It’s An Appalachian Summer Festival
In the High Country, summer isn’t just a season.
It’s An Appalachian Summer Festival.
Appalachian State University’s premier celebration of the arts returns this July (with a few features in May and June), packing practically a year’s worth of performances and activities into one month.
And with the transformation of Farthing Auditorium into the state-of-the-art Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, this year’s festival promises a summer like no other.
From Lyle Lovett to the Eastern Festival Orchestra to The Band Perry, the festival strikes a chord when it comes to music, but other acts, like Triad Stage’s production of “Tennessee Playboy,” the Independent Films from Around the World series and the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk, ensure that variety takes center stage.
“More than any other year, I feel that this year has not only captured the diversity in programming that the festival strives to achieve, but also has accomplished a way to diversify our audiences, as well,” said Megan Stage, the festival’s marketing and public relations manager.
For instance, Stage said, singer-songwriter and Broadway star Idina Menzel will capture the theater crowd, while also appealing to a younger audience from her appearances on the TV show, “Glee.”
“We have heard so many young girls get so excited that ‘Rachel's mom’ is coming to Boone,” Stage said, referring to Menzel’s role in the popular series. “It really is so rewarding to see a younger generation get excited about the artists we bring and about attending a live performance.”
Stage also mentioned The Band Perry, the pop-country trio that’ll perform at the ever-popular Outdoor Fireworks Concert.
“The Band Perry is so popular right now in country music that the excitement for that show is incredible and contagious,” Stage said. “Every time I hear someone talking about how much they are looking forward to the festival this year, it gives our staff a renewed energy for what we do.”
Some of that energy’s being drawn from the soon-to-be-unveiled Schaefer Center for the Visual Arts, formerly Farthing Auditorium. The auditorium has been renovated to enhance the performance experience for the audience, Stage said, mentioning major improvements in accessibility, acoustics and visibility.
“All of the great performances that have come through the festival’s doors over the last 29 years are about to get even better,” Stage said.
Tickets to An Appalachian Summer Festival performances are on sale now and available by visiting http://www.appsummer.org.
May 5: Theatre Getaway to Triad Stage: “My Fair Lady” – Triad Stage, 11 a.m.
June 19: Museum Bus Trip: Mint Museum and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 7:30 a.m.
July 5: TCVA Summer Exhibition Celebration – Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, 7 to 9 p.m.
July 6: Outdoor Fireworks Concert: The Band Perry – Kidd Brewer Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
July 7: Independent Films from Around the World: “The Other Son” – Valborg Theatre, 8 p.m.
July 8: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble – Rosen Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
July 10: Lunch & Learn – Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, noon
July 10: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble – Rosen Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
July 12: Triad Stage – “Tennessee Playboy” – Valborg Theatre, 8 p.m.
July 13: TCVA Family Day – Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, 11 a.m.
July 13: Triad Stage – “Tennessee Playboy” – Valborg Theatre, 8 p.m.
July 14: EMF Young Artist Orchestra: “Peter and the Wolf” – Rosen Concert Hall, 4 p.m.
July 15: Independent Films from Around the World: “No” – Valborg Theatre, 8p.m.
July 17: Lunch & Learn – Turhcin Center for the Visual Arts, noon
July 18: Belk Distinguished Lecture: Joseph Bathanti – Belk Library, Room 114, 3:30 p.m.
July 18: Idina Menzel with the Eastern Festival Orchestra – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 19: Eric Carle: Lecture – Reich College of Education, 4 p.m.
July 19: Family Film Night – Schaefer Center, 7 p.m.
July 20: Boz Scaggs – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 21: Eastern Festival Orchestra: Andre Watts and Julian Schwartz – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 22: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, Rosen Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
July 24: Lunch & Learn – Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, noon
July 24: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble – Rosen Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
July 25: Carolina Ballet: “A Balanchine Celebration, featuring Rubies” – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 26: Independent Films from Around the World: “11 Flowers” – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 27: 27th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk – Schaefer Center, 10 a.m.
July 27: An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 28: Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists – Rosen Concert Hall, 1 p.m.
July 29: Independent Films from Around the World: “La Rafle” – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 31: Lunch & Learn – Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, noon
Aug. 1: An Acoustic Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin with special guest Suzanne Vega – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.