The 2019-20 season of “The Schaefer Center Presents…” performing arts series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs from late September through early April, offers students, faculty, staff and the community a diverse array of music, theatre
and dance designed to enrich the cultural landscape of the 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, and showcases some of the finest artists of our nation and region. Tickets for the 2019-20 series go on sale Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at 9am at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit or call 828-262-4046.

“The Schaefer Center Presents…” 2019-20 Season

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
8pm, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Part of App State Family Weekend!
Preservation Hall Jazz Band has held the torch of New Orleans music aloft for more than 50 years, all the while carrying it enthusiastically forward as a reminder that the history the septet was founded to preserve is a vibrantly living history. Rolling Stone magazine calls the dynamic group “the past and promise of America music.” “When we play music, the barometer for us as a band is whether the locals are reacting,” says bandleader/composer/bassist Ben Jaffe. “In New Orleans we play music for dances and parades, funerals and church. It’s important to us to make music people connect to, that people dance to, that people really feel, emotionally and physically. That’s the tradition we grew up with, that’s what we know."

Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 
Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue
7pm, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Set to an unforgettable soundtrack featuring the songs of Oscar winner A.R. Rahman, with a cast of multi-talented performers, Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue is an uplifting, high-energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful
costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music. Taj Express reveals the secrets of the world’s most prolific film industry, and the people behind the
screen who make the magic in India’s factory of dreams, rhythmically blending explosive dance with the hits of India’s most iconic composers and brought to life by the stars of Bollywood cinema and its greatest musicians performing live on stage.

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019
Old Crow Medicine Show
7pm, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
More than 20 years ago, the Americana string band Old Crow Medicine Show began busking on street
corners in New York and Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and
spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, NC, where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc
Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. He invited the band to play at his festival, MerleFest, a
catalyst in launching the Grammy-winning career they enjoy today.
Rolling Stone Magazine praises the band’s ability to “marry old-time string music and punk swagger.”
This boundless energy and spirit have earned them the honor of being inducted as members of the Grand
Ole Opry and has won two Grammy Awards: Best Folk Album for Remedy (2014) and Best Long Form
Music Video for Big Easy Express (2013). Additionally, their classic single, “Wagon Wheel,” received
the RIAA’s Platinum certification in 2013 for selling over 1,000,000 copies.

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020
7pm, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
The mission of A.I.M., under the artistic direction of choreographer Kyle Abraham, is to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work. Born into hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in Abraham’s artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, the goal of the movement is to delve into identity in relation to a personal history. The work entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and all things visual in an effort to create an avenue for personal investigation and exposing that on stage. A.I.M is a representation of dancers from various disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds. Combined together, these individualities
create movement that is manipulated and molded into something fresh and unique. “Abraham is a stylish, highly formal dancemaker, but his dances have a touch of real life and grit to them, and it’s that quality that captures our attention.” — Marina Harss, DanceTabs, October 2017

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020
Trinity Irish Dance Company
7pm, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

A fusion of Ireland’s vibrant and longstanding dance form and elements of American innovation, Trinity Irish Dance Company (TIDC) dazzles audiences with its hard-driving percussive power, lightning-fast agility, and aerial grace. Minutes into watching the awe-inspiring precision of its dancers, TIDC expands whatever notions you may have about Irish dance, revealing its limitless possibilities through a performing arts lens.
By using Irish dance as an instrument and a metaphor, TIDC crosses both cultural and disciplinary boundaries in important ways. Through the years, TIDC has collaborated with many noted contemporary choreographers which have led them to an increased vocabulary of movement. The result is a thoroughly fresh and engaging artistic vision that goes beyond the source without losing touch with its essence.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
L.A. TheatreWorks: “Seven”
7pm, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Seven is a riveting documentary play by seven female writers based on personal interviews with seven remarkable women who faced life-threatening obstacles before bringing heroic changes to their home countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia, and Cambodia. Playwrights Carol K. Mack (who conceived the play), Anna Deavere Smith, Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Ruth Margraff, and Susan Yankowitz collaborated to create a tapestry of stories that weave together the words of these women, dramatizing their struggles and triumphs over resistance, death threats, entrenched norms, and pervasive violence. Seven makes the powerful and timeless statement that even in the darkest times, one person, one voice, and a single act of courage, can change the lives of thousands.

Saturday, April 4, 2020
Rosanne Cash
7pm, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned four Grammy Awards and 11 nominations. She is also an author whose four books include the best-selling memoir Composed, which the Chicago Tribune called “one of the best accounts of an American life you’ll likely ever read.” Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone magazine, the Oxford American, The Nation and many more publications. In 2015, Cash was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. On The River and the Thread, a collaboration with husband/co-writer/producer/arranger John Leventhal, Cash evokes a kaleidoscopic examination of the geographic, emotional, musical, and historic landscape of the American South. The album garnered impressive worldwide acclaim and earned Cash three Grammy Awards in 2015. Her latest album, She Remembers Everything, will be released on November 2.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 12, 2019 at 9am in person, via phone or online. A faculty/staff and retired 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 Taj Express and Trinity Irish Dance Company 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