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Bill Cosby and Creedence Clearwater Revisited with Lee Brice Kick Off An Appalachian Summer Festival

June 26, 2012. Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts attraction, An Appalachian Summer Festival, begins Saturday with two sold out shows and continues the following week with a classical music competition, a french film, an art exhibition opening and an outdoor fireworks concert with classic rock legends and a country music star. Check out the events below for more information and for a sneak peek at upcoming festival events throughout the month of July.


An Evening with Bill Cosby-SOLD OUT

June 30, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Farthing Auditorium, Appalachian State University

Iconic actor, author and comedian, Bill Cosby, comes to the campus of Appalachian State University to perform two shows on Saturday, June 30. With both performances selling out more than two weeks before the show, Cosby is the opening event of the 2012 Appalachian Summer Festival—a month-long multidisciplinary arts festival in the High Country of North Carolina. For more information on this event, and to watch a personalized video by Bill Cosby about this event, visit appsummer.org/schedule/super/id/cosby.

Sponsored by Westglow Resort & Spa and Rowland’s Restaurant with performance sponsorships by Mast General Store and Storie Street Grille.



Rosen-Schaffel Young Artist Competition

July 1, 1-5 p.m.

Rosen Concert Hall, Appalachian State University

The second annual Rosen-Schaffel Young Artist Competition provides a platform for eight young classical music performers to share their talent in front of an audience and a jury panel consisting of three world-renowned orchestra conductors. The top three performers, chosen by the jury, are awarded cash prizes with the first place winner receiving the opportunity to return to the festival the following year and perform a solo with the Eastern Festival Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Schwarz. The audience will be given the opportunity to vote for an Audience Choice winner. For more information, visit appsummer.org/schedule/id/410.


An Appalachian Rendezvous with French Cinema

The Hedgehog

July 2, 8 p.m. (pre-film discussion with the film immediately following)

Farthing Auditorium, Appalachian State University

Inspired by the best-selling novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog, this film is moving story of love, life and the beauty of unexpected friendships. This film includes subtitles. For a film synopsis and to watch the trailer, visit appsummer.org/schedule/id/411.

Sponsored by Footsloggers Outdoor & Travel Outfitters


Broyhill Chamber Ensemble

A Schubertiade

July 5, 8 p.m.

Rosen Concert Hall, Appalachian State University

The Broyhill Chamber Ensemble will gather together to trade instrumental versions of some of Franz Schubert’s most beloved music, culminating in the monumental String Quintet. For more information on this performance and for a list of artists performing, visit appsummer.org/schedule/id/404.

Sponsored by McDonald’s of Boone


Turchin Center Summer Exhibition Celebration

July 6, 7-9 p.m.

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University

Free and Open to the Public

A part of downtown Boone’s First Friday Art Crawl, the Turchin Center opens new exhibitions and celebrates current ones during the biggest summer art party in the High Country! Enjoy live music by The Lucky Strikes, a cash bar, appetizers and a chance to meet the artists! The center will be opening an international exhibition of Polish artwork as well as a show by Catherine Altice. For more information, visit tcva.org/calendar/events/721.


Outdoor Fireworks Concert

Creedence Clearwater Revisited with special guest Lee Brice

July 7, 7:30 p.m. (Gates open at 6 p.m.)

Kidd Brewer Stadium, Appalachian State University

The festival’s most anticipated event every year returns with classic rock legends Creedence Clearwater Revisited with special guest, country star Lee Brice for a night of great music and fireworks! Tailgating is permitted in designated parking lots and picnics in the stadium are encouraged! For videos and more information on this concert, visit appsummer.org/schedule/id/390.

Sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation with supporting sponsorship by the Scholars Bookshop at the University Bookstore.


Workshops and Tours

The festival offers many visual arts workshops throughout the festival. Upcoming workshops include Intersecting Experimental Watercolor with Paper Crafting and Figure Drawing. For more information and a complete workshop schedule, visit tcva.org/calendar/mega/713

The Turchin Center also offers free guided tours throughout the festival every Saturday in July beginning at 2 p.m. On Saturday, July 7, the tour will be on the exhibition, STUFF: Where does it come from and where does it go? by Bryant Holsenbeck. For more information on the Inside Exhibitions tours, visit tcva.org/calendar/events/727.


Upcoming festival events include:

Carolina Ballet July 13

Solas July 14

Eastern Festival Orchestra July 15

Shipwrecked! An Entertainment by Donald Margulies July 19 

Linda Eder: Songbirds July 20

The Travelin’ McCourys with Sierra Hull and Highway 111 July 21

Chicago and The Doobie Brothers July 25

26th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk July 28

For information on vacation packages, restaurant partners and additional festival information, visit www.appsummer.org.