May 12, 2022

The Schaefer Center presents the Spring 2022 season around the world and beyond | Entertainment

BOONE — The Schaefer Center presents the Spring 2022 season, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Culture Programs, kicks off in March with a diverse and truly universal lineup — BalletX: The Little Prince (March 19), a ballet narrative inspired by the beloved children’s short story; Nobuntu (March 22), an all-female a capella quintet from Zimbabwe; and acclaimed American country singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash (April 9).

A special abbreviated family matinee performance of The Little Prince will also be offered as part of the APPlause! Family Series. Tickets are on sale now at theschaefercenter.org, in person at the Schaefer Center box office (733 Rivers Street) or by calling (828) 262-4046. A student discount is available for all shows, a faculty/staff discount is available for select shows, and a local resident discount is available for Nobuntu with proof of residency in Watauga, Ashe, or Avery counties

BalletX: The Little Prince

Saturday March 19, at 7 p.m.

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: $25 adult, $20 faculty/staff, $10 student

Philadelphia’s powerful contemporary ballet company BalletX, led by Artistic and Executive Director Christine Cox, takes the stage with choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s The Little Prince. The entire ballet interpreted to the original music of composer Peter Salem is inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s timeless short story of adventure and enlightenment. The Little Prince by Lopez Ochoa is a ballet for the whole family that is sure to delight the imagination of young and old alike. Set in a rugged mountain landscape made of stacked white boxes and featuring a playful score that uses a variety of instruments – including a synthesizer, banjo and harmonica – the ballet tells the story of a young interstellar traveler who visits various planets in space, including Earth, while addressing themes of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss. Despite its style and interpretation as a children’s book, The Little Prince makes observations about life, adults, and human nature. The evening show includes a special pre-show introduction by Cox, who says this unique adaptation is “not a ballet of lights and tights.”

This presentation is supported in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Office of Arts and Culture Programs at Appalachian State University.

Excerpts from BalletX: The Little Prince

Saturday, March 19, at 11 a.m.

Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for children (with proof of K-12 or home school enrollment)

Part of the applause! K-12 Performing Arts Family Series

This special 50-minute show designed for young audiences features excerpts from BalletX’s full ballet. The matinee performance includes a special pre-show introduction by Artistic and Executive Director Christine Cox, who will briefly speak to young audiences about the story’s deeply moving plot and explain how this enchanting ballet was formed.

Tuesday March 22 at 7 p.m.

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: $25 for adults, $20 for local residents (with proof of residence in Watauga, Ashe, or Avery County), $10 for students

Nobuntu, an all-girl a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has gained international acclaim for their inventive and compelling performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz and Gospel. The ensemble’s concerts are performed with pure voices, complemented by minimalist percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano) and organic and authentic dance movements, all of which promote their mission to use music as a vehicle for change to transcend race and gender. borders.

Saturday April 9 at 7 p.m.

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: $40 adult, $35 faculty/staff, $25 student

One of the country’s most prominent singer-songwriters, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have garnered four Grammy Awards and 12 nominations, as well as 21 Top 40 hits, including 11 No. 1 singles. Her landmark 2009 album, The List, won Americana Music Album of the Year, and her 2015 release, The River and the Thread – a collaboration with her husband, musician John Leventhal – earned her three Grammy Awards. She Remembers Everything – his latest release – is a poetic, lush and moving collection of songs that take into account an imperfect and complex world, and marks a return to more personal songwriting after a trio of albums that explored his roots in south and his family heritage. That legacy includes, of course, being the daughter of the Man in Black himself, Johnny Cash.

An American original, Cash will perform an evening of beautiful, emotional and powerful songs. On their own they tell stories, but Cash enhances the selections by telling the audience the stories behind the songs. She’s also aware that for many live events taking place during the pandemic, the shows haven’t sold out. But at a recent show at MPAC in New Jersey, she embraced that reality, explaining, “Our motto is that we play for those who come, not for those who didn’t.

Cash became the 61st recipient of the Edward MacDowell Medal during a PBS television special that premiered on Medal Day, August 8, 2021. Cash was the first woman to earn the medal in composition, working in Americana, rock, blues, folk and pop, influencing American culture across musical genres. She joins an august group of other MacDowell Medal winners, such as Thornton Wilder (1960), Georgia O’Keeffe (1972), Louise Bourgeois (1990), Toni Morrison (2016) and composers Aaron Copland (1961), David Diamond (1991), Sonny Rollins (2010) and Stephen Sondheim (2013).

Tickets are available for purchase at theschaefercenter.org, in person at the Schaefer Center box office (733 Rivers Street) or by calling (828) 262-4046. A student discount is available for all shows, a faculty/staff discount is available for select shows, and a local resident discount is available for Nobuntu with proof of residency in Watauga, Ashe, or Avery counties . To buy tickets, go to theschaefercenter.orgdrop by in person at the Schaefer Center box office (733 Rivers Street) or call (828) 262-4046.