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AppState 2021-22 Performing Arts Series

The Schaefer Center Presents 2021-22 Season…


A Common Reading Conversation with Belonging Author Nora Krug
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 at 7pm
FREE YouTube livestream; no registration is required
Appalachian State University’s Common Reading Program Director Dr. Don Presnell and co-hosts Dr. Craig Fischer (English), Dr. Beverly Moser (Languages, Literatures & Cultures), and Dr. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies) discuss this year’s Common Reading selection, Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home by author Nora Krug. This “ingenious reckoning with the past” (The New York Times) by award-winning artist Nora Krug investigates the hidden truths of her family’s wartime history in Nazi Germany.
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An Evening with Sarah Jones
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 at 7pm

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts plus livestream option
Called “a master of the genre” by The New York Times, Sarah Jones is a Tony Award-winning performer, writer, comedian and activist known for her multi-character, one-person shows, including Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel, originally produced by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, and the critically-acclaimed show Sell/Buy/Date. Jones recently launched Foment Productions, a social justice-focused entertainment company aligned with her progressive, intersectional activism. A documentary inspired by Sell/Buy/Date will be its first production. Helmed by Jones in her directorial debut, Sell/Buy/Date explores one of the most critical issues at the intersection of race, feminism, power and economics in our current cultural climate: the sex industry. The doc, executive produced by Rashida Jones and Meryl Streep, is a candid, witty and political yet personal take on the topic, particularly in our new pandemic reality.
Tickets: $25 Adult, $20 faculty/staff, $5 students, FREE for all App State students (ticket issued with proof of student I.D.) Livestream: $15 per household


Yonder Mountain String Band and the Del McCoury Band
Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021 at 7pm

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation. The Del McCoury Band, fronted by the legendary McCoury, is the most awarded band in bluegrass history. The bands take the stage together for a one-night-only double-bill concert at the Schaefer Center.

Yonder Mountain String Band…
With their instrumental prowess and adventurous musical spirit, Yonder Mountain String Band were — and still are — a pioneering group in the emerging progressive bluegrass scene that now includes marquee acts like Billy Strings, Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass and the Infamous Stringdusters. —Rolling Stone

The Del McCoury Band…
Even among the pantheon of music’s finest artists, Del McCoury stands alone. From the nascen sound of bluegrass that charmed hardscrabble hillbilly honkytonks, rural schoolhouse stages, and the crowning glory of the Grand Ole Opry, to the present-day culture-buzz of viral videos and digital streams, Del is the living link. … No surprise that contemporary, bluegrass-bred stars sang his praises; marquee names like Vince Gill and Alison Krauss (who first met Del at a bluegrass festival when she subbed for his missing fiddler). Yet, here too was rocker [Steve] Earle recording and touring with the group. Here was Phish jamming onstage with the boys. Here was the band on TV, or headlining rock clubs and college campuses; the can’t-miss appearances at country and jazz festivals. There was Del.
Tickets: $45 Adult, $40 Faculty/Staff, $25 Student Livestream: $15 per household




BalletX: The Little Prince

Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 7pm

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Philadelphia’s powerhouse contemporary-ballet company BalletX, led by Artistic & Executive Director Christine Cox, hits the stage with choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s The Little Prince. The full-length ballet performed to the original music of composer Peter Salem is inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s timeless novella of adventure and enlightenment. Lopez Ochoa’s The Little Prince is a ballet for the whole family, sure to delight the imagination of children and adults alike.

Tickets: $25 Adult, $20 Faculty/Staff, $10 Student
This presentation is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Office of Arts and Cultural Programs at Appalachian State University



Tickets are on sale now in person, via phone or online. A student discount is available for all shows when tickets are purchased at the box office. A faculty/staff discount for select shows is available when tickets are purchased over the phone or at the box office. A local resident discount with proof of residence in Watauga, Ashe or Avery counties for Nobuntu is available when tickets are purchased over the phone or at the box office. To purchase tickets, stop by the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts Box Office, call 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046, or visit


About “The Schaefer Center Presents”

“The Schaefer Center Presents” is a series offering campus and community audiences a diverse array of music, dance and theatre programming designed to enrich the cultural landscape of the Appalachian State University campus and surrounding area. By creating memorable performance experiences and related educational and outreach activities, the series promotes the power and excitement of the live performance experience; provides a "window on the world" through the artistry of nationally and internationally renowned artists; and showcases some of the finest artists of our nation and our region. Musical events range from symphony orchestra and chamber music performances to jazz, folk, traditional, international, and popular artists. Theatre productions run the gamut from serious drama to musical comedy. Dance performances offer an equally wide array of styles, from ballet to modern dance to international companies representing cultural traditions from around the world. For more information, visit


Thank You to Our Schaefer Center Presents Sponsors

Boone Tourism Development Authority, McDonald’s of Boone, Holiday Inn Boone, The Horton Hotel, Our State Magazine, High Country Radio, WDAV 89.9 FM, WFDD 88.5FM, WETS and WASU 90.5FM