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‘APPALACHIA: A Visual Concert’ DVD to premiere

DVD featuring works of Edward Schell, Kenton Coe produced by CASS

JOHNSON CITY – “APPALACHIA: A Visual Concert,” a DVD pairing the photography of Edward Schell with the music of composer Kenton Coe, is being released by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services (CASS) at East Tennessee State University.

This unique DVD includes a single-play or continuous loop slideshow, artistic profiles of both Schell and Coe, and a selected slide identification section.

Schell is a recipient of the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography. His award-winning photography book, Tennessee, first published in 1979 with text by the late author and state historian Wilma Dykeman, is still in print, and his work has been displayed by the Smithsonian Institution. He has also contributed photographs to two National Geographic books.

An internationally acclaimed composer, Coe has written operas, choral works, instrumentals, orchestral compositions, songs and film scores. Sponsored by Aaron Copland, he received two fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, where he began work on his first full-length opera, “South,” which was premiered in France by the Opera of Marseilles. And when the Paris Opera produced “South,” Coe became the first American composer to have his work performed there.

Coe holds an honorary doctorate from ETSU, and a composition scholarship in the ETSU Department of Music is named in his honor.

“The Center for Appalachian Studies and Services is committed to showcasing our region’s cultural wealth,” said CASS Director Dr. Roberta Herrin, who also chairs ETSU’s new Department of Appalachian Studies. “Through this project, we are pleased to document the artistic contributions of Mr. Schell and Mr. Coe.”

The project was developed in partnership with First Bank & Trust Co., with Wallace Video and EKS Sound Inc. handling production.

Copies of the DVD are $15 and are available online at and at the CASS office. For more information, call CASS at (423) 439-7865.

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