A Season in Review
What a season it has been over in Appalachian's Arts and Cultural Programs! The 2010-11 season of the Performing Arts Series took audiences on a journey across the world. The fall semester gave way to a tribute to the sounds of our nation and state with music rooted from right here in the mountains of North Carolina to the soultry sounds of New Orleans Jazz and concluded with the classical melodies of Brahms and Bach ringing in our ears. The spring semester took audiences on a world tour as they went back in time to witness the widening of America's nuclear armory, danced alongside of folk dancers from Brazil, were swept away by the beauty of Russian ballet and were blasted into the African culture with the electric sounds of acoustic music. Needless to say, it has been a memorable and dynamic season for the arts at Appalachian. We look forward to spending another season with you as we anxiously await the release of the 2011-12 season!
Performing Arts Series 2010-11 Stats
- Over 6,000 people attended all of the Performing Arts Series events this season.
- With a special "Holiday Discount," many series tickets were given as gifts last holiday season.
- The Red Clay Ramblers gave students and Appalachian faculty/staff a treat with their impromptu concert in the Dining Hall the day of their performance.
- Both the Red Clay Ramblers and the North Carolina Symphony performed for area children during morning school shows.
- A special Veteran's Day discount was given to honor all veteran's and active military for the North Carolina Symphony performance.
Below is a list of the ancillary events that were held for certain performances:
Red Clay Ramblers
September 17, 2010
- Met with Appalachian State Music Industries Class
- Appeared at Jones House Community center jam session
Del McCoury & Preservation Hall Jazz Band
October 29, 2010
- Band leaders hosted open Q&A before the performance
- Backstage "Meet & Greet"
LA Theatre Works: The Real Dr. Strangelove: Edward Teller and the Battle for the H-Bomb
January 22, 2011
- "Nuclear Tipping Point" Documentary & Panel Discussion
- Inside Acting Panel with LA Theatre Works cast members
- Class visit with the cast members and the Department Theatre& Dance
Balé Folclórico da Bahia
February 15, 2011
- Cultural diversity teacher workshop (Co-hosted in conjunction with Appalachian's Dept of International Education and Outreach, the Belk Library, Watauga County Arts Council and the Watauga County Schools)
- Brazilian Capoeira class/demonstration
- Afro-Brazilian Culture: History, Religion, and the Arts panel discussion
Russian National Ballet: Romeo & Juliet and Chopiniana
March 2, 2011
- Conducted master-class for Appalachian's Dance Department
Acoustic Africa: Habib Koité, Oliver Mtukudzi and Afel Bocoum
April 8, 2011
- Musicians met and performed for two World-Music classes