:

Section one: October 13 & 15; 20 & 22 – Tuesdays/Thursdays from

6-8:30 PM

Section two: October 17 & 18; 24 & 25 – Saturday/Sunday from

6-8:30pm  PM

Participants will make functional and decorative pieces, using hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Special introductory rate is $99, includes materials, and is limited to six adults. Early enrollment is encouraged. Instructor Laurie Caffery Harris. The Art of Living Retreat Center is located at 639 Whispering Hills Road in Boone. For more information or to register call 800-392-6870 or email [email protected].

3) Lucile Miller Observatory in Maiden Open to the Public During October

The Lucile Miller Observatory will be open twice in October for public observing. We will be open on the first and third Fridays, October 2 and October 16, 2015 from 7:30 until 11 p.m.  The observatory is located on the campus of Maiden Middle School (the old high school) in Maiden, North Carolina.  These are a free events, all ages and interests are welcome, and no reservations are needed. October 2 will be open rain or shine. October 16 will be clear sky only with no indoor presentations.

Weather permitting, our telescopes will be available to will observe Saturn, the Moon and the early fall sky.  Light refreshments will be available.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own telescope if they have questions on how to use it or if it needs adjustment.

These events are sponsored by The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club. Please visit our website at for driving directions to the observatory.  You may contact Jeff Whisenant at 828 850 6433 or [email protected] for additional information.

 4) ASU Theatre Presents “An Enemy of the People” Sept. 30 – Oct. 3

Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents “An Enemy of the People,” playwright Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 masterpiece about an eco-conscious doctor who uncovers a controversial secret. Under the direction of Dr. Kin-Yan Szeto, this timely play will be performed in the Valborg Theatre on the Appalachian campus from Sept. 30- Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Oct. 4.

This production is the first main stage event in the 2015-16 season of the Department of Theatre and Dance, which runs from September through May of each academic year.

Ticket prices are $10 for students and $17 for adults. Tickets are available in person at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts box office Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., by phone at 828-262-4046, at the Valborg Theatre Box Office Monday through Friday 1-5 p.m., and online at

Szeto, an associate professor of theatre, has previously directed Appalachian productions of “The Other Shore” and “WTC View.”  Her concept for “An Enemy of the People” brings a fresh new look to this classic play about the environment in our changing world.  Szeto sets the work in a rustic 1950s Norwegian town where social standing and politics rule above all else. Dr. Thomas Stockmann, a high-ranking member of society and brother to the mayor, uncovers a controversial secret that could tear the fabric of their community.

In conjunction with an experienced design team that includes faculty members Mike Helms (sets), Martha Marking (costumes and make up), John Marty (lighting) and student David Sabbagh (sound), Szeto has decided to mirror the historical development of the media. By recreating the era that transformed black-and-white cinematography into color film, all the characters in the script that are apprehensive of change are attired in monochromatic tones, progressing to gradual color in their apparel as they become enlightened to the issues confronting their community. Szeto explains, “Light and sound will compliment these changes and underscore different moments of awakening as the show proceeds.”

This production features 12 actors, ranging from freshmen to graduating seniors. Justin McGovney, senior theatre arts major, portrays the title role of Dr. Thomas Stockmann, with juniors Melanie Lech and Dylan Brown appearing in leading roles.

About Valborg Theatre

Valborg Theatre is located on campus at the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street.  The theatre entrance faces the back of Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty/staff lots and after 5:30 p.m. in the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons.

About the Department of Theatre and Dance

The Department of Theatre and Dance is housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to provide liberal arts educational opportunities including B.A. degrees in dance studies and theatre arts. The department also values the opportunity to offer coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Vital to the support of this mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program that provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region. The departmental philosophy is to support the university’s liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship and service.

5) Veterans Affairs Offering Free Flu Shots and Health Care Registration Info

The W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center’s Rural Health Program will provide free flu shots to all Veterans currently enrolled in the VA healthcare system and those Veterans possessing a DD-214 and valid photo ID.  Flu shots will be available at the Boone Mall, 1180 Blowing Rock Road, Suite E6, Boone, NC on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 10 am – 12 pm.

All former and current military members are encouraged to attend.  VA staff will also provide health care registration, education and information services to all non-registered veterans and assistance in completing enrollment applications, requesting DD Form 214s, and initiating MyHealtheVet online services.

Former military members who are not currently enrolled for VA health care benefits will need to bring a copy of their DD Form 214 to attach to their application for VA health care benefits. Veterans who cannot locate their DD Form 214 can request a copy from

For more information, call 1-800-469-8262, ext. 4958/4960/4937/4315.  VA outreach activities are posted on the events calendar at    For more VA information, visit  or find us on Facebook



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