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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)
March 14, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For More Information Contact: Megan Hayes, Marketing Director, 828-262-6084 x104
To download high-resolution images, visit www.appsummer.org/media.

                       Tickets on Sale for
          An Appalachian Summer Festival’s 2008 Season
 Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts, Film, Workshops, Educational Lectures
      and Seminars Create a Dynamic Summer Celebration of the Arts

BOONE, NC— An Appalachian Summer Festival announces its 24 th season schedule, which
includes a dynamic group of artists and educators, presenting music, dance, theatre, visual arts,
films, educational lectures, workshops for children and adults and seminars. The season begins
on Saturday, June 28 and ends with a finale fireworks concert on Saturday, July 26.

The 2008 season includes performances by Midori, Judy Collins, Charlie Daniels, the Broyhill
Chamber Ensemble and the Count Basie Orchestra; the 22nd Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture
Competition and Exhibition; Patagonia‘s Wild & Scenic Film Series; Aspen Santa Fe Ballet;
André Watts, Doug Varone and Dancers, the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra, Phoebe Snow and
many more. Tickets are on sale now, and subscription packages offer deep discounts and
priority seating.

                                   ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
Presented annually by Appalachian State University‘s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, An
Appalachian Summer Festival is attended by more than 26,000 people, and has emerged as one
of the nation's most innovative and highly regarded regional, multidisciplinary arts festivals.
With a history of presenting world-class talent that exceeds two decades, the festival is
committed to showcasing American talent, commissioning new works, and building new
audiences for the fine arts. For many years, the festival has been named one of the "Top 20
events in the Southeast" by the Southeast Tourism Society. The festival‘s setting in Western
North Carolina‘s lovely, Blue Ridge Mountains offers small- town friendliness with the biggest
names in entertainment.


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                                      ARTISTIC DIRECTION:
An Appalachian Summer Festival has adopted a new model for artistic direction, designed to
fulfill its mission, vision, and long-range goals. An Artistic Partnership Team comprised of
strategic artistic partners has been formed, to guide various elements of festival programming
across the artistic disciplines of importance to the festival, including symphonic and chamber
music, dance, theatre, and visual arts. World-renowned symphony conductor Gerard Schwarz,
who serves as Music Director of both the Seattle Symphony and the Eastern Music Festival, has
joined the festival as its Artistic Partner for symphonic music programming. At the end of last
summer, internationally acclaimed violinist Gil Morgenstern stepped down as Artistic Director
of An Appalachian Summer Festival to concentrate on numerous other creative projects, as well
as his demanding performance career. Mr. Morgenstern returns to the festival as the Artistic
Partner for the chamber music component within this new structure. In this capacity, he will
program and perform with the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble. Jodee Nimerichter, Co-Director of
the American Dance Festival, based in New York, has assumed responsibility as the Artistic
Partner for dance programming. Hank Foreman, Director and Chief Curator of the Turchin
Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University, serves as Artistic Partner for the
visual arts. Denise Ringler, Director of Arts and Cultural Programs, whose office and staff
administer An Appalachian Summer Festival as well as other arts programming for the
university, continues to be responsible for overall administrative functioning of the festival. One
role on the Artistic Partnership Team— that of the theatre partner— is yet to be secured. Efforts
are underway to fill that position.

                                               MUSIC:
An Appalachian Summer Festival‘s Chamber Music is programmed by Gil Morgenstern, who
serves as the festival‘s Artistic Director for Chamber Music. The festival‘s 24-year history
began with performances by the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, and the tradition of presenting fine
musicians who perform the classics and the newest, most innovative works for chamber
ensembles holds strong today. The Broyhill Chamber Ensemble will perform a five-concert
series entitled Reflections on June 29, July 2, 7, 16 and 21. Reflections furthers its exploration of
Old World Masterworks and the less familiar but masterful works of contempo rary artists. By
placing solo and chamber music together with poetry and prose from around the world in
combinations that illuminate one another, Reflections invites the audience to reflect anew upon
the words and music.

An Appalachian Summer Festival celebrates its 2008 season with three stellar symphony events.
The festival‘s Artistic Director for Symphonic Music, Gerard Schwarz, has selected
complimentary symphony events that present a diverse selection of talent and repertoire. The
Charlotte Symphony makes its festival debut with a Pops performance on July 1, and a festival
favorite, the Eastern Festival Orchestra, performs twice: on July 8 with guest artist Midori
(violin) and July 20 with guest artist André Watts (piano). All symphony performances are held
at 8pm in Farthing Auditorium. The July 1 Pops performance features conductor Albert-George
Schram, and is a celebration of Leonard Bernstein‘s 90 th birthday entitled ―American Stage &
Screen.‖ The performance features Symphonic Dances from West Side Story as well as
selections from the soundtracks of Porgy & Bess, Guys & Dolls, and Carousel. The Eastern
Festival Orchestra‘s July 6 performance with Midori is conducted by David Lockington and
features Brahms‘ Violin Concerto in D Major and Philip Sawyers‘ The Gale of Life and

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Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major. The orchestra‘s July 20 performance with André Watts
features Maestro Schwarz himself as conductor, and includes Greig‘s Lyric Suite and Piano
Concerto in a minor, and Mahler‘s Symphony No. 1 in D Major. The July 1 Pops concert is
sponsored by Allen Wealth Management. The three-performance symphonic series is sponsored
by Westglow Resort and Spa.

Popular music offerings include folk and acoustic favorites Phoebe Snow and Judy Collins, the
eclectic pop group BETTY, the World-Famous Count Basie Orchestra, Cherish the Ladies,
performing traditional Irish music and dance, and Southern icons Ricky Skaggs and Charlie
Daniels.

Phoebe Snow‘s distinctive sounds create memories of days past. The singer‘s first album
became one of the most acclaimed debut recordings of all time, spawning the top 5 hit single
―Poetry Man‖ and winning her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Platinum records,
the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and legions of fans would soon follow. The prolific singer
has performed and recorded with numerous artists, including Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Bonnie
Raitt, Michael McDonald, Cyndi Lauper and Chaka Khan. In 2003, Phoebe Snow released the
CD Natural Wonders, her first original material in 14 years. Phoebe Snow performs at Farthing
Auditorium 8pm Thursday, July 10. This performance is generously supported by Bonnie and
Jamie Schaefer.

Few singers have staying power like that of folk artist Judy Collins. Her dulcet tones and poetic
lyrics have electrified generations for nearly 45 illustrious years. With more than 40 albums,
numerous top 10 hits, Grammy nominations, and gold and platinum selling albums— Judy
Collins is an eclectic artist who has become a living legend in her own right. Collins‘ influence
in music and politics has spread over decades while her vocal interpretations have inspired
millions. From the time she discovered folk music and was signed to Elektra in 1961 to now, she
has remained creative and vibrant as an artist, and her magical stage presence is stronger than
ever. Judy Collins performs at Farthing Auditorium at 8pm Saturday, July 19. This performance
is generously supported by Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer and sponsored by Appalachian
Hospitality Management and Mast General Store.

An Appalachian Summer Festival‘s popular ―Dinner and a Show at Westglow‖ will feature
BETTY, a five-piece pop rock band with a unique sound, at 6pm on Thursday, July 3 on the
beautiful grounds of Westglow Resort and Spa. A limited seating event, this performance
includes an elegant dinner catered by Rowland‘s Restaurant. BETTY began as an edgy
a‘cappella/spoken word/techno-beat trio in Washington DC. Since 1986, this electrifying band,
now based in downtown NYC, has performed their memorable live show— full of exciting,
hook- laden songs, clever word play and manic energy— in clubs, theatres and arenas all over the
world. Their superb songcraft and spine-tingling harmonies have catapulted this deeply beloved
cult band to wider international recognition. ―Dinner and a Show at Westglow‖ is generously
sponsored by Westglow Resort and Spa.

The swinging sounds of big band will come to An Appalachian Summer Festival, as The World-
Famous Count Basie Orchestra continues the work of the legendary William ―Count‖ Basie.
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and is presented with the generous support of Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer. Led by Bill ―Mr. B‖
Hughes who joined the group in 1953, The Count Basie Orchestra consists of 19 performers, 17
sidemen and a vocalist. One of the most thriving big bands in history, the orchestra celebrates
the big band experience through the completely original and unmistakable Count Basie
repertoire. The Count Basie Orchestra has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least
once, and continues to accumulate awards and recognition. To date, the orchestra claims 17
Grammy Awards. While some members may be new, the sound itself still swings from
musicians handpicked by the Count himself.

Traditional Irish song and dance comes to the stage of Farthing Auditorium, as the festival, in
partnership with the Grandfather Highland Games, present a spirited performance by Cherish the
Ladies. The performance takes place at 8pm Saturday July 12, and is generously supported by
Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer and sponsored by Appalachian Hospitality Management and Mast
General Store. With their distinctive blend of instrumental talents, remarkable vocals, captivating
arrangements, and amazing step dance, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of
traditional Irish culture, and displays it in an immensely humorous and entertaining package. In
a relatively short time, these women have solidly established themselves as musicians and
performers, and have won over thousands of listeners and fans around the world.

Ricky Skaggs and his bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder open the festival season with an
exciting performance on the stage of Farthing Auditorium at 8pm Saturday, June 28. This event
is generously sponsored by Rock ‗n Walls of Boone. Known affectionately as bluegrass music‘s
official ambassador, Skaggs has become one of the genre‘s most talented and dynamic
performers. By age 21, Ricky Skaggs was already a ―recognized master‖ of one of America‘s
most demanding art forms when his career took him in other directions— catapulting him into a
mainstream country music success. Now the road has brought him back to where it all began—
bluegrass music.

The Charlie Daniels Band closes the festival season with high-energy, Southern-style fun in a
fireworks finale concert, sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, which
offers discounted ticket prices to its members. The finale concert will take place at 7:30pm at the
university‘s Holmes Convocation Center. The concert has general admission seating, and the
doors open at 6:30pm. Fireworks will take place outside the convocation center immediately
after the concert. Charlie Daniels and his music are quintessentially Southern. But whether he‘s
playing rock, country, bluegrass, blues or gospel, Daniels himself defies categorization; he has
refused for decades to label his music as anything other than ―CDB (Charlie Daniels Band)
music.‖ In 1979, Daniels‘ ―The Devil Went Down to Georgia‖ became a platinum single, topped
both country and pop charts, won a Grammy Award, earned three Country Music Association
trophies, became an international phenomenon and launched Daniels‘ Million Mile Reflections
album to triple platinum sales levels. Over the years, Daniels has recorded sessions with Bob
Dylan, Flatt & Scruggs, Leonard Cohen, Ringo Starr and Johnny Cash; his songs have been
recorded by Elvis Presley and Tammy Wynette and his annual Volunteer Jam concerts have
hosted an impressive range of mega-talents, including Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, the
Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Little Richard, B.B. King and James Brown. History
exemplifies that a classic Charlie Daniels Band performa nce knows no clear musical genre. As
Daniels puts it in his own words, ―It‘s purely American music with something for everyone.‖

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                                              DANCE:
The festival brings two of the biggest names in contemporary dance to the stage of Appalachian
State University‘s Farthing Auditorium in July. On Tuesday, July 8, the innovative and eclectic
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will perform, followed on Friday, July 18 by the kinetically thrilling and
emotionally charged choreography of Doug Varone and Dancers. Both performances take place
at 8pm at Farthing Auditorium. The festival‘s Artistic Director for Dance, Jodee Nimerichter,
has chosen these two contemporary companies for their mix of classic and contemporary
repertory and their longstanding reputations for consistent performance quality. Described by
New York Times as ―A breath of fresh air,‖ Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company is comprised of
twelve classically trained dancers who perform an eclectic repertoire by some of the world‘s
foremost choreographers. With a solid foundation in classical ballet, the company‘s signature
style has encompassed a far-reaching aesthetic vision based on an honest expression of the art of
dance. Doug Varone and Dancers has been singled out for its expansive choreographic visions,
versatility and technical prowess. This company of master dancers is especially prized for their
kinetic dexterity, musicality and acting instincts. Doug Varone and Dancers performances are
thrilling, exhilarating, dedicated and inventive— conveying an enormous depth of emotion
through their highly charged, physically exciting choreography.

                                            THEATRE:
An Appalachian Summer Festival presents multiple dimensions of theatrical performances
during its 2008 season, with two highly acclaimed theatre companies that have won over critics
and audiences regionally, nationally and internationally. The Reduced Shakespeare Company
invites the audience to get silly and have fun with their ―Marx Brothers meets The Daily Show‖
style humor, as they perform The Complete History of America (abridged) at 8pm on July 5 at
Farthing Auditorium. The Reduced Shakespeare Company‘s performance is generously
underwritten by Bonnie and Jamie Schaffer. On the serious side, Greensboro‘s highly- acclaimed
Triad Stage returns to An Appalachian Summer Festival to perform Patrick Shanley‘s Pulitzer
Prize and Tony Award-winning drama, Doubt at 8pm on July 24 and 25 at Valborg Theatre.
Doubt is the story of four individuals who are forced to confront their core beliefs when, in a
Bronx Catholic school in 1964, the school principal voices her suspicions that one of her male
colleagues— the resident priest— has abused a young boy. 2008 marks the second season that
Triad Stage has toured a production to An Appalachian Summer Festival, and the company is
quickly making its mark as a festival favorite.

                                          VISUAL ARTS:
The festival‘s visual arts offerings consist of exhibitions, workshops and educational lectures,
and are managed by Appalachian‘s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, which maintains a year-
round schedule of dynamic arts programming. Turchin Center Director/Chief Curator Hank
Foreman, who serves as An Appalachian Summer Festival‘s Artistic Director for the Visual Arts,
has programmed an exciting array of visual arts opportunities for the festival‘s 2008 season. The
museum features a Summer Exhibition Celebration on Friday, July 11 from 7-9pm that unveils
five exhibits: Dancing with the Dragon: Contemporary Art from Beijing, Capturing a Transient
World: A Contemporary Look at Louisiana, IN Black & White: Louisiana’s Retreating Coast
and Communities, and The Brian Ayers Memorial Art Exhibition.



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The festival also features the 22nd Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, a
national, juried competition presented annually by An Appalachian Summer Festival and the
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Made possible by the generosity of longtime arts supporters
Martin and Doris Rosen, the competition and exhibition is an integral part of the festival that
began in 1987, and continues a long-held tradition of showcasing the best of large-scale,
contemporary American sculpture. Each year, a juror with expertise in American sculpture is
selected. The juror chooses ten artists as finalists, and their sculptures are showcased in outdoor,
public setting across the Appalachian campus. At the festival‘s annual Sculpture Walk, which
this season takes place at 10am on Saturday, July 26, the juror gives a guided tour of the
sculptures, followed by a reception at which the year‘s Rosen Award winner is announced, and
awarded with a cash prize. This year‘s juror is Dr. Sarah Clark-Langager, Director and Curator
of the Outdoor Sculpture Collection at Western Gallery, located at Western Washington
University in Bellingham, WA.

                                               FILM:
The festival is pleased to announce the inaugural year of its film series. This year‘s film offering
is Patagonia‘s Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Series, which the festival offers in three parts:
two, different 120- minute showings on July 9 and 13 at 8pm, and a special family presentation
featuring films by and for kids on July 13 at 6pm. Patagonia‘s Wild & Scenic Environmental
Film Festival is a project of the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), a watershed
advocacy group located in Northern California. This exciting national tour, which will reach over
60 towns and cities across the country, brings together a selection of films from the annual
festival held in Nevada City, California. The films are designed to help communities find
environmental solutions to their own local situations. They highlight the ―tipping points‖ that
our planet is reaching, and portray the ―turning of the tides‖ as communities respond with
creativity, resolve and heart. In conjunction with the film series, Farthing Auditorium‘s
Catherine J. Smith Gallery will host displays by local environmental groups, and feature
paintings by local artist Lowell Hayes that highlight the loss of North America‘s Hemlock trees
to an invasive species. The festival‘s presentation of Patagonia‘s Wild & Scenic Environmental
Film Series is sponsored by Footslogger‘s Outdoor and Travel Outfitters.

                          LECTURES AND EDUCATIONAL EVENTS:
For those interested in expanding their visual arts skills or knowledge base, the festival offers a
full schedule of hands-on workshops are available for children and adults, and weekly ―Lunch
and Learn‖ sessions allow visitors to drop in to the Turchin Center each Wednesday at noon to
learn more about current exhibitions. A complete schedule of lectures and educational events is
available at both the festival (www.appsummer.org) and Turchin Center (www.tcva.org)
websites. Visual Arts lectures and educational events are programmed by the Turchin Center for
the Visual Arts, while the university‘s Belk Library programs annual, interactive lectures by
prominent authors. The Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecture is held in the library at 3:30
on July 17, and features the Biltmore Estate‘s Landscape and Forest Historian, Bill Alexander.
Alexander‘s lecture, entitled Biltmore Estate: Frederick Law Olmsted’s Landscape Masterpiece
is a fascinating historical overview of the estate landscape, which was designed by the founder of
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includes the grounds for the US Capitol, Boston‘s ―Emerald Necklace‖ park system and New
York‘s Central Park, completed as his last, great project, George Vanderbilt‘s 125,000 acre
Biltmore Estate. On July 18, Alexander will lead a personal tour of the estate and gardens. For
further information about the lecture and Biltmore tour, call 828-262-2087 or email
pattersondl@appstate.edu.

                                    FUNDING AND SUPPORT:
Each year, An Appalachian Summer Festival holds a silent auction to raise critical funding for
top-notch, professional performances. The impressive display of items and services donated by
area shops, hotels, restaurants, attractions, artists and artisans provide an introduction to visitors
of the area and patrons of festival events. The 2008 Silent Auction ope ns June 2 and closes July
18, and is on display in the lobby of Appalachian State University‘s Farthing Auditorium.
Peabody‘s Wine and Beer Merchants has been a longtime sponsor and coordinator of this
popular annual auction, which is the festival‘s largest, single fundraising event. Auction items
will be on display for seven full weeks

An Appalachian Summer Festival would be unable to present and publicize its wide range of
extraordinary programming without critical private funding sources, including a loyal and
generous donor base and a group of outstanding corporate and media sponsors that are dedicated
to promoting the arts in our region. The festival is pleased to have the support of Westglow
Resort and Spa, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, SkyBest Communications, Mast
General Store, Appalachian Hospitality Management, Rock ‗n Walls, Inc., Allen Wealth
Management, AF Banking Insurance Investments, Laurelmor – A Ginn Club Resort,
Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters, Peabody‘s Wine and Beer Merchants, Chetola
Resort, The Inn at Crestwood, the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center, The Mountain Times, All
About Women magazine, the Winston-Salem Journal, the High Country News, WBTV, WCYB,
Charter Communications, Mountain Television Network, Aisling Broadcasting, WETS 89.5FM,
WDAV 89.9FM, WFDD 88.5FM, WNCW 88.7FM and WASU 90.5FM.

                               TICKETS AND INFORMATION:
Tickets to an Appalachian Summer Festival performances range from $5 - $30. Most visual arts
and educational events are free of charge. The festival offers two flexible ticket passes: the
―Pick 5‖ offers a 15% discount off of any purchase of five or more tickets; the ―Festival Pass‖
offers a 25% discount and priority seating for those who purchase a ticket to each performance.
For tickets and information, call 800-841-ARTS(2787) or 828-262-4046 (M-F, 10am-5pm) or
visit www.appsummer.org.

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