Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts is a 1,673-seat multi-use auditorium located on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. The Center features orchestra and balcony level seating and a proscenium stage. The Schaefer Center is also home to the Smith Gallery.

  • Hayes School of Music: Jazz Ensemble I featuring Carmen Bradford
    Oct
    18
    Wed, October 18, 2017
    8:00pm

    The Hayes School of Music's Jazz Ensemble I will perform with Count Basie Orchestra vocalist Carmen Bradford in a Centennial Celebration of Ella Fitzgerald.

  • Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance
    Oct
    26
    Thu, October 26, 2017
    10:00am

    Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Founded in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, the company embodies Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people.

    Run time approximately 60 minutes

  • Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance
    Oct
    26
    Thu, October 26, 2017
    7:00pm

    The talented dancers of Ailey II are renowned for captivating audiences and translating their strength and agility into powerful performances. The Ailey spirit shines as these artists perform an exhilarating and diverse repertory that includes Alvin Ailey’s timeless classics and thrilling new works by today’s outstanding emerging choreographers.

  • Crowder: The American Prodigal Tour 2017
    Nov
    13
    Mon, November 13, 2017
    7:00pm

    Three time Grammy nominated artist Crowder is visiting the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts as part of his 20-city “American Prodigal Fall Tour,” featuring special guest Jimi Cravity, and introducing The Young Escape and Connor Flanagan.

  • Appalachian Dance Ensemble
    Nov
    16
    Thu, November 16, 2017
    10:00am

    The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents work from its Fall Appalachian Dance Ensemble concert (FADE) in Appalachian’s beautiful Valborg Theatre. FADE is a production of original dance works created by both faculty and students, and performed entirely by university students. Each of the selected works will be presented in a lecture demonstration format, allowing students to hear from the choreographers about their process and inspiration for each piece before watching each performance. In addition, students hear from lighting and costume designers as they demonstrate the high level of collaboration that occurs among choreographers, dancers, designers and technicians to produce an evening-length concert of dance.

    Run time approximately 60 minutes, seating is limited

  • Us The Duo
    Nov
    17
    Fri, November 17, 2017
    7:00pm

    Singing/songwriting couple Michael and Carissa Rae Alvarado make their debut on the Schaefer Center stage performing crisp, pop-folk delivered with the same intimate emotion fans will recognize.

  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
    Feb
    9
    Fri, February 9, 2018
    7:00pm

    This company of professional male dancers presents a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesty, performing the full range of ballet and modern dance repertoire.

  • Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy
    Feb
    27
    Tue, February 27, 2018
    10:00am

    A superstar in the Celtic music world, fiddler and step-dancer, Natalie MacMaster has built a sterling career on electrifying live performances. While husband, Donnell Leahy is no stranger to the stage; his lifelong devotion to playing and performing has cemented his reputation as a peerless instrumentalist able to synthesize traditional influences with more contemporary Celtic sensibilities.

    Run time approximately 60 minutes

APPlause! Series

Enriching lives, sparking imaginations and inspiring a love of learning through the arts! APPlause! offers a variety of performances at venues across the Appalachian State University campus that feature university-based artists as well as local, regional and world-renowned professional artists. These affordable performances offer access to a wide variety of art disciplines for K-12 students.

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  • Smith Gallery to open “The Sharing Project” and “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century”
    Fri, September 1, 2017

    “The Sharing Project,” a multimedia documentary installation by Winston-Salem artist Joel Tauber, grapples with questions of how and why we share in the context of family and political life. “On Tyranny” is a set of broadsheet posters based on Yale University Professor and Historian Timothy Snyder’s book "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century." The posters, which take on topics ranging from the degradation of language and meaning and the normalizing of incivility and violence, to attacks on truth and the erosion of institutions, were designed by Kinsington University students and the book’s publisher, Vintage.

  • Exhibition "Summertime in the Mountains" on display at Schaefer Center beginning in July
    Wed, May 24, 2017

    Throughout the course of An Appalachian Summer Festival, we invite the public to enjoy work by several talented artists from our local community. Artwork is displayed on both the main and mezzanine levels of the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts lobby, and many of the works are offered for sale! Featuring works by Pam Ayoub (quilting), Vickie Beaver (painting), Alex Hallmark (sculpture/bronzes), Jane Meyers (original jewelry), Camille Reed (painting) and Alice Roess (ink drawing).

  • Musicians From The Nile Basin Bring Geopolitical Medley To The Stage
    Fri, March 24, 2017

    WUNC 91.5 Guest host Adam Hochberg speaks with Nile Project founder and CEO Mina Girgis about why he created the project. Seven members of the Nile Project perform live in studio and discuss the challenges they face combining musical styles from various countries.

  • A River Runs Through It: Five UNC campuses learn about African culture, music, sustainability from Nile Project
    Fri, March 24, 2017

    The Nile River is the longest in the world, but unfortunately, many University of North Carolina students and faculty will never get the opportunity to experience its wonder. So the Nile Project is bringing the river to them, at least in spirit, embracing the idea that nature is often a catalyst for artistic and cultural endeavors.

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