Appalachian Summer continues

Article Published: Jul. 19, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 27, 2012
Appalachian Summer continues

Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts attraction, An Appalachian Summer Festival, continues this week with a schedule that includes film, art and classical music for the whole family.

UPDATE: According to An Appalachian Summer Festival organizers, the Chicago and Doobie Brothers show scheduled for July 25 is sold out.

An Appalachian Rendezvous with French Cinema: ‘The Well Digger’s Daughter’
Monday, July 23, 8 p.m.
Farthing Auditorium
Admission: $10/$9

There will be a pre-film talk with festival film expert Dr. John Pfeifer, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting approximately 30 minutes.

In “The Well Digger’s Daughter,” Pascal and his genial assistant, Félipe, are middle-aged men leading humble but enjoyable lives digging wells in the French countryside. Pascal hopes to extend his young daughter, Patricia’s, hand in marriage to Félipe, but Patricia prefers rakish pilot Jacques. But Jacques is soon called away to war, only to leave Patricia carrying his unborn child and face the day-to-day struggles created by their actions. When she finds that no one believes her story, she realizes the shortcoming of alternative options and turns toward Félipe.

Unrated; directed by Daniel Auteuil (2011); 107 minutes; this film includes subtitles.

SOLD OUT: Chicago and The Doobie Brothers
Wednesday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.
Holmes Convocation Center
Admission: $52/$37/$17

Rock legends Chicago and The Doobie Brothers share the stage this summer for a night of classic rock hits spanning both artists’ extensive repertoire of chart topping and award-winning hits.

Grammy-winning Chicago is the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s list of Top 100 artists of all time, selling more than 100 million records in a five-decade career with 21 Top 10 singles, five consecutive No. 1 albums, 11 No. 1 singles and five gold singles. Performing these hits are original band members Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow and Walt Parazaider, with Jason Scheff, Tris Imboden, Keith Howland, Lou Pardini and Drew Hester.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of their propulsive roots-based, harmony laden, guitar driven style that sold an estimated 40 million records over the course of four decades, The Doobie Brothers have recently released their first new album in 10 years, “World Gone Crazy,” with a special guest appearance from Willie Nelson. Performing hits from this album, along with classics like “China Grove,” the band includes founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, and 30-plus year veteran John McFee.

AppalCART will supply shuttles from the following stops on campus starting at 5:15 p.m.: Rivers Street, Raley Parking Lot, Broyhill Events Center parking lots, Greenwood Parking Lot, Hill Street Parking Lot.

According to An Appalachian Summer staff, tickets are selling fast and, as a result, are no longer available online. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call the Farthing Auditorium box office at (828) 262-4046.

Broyhill Chamber Ensemble
Thursday, July 26, 8 p.m.
Rosen Concert Hall
Admission: $18/$10

This final concert features the most requested work throughout the history of chamber music at An Appalachian Summer Festival: Brahms’ “Piano Quintet.” In keeping with Reflections Series International’s goal of illuminating familiar works through context, the program compares and contrasts the sounds and colors of two disparate combinations (a string duo and a piano trio), all adding up to the grand finale quintet by Brahms. The concert features Gil Morgenstern and Harumi Rhodes, violin; Kathryn Lockwood, viola; Sophie Shao, cello; and Melvin Chen, piano.

‘Fellow Traveler’ – Staged reading of a new play by Peter Petschauer
Friday, July 27, 8 p.m.
Valborg Theatre
Admission: $10

Hardly a son enjoys discovering the reality of his father’s association with a criminal organization; better to leave that alone. But some pasts will not leave us alone. In this new work, historian and playwright Peter Petschauer confronts the chilling reality of his father’s stint in the Nazi SS. The fast-paced dialogue opens the mindset of this 30-something intellectual and how he moved from enthusiasm for a cause to the undeniable recognition of its folly and brutality. In a rare opportunity for audience members to be a part of the play development process, the audience is invited to participate in a talk-back session with the playwright, director and cast, following the performance.

26th Rosen Sculpture Walk
Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m.
Catherine Smith Gallery (Farthing Auditorium)

The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition is a national juried competition presented annually by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. The Rosen Sculpture Walk sees works by selected finalists situated in outdoor, public spaces on the Appalachian campus. The popular sculpture walk offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the world of contemporary sculpture, through the eyes of the juror. The winner of the 26th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will be announced at the reception to be held at the conclusion of the walk. The sculpture walk will begin at Catherine Smith Gallery, located within Farthing Auditorium.

Family Classic Movie Night: ‘Swiss Family Robinson’
Saturday, July 28, 7 p.m.
Farthing Auditorium
Admission: Free

Revisit childhood memories with this classic adventure film that tells the tale of the Robinson family learning to work together and adapt to a new way of life after being shipwrecked on a deserted island. Using teamwork and creativity, they skillfully discover how to survive living in a tree house while fending off native pirates.

Rated G; directed by Ken Annakin (1960); 126 minutes


Most tickets for An Appalachian Summer Festival events cost $25 for adults, $15 for ASU students, $15 for children ages 6 to 18, and $10 for children younger than 6. Tickets are available at the Farthing Auditorium Box Office, located at 733 Rivers St. on the ASU campus, by calling (800) 841-ARTS, or by visiting

For more information, including workshops, film screenings and other Appalachian Summer events, call (828) 262-4046 or visit

Additional Images

Chicago is teaming up with The Doobie Brothers for a July 25 concert at the Holmes Center.
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The Doobie Brothers are teaming up with Chicago for a July 25 concert at the Holmes Center.
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Sierra Hull will perform with The Travelin' McCourys July 21 at Farthing Auditorium.
Photo by Delman

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