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                                                                           Office of Cultural Affairs
                                                                       Appalachian State University
                                                                                    PO Box 32045
                                                                            Boone, NC 28608-2045
                                                              828-262-6084 (ph) 828-262-2848 (fax)
August, 24, 2010

For More Information Contact: Megan Stage, Marketing Manager, 828-262-6084, ext 105
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               Appalachian State University’s
 2010-2011 Performing Arts Series Tickets on Sale for Red Clay
         Ramblers, Del McCoury & Preservation Hall,
                 Acoustic Africa and More!

Boone, NC— Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs announces its
2010-2011 Performing Arts Series schedule. This season offers seven major cultural events
representing the arts from all over the world throughout the academic year. All shows take place
at 8pm at Farthing Auditorium on the campus of Appalachian State University.

Tickets are on sale now at the Farthing Auditorium Box Office, 800-814-ARTS (2787) or
828-262-4046 and online at Individual tickets are $20 for the general
public, $18 for seniors and staff and faculty at Appalachian and $10 for university students. Ticket
prices increase at the door on show nights. Subscriptions are available to all, and offer a 10%
discount and priority seating, and are available through September 17, 2010. The popular “
Student Flex 4” pass is available again this year to Appalachian students, allowing a 10% discount
as well as the convenience to choose events and seats up until show time. The Farthing
Auditorium Box Office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

About the Performances

Red Clay Ramblers
Friday, September 17, 2010
8pm Farthing Auditorium

Now in their 38th year, the Tony Award-winning Red Clay Ramblers are a North Carolina string
band with international acclaim. The band’s repertoire reflects their roots in old-time mountain
music, as well as bluegrass, country, rock, New Orleans jazz, gospel and the American musical.
The New York Times calls their music-making “perfection,” and they have earned numerous
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awards for their work on Broadway, including two Drama Desk nominations, most recently for the
Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Fool Moon.

The Ramblers have been frequent guests on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and over
the years they have performed with such figures as Grammy-winner Shawn Colvin, (a former
member of the Ramblers), Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Eugene Chadbourn, and
Michele Shocked.

*This is a Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary Celebration Event

American Legacies:
The Del McCoury Band & Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Friday, October 29, 2010
8pm Farthing Auditorium

Del McCoury got his start playing banjo over 50 years ago, making his big break with Bill Monroe’s
Blue Grass Boys in 1963 and eventually forming The Del McCoury Band. Winning countless
awards for their innovative sound, the band propelled to the top of the bluegrass charts in the 90s.
The band now includes his sons Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo), Alan Bartram (bass) and
Jason Carter (fiddle), and recently celebrated a 50-year legacy of brilliant, heartfelt music with the
release Celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury.

With their name deriving from the venerable music venue Preservation Hall in the heart of New
Orleans, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to
nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Some of the founding members
performed with jazz pioneers like Louis Armstrong, who says of the group, “Now that’s where
you’ll find all of the greats.”

North Carolina Symphony
From Brahms to Bach- and Back Again
Thursday, November 11, 2010
8pm Farthing Auditorium

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony is a vital and honored component of North
Carolina’s cultural life. Under the gifted artistic leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn, the
orchestra has grown in stature and sophistication. The orchestra has appeared at Carnegie Hall in
New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Orchestra Hall in Chicago.

This performance is devoted to great classical masterworks, and showcases the full creative life of
a hallmark of the Romantic canon: Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn. A timeless sample of
the Brahms style -Third Symphony- with an influential rarity by Haydn and Bach’s Concerto for
Violin and Oboe, make for an unforgettable concert experience.

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LA Theatre Works:
The Real Dr. Strangelove: Edward Teller and the Battle for the H-Bomb
Saturday, January 22, 2011
8pm Farthing Auditorium

The Real Dr. Strangelove explores the fractionated relationship between Edward Teller, one of
America’s most respected scientists who advocated for developing the H-Bomb, and J. Robert
Oppenheimer, the father of the atom bomb who became the chief obstacle for Eisenhower and the
Pentagon in the creation of a more destructive weapon. In this fully-staged production of a radio
play, we witness the plan to widen America’s nuclear armory, which ultimately set our country on
the path to becoming the strongest military nation on the planet - and living with the

LA Theatre Works last appeared at Appalachian in 2009 performing The Great Tennessee Monkey
Trials, and returns by popular demand. The foremost radio theater company in the United States
for more than two decades, they have single-handedly brought the finest recorded dramatic
literature into the homes of millions on NPR, the BBC, CBC and online at

Balé Folclórico da Bahia
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
8pm Farthing Auditorium

The only professional folk dance company in Brazil, Balé Folclórico da Bahia was formed in 1988
and has achieved considerable success in its short history. Under the artistic direction of José
Carlos Arandiba, the company’s many national and international tours have earned them a
prestigious reputation that is reflected in the response of the public and critics alike.

Based in Salvador in the northern state of Bahia, the 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians, and
singers perform a repertory based on “Bahian” folkloric dances of African origin that includes
slave dances, capoeira (a form of martial arts), samba and those that celebrate Carnival. The
company presents the region’s most important cultural manifestations under a contemporary
theatrical vision that reflects its popular origins.

Russian National Ballet:
Romeo & Juliet and Chopiniana
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
8pm Farthing Auditorium

The Russian National Ballet was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of
Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet
Union’s ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new,
vibrant companies dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet. Today, the
Russian National Ballet is its own institution, with over 50 dancers, many of whom have been with
the company since its inception.
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The company will perform Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s tragic story of struggle between love
and the binding circumstances of family ties, and Chopiniana, which grew out of Chopin’s Seventh
Waltz and premièred in 1907. The favorite composition of its creator, Mikhail Fokine, this work
has now become standard repertoire for many of the world’s leading theatres.

Acoustic Africa
Habib Koité, Oliver Mtukudzi and Afel Bocoum
Friday, April 8, 2011
8pm Farthing Auditorium

Experience a fascinating musical journey focused on the richness of the African guitar tradition
with Habib Koité, the Malian superstar whose exhilarating concerts have endeared him to
audiences worldwide, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, best-selling Zimbabwean artist known for his
soulful, husky voice and noted Malian guitarist, singer and composer Afel Bocoum, whose songs
provide thoughtful commentary on the evolution of traditional Malian society. Together, these
artists bring their own flavor and rhythm to traditional African guitar music.

Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi began recording in the mid-1970s as a member of Wagon Wheels. His
music is undeniably contagious with songs addressing social and economic issues of his
Zimbabwean homeland. With remarkable subtlety and a sure talent, Afel Bocoum is a member of
the group Alkibar, which means “messenger of the great river” in his native language of Sonrai,
and he has proven that he is true to this namesake, actively keeping Malian music at the forefront
of the international scene. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Habib Koité has a strong following in
America, with his music reflecting the diverse musical traditions of his Malian homeland, mixed
with a distinct, modern Western influence. Koité has appeared on The Late Show with David
Letterman and has been featured in People and Rolling Stone magazines. His last performance at
Appalachian was in 2005, when he received a standing ovation from an enthusiastic crowd.

Curricular Connections
The Performing Arts Series makes it a priority to create curricular connections between the
classroom and the stage. Every year, the Office of Arts and Cultural Programs works with the
artists to create additional special events to enhance the cultural experience of students.
“In recent years, a major goal has been to bring classroom learning alive for students, by
presenting artists that complement and breathe life into the classroom curriculum,” says Denise
Ringler, Director of Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs. Professors
are encouraged to integrate these offerings into their syllabi and bring their students to the
performances and any additional events put on by the artist.

About the Performing Arts Series
The 2010-11 Performing Arts Series is a presentation of Appalachian State University’s Office of
Arts and Cultural Programs. The mission of the series is to support the teaching mission of
Appalachian State University by presenting a diverse array of music, dance, and theatre events
designed to enrich the cultural landscape of the campus and surrounding region. By creating
memorable performance experiences and related educational and outreach activities, the series
promotes the power and excitement of the live performance experience; provides a “window to

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the world” through the artistry of nationally and internationally renowned artists; and showcases
some of the finest artists of Appalachian State University’s campus community and the
surrounding region.

The Performing Arts Series would be unable to present and publicize its wide range of
extraordinary programming programming without critical private funding sources, including a
group of outstanding sponsors that are dedicated to promoting the arts in our region, including:
McDonald’s of Boone, Nationwide Insurance—The Park Terrell Agency, Charter Media, The
Mountain Times, All About Women magazine, WNC Magazine, the Winston-Salem Journal,
the High Country Press, Oldies 100.7, Mix 102.3, Mountain Television Network, WDAV 89.9, WFDD
88.5, WETS 89.5, WNCW 88.7 and WASU 90.5FM.

Hotel and restaurant sponsors include Westglow Resort and Spa and Rowland’s Restaurant,
Chetola Resort, the Bob Timberlake Inn and the Manor House at Chetola, The Broyhill Inn and
Conference Center and the Jackson Dining Room, the La Quinta Inn & Suites of Boone, The Best
Cellar, Louisiana Purchase, Makoto’s Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, Pepper’s and the Red
Onion Café.

Contact Information
For tickets or information, call the Farthing Auditorium Box Office at 800-841-ARTS (2787) or
828-262-4046, or visit You can also follow the Performing Arts Series
on Facebook and Twitter, @AppalachianArts.

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