A Musical Journey through Watauga County

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Article Published: Nov. 1, 2012 | Modified: Nov. 2, 2012
A Musical Journey through Watauga County

From left, DBR and Laurelyn Dossett will take their audience on a musical journey through Watauga County Nov. 1, as part of the 2012-13 Appalachian State University Performing Arts Series.

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Appalachian State University's Performing Arts Series is participating in a statewide collaboration with arts presenters all over North Carolina to bring Connecting Crossroads in North Carolina to the High Country.

Composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett have travelled from the mountains to the sea of our state, seeking stories to inspire a new collection of music that represents North Carolina.

At the conclusion of their week-long residency, DBR and Dossett will perform selections from the Connecting Crossroads CD, “The Collide.”

Accompanying them at the performance will be musicians from around the High Country, showcasing the region’s diverse talent.

The first part of the program will take the audience on a musical journey through Watauga County, featuring a diverse array of musicians, representing the sounds, character and rich traditions of the High Country’s cultural landscape, including banjo player Rick Ward, the Appalachian Gospel Choir, the Hayes School of Music Jazz Vocal Ensemble, folk-rock band The New River Boys and the Hayes School’s Dvořák String Quintet.

Connecting Crossroads’ public performance takes place Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. at Valborg Theatre.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students and children. To purchase tickets, call (828) 262-4046, or visit http://www.pas.appstate.edu. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Performing Arts Series box office, which has temporarily moved to the Valborg Theatre during the Farthing Auditorium renovation project.

For more information and to see a video on the making of “The Collide,” visit http://pas.appstate.edu/schedule/id/connecting-crossroads.

About DBR and Laurelyn Dossett

Having carved a reputation for himself as an innovative composer, performer, violinist and bandleader, Haitian-American artist DBR melds his classical music roots with his own cultural references and vibrant musical imagination.

Proving that he's "about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets," according to The New York Times, DBR has collaborated and performed with Philip Glass, Cassandra Wilson, Bill T. Jones and Lady Gaga.

Singer-songwriter Dossett lives and writes in the piedmont of North Carolina, and her songs tend to reflect the stories of the region, both traditional and contemporary.

Dossett’s songs have been covered by many bands, including Grammy-winning artists Levon Helm and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She has partnered with playwright Preston Lane, writing the music for four plays that premiered at Triad Stage and continue to be performed around the country.

Dossett is a frequent performer at regional music festivals, including MerleFest, and has been a guest on the popular National Public Radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.” For more information on DBR and Dossett, visit http://pas.appstate.edu/schedule/id/connecting-crossroads.

DBR and Dosset will also participate in a public residency event Nov. 2 in West Jefferson at the Ashe Civic Center. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost $12 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, visit http://www.ashecivic.com.

Upcoming PAS events

An Evening with Maya Angelou
The 29th MLK Commemoration
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

New York Polyphony
Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

Walnut Street Theatre’s “Around the World in 80 Days” by Mark Brown, adapted from the novel by Jules Verne
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

“Dido and Aeneas” by Henry Purcell and “Bastien und Bastienne” by W.A. Mozart, performed by Appalachian's Hayes School of Music Opera Program
Thursday, April 4, and Saturday, April 6, 2013

An Evening with Garrison Keillor and Musical Guests
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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