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Idina Menzel at App Summer July 18

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Article Published: Jul. 11, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 19, 2013
Idina Menzel at App Summer July 18

Idina Menzel will perform July 18 for An Appalachian Summer Festival.

Photo by Robin Wong

An Appalachian Summer Festival presents Broadway superstar and “Glee” sensation Idina Menzel Thursday, July 18, at 8 p.m.

Menzel’s performance will serve as the grand opening of the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, formerly Farthing Auditorium.

Accompanied by the Eastern Festival Orchestra, Menzel will perform some of her classic pop and musical theater favorites, including hits from “Wicked,” “Rent” and her album, “Live: Barefoot at the Symphony.”

For more information and to watch videos of Menzel performing, visit

Other Schaefer Center Events

Boz Scaggs has taken his musical journey through numerous genres, including blues, R&B, rock and jazz, and will perform his top hits and music off his new album, “Memphis,” on Saturday, July 20, at 8 p.m. Limited tickets are available. For more information, visit

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group will take the stage July 27 to perform Lovett’s greatest hits and music from his new album, “Release Me.” Limited tickets are available. For more information, visit

Wrapping up the Schaefer Popular Series are two iconic singer-songwriters — Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, with a special guest appearance by Suzanne Vega. On Thursday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m., the duo will be performing material spanning their vast catalogues, as well as some of their favorite songs. For more information, visit


Tickets for these events range from $39 to $47, with discount opportunities with the popular “Pick 5” ticket discount. To purchase tickets, visit or call the Schaefer Center box office at (828) 262-4046. Tickets can also be purchased online at

And More

The festival has a diverse lineup of some of the nation’s most celebrated performers between now and Aug. 1, including Belk Distinguished Lecture: Joseph Bathanti (July 11), Independent Films from Around the World Film Series (July 15, 26 and 29), Broyhill Chamber Ensemble (July 10, 22 and 24), Triad Stage: “Tennessee Playboy” (July 12 and 13), EMF Young Artists Orchestra (July 14), Eastern Festival Orchestra, featuring Gerard Schwarz, André Watts and Julian Schwarz (July 21) and Carolina Ballet: “A Balanchine Celebration,” featuring Rubies (July 25).

Other special events offered by the festival include lunch-and-learn lectures, workshops for kids, older teens and adults and more. For more information, visit

About An Appalachian Summer Festival

An Appalachian Summer Festival is presented annually in July by the university’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs.

Beginning as a small chamber music series founded by festival patrons Arnold and Muriel Rosen, the festival is now one of the nation’s most highly regarded, multi-disciplinary art festivals.

The festival has been named on of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society.

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