APPALACHIAN WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE: CHARLES FRAZIER
Friday, Sept. 23 - Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
Join us for a week of outstanding programs, readings, lectures, and more focused on the work of North Carolina’s Charles Frazier. Award-winning author of American historical fiction, Frazier’s literary work includes three New York Times best-selling novels: Cold Mountain (1997), Thirteen Moons (2006), and Nightwoods (2011). In addition to the work of
For a complete listing of events and locations, visit the Writer-in-Residence website.
This project is sponsored by Shepherd’s Appalachian Studies program through financial support from the West Virginia Humanities Council, the Shepherd University Foundation, the Scarborough Society, and the West Virginia Center for the Book.
21st ANNUAL APPALACHIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Celebrate the Appalachian region with a weekend of dance, music, and heritage.
Friday, Sept. 30
Saturday, Oct. 1
Tickets: All events are free with the exception of the Saturday Showcase Concert.
Ambassadors of Christ Gospel Choir
From Shepherdstown’s own Asbury United Methodist Church, The Ambassadors for Christ is a dedicated group of vocalists who are passionate about worshiping God through music. Singing a mixture of traditional and contemporary Gospel music, they are also known for their stirring renditions of a Cappella spirituals.
The Appalachian Dance and Music Ensemble
With direction from String Band director Emily Smith and Dance Coordinator Emily Oleson, the Appalachian Ensemble focuses on the intersections of different American vernacular forms and their roots, ranging from old-time music and flatfooting to jazz music and tap dance, to Irish sean nós dance, body percussion and numerous traditional American styles of harmony singing. The performances include a variety of regional dance styles, contemporary choreography, and a selection of traditional songs and tunes.
(video) About the Ensemble
Than & Mary Ann Hitt
Shepherdstown’s hometown heroes Than and Mary Anne Hitt will bring songs of struggle, heartbreak, and resistance to the Festival stage. Than’s rock solid guitar and tight harmony backs Mary Anne’s soulful vocals that echo the heart of the mountains. When they are not hanging out with their amazing daughter, Mary Anne is the director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign and Than is a research fish biologist at the US Geological Survey’s Leetown Science Center. You can also find him playing with the Speakeasy Boys around the area.
Hosting the Saturday concert is musician John Lilly. Known for his unique style of Americana, roots country, and traditional folk music, he effortlessly blends the music of earlier generations with his own colorful vision, punctuated by crisp musicianship, a lively sense of humor, and a little yodel for good measure. John Lilly’s unique blend of music bridges the waters between tradition and innovation. According to one reviewer, “If Hank Williams had a sunny disposition, he’d be John Lilly.”
A former member of the Green Grass Cloggers, John has spent years playing traditional string band music with groups including Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers. He is a former a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, and is past editor of West Virginia’s Goldenseal magazine and editor of the book, Mountains of Music: West Virginia Traditional Music from Goldenseal.
GRAVITY & OTHER MYTHS in A Simple Space
Thursday, Nov. 3 2016 | 8:00 p.m. | Frank Center Theater
The circus returns to the Frank Center as seven acrobats push their physical limits without reserve; this performance is simultaneously raw, frantic and delicate. Supported by driving live percussion and presented so intimately that you can feel the heat, hear every breath, and be immersed in every moment.
“Cirque du Soleil with a fistful of grit” – UK Express
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Tickets: $15 (general public), $10 (seniors/Shepherd staff), and $5 (children). Free for Shepherd Students with Rambler ID.
This tour of Gravity & Other Myths is made possible with a grant from Mid Atlantic Tours Program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
BONUS EVENT: Red Hoop Intertribal Pow Wow
Saturday, Nov. 12 2016 | Noon to 6 p.m. | Shepherd University Student Center
Celebrate Native American History Month as the Red Hoop Pow Wow returns to Shepherdstown featuring native foods, crafts, intertribal dance, and drumming.
Tickets: $5 adults; $3 children; free for Shepherd students with valid Rambler.
Sponsored by PASS in partnership with Multicultural Student Affairs and the Reed Brown Family.
artistic excellence, diversity, and opportunities for learning are at the heart of our mission
Join the Performing Arts Series at Shepherd for another year of extraordinary arts experiences designed to inspire and extend learning opportunities across our regional community.
Did you know that ticket sales cover only about 10 percent of the cost of most events? PASS performances and outreach programs for children and community members are made possible by Shepherd students through Student Activity Fees allocated by the Student Government Association. Additional financial support for some programs is provided by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the West Virginia Humanities Council, and the with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.
All of the events listed in the PASS season feature additional opportunities to engage with the artists. For more information about workshops and masterclasses, contact Rachael Meads, director of student activities and leadership, at email@example.com To learn more about arts opportunities in our community, visit our website for links to the wonderful arts organizations that make Shepherdstown such a vibrant community: www.shepherd.edu/passweb. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to PASS to allow us to continue our school and community outreach programs.
Ticket prices vary from event to event, reflective of the production costs for the performance. Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID may receive one free ticket to all PASS events while tickets last at the Shepherd Bookstore.
Buy Tickets In Person
Performing Arts Series at Shepherd tickets are available for purchase at the Shepherd University Bookstore.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday 7:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Bookstore is located on the ground level of the Student Center (210 N. King Street), directly across the street from the Scarborough Library. Shop online at www.shepherdbook.com
Tickets may be purchased using cash, checks, or VISA, MasterCard, or Discover at the Shepherd University Bookstore until 4 p.m. on the day of the event or the last business day prior to the event. Tickets may also be purchased at the Frank Center Lobby Box Office one hour before each performance (if the show is not already sold out).
Buy Tickets Over the Internet
Tickets may be purchased using VISA, MasterCard, or Discover at the Shepherd Bookstore webstore. Just visit, www.shepherdbook.com and click on the Performing Arts Series at Shepherd box. Follow the instructions and your tickets will be held for pick up at the Frank Center Lobby Box Office on the night of the performance. Note: Online ticket orders will be accepted through NOON the day of the performance. After this point, patrons should purchase them in person at the Student Center or at the Frank Center Lobby Box Office one hour before the performance.
Buy Tickets Over the Phone
Tickets may also be purchased with VISA, MasterCard, or Discover over the phone by calling the Shepherd Bookstore at 304-876-5219. Phone purchases will be held under the purchaser's name for pick up at the Frank Center Lobby Box Office on the night of the performance. Reservations are not accepted without payment.
Special Accommodations & Seating
Shepherd University is committed to making all of its programs, services, and activities accessible to persons with disabilities or special needs. To assure that we are prepared to accommodate your needs, please contact Rachael Meads at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-876-5113 to make a request at least 7 days prior to the event.
All seating is general admission/non-reserved. Doors usually open for seating at 7:30 p.m.
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