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July 6-September 8, 2016

An Appalachian Summer, on the campus of Appalachian State University, is one of the country’s leading regional arts festivals. The 2016 festival, in its 32nd year of celebrating world-class arts and entertainment, features outstanding artists such as Broadway star Kelli O'Hara, legendary rockers Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge, contemporary dance ensemble RIOULT Dance NY, and the outstanding musicianship of Pink Martini, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and the Jerry Douglas Band, as well as a special post-festival concert by The Avett Brothers.

Chetola has once again partnered with An Appalachian Summer to bring you the best of both worlds…outstanding entertainment and beautiful accommodations. Stay in Chetola Lodge, The Bob Timberlake Inn or a Chetola Condominium and combine that stay with tickets to the performance(s) of your choice. The savings on your accommodations and tickets are only available with the purchase of this special package.

Package Pricing*


Includes a two-night stay at Chetola Resort
and two tickets to the performance of your choice.

*Package totals above are taken from an averaging of adult ticket prices.
Package prices will vary depending on the performances selected.
Package prices based on double occupancy.


Chetola Lodge*

Includes breakfast daily
Weekday packages from $424 per couple
Weekend packages from $552 per couple

The Bob Timberlake Inn*

Includes breakfast daily
Weekday packages from $492 per couple
Weekend packages from $757 per couple


Weekday packages from $474 per couple
Weekend packages from $561 per couple

App Summer ticket prices include tax.


Broyhill Chamber Ensemble

July 6, 20 & 31 | 8:00pm | Rosen Concert Hall

July 6 - Featuring works by Biber, Wilde, Delerue and Smetana

  • Gil Morgenstern, violin
  • Caroline Stinson, cello
  • J.Y. Song, piano
  • Mickey Solis, narrator


July 20 - Featuring works by Enescu, Grieg, Janacek and Dvorak

  • Gil Morgenstern, violin
  • Nurit Pacht, violin
  • Kathryn Lockwood, viola
  • Ole Akahoshi, cello
  • Rieko Aizawa, piano


July 31 - Featuring works by Mozart, Turina and Brahms

  • Gil Morgenstern, violin
  • Kathryn Lockwood, viola
  • Alexis Gerlach, cello
  • Wendy Chen, piano

An Evening with Kelli O'Hara

Saturday, July 9 | 8:00pm | Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Tony Award-winning Broadway star Kelli O’Hara has dazzled audiences and critics alike in the most recent revivals of The King and I, South Pacific and The Pajama Game. Ms. O’Hara was the recipient of the highly coveted Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, for her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I in 2015, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations. Performing with a trio, this beloved star takes the stage for an evening of Broadway showstoppers and familiar favorites from the Great American Songbook.

Eastern Festival Orchestra with Gerard Schwarz

Sunday, July 10 | 4:00pm | Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Under the direction of Maestro Gerard Schwarz, the Eastern Festival Orchestra returns to the festival for an afternoon of memorable symphonic music featuring soloists Julian Schwarz, cello, and Marco Núñez, first-prize winner of the 2015 Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo / Melissa Etheridge

Friday, July 15 | 8:00pm | Holmes Convocation Center

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge will take the stage for a memorable night of stellar artistry and great hits! This co-headlining show will feature Grammy and Oscar-award winner Melissa Etheridge, with four-time Grammy-winning Benatar, performing with her long-time bandmate and husband Neil Giraldo. Performing their classics hits, fans can expect Etheridge’s “Ain’t It Heavy” and “I’m the Only One,” as well as Benatar’s chart topping “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “Love Is a Battlefield.”

RIOULT Dance NY: Bach Dances
with live music by the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble

Saturday, July 23 | 8:00pm | Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

This series of powerful dances set to Bach masterpieces includes such pieces as Views of the Fleeting World (pictured), City, Polymorphous and Celestial Tides.


photo by Basil Childers

Pink Martini

Monday, July 25 | 8:00pm | Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Featuring a dozen musicians, Pink Martini performs a stylish and sophisticated blend of jazz, classical, and old-fashioned pop on concert stages around the world. Thomas Lauderdale founded Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks. Twenty years later, Pink Martini continues to tour the world, singing in 22 languages and bringing together unique melodies and rhythms to create an eclectic and modern sound. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.



Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Saturday, July 30 |
8:00pm | Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

New Orleans native Trombone Shorty is the bandleader and frontman of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a hard-edged funk band that employs hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy-nominated Backatown, followed by For True in 2011, which topped Billboardmagazine’s contemporary jazz chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, Say That to This, was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans.

Jerry Douglas Band with special guest Mipso

Saturday, August 6 | 8:00pm | Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Dobro master and 13-time Grammy Award winner Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar: elevating, transforming and reinventing the instrument in countless ways. In addition to being widely recognized as the foremost master of the dobro, Jerry Douglas is a freewheeling, forward-thinking recording artist whose artistry incorporates elements of bluegrass, country, rock, jazz, blues and Celtic into his distinctive musical vision.


The renegade traditionalists of Mipso – Jacob Sharp on mandolin, Joseph Terrell on guitar, Libby Rodenbough on fiddle, and Wood Robinson on double bass -- are doing their part to take three-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory. Formed in Chapel Hill in 2010, these musicians draw continual inspiration from their rich North Carolina roots.

The Avett Brothers

Thursday, September 8 | 8:00pm | Holmes Convocation Center

With roots in traditional folk and bluegrass, The Avett Brothers’ sound also combines a refreshing blend of country, punk, rock and roll, and pop that the San Francisco Chronicle describes as having the "heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones."  Known for their honest and powerful lyrics, the band’s hits include “November Blue,” “Live & Die,” “Slight Figure of Speech,” “I And Love And You,” “Murder in the City,” and “February 7” ... to name a few!


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