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Take a Musical Journey Through Watauga County with Composer, Violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and Laurelyn Dossett Nov. 1

Oct. 29, 2012. Appalachian State University’s Performing Arts Series is participating in a statewide collaboration with arts presenters all over North Carolina to bring Connecting Crossroads in North Carolina to the High Country. Composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett have travelled from the mountains to the sea of our state seeking stories to inspire a new collection of music that represents North Carolina.

At the conclusion of their week-long residency, DBR and Laurelyn will perform selections from the Connecting Crossroads CD, The Collide. Accompanying them at the performance will be musicians from around the High Country showcasing the diverse talent of our region.

Connecting Crossroads’ public performance is on Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. at Valborg Theatre. For tickets, call 1-800-841-ARTS or 828-262-4046 or visit www.pas.appstate.edu. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Performing Arts Series box office, which has temporarily moved to the Valborg Theatre during the Farthing Auditoriumrenovation project.

About the Performance

The first part of the program will take the audience on a musical journey through Watauga County, featuring a diverse array of musicians representing the sounds, character and rich traditions of the High Country’s cultural landscape. The following musicians will be showcased in the first half of the performance:

Rick Ward- banjo

Appalachian Gospel Choir

Hayes School of Music Jazz Vocal Ensemble

The New River Boys- folk/rock band

Hayes School of Music- The Dvořák String Quintet

Tickets to the performance are $10 for adults and $8 for students/children. For more information and to see a video on the making of The Collide, visit http://pas.appstate.edu/schedule/id/connecting-crossroads. 

About DBR and Laurelyn Dossett

Having carved a reputation for himself as an innovative composer, performer, violinist, and bandleader, Haitian-Americanartist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) melds his classical music roots with his own cultural references and vibrant musical imagination. Proving that he’s “about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times), DBR has collaborated and performed with Philip Glass, Cassandra Wilson, Bill T. Jones, and Lady Gaga. For more information on DBR, click here http://pas.appstate.edu/schedule/id/connecting-crossroads. 

Singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett lives and writes in the piedmont of North Carolina, and her songs tend to reflect the stories of the region, both traditional and contemporary. Laurelyn’s songs have been covered by many bands, including Grammy-winning artists Levon Helm and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She has partnered with playwright Preston Lane, writing the music for four plays that premiered at Triad Stage and continue to be performed around thecountry. Laurelyn is a frequent performer at regional music festivals such as Merlefest and has been a guest on the popular National Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion. For more information on Laurelyn, click here http://pas.appstate.edu/schedule/id/connecting-crossroads.

Public Residency Events

Community Acoustic Jam Session

Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.




Ashe Civic Center

Concert in West Jefferson

Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.

$12 adults, $5 kids



Upcoming Performing Arts Series Events

Appalachian’s Office of Multicultural Student Development presents An Evening with Maya Angelou

The 29th MLK Commemoration

Tuesday, Jan. 22


New YorkPolyphony

Friday, Feb. 8


Walnut Street Theatre presents

Around the World in 80 Days

by Mark Brown/Adapted from the novel by Jules Verne

Wednesday, Feb. 20


Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell and Bastien und Bastienne by W.A. Mozart

Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music Opera Program

Thursday, April 4- Saturday, April 6


An Evening with Garrison Keillor and Musical Guests

Tuesday, April 16