Michael Feinstein performs benefit concert Aug. 27

Article Published: May. 12, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Michael Feinstein performs benefit concert Aug. 27

Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein will perform at Farthing Auditorium on August 27 in conjunction with the Temple of the High Country groundbreaking on August 28.

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Appalachian State University's Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies and the Temple of the High Country will present a concert by Grammy-nominated performer Michael Feinstein on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. in Farthing Auditorium on campus.

The concert is a benefit fundraiser, with all proceeds directly supporting the affiliation between the Temple of the High Country and Appalachian's Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies.

The benefit concert will take place on the same weekend as the groundbreaking ceremony for the Temple of the High Country, which is slated for Sunday, Aug. 28, at 11 a.m.

Internationally renowned singer Michael Feinstein is rapidly approaching two silver milestones. Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the four-time Grammy nominee's professional debut and the release of his 24th album, "The Sinatra Project."

Arguably the world's foremost, and certainly the most passionate, anthropologist and archivist of the Great American Songbook, Feinstein has dedicated his career to preserving, protecting and promoting the work of the great tune smiths, ranging from household names like Gershwin, Porter and Berlin to such lesser-known craftsmen as Hugh Martin and Burton Lane. The Library of Congress invited Feinstein to serve on its elite National Sound Recording Advisory Board.

"The Sinatra Project," Feinstein's first recorded tribute to Frank Sinatra, has taken his dynamic career in an exciting new direction. As for his choice of subject, Feinstein said, "Sinatra considered himself, first and foremost, an interpreter of song, and his influence on other entertainers is incalculable. He has become so thoroughly entrenched in the history of American popular song that it is impossible to open your mouth and sing without his influence being part of that."

Preceding the weekend's festivities will be shabbat services led by Rabbi Dan Levin of Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. at St. Luke's Church in Boone.

Hosted by the Temple of the High Country board of directors, the groundbreaking ceremony will be officiated by Levin and Chuck Lieberman, president of the Temple of the High Country board of directors, with Appalachian State University chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock attending as a special guest.

The event will take place on the site of the newly established temple in downtown Boone at the intersection of King Street and Poplar Grove Road.

The Temple of the High Country marks a historic "first" for North Carolina's High Country, as its first and only synagogue, providing a place of worship and fellowship, as well as a religious school.

The facility will also function as the Schaefer Jewish Community Center, and will support a number of functions for the students, faculty and staff of Appalachian State University. Space in the center will be dedicated to students who are members of Hillel, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world.

The facility will be a stop on the AppalCART route, and its proximity to campus and downtown Boone will make it an ideal location for university faculty, staff and students, as well as community residents.

The temple will serve communities across Watauga, Avery, Ashe, Wilkes and Caldwell counties. Beyond its role as a center for worship, activities like symposia, workshops, film festivals, community meetings and other special events will be part of the center's mission.

Tickets for the Aug. 27 benefit concert are now on sale and may be obtained by calling the Farthing Auditorium box office at (800) 841-2787 or (828) 262-4046 in the Boone area. Tickets may also be ordered online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=21217.

Tickets are being offered at the following levels:
Front and Center Tickets with a Champagne Meet and Greet Reception with Michael Feinstein following the performance: $150
Premier Seating: $100
Patron Seating: $50
Student Seating: $20

For additional information regarding the benefit concert, groundbreaking ceremony or related activities, call Marla Gentile, vice president of Temple of the High Country, at (828) 719-1048.

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