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An Appalachian Summer starts June 30

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Article Published: Jun. 28, 2012 | Modified: Jun. 28, 2012
An Appalachian Summer starts June 30

The Doobie Brothers will perform with Chicago July 25 as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival.

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Bill Cosby, TCVA Summer Exhibition Celebration, Creedence Clearwater Revisited kick off season
Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts attraction, An Appalachian Summer Festival, begins Saturday, June 30, 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 and 8 p.m.
Farthing Auditorium

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. For more information on this event, and to watch a personalized video by Bill Cosby about this event, visit

Rosen-Schaffel Young Artist Competition
July 1, 1 to 5 p.m.
Rosen Concert Hall

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

An Appalachian Rendezvous with French Cinema — ‘The Hedgehog’
July 2, 8 p.m. (prefilm discussion, with the film immediately following)
Farthing Auditorium

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

Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: ‘A Schubertiade’
July 5, 8 p.m.
Rosen Concert Hall

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

Turchin Center Summer Exhibition Celebration
July 6, 7 to 9 p.m.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
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

Outdoor Fireworks Concert — Creedence Clearwater Revisited with Lee Brice
July 7, 7:30 p.m. (Gates open at 6 p.m.)
Kidd Brewer Stadium

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 the concert, visit

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
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

Upcoming Events

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

Additional Images

The Doobie Brothers will perform with Chicago July 25 as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival.
Photo submitted

Creedence Clearwater Revisited performs July 7 for An Appalachian Summer Festival’s Outdoor Fireworks Concert.
Photo submitted

Linda Eder will perform July 20 at ASU.
Photo by Carolina Palmgren

The Carolina Ballet comes to ASU July 13.
Photo courtesy of Chris Walt Photography

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