Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: An Evening with Natalie Merchant featuring Western Piedmont Symphony

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC, United States

In celebration of her ninth studio album, Keep Your Courage, ’90s alternative-rock superstar Natalie Merchant opens the festival, accompanied by Hickory, NC’s Western Piedmont Symphony. Rising to fame as the lead vocalist and primary lyricist of the folk-rock band 10,000 Maniacs (In My Tribe, Blind Man’s Zoo), Merchant’s success grew even more as a solo artist, cementing her place in the pantheon of literate, socially conscious songs (Tigerlily, Ophelia). Keep Your Courage is her first album of songs in nearly a decade.

$25 – $75

Eastern Music Festival: Eastern Festival Orchestra: Celebrations & Rhapsodies: Béla Fleck, banjo; Carter Doolittle, saxophone

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC, United States

PERFORMED BY: Gerard Schwarz, music director and conductor; Béla Fleck, banjo; Carter Doolittle, saxophone – 2023 Rosen-Schaffel Concerto Competition Winner; Eastern Festival Orchestra PROGRAM: ZWILICH: Celebration for Orchestra; DEBUSSY: Rhapsodie for Saxophone and Orchestra, L.98; GERSHWIN/FLECK: Rhapsody in Blue; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op.64 TH 29 Ticket Office 336-333-7450 x221  

$10 – $55

Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: Helene and Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC, United States

This year’s series will focus on three award-winning international films that explore the many paths to happiness, whether through love, the pleasure of the senses, or the simplicity of daily tasks. Fallen Leaves Set in modern-day Helsinki, this charming, bittersweet film tells the story of two lonely souls whose chance meeting at a local karaoke bar is beset by numerous hurdles. In Finnish with English subtitles The Taste of Things Set in France in 1889, the film follows the life of a chef living with his personal cook and lover. In French with English subtitles Perfect Days Set in contemporary Tokyo, a toilet cleaner reflects on finding beauty in the world through unexpected encounters with music, books and photography. In Japanese with English subtitles

$10

Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: Helene and Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC, United States

This year’s series will focus on three award-winning international films that explore the many paths to happiness, whether through love, the pleasure of the senses, or the simplicity of daily tasks. Fallen Leaves Set in modern-day Helsinki, this charming, bittersweet film tells the story of two lonely souls whose chance meeting at a local karaoke bar is beset by numerous hurdles. In Finnish with English subtitles The Taste of Things Set in France in 1889, the film follows the life of a chef living with his personal cook and lover. In French with English subtitles Perfect Days Set in contemporary Tokyo, a toilet cleaner reflects on finding beauty in the world through unexpected encounters with music, books and photography. In Japanese with English subtitles

$10

Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: Canadian Brass: All You Need Is Love

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC, United States

Internationally crowd-pleasing Canadian Brass has earned the distinction of the world’s most famous and popular brass group. Each of their concerts exhibit a full range of musical styles, from trademark Baroque and Dixieland tunes, to Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Joplin, Gershwin and Ellington, as well as arrangements created specifically for them. The exuberant All You Need Is Love program includes a collection of music from Mozart, Vivaldi, the Beatles, Rimsky-Korsakov, Coldplay and more.

$10 – $40

Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: Buddy Guy: Damn Right Farewell

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC, United States

The Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award-winning Buddy Guy will perform hits from throughout his career, in addition to his 2022 album, The Blues Don’t Lie. At age 87, Buddy Guy is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Guy #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

$25 – $75

Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: 38th Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk & Competition

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC, United States

Join competition juror and sculptor Christopher Meyer on a fascinating outdoor tour of the 10 contemporary American sculptures selected as finalists for this year’s annual competition. With a rich background in iron work, Meyer’s work ranges from non-objective to representational sculptural objects, sculptural installations, and cast-iron performance work, often focusing on the interaction between the viewer and the work. The walking tour will culminate at the Schaefer Center with an awards reception and complimentary boxed lunch.

Free

Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: Norm Lewis

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC, United States

Stage and screen star Norm Lewis, backed by a trio, will present a revue of songs hand-picked from his impressive resumé of the who’s-who among Broadway’s leading men — Javert in Les Misérables, Porgy in Porgy and Bess, the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Billy Flynn in Chicago — and from numerous TV hits such as Mrs. America, The Blacklist, and Scandal. Lewis will also lend his unique and insightful vocal versatility to additional selections ranging from jazz, blues and soul to pop and classic American favorites.

$25 – $55

Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: Helene and Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC, United States

This year’s series will focus on three award-winning international films that explore the many paths to happiness, whether through love, the pleasure of the senses, or the simplicity of daily tasks. Fallen Leaves Set in modern-day Helsinki, this charming, bittersweet film tells the story of two lonely souls whose chance meeting at a local karaoke bar is beset by numerous hurdles. In Finnish with English subtitles The Taste of Things Set in France in 1889, the film follows the life of a chef living with his personal cook and lover. In French with English subtitles Perfect Days Set in contemporary Tokyo, a toilet cleaner reflects on finding beauty in the world through unexpected encounters with music, books and photography. In Japanese with English subtitles

$10

Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: Bell-Denk-Isserlis Trio

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC, United States

Hailed as a “dream team of performers” (Strings Magazine), world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk will offer an unparalleled evening of Fauré chamber music. This summer marks the trio’s first U.S. appearances since their debut tour in 2019, where they received widespread praise for their “fresh and cohesive sensitivity and superb technical polish” (Boston Classical Review). These three longtime musical collaborators and friends are masters at the top of their crafts, not to be missed.

$10 – $55

Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC, United States

Founded in Birmingham, Alabama in 2011, the eight-piece soul ensemble burst onto the scene with their 2014 debut Half the City, establishing a swampy Southern-fried sound with tight horn lines that quickly became a calling card and landing the band a slew of major festivals, including Lollapalooza, Coachella and Glastonbury. Known for their electric, soul-rattling performances and showmanship, the band has been hailed as “one of the most authentic soul-revival sextets around.” Critics have called frontman Paul “St. Paul” Janeway’s voice “an amazing thing. Part James Brown, part Al Green, part lunatic hellfire preacher. …It’s a controlled falsetto shriek and a silky, woozy croon. It’s the sort of voice that leaves a room emotionally wrung out but willing to listen to its very last gasp. It’s simply remarkable.”

$25 – $50

Appalachian State University: An Appalachian Summer Festival: Paul Taylor Dance Company: Airs, Syzygy, Esplanade

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC, United States

Paul Taylor Dance Company, one of the world’s most famous contemporary dance ensembles, has been innovating and transforming modern dance since 1954. Founder Paul Taylor (1930-2018) created 147 dances that cover a broad range of topics, themes, and moods. This summer, PTDC, now under the artistic leadership of Michael Novak, performs a program of Taylor’s energetic “Syzygy,” his awe-inspiring “Airs,” and the choreographer’s masterpiece, “Esplanade,” inspired by the sight of a girl running to catch a bus.

$10 – $45