Educator Workshop: Billy Jonas “Make Music From Anything”

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We’re sorry, but this workshop is full and is no longer accepting registrations.

Join us online “live” via Zoom with Billy Jonas for an exciting workshop where you will discover that everyone is a musician, and that music can be made “Anywhere, Anytime, with Anyone, and Anything!”

You will create original instruments and musical sculptures from recyclable and found objects; then learn and practice easy and fun songs and exercises for using your creations as educational tools in the classroom.

A materials list will be sent to registrants, please don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance gathering materials.

There is no cost, but registration is required.

Check out the related APPlause! series performance, Billy Jonas: Who’s Gonna Make Our Music?!.

LOCATION: Live, interactive Zoom event; registration is required
DATE/TIME: Oct. 22 at 4pm
MORE INFO: chenauskyc@appstate.edu

Educator Workshop Series


Let the Educator Series inspire and rekindle your love of learning with and through the arts. This year, we are focused on providing high-quality arts education experiences for K-12 audiences at no cost. We add to that quality professional development experiences for educators that will enliven a passion for learning and spark an element of excitement and fun for all educators.

Please be in touch with Christy Chenausky (chenauskyc@appstate.edu) ahead of any educator series event to request a certificate of completion.

We’re sorry, but this workshop is full and is no longer accepting registrations.

Event is FREE, but registration is required.

Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, The Schaefer Center Presents is able to offer the fall series free of charge. To help us continue our mission of meeting the needs of our university students, faculty/staff, and the community at large during this time when high-quality arts programming is more critical and essential than ever, please consider making a gift of any amount.

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Every season, affordable music, dance, film, and theatre events are offered to students and their teachers from K-12 classrooms across the region. Students experience everything from high-energy acrobatics and Appalachian music to international dance and literary classics brought to life through theatrical productions. LEARN MORE >>

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For more information about APPlause!, please contact...

Christy Chenausky
Director of Arts Education and Outreach
828-262-6084 ext. 109
chenauskyc@appstate.edu

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Billy Jonas: Who’s Gonna Make Our Music?!

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An APPlause! Series favorite, Billy Jonas believes that creating a bright future starts with kids. Using homemade and re-cyclable “re-percussion” instruments, songs that celebrate community, as well as personal and planetary ecology, his think-outside-the-box educational performances occur at schools, colleges, universities and libraries around the country. Billy’s goal is to plant musical seeds that will help grow creative, open-minded, engaged and open-hearted citizens of the world.

Some ask: “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” Billy Jonas asks: “What is the sound of 600 sets of keys jingling on the downbeat?, and how shall we inspire the audience to do it?” For 25 years, Billy Jonas, performer, singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and educator, has perfected the art of the neo-tribal hootenanny around the globe — original songs performed with a generous dose of audience participation. Jonas performs solo or with his band, using voice, guitar, and ‘industrial re-percussion’ — homemade creations of buckets and barrels, keys and cans, bells and body percussion. Each concert is a soul-spelunking, heart healing, joy-filled journey of spirited music that is accessible to anyone and everyone, regardless of age or cultural background.

Explore the related Educator Workshop, Billy Jonas: Make Music from Anything (We’re sorry, but the workshop is full and is no longer accepting reservations).

RECOMMENDED FOR:  PK-5th Grades
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: Language Development, Music, Science and Ecology
STUDY GUIDE: Click HERE for printable pdf
LOCATION: Online event; a private link will be sent to registrants just prior to event
DATE/TIME: available to view anytime between Oct. 11-25
APPROXIMATE RUN TIME: 45 minutes
FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact the Box Office at
theschaefercenter@appstate.edu / 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046


Event is FREE, but registration is required.

Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, The Schaefer Center Presents is able to offer the fall series free of charge. To help us continue our mission of meeting the needs of our university students, faculty/staff, and the community at large during this time when high-quality arts programming is more critical and essential than ever, please consider making a gift of any amount.

Billy Jonas drum and horn

ABOUT BILLY JONAS


 

BILLY JONAS co-founded Oberlin’s Big Bang Theory in the ‘80s, went on in the ‘90s to funky folk fame and fortune with The Billys. He now tours both solo and with The Billy Jonas Band — hummin’ and strummin’ and bangin’ and sangin’ across North America, promulgating homemade “industrial re-percussion,” genre-bending “funky family folk,” and the participatory joy of “everybody’s in the band.”

REVIEWS


 

“…witty, smart, raw.” —The New York Times

”…irresistible… my face hurts from smiling.” —Alison Krauss

“…the arch-elf of American music…” —Charleston Gazette

“Billy Jonas is one of the most original, moving and simultaneously hilarious performers I’ve ever seen. Each song enters an unexpected world of its own, creates a film, a state of being, an unexpected, seemingly extemporaneous story; your story and mine, seen through the brilliant lens of Billy’s muse and loving heart.” —Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary)

“…lush talent … musically rich … hilarious … lovely … a near perfect blend of great music and playfully educational messages.” —Parent’s Choice

“Billy Jonas is a multi-layered, percussion-driven, tribal rhythm, urban harmony and folk music maestro.” —Ear Candy

“He engages the audience with a wild assortment of rhythm and word play that usually leaves them both entertained, and a little more in touch with their spiritual selves. He teaches, through experience, that music is everywhere.” —Sing Out! Magazine

“While others … have tried to distinguish themselves with fashion or gimmicks, Billy Jonas uses genuine originality and a style that evolved naturally from his experience, to create memorable music that is both intellectually fascinating and frequently danceable, all the while avoiding the cliches.” —George Graham (public radio host/music reviewer)

“… first class … compelling, humorous, beautiful and brilliant! … the highlight of our season.” —Ron Clearfield, Conductor, Blue Ridge Orchestra

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About     Events    Registration     Educator Resources     FAQs

APPlause! logo

Every season, affordable music, dance, film, and theatre events are offered to students and their teachers from K-12 classrooms across the region. Students experience everything from high-energy acrobatics and Appalachian music to international dance and literary classics brought to life through theatrical productions. LEARN MORE >>

Contact


For more information about APPlause!, please contact...

Christy Chenausky
Director of Arts Education and Outreach
828-262-6084 ext. 109
chenauskyc@appstate.edu

APPlause! Sponsors


chuck and anna eyler
Peak Group Logo
steve and sue chase

American Shakespeare Center’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

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The American Shakespeare Center comes to the APPlause! Series with a streaming performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Oct. 5-11 in partnership with the Office of Arts and Cultural Programs’ Schaefer Center Presents 2020-21 season. See a Midsummer romp full of “humor and wonder” with “spellbinding storytelling…perfect for children and adults alike.” (C-Ville Weekly)

ASC’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream wades into a bayou of masked hobgoblins, enchanting nymphs, and imps who sing the blues. Directed by Nathan Winkelstein, this performance was originally presented as a part of the ASC 2019/20 National Tour and is back in action virtually via BlkFrsTV this fall. Featuring Topher Embrey as the oblivious Bottom, Mia Wurgaft as plucky Helena, and Madeline Calais as mischievous Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream boasts some of Shakespeare’s most beloved and iconic characters.

Infused with a supernatural New Orleans twist, the beloved Shakespeare classic features original music that draws inspiration from bluegrass to bebop to barbershop, and sets the scene of the magical bayou. ASC’s actor-musicians play music before the show and during intermission, covering modern classics that riff on the themes of Shakespeare’s play.

ASC’s comprehensive “Virtual Tour” program is designed to make it possible for people to experience the joy of Shakespeare in performance and the magic of the Blackfriars Playhouse from far away via cinema-quality recorded video. The American Shakespeare Center productions are intimate in scale, yet epic in scope. The company utilizes Shakespeare’s staging conditions (universal lighting, minimal sets, character doubling, cross-gender casting, and live music) to blend Shakespeare’s stagecraft with a modern sensibility. This engaging approach to the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries is what led the UK Telegraph to call ASC “one of the most accomplished Shakespeare companies in the United States.” Don’t miss the groundbreaking work of the American Shakespeare Center online!

Related links: www.americanshakespearecenter.com

RECOMMENDED FOR:  9th-12th Grades
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: Classic Literature, Plot and Character Development, Shakespearean Drama
STUDY GUIDE: Click HERE for printable pdf
LOCATION: Online event; a private link will be sent to registrants just prior to the event
DATE/TIME: Available to view anytime between Oct. 5-11
ASC DIGITAL PROGRAM for A Midsummer Night’s Dream: click HERE to view program
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Box Office at theschaefercenter@appstate.edu / 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046


Event is FREE, but registration is required.

Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, The Schaefer Center Presents is able to offer the fall series free of charge. To help us continue our mission of meeting the needs of our university students, faculty/staff, and the community at large during this time when high-quality arts programming is more critical and essential than ever, please consider making a gift of any amount.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream

ABOUT AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER


 The American Shakespeare Center recovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education. Year-round in Staunton’s Blackfriars Playhouse — the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre — ASC’s innovative programming and “shamelessly entertaining” (The Washington Post) productions have shared the delights of Shakespeare, modern classics and new plays with millions over the past 30 years. Beyond the Playhouse, ASC is a hub for Shakespeare education and scholarship and tours nationally from Texas to Maine each year with a repertory of three plays. Founded in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, the organization became the American Shakespeare Center in 2005 and can be found online at www.americanshakespearecenter.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. ASC programming is sponsored in part by the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, the Tony Randall Theatrical Fund, The Shubert Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the generosity of the 2,358 donors who supported ASC during the Covid-19 closure.

REVIEWS


 

 

“One of the most accomplished Shakespeare companies in the United States.” —UK Telegraph

“shamelessly entertaining.” —The Washington Post

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Every season, affordable music, dance, film, and theatre events are offered to students and their teachers from K-12 classrooms across the region. Students experience everything from high-energy acrobatics and Appalachian music to international dance and literary classics brought to life through theatrical productions. LEARN MORE >>

Contact


For more information about APPlause!, please contact...

Christy Chenausky
Director of Arts Education and Outreach
828-262-6084 ext. 109
chenauskyc@appstate.edu

APPlause! Sponsors


chuck and anna eyler
Peak Group Logo
steve and sue chase

Nobuntu

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The name Nobuntu is an African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, unity, and family from a woman’s perspective. Nobuntu is a “Five Part” a cappella vocal ensemble made up of young women from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The repertoire is a fusion of traditional Zimbabwean-rooted music, Afro Jazz, Gospel, and Crossover in pure voices with minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as Mbira, and some dance movements.

RECOMMENDED FOR:  3rd-12th grades
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: Communication, Collaboration, Cultural Expression, Languages
STUDY GUIDE: Click HERE for printable pdf
LOCATION: Online event; a private link to access the performance will be sent to registrants prior to event
DATE/TIME: available to view anytime between Sept. 30, 2020-May 15, 2021
FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact the Box Office at
theschaefercenter@appstate.edu / 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046

Event is FREE, but registration is required.

Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, The Schaefer Center Presents is able to offer the fall series free of charge. To help us continue our mission of meeting the needs of our university students, faculty/staff, and the community at large during this time when high-quality arts programming is more critical and essential than ever, please consider making a gift of any amount.

Nobuntu

ABOUT NOBUNTU


Nobuntu, the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel. The ensemble’s concerts are performed with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano), and organic, authentic dance movements.

Nobuntu was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards in London in 2015 and are currently a two-time winner for the Best Imbube Group at the Bulawayo Arts Awards 2017 and 2019. In the last few seasons, the quintet has performed at festivals and concert halls in Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and throughout the African continent. The ensemble was a huge critical success at “Trans-Vocal” in Frankfurt and “Voice Mania” in Vienna. Their first tour to Canada, in 2016, included performances in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Victoria.

The word Nobuntu is an African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, unity, and family from a woman’s perspective. The ensemble represents a new generation of young African women singers who celebrate and preserve their culture, beauty, and heritage through art. The ensemble’s mission is the belief that music can be an important vehicle for change, one that transcends racial, tribal, religious, gender, and economic boundaries. Back at home, Nobuntu holds a number of community initiatives, one of which is The Nobuntu Pad Bank, where they gather sanitary pads for young women in the arts in underprivileged communities.

Nobuntu has released three recordings: Thina in 2013, Ekhaya in 2016, and Obabes beMbube in 2018. The group has made numerous television and radio appearances throughout Africa and Europe promoting these recordings and the culture of their homeland.

REVIEWS


 

“…rich voices and exhilarating rhythms, both physical and vocal, poured out from the stage to enchant a near-capacity crowd.” —Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“…the sensational all-female a cappella group delivered a top-of-the-drawer performance…”—Zim Metro – Austria

“much adored…and breathtaking…” —The Sunday News, Zimbabwe

“…a vibrant and stunning performance full of sparkling energy…” —Sunday Times, Passau, Germany

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Every season, affordable music, dance, film, and theatre events are offered to students and their teachers from K-12 classrooms across the region. Students experience everything from high-energy acrobatics and Appalachian music to international dance and literary classics brought to life through theatrical productions. LEARN MORE >>

Contact


For more information about APPlause!, please contact...

Christy Chenausky
Director of Arts Education and Outreach
828-262-6084 ext. 109
chenauskyc@appstate.edu

APPlause! Sponsors


chuck and anna eyler
Peak Group Logo
steve and sue chase

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP: Behind the Scenes at the Schaefer Center

The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enhancing the artistic and cultural landscape of Appalachian State University and the surrounding region by providing a venue devoted to the year-round presentation of campus and community events that enrich, educate, inspire, and promote quality of life.

While health and safety measures prohibit us from enjoying this facility in the way that we typically do — by hosting field trips for live performances — we wanted to share with our audiences some parts of the building that are usually out of view with a “behind the scenes”
virtual field trip.

We have assembled an ongoing collection of virtual tours that take you behind the scenes at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Meet our staff and see places and features of our facility that are generally reserved for staff or artists on performance days. From the box office to the spotlight booth, come on in and get to know this state-of-the-art venue and the people who make everything work smoothly on performance days!

This is not the complete list of short features we will do to highlight behind the scenes at the Schaefer Center. Check back often as more short videos will be added to this collection. Do you have a suggestion for us on part of the Schaefer Center that you’d like to know more about? Contact Christy Chenausky (chenauskyc@appstate.edu) with your requests and ideas!

 

Front of House:

The Front of House is the place that welcomes most visitors to the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, but there may be aspects that are new to some visitors. Maura McKenzie, Box Office Manager, introduces us to many of the happenings in the lobby of the Schaefer Center. Learn about the ticketing process, visit the concession stand, and check out the elevator!

Line Set:

The Schaefer Center is capable of accommodating many pounds of lights, sets, and other items during a performance. Lead Technician Conor McKenzie takes us to the fly loft space 56 feet above the main stage. We see the impressive systems that do the heavy lifting and explain the mechanisms that hold needed equipment safely over the heads of our performers!

Curtains and Orchestra Shell:

Surely you have noticed the beautiful gold curtain that starts and ends every performance at the Schaefer Center. Let Lead Technician Conor McKenzie show off all of the beautiful curtains at the Schaefer Center that help light the stage, hide the backstage, and welcome intermission!

Find out about the special acoustical shell used at the Schaefer Center for orchestral music. See the stage space transformed in time-lapse video preparing the stage for a concert!

Lighting Design:

What would a performance at the Schaefer Center be without great lighting? Lead Technician Conor McKenzie teaches us about the types of lighting instruments used at the Schaefer Center and how the light is manipulated with shape, color and intensity. Visit the spotlight booth and find out how the entire back curtain can change color (and the mood) of any performance! What’s a “gobo” anyway?!