An Appalachian Summer Festival
2012’s An Appalachian Summer Festival won’t start with a
It’ll start with a laugh.
Actually, make that laughs.
Renowned comedian and actor Bill Cosby will open this year’s festival with two performances June 30, bringing to a start one of the most anticipated celebrations of performing arts in the region.
The festival runs June 30 to July 28, presenting what organizers call “a diverse mixture of music, dance, theater, visual arts and film events,” which is said to attract more than 27,000 visitors to the High Country each summer.
“We’ve got a lot of impressive artists coming this summer,” said Megan Stage, manager of marketing and public relations for Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs.
Those artists include Creedence Clearwater Revisited with special guest Lee Brice, as well as Chicago and The Doobie Brothers.
Featuring Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, who composed the rhythm section of the original Creedence Clearwater Revival, Creedence Clearwater Revisited will host the festival’s popular outdoor fireworks concert at Kidd Brewer Stadium July 7.
Chicago and The Doobie Brothers will perform July 25 at the Holmes Convocation Center, with each performing a separate set before jamming together for the grand finale.
Other highlights include singer Linda Elder’s “Songbirds: A Tribute to the Ladies,” where she’ll celebrate the music of Lena Horn, Etta James, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland and others July 20, and The Travelin’ McCourrys with Sierra Hull and Highway 111.
And, of course, there’s more, with return appearances from the Eastern Festival Orchestra and the Carolina Ballet, along with theater, film screenings and visual arts workshops.
“We’ve also changed it up a little bit this year, offering more family opportunities, as well, for kids to take advantage of a live performance, get them more into the theater.”
For instance, on July 22, the Eastern Festival Orchestra will present “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”
“There are just some great artists coming, and we’re really excited about it,” Stage said, adding that many fans feel the same. “Just in passing when we’re talking to people, we’ve gotten some great reactions.”
Tickets to An Appalachian Summer Festival performances go on sale Wednesday, April 11, at 9 a.m. Prices range from $5 to $50 depending on the event. Most visual arts and educational events are free of charge. The festival offers a “Pick 5” pass, which discounts tickets purchased in multiples of five, and the film pass offers a 10-percent discount when a ticket for all films is purchased. No discounts are available online.
For discounted tickets, call or visit the box office. There will be no refunds. For tickets and more information, call (800) 841-2787 or (828) 262-4046 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or visit http://www.appsummer.org.
An Appalachian Summer Festival is presented by the ASU Office of Arts and Cultural Programs.
June 24 – Pre-festival trip to Greensboro for Triad Stage’s “The Illusion”
June 30 – An Evening with Bill Cosby; Farthing Auditorium, 4 & 8 p.m.
July 1 – Rosen-Schaffel Young Artist Competition; Rosen Concert Hall, 1-5 p.m.
July 2 – Film: “The Hedgehog”; Farthing Auditorium, 8 p.m.
July 5 – Broyhill Chamber Ensemble; Rosen Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
July 6 – TCVA Summer Exhibition Celebration; TCVA, 7-9 p.m.
July 7 – Outdoor Concert: Creedence Clearwater Revisited with Lee Brice; Kidd Brewer Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
July 8 – Hayes School of Music Faculty Showcase Concert; Rosen Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
July 10 – Film: “Women on the 6th Floor”; Farthing Auditorium, 8 p.m.
July 11 – Lunch & Learn; Turchin Center Lecture Hall, Noon
July 12 – Belk Distinguished Lecture with Clyde Edgerton; Plemmons Student Union, 3:30 p.m.
July 12 – Broyhill Chamber Ensemble; Rosen Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
July 13 – Carolina Ballet; Farthing Auditorium, 8 p.m.
July 14 – Turchin Center Family Day; TCVA, 11 a.m.–2 p.m,
July 14 – Solas; Farthing Auditorium, 8 p.m.
July 15 – Eastern Festival Orchestra with Alexander Toradze, piano; Farthing Auditorium, 8 p.m.
July 16 – Film: “My Afternoons with Margueritte”; Farthing Auditorium, 8 p.m.
July 18 – Lunch & Learn; Turchin Center Lecture Hall, Noon
July 19 – Department of Theatre & Dance: “Shipwrecked”; Valborg Theatre, 8 p.m.
July 20 – Linda Eder: Songbirds - A Tribute to the Ladies; Farthing Auditorium, 8 p.m.
July 21 – The Travelin’ McCourys with Sierra Hull & Highway 111; Farthing Auditorium, 8 p.m.
July 22 – Eastern Festival Orchestra: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”; Farthing Auditorium, 4 p.m.
July 23 – Film: “The Well Digger’s Daughter”; Farthing Auditorium, 8 p.m.
July 25 – Lunch & Learn; Turchin Center Lecture Hall, Noon
July 25 – Chicago and The Doobie Brothers; Holmes Convocation Center, 7:30 p.m.
July 26 – Broyhill Chamber Ensemble; Rosen Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
July 27 – Department of Theatre & Dance: “Fellow Traveler”; Valborg Theatre, 8 p.m.
July 28 – 26th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk; Farthing Auditorium, 10 a.m.
July 28 – Family Classic Movie Night: “Swiss Family Robinson”; Farthing Auditorium, 7 p.m.