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Michael Feinstein to perform Aug. 27 at ASU

Article Published: Aug. 18, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Michael Feinstein to perform Aug. 27 at ASU

Appalachian State University's Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies and the Temple of the High Country will host Grammy-nominated performer Michael Feinstein in his "The Sinatra Project" performance 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.

Tickets for the Aug. 27 benefit concert are available by calling the Farthing Auditorium Box Office at (800) 841-2787 or (828) 262-4046. Tickets may also be ordered online at

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; and Student Seating: $20.

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.

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 tunesmiths, ranging from 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" has taken Feinstein's career in a 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, 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 Rabbi Levin of Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Fla., and Chuck Lieberman, president of the Temple of the High Country board of directors, with ASU 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 an 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 convenient 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, such as symposia, workshops, film festivals, community meetings and other special events, will be part of the center's mission.

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

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