The performing arts series at shepherd university 2014 - 2015 season calendar

All performances are at 8 p.m. at Shepherd University’s Frank Center Theater.

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Guy Davis

Blues Master Guy Davis & The High Flying Rockets

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Whether appearing on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,’ performing for thousands of fans at a music festival, or teaching kids about the music he loves, Guy Davis feels the instinctive desire to give each listener his all. His “all’ is the blues. The son of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Guy Davis is recipient of the Keeping the Blues Alive Award and is a nine-time W.C. Handy Award nominee.

$10 (general public), $8 (seniors/Shepherd staff), $5 (children). Free for Shepherd students with valid Rambler ID.
Video: Guy Davis on MSG

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation National Endowment for the Arts
Homer Hickam

Appalachian Writer in Residence Project featuring Homer Hickam

Monday, September 22 - Friday, September 26, 2014

Author of more than a dozen books, including the #1 New York Times best-seller Rocket Boys, Homer Hickam was an engineer for the U.S. Army Missile Command from 1971 to 1981 assigned to Huntsville and Germany. He began working as an aerospace engineer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in 1981, where he helped design spacecraft and train astronauts. For a complete listing of events, visit the WiR website:

All Events are FREE. No tickets are required.

West Virginia Humanities Council West Virginia Center for the Book Shepherd University Foundation
Good Foot Dance Company

19th Annual Appalachian Heritage Festival

Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27, 2014

Celebrate the Appalachian region with a weekend full of dance, music, and traditional culture in the heart of West Virginia’s oldest town. Friday will feature school visits and a free old-time community square dance. Saturday's schedule includes a community gospel sing led by Angie Richardson; community shape note sing from ‬Shenandoah Harmony ‪songbook; Appalachian clogging/flatfooting workshop; old-time string band competition ($1,000 prize); and Saturday showcase concert hosted by John Lilly featuring Good Foot Dance Company, Cheat Mountain Minstrels with Gerry & Jesse Milnes with John Rossbach, Gospel musician Angie Richardson, and the final showdown between the top two bands of the string band competition.

For a complete schedule of workshops and events, see the festival schedule.

Press release with complete festival schedule.

String Band Competition Rules and Registration Information.

This year's poster

Festival Pass (both concerts): $15 (general public), $10 (seniors/Shepherd staff), and $5 (children). Free for Shepherd Students.

Single Concert Ticket: $15 (general public), $10 (seniors/Shepherd staff), $5 (children). Free for Shepherd students with valid Rambler ID.

Good Foot Dance Company
Good Foot Dance Company Website
Video: Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble …
Video: Seeger Clogging-Allstars: Acapella Clogging

John Lilly
John Lilly Website
Video: A Little Yodel Goes a Long Way

Ensemble Galilei

Ensemble GalileiFirst Person: Seeing America

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Experience American history in a whole new way. Begin with the strength, diversity, and depth of the photographic collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: photographs by Walker Evans, Edward Curtis, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Weegee, and Thomas Eakins. Take those images and accompany them with the words of Langston Hughes, Carson McCullers, Damon Runyan, John Muir, Frederick Douglass, and others. The soundtrack is the evocative music of Ensemble Galilei – Bach, traditional music from Scotland and Ireland, and new compositions featuring fiddles, harp, viola da gamba, percussion, whistles, and oboe. Ensemble Galilei redefines the boundaries of chamber music through its unique interdisciplinary projects.

Tickets: $20 (general public), $18 (seniors/Shepherd staff), $10 (children). Free for Shepherd students with valid Rambler ID.
Video: First Person: Seeing America - Ensemble Galilei, Narration, & Photos from the Met

West Virginia Humanities Council
Cirque Alfonse

Cirque Alfonsein TIMBER!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Canada’s Cirque Alfonse is a innovative addition to Quebec’s rich circus tradition. Comprised of a family of acrobats, a dancer, an ex-skiing champion, and three versatile musicians, the company blends the artistry and the techniques of contemporary circus with traditional Québécois music and some of the liveliest aspects of Quebec’s folklore. This family-friendly production features live music and feats of ability and strength inspired by the earliest North American lumberjacks.

Tickets: $15 (general public), $10 (seniors/Shepherd staff), $5 (children). Free for Shepherd students with valid Rambler ID.
Video: Timber!
Video: Cirque Alfonse - TIMBER!

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation National Endowment for the Arts
San Jose Taiko

San Jose Taiko

Monday, April 13, 2015

San Jose Taiko has been mesmerizing audiences with the powerful, spellbinding, and propulsive sounds of the taiko drums for 40 years. Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, SJT performers express the beauty and harmony of the human spirit through the voice of the taiko as they strive to create new dimensions in Japanese-American movement and music.

Tickets: $15 (general public), $10 (seniors/Shepherd staff), $5 (children). Free for Shepherd students with valid Rambler ID.

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 West Virginia Division of Culture and History, 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 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:

How to Order Tickets

Buy Tickets

Performing Arts Series at Shepherd tickets are available for purchase at the Shepherd University Bookstore.

Store Hours

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

In Person

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).

Via the Internet

Tickets may be purchased using VISA, MasterCard, or Discover at the Shepherd Bookstore webstore. Just visit, 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.

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.


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.

Special Accommodations

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 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.