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Welcome to App Summer Online 2020!

Join us for a special message by Festival Advisory Board chair Kent Tarbutton and vice-chair Jenny Miller welcoming our online audience to the 2020 season! Denise Ringler, Director of Arts Engagement and Cultural Resources, will also provide an introduction to the season, with informative details about the month-long menu of compelling music, dance, film, theatre […]

A Walk with the Curator

Join Turchin Center Curator and Creative Director Mary Anne Redding for a fascinating walking tour through the six Turchin Center galleries, highlighting four new exhibitions! The exhibitions feature a blend of contemporary work by nationally and internationally renowned artists that tell stories and provide a voice to often unheard perspectives on current and historical issues. Featuring a […]

Rosen-Schaffel Competition

The festival, in partnership with the Hayes School of Music, proudly presents the 10th anniversary 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. In the final live round of the […]

A Musical Salon on a Summer’s Evening 

Live from Rosen Concert Hall, on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Join us for a fascinating selection of live music perfectly suited for a summer evening, as well as conversation with the artists, hosted by James Douthit, Dean of the Hayes School of Music. Joining Dr. Douthit (piano) are musicians from […]

All-Star Orchestra: “The New World and Its Music”

This special 4th of July holiday programming features a special introduction to the App Summer audience by conductor Gerard Schwarz, who will appear with the Eastern Festival Orchestra as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival's 2021 season. All-Star Orchestra program: Antonin Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Avanti! Inspired by American dreams and legends, […]

Tesla Quartet

This special preview performance and message from the quartet to the App Summer audience is scheduled in conjunction with the Tesla Quartet’s planned appearance as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival’s 2021 season. Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style or technical demand” (The […]

Raising the Curtain: An Inside Look at the Schaefer Center

Festival audiences often voice their curiosity about how App Summer comes together each season. Join the festival staff for a “behind the scenes” tour of the Schaefer Center (including a peek backstage) and a handful of pop-up home offices, a glimpse into the specialized roles of the festival staff, and a journey through the virtual […]

“The Charmer”

Esmail is a darkly handsome Iranian immigrant to Denmark who is on the verge of being thrown out of the country unless he can find a Danish woman willing to marry him. Night after night he puts on the same suit and hits the Copenhagen bar scene hoping to turn the next woman he sees […]

Visual Arts Exhibition and ARTtalk: “UnEqual Scenes” with Johnny Miller

Featuring a narrated tour of the exhibition in Gallery B and a pre-recorded talkback with the artist. Johnny Miller is a photographer, activist, and multimedia storyteller based in Cape Town, South Africa, and Detroit, Michigan. He is interested in exploring inequality, architecture, displacement, and climate justice from the ground and from the air. His photographic […]

Songs for Summer: Melodic Repertoire from Instrumental and Vocal Literature

Live from Rosen Concert Hall, on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Settle in for a serenade of melodic repertoire of instrumental and vocal literature performed by an ensemble of faculty from the Hayes School of Music: James Stokes (trumpet); Junie Cho (piano); Gennard Lombardozzi (tenor); and James Douthit (piano). Selections include: […]

Shana Tucker: An Evening of ChamberSoul

With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, cellist/singer-songwriter Shana Tucker delivers a unique voice through her self-described genre of ChamberSoul™. Shana's melodies weave strong hints of jazz, classical, soulful folk, acoustic pop and a touch of R&B into a distinctive rhythmic tapestry. Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as a jazz talent "...whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible...” Shana’s style and sound as been described as a blend of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity that is reminiscent of Bill Withers. To learn more about Shana Tucker:

Parsons Dance: ‘Caught’ at Home

Enjoy this select program featuring archival gems, glimpses of the dancers at home, and sneak peeks of the world premieres that were scheduled for The Joyce this spring; featuring a specially recorded message to our App Summer audience from founder and choreographer David Parsons. Known for their remarkable athleticism and stunning ensemble work, Parsons Dance […]

Canadian Brass

This special preview performance and message to the App Summer audience is scheduled in conjunction with the planned appearance by the Canadian Brass as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival’s 2021 season. With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s […]

On These Walls: An Inside Look at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

Join us for a fun and informative journey through the Turchin Center, featuring areas of the building that aren’t generally open to the public and informal chats with the staff as they engage in preparations for the exhibition, education and outreach programming that defines the center’s mission.

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

Set in 18th-century France on a small island off the coast of Brittany, Portrait of a Lady on Fire brings together two women from very different backgrounds. Marianne is a working-class, portrait artist who has been brought to an isolated island to paint Héloïse, a young noblewoman who has recently left the convent. Héloïse is […]

Visual Arts Exhibition: “Matrilinear” with Elizabeth M. Claffey

Featuring a narrated tour of the exhibition in Gallery A. Matrilinear is an ongoing series that addresses embodied memory and its relationship to personal, familial, and cultural identity. Family folklore and ritual are explored through photographs revealing the physical remnants of a body long gone; including stains, tears, and loose thread from clothing that was kept […]

Kraut Creek Ramblers and Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road

Live from Rosen Concert Hall, on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, with an introduction by Mark Freed, Adjunct Instructor of Appalachian Music at App State. Tune in for a special double-bill concert featuring local bluegrass bands Kraut Creek Ramblers and Cane Mill Road performing an energetic set live from Appalachian State […]

“My Life in the Theatre:” NC Black Repertory Company Artistic Director Jackie Alexander

Featuring moderator Ray Miller, Professor of Dance Studies and Theatre Arts, Appalachian State University Sit down for an informal and compelling chat with Winston-Salem-based North Carolina Black Repertory Company Artistic Director Jackie Alexander as the award-winning playwright-director talks about the history of the acclaimed company and the importance of sharing the black experience on the […]

Introducing Sarah Jones and friends* (who live in her head)… 

This preview made specially for the App Summer audience is scheduled in conjunction with the planned appearance by Sarah Jones as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival’s 2021 season. Called “a master of the genre” by The New York Times, Sarah Jones is a Tony® and Obie Award-winning performer and writer known for her multi-character, one-person […]

Pianist with the Hair: Live from Paris or Somewhere in Europe

This special Facebook Live performance is scheduled in conjunction with the planned appearance by Julian Gargiulo as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival’s 2021 season. Where in the world is Julian Gargiulo? Originally scheduled to perform live from his Parisian flat, Julian finds himself country-hopping at the moment and could wind up in Athens, Verona, […]

#TCVAatHome: Student Artist Feature, Brooke Drury

Appalachian State University Students are the heart of the Turchin Center. A team of outstanding student staff assist with gallery installations, education, safety and visitor services. This behind-the-scenes video features Studio Art major Brooke Drury, providing a glimpse into how her studio practice is continuing off campus and how working as a Turchin Center gallery […]

“Corpus Christi”

After spending years in a Warsaw prison for a violent crime, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a remote village to work as a manual laborer. The job is designed to keep the ex-con busy, but Daniel has a higher calling. Over the course of his incarceration, Daniel has found Christ. He aspires to […]

Visual Arts Exhibition: “Afterimage Anxiety” with Joshua Rose

Featuring a narrated tour of the exhibition in the Mezzanine Gallery. Joshua Rose considers this series of work his autobiography, calling it “my studio landscape, a collection of old roads to be re-investigated and re-asserted through re-engagement. It is from this body of drawings, paintings and photographs that I mine the past, manipulate, combine and […]