• Project 35 is an eclectic compilation of works exploring how important and far-reaching video is as a medium for contemporary artists. (image by Sara Ramo)

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  • Winner of Bravo's series Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, a creative competition among contemporary artists across the USA, Kymia Nawabi exhibits her work in January.

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  • Often writing in demanding formal structures, Osherow's poetry is both conversational and learned, concerned with the intricacies of father and the weight of history.

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  • Taking a bold step and making history, the Theatre Department is commissioning and producing a new play inspired by Twelfth Night. What You Will is a frolic-filled delight!

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The Arts

The arts—performing, visual and literary—are a part of the daily educational experience at Davidson. Students, alumni and the greater Davidson family are invited to enjoy and participate in various art forms on campus throughout the year. Sculpture. Readings. Plays. Exhibitions. Chorale. It is all happening here.

As Davidson grows its focus on broad collaboration across the arts and sciences, opportunities for involvement in the arts and a transdisciplinary approach to learning will continue to develop on and off campus.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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The Second City Hits Home

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015  •  Tickets

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Returning for their third time, The Second City gets Davidson in on the laughter as it takes on all the news that's fit to twist in town and on campus. The biggest headlines! The hot-button issues! And it's all served up with a side of that famous Chicago-style improv.

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Project 35

January 15-February 27, 2015

Organized by Independent Curators International, Project 35 highlights the work of 35 international video artists and filmmakers selected by 35 international curators.

Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, 6-8 p.m.

Van Every Gallery and various campus locations TBD.

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Kymia Nawabi: Lodestar

January 15-February 27, 2015

Nawabi's recent works are inspired by her research on alchemy, Greek & Egyptian mythology and religions from around the world.

Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, 6-8 p.m. with a brief gallery talk at 6:30 p.m.

Smith Gallery

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Davidson Reads: Gwendolyn Heasley and Rebecca Joubin

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015  •  6:30 p.m.

Gwendolyn Heasley '05 is the author of three young adult novels and a digital novella, The Art of Goodbye. Rebecca Joubin is currently the Partin Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies. Her current book, The Politics of Love: Sexuality, Gender, and Marriage in Syrian Television Drama tells of musalsalat-Arab television dramas or soap operas.

Free and open to the public.

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Davidson College Jazz Ensemble featuring Tim Gordon, saxophone

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015  •  7:30 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

Having worked with Harry Connick, Jr., Josh Groban, Ray Charles, Manhattan Transfer and Pink Floyd, the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble is proud to feature saxophonist Tim Gordon. With a diverse musical background, Gordon is also a seasoned educator who recently joined the Davidson family.

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The Clothesline Muse

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015  •  Tickets

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A multi-discipline theater project that explores the clothesline as a metaphor of our community lifeline and its ties to our environment. With dance, percussive music, spoken word, interview text, video and interactive art, this performance will honor our ancestors by transforming the task of washing clothes by hand into beautiful imagery, dance and song.

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Deborah Pae & Dana Protopopescu

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015  •  3 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall  •  Tickets

Cellist Deborah Pae is captivating audiences on world stages as a seasoned soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She will collaborate with international concert pianist and recording artist Dana Protopopescu.

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Jacqueline Osherow

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015  •  6:30 p.m.
David & Pam Sprinkle Room, Alvarez College Union

A Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Utah, Osherow is the author of six books of poetry, Whitethorn being her most recent. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals: The New Yorker, The New Republic, Best American Poetry and Norton Anthology of Jewish-American Literature to name a few.

Free and open to the public.

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William Fried, piano

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015  •  7:30 p.m.

Immersive audio environments for piano, percussion and electronics, with Davidson Artist Associate in Piano William Fried joined by percussionist and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Professor of Music Scott Deal. The program features Four Thousand Holes by 2014 Pulitzer laureate John Luther Adams, as well as music by Scott Deal, Elainie Lillios and Tristan Murail.

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An Evening of Jazz Songs

Sunday, Feb. 15  •  7:30 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

With the assistance of student jazz pianist Riley Mangan and members of the Davidson College Jazz Combo, this performance features several student singers presenting our favorite jazz standards.

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What You Will

February 18-22, 2015 • The Barber Theatre  •  Tickets

Written by Wendy Hammond • Directed by Steve Umberger

We are making department history with the bold step of commissioning and producing a new play. Inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, What You Will takes place in 2015 during a documentary film shoot. Expect a romantic comedy pushing the bounds of identity, culture and love.
Recommended for ages 15 and up.

General Admission: $10; Seniors: $8; Faculty/Staff: $7; Students: $5

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Bill Lawing, trumpet, Tara Keith, percussion & John Sadak, clarinet

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015  •  3 p.m.

Join us for a special event highlighting J. Estes Millner Professor of Music Bill Lawing on trumpet, adjunct instructor John Sadak on clarinet and Associate Professor Tara Villa Keith on percussion for an afternoon of chamber music unlike anything you've heard before!

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Broadway's Next H!t Musical

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015  •  Tickets

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The hysterical Broadway's Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter. Free but a ticket is required.

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Fiddler on the Roof

Fridays & Saturdays, March 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2015  •  8 p.m.  •  Tickets
Sundays, March 22 & 29, 2015 • 2 p.m.  •  Tickets
Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center

"Traditions, traditions. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as...as a fiddler on the roof!" Share in our tradition as the Music and Theatre Departments unite for a spectacular production, bringing Tevye and his family to life in this Tony award-winning musical classic.

PAST EVENTS 2014-15

Young Chamber Musicians Competition Concert

89.9 FM WDAV Classical Public Radio had an evening of great performances and bright futures. The Young Chamber Musicians Competition powered by OrthoCarolina featured performances by exceptionally talented young chamber ensembles. Four aspiring ensembles competed to win their share of $4,500 in cash prizes.

Joan Lipkin "Let's Talk About Sex, Baby!"

Bacca Foundation Visiting Scholar and Artist Program

Playwright and director Joan Lipkin engaged Davidson College students in an original theater performance that looked at the issues of sexuality facing college students today. Devised over the course of a week, the performance began with the shooting of an original music video. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Re/Presenting HIV/AIDS.

KEIGWIN+COMPANY

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Bringing a refreshing vision of dance that embodies a theatrical sensibility of wit, style and heart, Keigwin+Company engaged the audience instantly with costuming, staging and eye-absorbing movement. Dancers appeared weightless and their movement invoked a sense of humor.

BLAIR MCMILLEN

Blair McMillen has established himself as one of the most versatile and sought-after pianists today. The New York Times has described him as "riveting," "prodigiously accomplished and exciting," and as one of the piano's "brilliant stars."

Re/Presenting HIV/AIDS

Re/Presenting HIV/AIDS, co-curated by Ann Fox, Dave Wessner, Lia Newman and Rosemary Gardner, featured works of art examining the visual representations of HIV/AIDS from science and art perspectives. The exhibition featured 12 artists and a variety of media. Please visit Davidson College Art Galleries for a complete list of related events.

Merle Collins

Growing up in Grenada and using the country as a backdrop for her writing, Collins often tells stories of racial, political, cultural and societal concerns. Currently a professor at the University of Maryland, she is the author of three novels, Angel, The Colour of Forgetting and the forthcoming Invisible Streams as well as a collection of short stories and three collections of poetry.

Marjane Satrapi

Reynolds Lecture

Born in Iran, studied in Paris, Vienna and Strasbourg, Satrapi took the book and film world by storm with her autobiographical graphic novel, Persepolis. The book, having been named to the "100 Best Books of the Decade," has been translated into more than 40 languages while the film has received over 15 major international awards, including two Cesar Awards-the French version of the Oscars.

Davidson College Chorale: A Jubilant Song

Davidson's premier vocal ensemble, hear blend, balance, tuning and phrasing like you never heard before! Within the luminous acoustics of the Davidson College Presbyterian Church, the Chorale's first performance of the season, A Jubilant Song, delighted and impressed.

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

Written by Oliver Goldsmith  •  Directed by Mark Sutch

One of the great comedies of the English language, She Stoops to Conquer is a playful romp of extremes, poking hilarious fun at the gap between what we do in polite company and what we might do, well...otherwise. Recommended for ages 11 and up.

Reading & Recital: Nina Simone & The Civil Rights Movement

Edward Armfield Professor of English Brenda Flanagan and nationally renowned jazz singer Toni Tupponce presented a Nina Simone reading and recital. Flanagan read from her upcoming book, Mississippi God Damn, on the year–1967–in which she worked with the international singer Nina Simone. Tupponce, backed by pianist Lovell Bradford, accompanied the reading with songs by Nina Simone that are related to that pivotal year in the history of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

STEP AFRIKA!

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The stepping tradition in the United States grew out of song and dance rituals practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, beginning in the early 1900s. The form is also spreading its wings to new venues and participants, such as Latino and Asian American Greek-letter organizations.

Davidson Trio

The trio, Ben Geller on viola, Alan Black on cello and Joseph Meyer on violin, presented a vibrant program of chamber music including works by Dohnányi, Mozart and Winthrop University's Mark Lewis.

DCSO: Ablaze

Sparks flew as winners of the 2014 Concerto Competition lit up the Hall.

The Prophet

Written by Hassan Abdulrazzak • Directed by Samer Al-Saber

The Prophet presented a thrilling snapshot of private life in Cairo during the 2011 popular uprising. With political turmoil as a backdrop, a writer and his wife wade through guilt while their long-hidden secrets threaten to emerge and tear them apart.

Jazz Combo Fall Concert

Under the new direction of renowned saxophonist Tim Gordon, the popular Davidson College Jazz Combo offered an exciting evening of small group jazz literature and improv.

eighth blackbird Presents Electrically Charged

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Three-time Grammy-winning contemporary music sextet eighth blackbird has been entertaining and provoking audiences across the country and around the world. This Chicago-based group brought their production Electrically Charged to Davidson and put a twist on the idea of music played by classical instruments. This exciting recital program showcased the newest technologies in the service of music-making.

Choral Arts Society: Handel's The Messiah

Davidson College Choirs, the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and guest soloists joined together to perform a perennial favorite!
A great way to usher in a season of joy and thanksgiving as we presented Handel's complete masterpiece.

Davidson Holiday Gala

Don't miss the Davidson College Choirs, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and friends as they rang in the holiday season with the second annual Holiday Gala! One of the most popular concert events of the season, the Holiday Gala is a fast-paced and family friendly event that involved dance, theatre and traditional & new musical favorites. Featuring Dance Davidson, Davidson Community Players, Young Voices of the Carolinas and the talent of Davidson student ensembles, the Holiday Gala was just the thing to get you and your family into the holiday spirit.

Vespers

This special Christmas Vespers service in the Davidson College Presbyterian Church featured prelude music from the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and numerous selections from the Davidson College Chorale and Brass Ensemble throughout the service.

JAUME PLENSA

MCGAW ARTIST LECTURE

This exhibition–Plensa's first comprehensive exhibition in North Carolina–featured works on paper as well as sculptural works in bronze and steel.