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Today’s Email Announcements

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) Applications for MerleFest Volunteers Opens Oct. 1

MerleFest 2016, presented by Window World, will begin accepting online applications for its popular volunteer program on October 1, 2015. MerleFest 2016 will take place April 28-May 1.

Volunteer applications will be accepted online at www.MerleFest.org/volunteer<http://www.MerleFest.org/volunteer>. Those who prefer a hard copy application may request one by emailing MerleFest.volunteer@wilkescc.edu<mailto:MerleFest.volunteer@wilkescc.edu> or calling 336-838-6262. Anyone who wishes to volunteer should complete an application early because slots fill up quickly. The Volunteer section of the MerleFest website, www.MerleFest.org<http://www.MerleFest.org>, provides additional details about volunteering at MerleFest.

With over 800 individuals participating each year, MerleFest volunteers are considered vital to the success of the festival. While some come from the surrounding community to help out, volunteers for the festival also come from all over the world, many of whom make their work at MerleFest an annual event.

An obvious benefit to being a MerleFest volunteer is admittance into the festival: each volunteer receives free entry for each day a shift is worked (usually three to five hours long); volunteers may work one, two, three or all four days of the festival.

In addition to being an exciting opportunity to experience a world-renowned festival of music, moments and memories up-close, the vast network of volunteers who support MerleFest help make the festival a highly successful fundraiser, as well. As the festival benefits Wilkes Community College, volunteers – while working on campus – get to experience the buildings, gardens and instructional programs that the monies raised through MerleFest make possible each year.

Lee K. Cornett, the MerleFest volunteer coordinator, urges music fans to consider the MerleFest volunteer program. “Volunteering is a great way to give back. And, it is so much fun to volunteer at MerleFest – you walk on campus and feel the excitement in the air,” says Cornett. “It’s a special homecoming, meeting new friends and seeing old ones that you only see once a year at the festival. At the end of the day, you feel like you have made a difference and been a part of something really big.”

Tickets for MerleFest 2016 go on sale November 10 and may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org<http://www.MerleFest.org> or by calling 1-800-343-7857. A three-tiered pricing structure will be offered for MerleFest 2016. An Early Bird Tier 1 ticket discount is available starting November 10 through February 15, 2016. An Early Bird Tier 2 ticket discount will run from February 16, 2016, through April 27, 2016. The third price tier will be gate pricing. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the extended early bird discount.

MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including old-time, classic country, bluegrass, folk and gospel and blues, and expanded to include Americana, classic rock and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. MerleFest has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

3) Register for Turchin Center Bus Trip to Spruce Pine Potters Market by Oct. 2

It’s no wonder that the Spruce Pine Potters Market (SPPM)—an invitational show of thirty regional artists—is so highly anticipated. When it comes to clay, it offers the best of the best, and it happens only once a year. According to American Craft Council Executive Director Emeritus Andrew Glasgow: “The history of the ceramics tradition in North Carolina is incredibly rich. Nowhere is that tradition more fully realized than in the mountains of Mitchell and Yancey Counties. The celebrated potters in this region have become nationally known.”

Let us take you there! For this special event, now in its ninth year, you’ll join both experts and other art lovers (including Turchin Center staff and board members) for a breakfast reception and tour of the TCVA, before being escorted along the scenic winding roads to Spruce Pine and the historic 1932 Cross Street Building. There, you’ll have rare access to new works crafted at private studios throughout Mitchell and Yancey counties, by 30 of the region’s finest potters—all in a single, easily navigated space. The artists will also be on hand to meet you. Like the works on sale here—functional pottery, figurative sculpture, tiles, stoneware, earthenware, and more—these potters represent a compelling range of styles, backgrounds, ages (20s through 80s), and interests. (In the words of the SPPM: “. . . each [artist has] a unique story told through their work in clay.”)

Pottery and sculpture is priced to fit every budget. Lunch is available. Raffle tickets to win a piece of art donated by four of the Market artists will be on sale. For more information: http://sprucepinepottersmarket.com.

Turchin Center Bus Trips provide community members with the opportunity to travel outside the High County to experience great art of our region. Thanks to our network of professional art organizations and collectors, these trips offer exclusive experiences for those traveling. The traveling is also an important part as participants share the trip with like-minded individuals who love great art, fellowship, fun and food. Each ticket covers round trip transportation, lunch, all admission costs and refreshments. Seating is limited on each of these trips so secure your spot today!

4) Share the Warmth Clothing Drive, Now through Oct. 5

The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge is accepting donations of new or gently used men’s, women’s and children’s coats, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves and shoes. They are collecting items through Oct. 5 and they will be distributed at the Hospitality House on Oct. 9. You can drop your donations off at the WFBR office, Footsloggers or Tricia Wilson Law Office (3616 Mitchell Ave. in Linville), If you are available to help sort items between Oct. 7-9 and would like to volunteer your time, call Judy Painter at 828-297-1948 or reach her by email at mama.painter@gmail.com.

5) 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 www.theatreanddance.appstate.edu.

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.

6) Awesome Autumn Oyster Bash at Blind Squirrel Brewery Set for Oct. 24

Come join us October 24, 2015 for the return of
Blind Squirrel Brewery’s Awesome Autumn Oyster Bash!
Help us kick off our Fall and Winter seasons with great food, music, and prizes. Oysters will be served 5 different ways and this year you are in for a treat:
we will be smoking a whole pig from Soggy Bottom Farms of Spruce Pine with Whisky spirals from our friends at Defiant Whisky in Golden Valley, NC!
Beer specials and bottle sales will be going on throughout the day. The party begins at Noon and food will be served til 6:00 pm with beverage service running until 9:00 pm.
This is a PRE-SOLD event; tickets are limited.
Only $75 for a day of food, fun, and music! Be sure to check out our Limited Release beer selection!
Tickets are available for purchase on our website by clicking
Call 828-765-9696 for more information