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2019 SCHEDULE
Kool & the Gang July 7, 2018. Photo by Appalachian State University.

2019 SCHEDULE

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2019 PAST EVENTS
Weicholz Global Film Series: <em>Never Look Away</em>
Aug
2
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
7:00pm
Film

Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, Never Look Away tells the story of a young art student, Kurt Barnert who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Ellie’s father committed decades ago.

Weicholz Global Film Series: <em>A Translator</em>
Jul
31
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
7:00pm
Film

A Translator tells the true story of a Russian Literature professor at the University of Havana who is ordered to work as a translator for the child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they are sent to Cuba for medical treatment in the late 1980s. Torn from the abstract world of academia and forced into the relentlessly real world of medicine, the college professor must find a way to connect with the kids and serve as an empathic translator between the doctors and the children’s parents.

Lunch & Learn: My Place, or Yours?
Jul
31
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall
12:00pm
Educational Programming

Guest curator, Cara Hagan, explores the politics and practice of collaborative work. The artists in the exhibition have arrived here with the goal of making work together, from a distance. More specifically, the majority of the participants have embarked on a journey through the philosophy and practice of “artistic surrogacy,” a method of sharing artistic concepts through performances, presentations, experiences, and objects which are shared, in that one person’s (or several persons) ideas are placed in the hands of another (or a group) to be executed with care in the absence of the originator(s). In essence, artistic surrogacy is a way of transmitting ideas across borders, across bodies, in ways that uphold the core values of the work, while leaving room for translational growth. Following the presentation, participants will enjoy an opportunity to preview the exhibition with the guest curator.

Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: <em>Potpourri</em>
Jul
30
in association with Reflections Series International
Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center
7:00pm
Classical
Music

New This Year: “Tuesday Talks with the Dean”
Pre-concert remarks by Hayes School of Music Dean James Douthit, beginning at 7pm.

On this final Reflections Series International concert, the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble will perform Robert Schumann’s monumental piano quintet and Ernő von Dohnányi’s thrilling Serenade, along with a seldom-heard work by Sergei Rachmaninov.

Young People’s Global Film Series: <em>Cinnamon</em>
Jul
30
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
1:00pm
Film

El Molcajete, a traditional Mexican restaurant in downtown Mexico City, is the pride and joy of Maria’s grandmother, Dona Tere. When Maria’s mother suddenly passes away, Dona Tere mourns the loss of her daughter and stops working at the restaurant. Maria must find a way to bring her grandmother back to the restaurant before the traditional flavors, ingredients, and cooking secrets are lost forever.

Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: <em>The Four Bs</em>
Jul
28
in association with Reflections Series International
Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center
7:00pm
Classical
Music

The Broyhill Chamber Ensemble and its Reflections Series International continues with a concert featuringworks by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and contemporary composer Vytautas Barkauskas, with his homage to Bach.

Rosen Sculpture Walk
Jul
27
and Awards Reception
Smith Gallery in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
10:00am
Visual Arts

The Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition is a national, juried competition presented annually by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. To celebrate the 33nd anniversary of this inspiring installation, join competition juror Bill Brown on an educational outdoor tour of the ten selected pieces from this year’s competition. The tour concludes at the Schaefer Center with an awards reception. An additional work of sculpture will be installed at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

<em>Broadway’s Next Hit Musical</em>
Jul
26
Valborg Theatre
8:00pm
Theatre

Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It is all improvised, and it is all funny. The hysterical Broadway’s Next Hit Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made-up song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter.

<em>Broadway’s Next Hit Musical</em>
Jul
25
Valborg Theatre
8:00pm
Theatre

Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It is all improvised, and it is all funny. The hysterical Broadway’s Next Hit Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made-up song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter.

Weicholz Global Film Series: <em>Becoming Astrid</em>
Jul
24
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
7:00pm
Film

Becoming Astrid is a 2018 biographical drama film about the early years of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, the world’s third most-translated children’s writer, credited for more than 100 books including Pippi Longstocking. Eager to break free from her conservative upbringing, teenaged Astrid trades her carefree life working on her family’s farm for an internship at a local newspaper. At first, it seems like an ideal outlet, not only for her talents, but also for her desire to become a free-thinking, modern adult woman of the 1920s.

Lunch & Learn: Extraordinary Lessons for Holocaust Education: Resistance and Rescue in World War II
Jul
24
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall
12:00pm
Educational Programming

Can bravery be taught? Can moral courage be embraced as a core value in our society today? Explore with Dr. Racelle Weiman, the characteristics, behavior and actions of individuals and groups who made choices to stand up and against evil, prejudice and genocide. Who were these people, and what made them respond differently than the mainstream? Dr. Weiman leads a fascinating discussion on her decades long study of this topic that expands beyond altruism, to the core identity of an individual, and the soul of society.

Young People’s Global Film Series: <em>Storm Boy</em>
Jul
23
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
1:00pm
Film

Based on the 1964 Australian children’s book by Colin Thieve, Storm Boy tells the story of 10-year-old Michael Kingley who lives a lonely life with his reclusive father, Hideaway Tom, on the desolate coastline of South Australia. When a group of hunters kills a majestic pelican and orphans its young on the beach, Mike convinces his father to let him raise the chicks to adulthood.

Tapas and Tesla
Jul
18
An Evening of Chamber Music
Mark E. Ricks Athletics Complex
7:00pm
Classical

Please join us for a unique evening of world-class chamber music by the Tesla Quartet, in an informal and intimate café setting— complete with great food and drink, socializing and a panoramic view of the Appalachian State University football stadium!

Weicholz Global Film Series: <em>Perfect Strangers</em>
Jul
17
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
7:00pm
Film

Tapping into our cell phone-obsessed zeitgeist, seven long-time friends meet for an intimate dinner party during a lunar eclipse. When the hostess suggests a party game in which the attendees agree to make all calls and texts public, secrets and lies abound, forcing the participants to question how much they really know about each other.

Lunch & Learn: Cherokee Storytelling
Jul
17
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall
12:00pm
Educational Programming

The Warriors of Anikituhwa, official cultural ambassadors of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, will present this remarkable workshop featuring Cherokee history through storytelling.

Young People’s Global Film Series: <em>Fanny’s Journey</em>
Jul
16
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
6:00pm
Film

Based on a true story, Fanny’s Journey tells the compelling tale of a daring 13-year-old girl who will stop at nothing to save herself, her two sisters, and a group of young Jewish children from the Nazis.

Eastern Festival Orchestra featuring Awadagin Pratt
Jul
14
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
7:00pm
Classical
Music

Under the direction of Maestro Gerard Schwarz, the Eastern Festival Orchestra returns to the festival for an evening of symphonic music featuring soloists Awadagin Pratt, piano and Morgan Short, harp. The program includes masterworks by Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy.

Pilobolus
Jul
12
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
8:00pm
Dance

Pilobolus maintains its own singular style, evolving interplay with shapeshifting, shadowplay and other explorations, breaking down barriers between disciplines and challenging the way we think about dance. Pilobolus invites you to engage with childlike wonder at a performance that features classic and brand-new repertory – ranging from the silly to the surreal to the sublime.

Weicholz Global Film Series: <em>Capernaum</em>
Jul
10
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
7:00pm
Film

Capernaum explores the life of Zain, a streetwise, good-natured boy, who deftly negotiates the crowded streets and desperate poverty of modern Lebanon. Living in the unforgiving slums of Beirut with his uneducated parents and a wild pack of younger brothers and sisters, Zain is forced to become the family’s primary breadwinner and problem solver. When he fails to prevent his parents from marrying off his beloved, younger sister, he runs away from his negligent parents and finds himself navigating a world where cruelty and poverty threaten to overwhelm kindness and goodness.

Lunch & Learn: Behind the Curtain
Jul
10
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall
12:00pm
Educational Programming

Get to know the Kraut Creek Ramblers, the premier old-time string band of the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University. Learn how the band, comprised of a rotating cast of faculty, staff, and students, came together around their love of traditional mountain music, ranging from hard-driving fiddle tunes to early country classics.

Young People’s Global Film Series: <em>An Elephant’s Journey</em>
Jul
9
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
1:00pm
Film

After the loss of his parents in a tragic accident, Phoenix Wilder, an American teenager, moves to Africa to live with his aunt and uncle. After finding and rescuing a young bull elephant from the nets of poachers, Phoenix and his new pachyderm friend embark on an adventure to stop illegal hunting and find their way home.

North Carolina Black Repertory Company presents <em>Plenty of Time</em>
Jul
7
By John Shévin Foster, Directed by Jackie Alexander
Valborg Theatre
7:00pm
Theatre

The celebrated North Carolina Black Repertory Company returns by popular demand this summer with its production of Plenty of Time, following the forty-three-year romance between an unlikely pair, a debutante from an elite black family and a working-class young man with dreams of changing the world.

Rosen-Schaffel Competition
Jul
6
for Young & Emerging Artists
Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center
10:00am
Classical
Music

The festival, in partnership with the Hayes School of Music, proudly presents the ninth season of the highly acclaimed Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young & Emerging Artists, known for the pivotal role it has played in launching the careers of some of our state’s most promising young artists.

Summer Exhibition Celebration at the Turchin Center
Jul
5
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
6:00 - 10:00pm
Visual Arts

Celebrate summer at the Turchin Center and “engage, discover and connect through the arts!” The Summer Exhibition Celebration is an opportunity for art lovers to meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and spend time with fellow arts patrons, while viewing the featured exhibitions in one of the most exciting venues in town: a collection of seven galleries filled with a diverse mix of contemporary art from local, regional, and international artists.

Weicholz Global Film Series: <em>A Taxi Driver</em>
Jul
3
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
7:00pm
Film

Based on a true story, this film tells the story of a widowed taxi driver from Seoul, who finagles his way into a lucrative fare and unintentionally becomes involved in the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising, a landmark historical event in South Korea’s march toward democracy.

Lunch & Learn: Meet the Sculptor!
Jul
3
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall
12:00pm
Educational Programming

Regionally beloved sculptor and philanthropist, Bill Brown will provide a fascinating preview of his stunning exhibition entitled “Refugee,” a collection of sculptures created in response to the growing international crisis affecting millions around the globe. Following the presentation, participants will enjoy an opportunity to preview the exhibition with the artist.

Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: <em>Bridging the Classical and Romantic Divide</em>
Jul
2
in association with Reflections Series International
Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center
7:00pm
Classical
Music

New This Year: “Tuesday Talks with the Dean”
Pre-concert remarks by Hayes School of Music Dean James Douthit, beginning at 7pm.

The Broyhill Chamber Ensemble and its Reflections Series International continues with Bridging the Classical and Romantic Divide. The program compares and contrasts the end of one compositional era and the beginning of a new one over the span of 50 years, featuring works by Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann.

Young People’s Global Film Series: <em>Sing Street</em>
Jul
2
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
6:00pm
Film

During the economic recession of Dublin, Ireland in 1985, teenager Conor Lawlor is forced to adjust to a new inner-city public school, where the kids are tough and the teachers even tougher. To impress the girl of his dreams, Conor starts his own rock band with a group of nerds and non-musicians.

Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: <em>The Trio Takes Form</em>
Jun
30
in association with Reflections Series International
Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center
7:00pm
Classical
Music

Join us for the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble’s critically acclaimed Reflections Series International, as violinist Gil Morgenstern celebrates his 35th season as Artistic Director of the chamber music ensemble that has served as the cornerstone of the festival’s classical music programming.  The opening concert, The Trio Takes Formcharts the progression of the popular trio form over 75 years, from Haydn to Beethoven to Mendelssohn.