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June 28-July 26, 2014

30th Anniversary Season!

An Appalachian Summer, on the campus of Appalachian State University, is one of the country’s leading regional arts festivals. The 2014 festival, celebrating 30 years of world-class arts and entertainment, features outstanding artists such as Little Big Town, Michael McDonald, Pilobolus, Matthew Morrison, Nickel Creek, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Sheryl Crow.

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 $386 per couple
Weekend packages from $405 per couple

The Bob Timberlake Inn*

Includes breakfast daily
Weekday packages from $479 per couple
Weekend packages from $604 per couple


Weekday packages from $415 per couple
Weekend packages from $490 per couple

App Summer ticket prices include tax.


Outdoor Fireworks Concert:

Little Big Town

Saturday, June 28 | 7:30pm; doors open at 6pm |
Kidd Brewer Stadium

Music Video of the Year.  Single of the Year.  Vocal Group of the Year.  These are just a few of the CMA and ACM awards country powerhouse Little Big Town, the headliner for the Outdoor Fireworks Concert, has won in the past three years. This chart-topping quartet is famous for its trademark four-part harmonies, with such hits as “Little White Church,” “Tornado,” “Boondocks,” and the 2012 CMA Single of the Year, “Pontoon”. Little Big Town has sold 1.5 million records and racked up multiple CMA, ACM and Grammy nominations throughout their 13-year career. Little Big Town has been soaking in the successes of their most recent album, Tornado.  “I think ‘edge’ is a word that gets overused,” singer Karen Fairchild says. “But this record does have a raw edge to it.”


The Broyhill Chamber Ensemble

June 29 and July 1, 20 & 22 | 8:00pm | Rosen Concert Hall

June 29 - "Songs without Words". Featuring works by Schumann, Brahms, Schubert and Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn.

  • Gil Morgenstern, violin
  • Ole Akahoshi, cello
  • Rieko Aizawa, piano


July 1 - "Songs without Words". Featuring works by Beethoven, Bloch and Brahms.

  • Gil Morgenstern, violin
  • Harumi Rhodes, violin
  • Ole Akahoshi, cello
  • Rieko Aizawa, piano


July 20 - "Songs without Words". Featuring works by Bach, Beethoven and Dohnanyi.

  • Gil Morgenstern and Harumi Rhodes, violin
  • Kathryn Lockwood, viola
  • Inbal Segev, cello
  • J.Y. Song, piano


July 22 - "Songs without Words". Featuring works by Mozart, Schubert, Gershwin, Copland and Brahms’ f minor piano quintet.

  • Gil Morgenstern and Harumi Rhodes, violin
  • Kathryn Lockwood, viola
  • Inbal Segev, cello
  • J.Y. Song, piano


Inbal Segev, pictured at right


Thursday, July 3 | 8:00pm | Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts


Founded in 1971, Pilobolus has built its fervent and expanding international following by showing the human body to be the most expressive, universal and magical of media. Pilobolus maintains its own singular style, evolving interplay with shapeshifting, shadowplay and other explorations, while actively collaborating with the best and brightest minds from all conceivable professions the world over.Based in Washington Depot, Connecticut, in recent years Pilobolus has transformed from avant-garde dance company into an international entertainment brand featured on the likes of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and the Academy Awards. The company has explored worlds as disparate as advertising, publishing, film and music videos (Pilobolus was nominated for a 2012 Grammy® Award for the video for OK Go’s “All Is Not Lost”).


Photo by Nadirah Zakariya

Michael McDonald

Saturday, July 5 | 8:00pm | Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts


Michael McDonald’s formidable songwriting and keyboard skills and distinctive and soulful voice has contributed to a career that spans four decades. From The Doobie Brothers classics such as “What a Fool Believes” and “Takin’ It to the Streets” to solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’” through two highly-acclaimed Motown covers albums, the five-time Grammy-winning McDonald is an artist whose work is both timeless and ever-evolving. In the early '70s, he honed his skills as a session musician and singers, soon finding himself as a member of Steely Dan for which he appeared on four classic albums. In the mid-'70s, McDonald joined The Doobie Brothers, helping the band redefine their funky R&B sound as a singer, keyboardist and songwriter on Top 40 singles. During the '80s and '90s, he enjoyed hits like“On My Own” (a duet with Patti LaBelle) and the Grammy-winning duet with James Ingram, “Yah Mo B There.” On the heels of 2008’s acclaimed crossover album Soul Speak and multiple appearances on PBS’s Soundstage, McDonald continues to tour the world while moonlighting alongside cohorts Donald Fagen and Boz Scaggs with The Dukes Of September, an 11-piece soul supergroup.


Photo by Danny Clinch

Eastern Festival Orchestra with Sir James Galway, flute

Sunday, July 6 | 8:00pm | Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

The Eastern Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Gerard Schwarz, returns to the festival for a concert featuring soloists Sir James Galway, flute, and Shane Rathburn, alto saxophone.


Moravec                        Brandenburg Gate

Mozart                           Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K. 314

                                        Sir James Galway, flute

Ibert                               Concertino Da Camera for alto saxophone and orchestra

                                        Shane Rathburn, alto saxophone

Dvořák                          Symphony No. 8 in G Major, OP. 88, B. 163

Hayes School of Music Faculty Showcase

Wednesday, July 9 | 8:00pm | Rosen Concert Hall

The performing faculty of the Hayes School of Music, professional musicians as well as accomplished teachers, present a diverse program of solo and chamber music by three of the school’s celebrated ensembles: the Hayes Faculty String Ensemble, the New River Brass Ensemble and Inalare. Performers include Kay Borkowski, Bair Shagdaron, Linda Larson, Chung Park, Douglas James, Nancy Bargerstock, Eric Koontz, Kenneth Lurie, James Stokes, Brent Bingham, Karen Robertson, Drew Leslie and Bernard Flythe.



Triad Stage: "All's Well That Ends Well"

Thursday, July 10 | 8:00pm | Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by Preston Lane and performed by Triad Stage.

She loves him. He doesn’t even notice she’s alive. And so begins one of theater’s greatest romances. It’s a wild journey of risks, magic, war, traps, betrayal and true love. A sick king is cured of his deadly disease. A brave young woman is given the husband of her choice.  An unhappy groom flees for the foreign wars. A woman refuses to take no for an answer. Filled with comedy, love, bold plans, dirty tricks and brilliantly drawn characters, All’s Well that Ends Well is Shakespeare done Triad Stage style—a classic reinvented.



Matthew Morrison and the Greensboro Symphony

Saturday, July 12 |
8:00pm | Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Broadway and Glee star Matthew Morrison (“Mr. Schuester”) performs some of the Great White Way’s greatest hits accompanied by the Greensboro Symphony. The Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe-nominated star made his debut on Broadway in Footloose, followed by The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  However, it was his role as Link Larkin in the original cast of Hairspray that served as his breakthrough and led to Morrison being cast in the critically acclaimed The Light in the Piazza. Morrison released his latest Broadway-inspired album, Where It All Began, in June 2013 as a salute to the music that means the most to him. Yet it’s the stage where Morrison truly comes alive.

Nickel Creek SOLD OUT

Monday, July 14 | 8:00pm | Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

This year marks 25 years of music-making for the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling, roots-music trio Nickel Creek. Composed of violinist Sara Watkins, guitarist Sean Watkins and mandolinist Chris Thile, Nickel Creek comes to life with a new album, A Dotted Line, and U.S. tour for the first time since 2007. The Boston Globe describes the commemorative reunion tour and album as “… old friends who fall right back into conversation.” Known for hits such as “When You Come Back Down,” “The Lighthouse’s Tale,” “The Fox,” and “Destination,” Nickel Creek has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album, CMA Award for Best Vocal Group and won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Formed in 1989 when Sean Watkins was 11 years old and Chris Thile and Sara Watkins were only 8, Nickel Creek earned a loyal following as bluegrass child prodigies. The three performers grew into the acoustic band known for its breadth of musical influences – from Bach to Radiohead – and its surprisingly large sound on stage.

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Saturday, July 19 | 8:00pm | Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

The unique and powerful artistic entity that is Dance Theatre of Harlem brings new life to the art form of ballet with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company—comprised at that time of African American artists barred from U.S. ballet companies because of the color of their skin—became an expression of human excellence that broke down barriers and inspired millions.


Repertoire for July 19 performance:

Lark Ascending

Black Swan




Photo by Rachel Neville

Sheryl Crow SOLD OUT

Thursday, July 24 | 8:00pm | Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Nine-time Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow has released nine studio albums throughout her career. With top hits such as “The First Cut Is the Deepest,” “All I Wanna Do,” “Soak Up the Sun,” “Easy,” and her collaborative hit with Kid Rock, “Picture,” Crow has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide. Her most recent album, Feels like Home, is Crow’s first country album, inspired by her childhood in Kennett, Missouri, and current home of Nashville, Tenn. The chart-topping artist got her start recording jingles for companies like Toyota and McDonald’s and lending back up vocals to Don Henley, Belinda Carlisle and Stevie Wonder. Now she is one of the most recognized and established female solo artists of the time.

National Youth Orchestra with Gil Shaham, violin

Saturday, July 26 | 8:00pm
| Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together 120 of the brightest young musicians, ages 16-19, from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA).  Following a comprehensive audition process and a two-week training residency at Purchase College, State University of New York, with faculty made up of principal players from top American orchestras, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world, serving as dynamic musical ambassadors. The 2014 orchestra hails from 33 states plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico and features 26 returning musicians from the inaugural 2013 NYO-USA.  Following the training residency, the orchestra will be led by American conductor David Robertson and joined by virtuoso violinist Gil Shaham as soloist on an eight-city, coast-to-coast U.S. tour.


Photo by Chris Lee

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