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 and visual arts programming awaiting the festival audience in this innovative, newly formatted season!  

Following its scheduled broadcast, this event will be available to view for the duration of the festival. You may access it here or on our YouTube channel.

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 diverse range of mediums, the artwork encompasses a wide range of topics including the visual memory of history, cultural identity, societal inequalities, complex and multi-faceted human relationships, autobiographical art, and objects as receptacles for meaning.

Following its scheduled broadcast, this event will be available to view for the duration of the festival. You may access it here or on our YouTube channel.

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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 the school’s highly acclaimed faculty — Eric Koontz (viola); Junie Cho (piano); and Soo Goh (clarinet) — in a performance featuring works by Mozart, Joseph Horovitz, and Astor Piazzolla. 

W.A. Mozart (1756-1791) – Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano in E-Flat Major K. 498, Kegelstatt
I. Andante
II. Rondeaux
Soo Goh, clarinet
Eric Koontz, viola
James Douthit, piano

Joseph Horovitz (b. 1926) – Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano in B-Flat Major
I. Allegro calmato
II. Lento, quasi andante
III. Con brio
Soo Goh, clarinet
Junie Cho, piano

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) – Le Grand Tango for Viola and Piano
Eric Koontz, viola
Junie Cho, piano

Click here for a printable pdf of the evening’s program.

PRE-SHOW CONTENT BEGINS AT 6:40PM; THE LIVE CONCERT BEGINS AT 7PM.

This event is an exclusive live stream only and will not be available for later viewing upon its conclusion.

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, Dvořák created some of his greatest works while living in the United States, above all the “New World” Symphony. This program illuminates the multiple stories and influences – Native American, African-American and Czech – that Dvořák transformed in his most beloved work. Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Avanti! offers a contemporary interpretation of the American archetype of “moving on.”

To learn more about All-Star Orchestra: https://allstarorchestra.org/

Following its scheduled broadcast, this event will be available to view for the duration of the festival. You may access it here or on our YouTube channel.

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 International Review of Music), the Tesla Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. 

To learn more about Tesla Quartet: http://www.teslaquartet.com/about-us

Photo credit: Dario Acosta

Following its scheduled broadcast, this event will be available to view for the duration of the festival. You may access it here or on our YouTube channel.

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 planning process that culminated in an unprecedented online summer season. 

Following its scheduled broadcast, this event will be available to view for the duration of the festival. You may access it here or on our YouTube channel. 

“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 into his future spouse. But amidst a series of fleeting relationships and failed one-night stands, Esmail meets Sara, a beautiful Danish-Iranian woman who makes him question everything about himself and what he is doing. As time is running out, the charmer finds himself caught between self-interest and self-respect. 

Denmark/Sweden; Not Rated; Directed by Milad Alami (2017); 100 minutes; in Danish, Persian and English with English subtitles

Click here to read a transcript of Dr. John Pfeifer’s accompanying lecture.
Click here for large-print version.

Registration is required. After you register, you will be emailed a confirmation from a service called Eventbrite. On the day of the event, a link to access the film will be emailed to you 30 minutes prior to the scheduled screening time. The viewing is time-sensitive. The link will activate on Tuesday, July 7 at 7pm and will expire on Wednesday, July 8 at 6pm.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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 project UnEqual Scenes, a stunning and unforgettable portrayal of inequality, depicted through the art form of aerial photography, has garnered widespread praise and been featured in many of the world’s top publications. In addition to a walk through the gallery, the showcase will also feature an interview with Miller, providing insight into his work and its relevance to the COVID-19 crisis. 

To learn more about Johnny Miller: https://tcva.appstate.edu/exhibitions/2397

Following its scheduled broadcast, this event will be available to view for the duration of the festival. You may access it here or on our YouTube channel.

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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:

  • Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) – “Rondo for Lifey”
    James Stokes, trumpet
    Junie Cho, piano

  • Billy Joel (b. 1949) – “She’s Always a Woman to Me”
    Lerner and Loewe – “On the Street Where You Live”
    Gennard Lombardozzi, tenor
    James Douthit, piano
     

  • George Gershwin (1898-1937) – “The Man I Love”
    George Gershwin/Wild – “The Man I Love”
    Junie Cho, piano

  • George Gershwin/Joseph Turrin/arr. – “Someone to Watch Over Me”
    James Stokes, trumpet
    Junie Cho, piano

  • George Gershwin/Wild – “Embraceable You”
    Junie Cho, piano

  • Oskar Böhme (1870-1938) – Liebeslied, Op. 22. No 2
    James Stokes, trumpet
    Junie Cho, piano

  • Eduardo di Capua (1865-1917) – “O sole mio” 
    Salvatore Cardillo (1874-1947) – “Core ‘ngrato”
    Gennard Lombardozzi, tenor
    James Douthit, piano

  • Traditional/Terrell Cordice*/arr. – “The Last Rose of Summer”
    Gennard Lombardozzi, tenor
    James Stokes, trumpet
    James Douthit, piano

    *”The Last Rose of Summer” is an arrangement by one of the Hayes School of Music’s student composers, Terrell Cordice. 

    Click here for a printable pdf of the evening’s program.

Pre-show content begins at 6:50pm; concert begins at 7pm.
This event is an exclusive live stream only and will not be available for later viewing upon its conclusion.

Shana Tucker: An Evening of ChamberSoul

Join us for a memorable evening of jazz-infused ChamberSoul, featuring live interviews with cellist/singer-songwriter Shana Tucker and her band, moderated by Todd Wright, Professor of Jazz Studies in the Hayes School of Music. A specially recorded performance for App Summer will follow the interview.

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: http://www.shanatucker.com/bio

Following its scheduled live stream broadcast, this event will be available to view for the duration of the festival. You may access it here or on our YouTube channel.

Pre-show content begins at 6:50pm, concert begins at 7pm.