Events

  • Jun
    29
    Sat, June 29, 2019
    8:00pm

    Pianist, singer-songwriter and North Carolina native Ben Folds opens the 35th anniversary season of An Appalachian Summer Festival with an unforgettable evening of genre-bending music featuring the Winston-Salem Symphony. According to the Vibes Music Blog, “on stage, he is just a wonder to watch, as a pianist, as a lyricist, as a composer, a conductor and as a man.”

  • Jul
    2
    Tue, July 2, 2019
    6:00pm

    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.

  • Jul
    3
    Wed, July 3, 2019
    7:00pm

    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.

  • Jul
    9
    Tue, July 9, 2019
    1:00pm

    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.

  • Jul
    10
    Wed, July 10, 2019
    7:00pm

    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.

  • Jul
    12
    Fri, July 12, 2019
    8:00pm

    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.

  • Jul
    13
    Sat, July 13, 2019
    8:00pm

    Multi Grammy Award-winning superstar singer and actress Patti LaBelle is widely regarded as the queen of rock and soul music. She has received acclaim for many of her songs, including “Lady Marmalade,” “When You Talk About Love,” “New Attitude” and the number one duet with Michael McDonald, “On My Own.”

  • Jul
    14
    Sun, July 14, 2019
    7:00pm

    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.

  • Jul
    16
    Tue, July 16, 2019
    6:00pm

    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.

  • Jul
    17
    Wed, July 17, 2019
    7:00pm

    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.

  • Jul
    19
    Fri, July 19, 2019
    8:00pm

    Multi Grammy Award-winning master trumpeter and composer Chris Botti returns to the festival for a dazzling evening of music, ranging from jazz to pop to rock. For over two decades, this brilliant bandleader and born showman has amassed a spectacular variety of honors, including multiple Gold and Platinum albums, to become the nation’s largest selling instrumental artist.

  • Jul
    20
    Sat, July 20, 2019
    8:00pm

    Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, returns to the festival for an unforgettable night of smart humor and laughter. Bringing more than a dozen of her most memorable characters to the stage— from Frankie, of Netflix’s hit show, to Ernestine and Edith Ann— the show will provide comical insights and witty observations about the human condition.

  • Jul
    23
    Tue, July 23, 2019
    1:00pm

    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.

  • Jul
    24
    Wed, July 24, 2019
    7:00pm

    “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.

  • Jul
    31
    Wed, July 31, 2019
    7:00pm

    “The 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.

  • Aug
    1
    Thu, August 1, 2019
    8:00pm

    Punch Brothers are the quintet of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher. The band has been acknowledged by the Washington Post of “…taking bluegrass to its next evolutionary stage, drawing equal inspiration from the brain and the heart.”

  • Aug
    2
    Fri, August 2, 2019
    7:00pm

    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.

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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