• Charlottean Amy Bagwell will be one of four writers joining to discuss "The Good Writer: Literary Ethics and the Literary Artist" on Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

  • A new translation and setting revitalizes the ancient comedy to include a rock band and aerial work.

  • Read Davidson welcomes author Lee Smith to the Lilly Family Gallery on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Smith's The Last Girls was on the New York Times bestseller list.

  • This moving piece tells the tale of what is both lost and won when a hard truth is unleashed to the world.

  • From the South Western Townships (an acronym of which forms its name) of Johannesburg, Soweto Gospel Choir has entertained and inspired since 2002.

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.

Events are free-except those having a link to tickets-and open to the public.

Key: 900 Room = C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union; BT = Barber Theatre, Cunningham Fine Arts Center; CI = Carolina Inn; DCPC = Davidson College Presbyterian Church, DFPH = Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center; Hance = Hance Auditorium, Chambers; Lilly = Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers; TTH = Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center


The Good Writer: L. Lamar Wilson, Jeff Jackson, Amy Bagwell and Alan Michael Parker

The Good Writer: Literary Ethics & the Literary Artist

Monday, Oct. 19  •  7 p.m.  •  Hance

Panel discussion with Amy Bagwell, Jeff Jackson, Alan Michael Parker, and L. Lamar Wilson

Amy Bagwell is a poet and mixed-media artist. She founded and co-directs Wall Poems, Inc., and the Skyline Artists-in-Residence project in Charlotte. She teaches English at Central Piedmont Community College.
Jeff Jackson is the author Mira Corpora, a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. Six of his plays were produced by the New York City, Obie Award-winning Collapsible Giraffe theater company. He teaches at UNC Charlotte.
Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English, Alan Michael Parker is the author or editor of 15 works, including The Ladder and The Manifesto Project; both will be published in 2016.
Visiting Assistant Professor L. Lamar Wilson is the author of Sacrilegion, winner of the Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series, and co-author with the Phantastique Five, of Prime.

For more information, contact Amber MacIntyre at ammacintyre@davidson.edu. Co-sponsored by the Vann Center for Ethics and English Department.

watercolor painting of 2 colorful birds wearing hats

The Birds

Written by Aristophanes, new translation by Keyne Cheshire
Directed by Mark Sutch  •  Scenic Design by Joe Gardner  •  Lighting Design by Neil Reda
October 21-25  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

Two fellows reject America, declare God an illegitimate ruler and set out to establish a paradise among the birds. Prof. Keyne Cheshire provides this new translation of Aristophanes' comedy, preserving the subversive, riotous humor of its native Greek. Expect a fun production marked by inventive gags, a healthy dose of filth and a live rock band.

Contains profanity, innuendo and God knows what else. Recommended for ages 17 and up.

photo of Chorale singing in DCPC

Chorale Family Weekend Concert

Friday, Oct. 23  •  5 p.m.  •  DCPC

The Chorale's first concert of the year for family and friends in this beautiful and resonant sanctuary. The Chorale's sound has been described as "ethereal, sensitive, and powerful," their repertoire "bold and challenging," and their performance "confident, artistic, and enjoyable." Come experience for yourself.

in recording studio

Family Weekend featuring Jim Kuster '80

Friday, Oct. 23  •  9 p.m.  •  TTH

For the first time during Family Weekend, the traditional "big band" ensemble welcomes a parent, keyboardist Jim Kuster '80. Kuster began his formal music education at the Manhattan School of Music, where he attended the prep division prior to enrolling at Davidson. While here, Jim formed a band with two other core members, Chip Carter '79 and Roger Brown '78, who now serves as president of the Berklee College of Music.

headshots of David Gilliland and Tadeau Coelho

Tadeu Coelho, flute & David Gilliland, piano

Sunday, Oct. 25  •  3 p.m.  •  TTH  •  Tickets

Internationally regarded flutist Tadeu Coelho will be joined by artist associate in accompanying David Gilliland for Bach's Chaconne, Franck's Sonata in A Major, and Prokofiev's Sonata in D Major. Coelho, a member of the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, is a champion of new music, a prolific recording artist, and leader of regional and national flute societies.

photo of author Lee Smith

Read Davidson: Lee Smith

Wednesday, Oct. 28  •  7 p.m.  •  Lilly

Lee Smith is the author of 17 works of fiction including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and Guests on Earth. Her many awards include the North Carolina Award for Literature, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters award; her novel, The Last Girls, was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Dimestore, a collection of personal essays, will be published in 2016. Co-sponsored by Read Davidson, the Town of Davidson, and the English Department. For more information, contact Adah Fitzgerald at adahfitzgerald@gmail.com.

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Chorale Fall Concert

Friday, Oct. 30  •  7 p.m.  •  DFPH

Davidson's premier choral ensemble performs their fall concert-for the first time ever in Duke Family Performance Hall-singing challenging repertoire on the themes of life, hope, heartache, joy, and love. Enjoy exquisite a cappella and accompanied choral music sung by Davidson's elite Chorale in the campus's own beautiful concert hall.

girl singing in choir with purple lighting

Rachmaninoff Vespers

Monday, Nov. 2  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" is celebrating its 100th anniversary of the writing and premiere of the timeless "Vespers," a work that has been described as his finest achievement and called the "greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church," the Davidson College Choral Arts Society joins with Davidson Singers to perform the hour-long masterpiece sung in its original Church Slavonic.

headshots of Steph Post '04 and Keyne Cheshire

Davidson Reads: Keyne Cheshire & Stephanie Post '04

Thursday, Nov. 5  •  4:30 p.m.  •  CI

Keyne Cheshire, professor of Classics, is a scholar, poet, and the author of a textbook on Alexander the Great. He is currently rendering Aristophanes' Birds for performance at Davidson. Steph Post '04 is the author of A Tree Born Crooked. A Patricia Cornwell Scholar and winner of the Vereen Bell Memorial Award, she has an M.A. from UNC Wilmington. For more information, contact Alan Michael Parker at amparker@davidson.edu. Sponsored by the English Department.

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The Great God Pan

Written by Amy Herzog  •  Directed by Sharon Green  •  Scenic Design by Neil Reda
November 12-15  •  BT  •  Tickets

Jamie's life in Brooklyn seems fine: a beautiful girlfriend, a budding journalism career and parents who live just far enough away. But his life is thrown into turmoil by the discovery that he may have been the victim of childhood sexual abuse. Unsettling and deeply compassionate, The Great God Pan tells the intimate tale of what is lost and won when a hidden truth is unloosed into the world.

Contains adult themes and strong language. Recommended for ages 15 and up.

headshot of Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Race in America

Monday, Nov. 16  •  7 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

Reynolds Lecture

Ta-Nehisi Coates' George Polk Award-winning Atlantic cover story on slavery and race, "The Case for Reparations," is one of the most talked-about pieces of nonfiction in recent years. A National Correspondent for Atlantic, Coates is the author of The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Me. For tickets, call the Union Ticket Office at 704-894-2135 or visit them online. Sponsored by the Public Lectures Committee.

overhead photo of Cynthia Lawing playing the piano

Piano Recital: Music of Brazil

Tuesday, Nov. 17  •  7:30 p.m.  •  TTH

This performance from Artist Associate in piano Cynthia Lawing will highlight the music of Brazil and Brazilian composers.

close-up of drums and sheet music

Jazz Combo Fall Concert

Thursday, Nov. 19  •  7:30 p.m.  •  TTH

Under the direction of accomplished saxophonist Tim Gordon, the popular Davidson College Jazz Combo presents a mesmerizing evening of small group jazz literature and improv.

Soweto Gospel Choir performing in bright, colorful outfits

Soweto Gospel Choir

Friday, Nov. 20  •  8 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

Drawing on the best talent from the many churches and communities in and around Soweto, South Africa, the two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir returns to Davidson this season. The ensemble performs in six different languages and brings audiences around the world to their feet with the joy and power of authentic African gospel music and dynamic renditions of western spirituals.

Holiday Gala with ballerina in front of orchestra

Holiday Gala

Monday, Nov. 30  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets
Tuesday, Dec. 1  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

Usher in your season of holiday cheer with festive music, dance, theatre, and art all in one exciting and family-friendly show featuring the finest talent Davidson has to offer. Showcasing the college choirs, symphony orchestra, jazz band, along with community ensembles: Davidson Community Players, Dance Davidson, and Young Voices of the Carolinas. Don't miss what many people in the surrounding communities are calling their "new holiday tradition."

photo of Chorale singing in DCPC

Christmas Vespers

Sunday, Dec. 6  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DCPC

Join the Davidson community for our annual Lessons & Carols Christmas Vespers service featuring music from the Davidson College Chorale and Brass Ensemble. Prelude music by the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra.

Christopher Gilliam conducting chorale

Messiah Sing-Along

Tuesday, Dec. 8  •  7 p.m.  •  DFPH

All are invited to join the Davidson College Choirs in their one-night-only sing through of the Christmas portion (plus a few extras) of Handel's Messiah. Joined by an orchestral chamber ensemble, student soloists, and guests, enjoy with us this evening of jubilant choral revelry. Bring your own score; we'll have a few to share.


Barnaby Bright

Since the release of their first album, "Wake the Hero," Barnaby Bright has garnered high accolades for their songwriting and sound. Grand prize winners of the NY Song Circle competition, their follow-up EP, "Gravity," was named one of the top 100 records of the year by Amazon. They continue to tour in support of their most recent album, "The Longest Day." Get a sample of Barnaby Bright's sound by watching their video for "Old Coats."

Voice Faculty Recital

Voice faculty teamed up for a dynamic launch of this season's faculty recitals. Sopranos Jacquelyn Culpepper and Ilana Lubitsch, along with pianist David Gilliland, collaborated on duets from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and Strauss's Arabella, as well as sang solo works such as Whitacre's Goodnight Moon. In addition, Director of Choral Activities Christopher Gilliam and new adjunct faculty performed stunning vocal repertoire.

Concert on the Green

We hope you brought blankets, packed a picnic, and tapped your toes while mingling with fellow concert-goers by joining the orchestra on the Davidson town green for a sneak peak of our season opening concert at this entertaining annual event.

Christopher O'Riley/Matt Haimovitz: Shuffle.Play.Listen

Grammy Award winning cellist Matt Haimovitz and leading American pianist and host of NPR's From the Top program Christopher O'Riley joined together in a collaboration that blurred the boundaries between the classical and pop music genres. In Shuffle.Play.Listen., audiences heard a unique lineup of works from J.S. Bach, Bernard Hermann, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Piazzolla, and Prokofiev.

An Evening with Jagoda Marinić

German novelist, playwright, and essayist, Jagoda Marinić melds literary work with political action. Born to immigrant parents from Dalmatia, she speaks and writes about identity, memory, and integration. She is director of The Intercultural Center, Heidelberg.

Symphony Orchestra Season Opener

The 2015-16 season opened with Chabrier's Marche Joyeuse and Kalinnikov's Symphony No.1.