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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.

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

Upcoming Events 2017-18

Artwork from the Lenin Lives Collection: Lenin Boy World by Dread Scott Dread Scott, Lenin, Boy and World, 2011

Lenin Lives and Revolution on Display: Soviet Propaganda Posters

August 17 - October 6, 2017Van Every/Smith Galleries, Belk Visual Art Center

The Lenin Lives exhibition displays the metaphoric potential of Lenin's public image today by probing the tension between the Revolution's promise of a better world and the trauma wreaked in the process of fulfilling this promise. Revolution on Display: Soviet Propaganda Posters displays a variety of 20th century propaganda posters.

Exhibitions open to public.

Artwork from the Lenin Lives Collection: Squishy Lenin by Masha Vlasova Masha Vlasova,Squishy Lenin

Lenin Lives Exhibition Opening Reception and Panel Discussion with Guest Artists

Thursday, August 31, 2017 • 6 p.m.Semans Auditorium, Belk Visual Art Center Center

Moderated by Roman Utkin

Headshot of Prof. Molly Brunson

Painting Lenin After Lenin, Molly Brunson

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.Semans Auditorium, Belk Visual Art Center Center

The lecture is organized in conjunction with the Lenin Lives exhibition on view August 17 - October 6 at the Van Every/Smith Galleries. Associate Professor in Slavic Languages and Literatures and History of Art at Yale University, Molly Brunson is currently working on a second book, The Russian Point of View: Perspective and the Birth of Modern Russian Culture (under contract with University of California Press).

Free and open to the public.

Headshot of Prof. Tyler Starr

Coffee + Conversation with Tyler Starr

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. Smith Gallery, Belk Visual Art Center Center

This lecture is organized in conjunction with the Revolution on Display: Soviet Propaganda Posters exhibition on view August 17 - October 6 at the Van Every/Smith Galleries. Professor Starr will include an explanation of printmaking techniques and a visit to the print shop.

Free and open to the public.

Painting of traditional south Indian musicians

An Evening of Carnatic Music from Southern India: Mallika Vadlamani

Thursday, September 14, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.TTH

Come experience this unique performance by adjunct instructor Mallika Vadlamani in the traditional south Indian format of Carnatic music that will include a variety of compositions by some of the major composers in this tradition.

Free and open to the public.

Brahms and Dvořák sheet music

Brahms and Dvořák

Sunday, September 17, 2017 • 3 p.m. TTH • Tickets

Enjoy an afternoon of music featuring Charlotte Symphony musicians Joseph Meyer and Jenny Topilow on violin, Kirsten Swanson and Ben Geller on viola, and Alan Black and Marlene Ballena on cello as they perform Brahms's String Sextet, Op.18, and Dvořák's String Quintet, Op. 97. Following the performance, join us for a reception sponsored by Ruth and Richard Ault in honor of the musicians.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Jazz concert on the Green

Fall Concert on the Green: Davidson College Jazz Ensemble

Sunday, September 17, 2017 • 6 p.m. Davidson Town Green

Come and enjoy an afternoon on the Davidson Town Green as the Jazz Ensemble kicks off their 2017-18 season.

Free and open to the public.

Concert outside the Davidson Library

Fall Concert on the Green: Davidson College Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, September 17, 2017 • 6 p.m.Davidson Town Green

Join the orchestra on the Davidson town green as they kick off the season with some movie music, Gershwin, and more.

Free and open to the public.

Prizewinning organist Dongho Lee

An Evening of Music for Organ and Strings: Dongho Lee, organ, Nicholas Kitchen, violin, and Yeesun Kim, cello

Monday, September 18, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • DCPC

Prizewinning organist Dongho Lee joins with Nicholas Kitchen and Yeesun Kim—members of the acclaimed Borromeo Quartet, currently Quartet-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory of Music—for a concert of music for organ and strings. The program includes works by Max Bruch and Tomaso Vitali, and features Josef Rheinberger's exquisite Suite for Organ, Violin and Cello, op. 149.

Free and open to the public.

The Trio Time for Three

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series host Time for Three

Saturday, September 23, 2017 • 8 p.m. • DFPH Tickets

As part of the C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series, the DCSO joins forces with the exuberant string trio Time for Three. Known for their virtuosic crossover abilities, Time for Three blends an array of styles ranging from classical to jazz to bluegrass to funk. This performance is sure to captivate audiences of all ages and musical inclinations.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Artist Associate in Piano Cynthia Lawing

Faculty Recital: Cynthia Lawing, piano

Sunday, September 24, 2017 • 3 p.m. • TTH

Join artist associate in piano Cynthia Lawing as she performs a fabulous program of works for solo piano.

Free and open to the public.

Headshot of Kazim Ali

A Staged Reading of The Secret Room: A String Quartet by Kazim Ali

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 • 7 p.m. • BT

Kazim Ali, 2017 McGee Professor of Creative Writing, is the author of four books of poetry, including Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, the cross-genre text Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities, two books of essays, translations from the Arabic and French, and two novels, including Quinn's Passage. Ryan Rotella '17 is an English and Theatre major from Knoxville, Tennessee. Ryan is thrilled to be a part of this staged literary production, as it is the marriage of two great Davidson loves: his invaluable English major and passion for Theatre. Sponsored by the English Department and the Theatre Department.

Free and open to the public.

Professor of German Studies and Coordinator for Film and Media Studies Maggie McCarthy

Film: Good Bye Lenin! dir. Wolfgang Becker (2003)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • Semans Auditorium, Belk Visual Art Center

Introduction and post-film discussion led by Professor of German Studies and Coordinator for Film and Media Studies Maggie McCarthy.

Headshot of Dr. Laurence Senelick

A Dragon for All Seasons: On Evgeny Shvarts's The Dragon, Dr. Laurence Senelick

Thursday, September 28, 2017 • 7 p.m. • TTH

Laurence Senelick is Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University. An expert in Russian theatre and drama, he has published more than twenty-five books and translated numerous plays, including Evgeny Shvarts's The Dragon, which will be staged by the Davidson College Theatre department this October. His many grants and awards include being honored by the American Society of Theatre Research, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Studies Program/Bank of America Lecture Series.

Free and open to the public.

The Dragon Main Visual

The Dragon

October 20-21, 2017 • 8 p.m. DFPH Tickets
By Evgeny Shvarts · Directed by Mark Sutch • Scenic design by Anita J. Tripathi

A town ruled by a dragon has a chance for freedom thanks to a visit from Sir Lancelot. This comedic allegory by Evgeny Shvarts is deadly earnest, sending echoes from his Soviet world that still reverberate today. Be on the lookout for more details about other events in the "Revolution and..." series. Mild violence and adult themes; recommended for ages 13 and up.

Tickets on sale September 18.

Davidson College Chorale Singers

Family Weekend Concert: Davidson College Chorale and Davidson Singers

Friday, October 20, 2017 • 5 p.m. DCPC

The Davidson College Chorale and Davidson Singers offer the first choral concert of the season. This special performance for friends and family highlights some of the vibrant and challenging repertoire the ensembles are performing this year.

Free and open to the public.

DCSO Orchestra playing during Family Weekend

Family Weekend Concert: Davidson College Symphony Orchestra

Friday, October 20, 2017 • 7 p.m. • ACU

The DCSO presents highlights from the season in an intimate, up-close setting, including Gershwin's An American in Paris.

Free and open to the public.

Jazz Ensemble Performing During Family Weekend

Family Weekend Concert: Davidson College Jazz Ensemble

Friday, October 20, 2017 • 9 p.m. • TTH

Join the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble as they perform highlights of their season during Davidson College's Family Weekend celebrations.

Free and open to the public.

Headshot of Barnaby Bright

Barnaby Bright

Saturday, October 21, 2017 • 8 p.m. • TTH • Tickets

Davidson College is thrilled to welcome back the award-winning, classically-trained, indie folk duo Barnaby Bright. Garnering high accolades for their songwriting and sound, they have been featured on television soundtracks to ER and Days of our Lives, graced such notable venues as Lincoln Center and NPR's "Mountain Stage" in West Virginia, and shared stages with such artists as The Lumineers and Norah Jones. Their latest album, "This is Life," speaks to where they've been, who they are, what they want, and where they're going. It's smart pop with an authentic Americana stamp.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Guitar

An Evening with the Classical Guitar: James Easteppe, guitar

Thursday, October 26, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH

Join our adjunct instructor of guitar, James Easteppe, as he takes you through an exciting concert of various repertoire for classical guitar.

Free and open to the public.

The Dragon Main Visual

The Dragon

October 27-29, 2017 • 8 p.m. DFPH Tickets
By Evgeny Shvarts • Directed by Mark Sutch • Scenic design by Anita J. Tripathi

A town ruled by a dragon has a chance for freedom thanks to a visit from Sir Lancelot. This comedic allegory by Evgeny Shvarts is deadly earnest, sending echoes from his Soviet world that still reverberate today. Be on the lookout for more details about other events in the "Revolution and..." series. Mild violence and adult themes; recommended for ages 13 and up.

Tickets on sale September 18.

Choral Arts Singers

Choral Arts Society Fall Concert: Funda nos in pace

Sunday, October 29, 2017 • 3 p.m. • DCPC Tickets

Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson) by Franz Joseph Haydn and Ave Maris Stella by Cecilia McDowall

Join the Choral Arts Society of Davidson for the kickoff of our 10th anniversary season. Funda nos in pace, or, 'establish us in peace,' features what some call Haydn's greatest single composition, known as the Lord Nelson Mass or Mass for Troubled Times. Also featured is British composer Cecilia McDowall's mystical peace anthem, Ave Maris Stella, a work originally intended for Armistice Day performed in the shadow of the 9/11-events. Accompanied by Davidson's own Pro Arte chamber orchestra and professional soloists, the singers hope that this concert will be a soothing moment during troubled times for listeners, and as the concert intends, help to establish them in peace.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra with conductor

An Orchestral Journey

Thursday, November 2, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • DFPH

Join the DCSO on an orchestral journey of time and place, featuring the winners of the annual Concerto Competition, Sibelius's Karelia Overture, Ravel's Une Barque sur l'océan, and Silvestri's suite from Back to the Future.

Free and open to the public.

Chorale Fall Concert Singers

Davidson College Chorale Fall Concert

Friday, November 3, 2017 • 7 p.m. • DFPH

The Davidson College Chorale and Davidson Singers bring beautiful music to the Duke Family Performance Hall. The program includes fresh and fun offerings to start the weekend off right!

Free and open to the public.

Headshot of Sarah Perry

Davidson Reads: Andrea Applebee and Sarah Perry

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 • 5 p.m. • CI

Andrea Applebee '06 is a poet, editor and art critic based in Athens, Greece. She received an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. Her first book of poetry, Aletheia, is forthcoming from Black Square Editions. Sarah Perry holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction from Columbia University, where she served as publisher of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. A recipient of a Writers' Fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and a Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education, she has attended residencies at Norton Island in Maine and PLAYA in Oregon. Her memoir, After the Eclipse, will be published in September. Sponsored by the English Department.

Free and open to the public.

Facing Our Truth Main Visual

Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege

November 8-12, 2017 • 8 p.m. BT Tickets
By Dan O'Brien, Winter Miller, Mona Mansour and Tala Manassah, Dominique Morisseau, Marcus Gardley, and A. Rey Pamatmat • Directed by Sharon Green

Originally commissioned by The New Black Fest, Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege is a collection of short plays reflecting on race relations in the United States. Thanks to a Mellon grant supporting Justice, Equality, and Community, tickets are free (but required). Intense adult themes; recommended for ages 14 and up.

Tickets on sale September 18.

The AXIS Dance Company

AXIS Dance Company

Friday, November 10, 2017 • 8 p.m. • DFPH Tickets

Since its founding in 1987, AXIS Dance Company has paved the way for a powerful contemporary dance form called physically integrated dance, which features dancers with and without disabilities. The Company has received seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and has appeared twice on FOX TV's So You Think You Can Dance, exposing their innovative and relevant work of physically integrated dance to millions. We are excited to announce that Artistic Director, Marc Brew's new piece, Radical Impact, will be performed for the first time on tour at Davidson College.

Tickets on sale September 27.

The Magic Flute Dragon

Davidson College Opera presents The Magic Flute

Friday, November 17, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH • Tickets
Saturday, November 18, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH Tickets

Join the Davidson College Music Department in a night of love, magic, ludicrousness, and opera as they present Mozart's The Magic Flute. The Opera Workshop this fall will bring Mozart's beloved opera to life in the beautiful Tyler-Tallman recital hall. Directed by Carey Kugler and produced by artist associate in voice Jacquelyn Culpepper, this production of the operatic classic is sure to thrill audiences musically with impressive displays of vocal technique and mastery of harmony.

Admission is free, but tickets are required.

Holiday Gala Performance

Davidson Holiday Gala

Monday, November 27, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.DFPH Tickets
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.DFPH Tickets

Performed for consistently sold-out houses, our annual Holiday Gala is a surefire way for your family and friends to usher in the true spirit of the season. Join the Davidson College Music Department–choirs, orchestra, jazz band, soloists–with special community guests, Dance Davidson and others, as we celebrate the sights and sounds of time-honored holiday traditions. Don't miss what our community members have said is "as good a holiday show as one could see in NYC!" Tickets sell out fast, get them while they last!

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Jazz Combo performing on stage

Jazz Combo Fall Concert

Thursday, November 30, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH

Under the direction of accomplished saxophonist Tim Gordon, the popular Davidson College Jazz Combo presents an enthralling evening of small group jazz literature and improvisation.

Free and open to the public.

Singing vespers in the DCPC chapel

Vespers: A Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 3, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • DCPC

An annual highlight for the Davidson College community. Davidson College Chorale and campus leaders reflect on the true meaning of the holiday season, featuring Carolina Brass and the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Handbell ensemble.

Free and open to the public.

Sing-a-long in DCPC

Messiah Sing-a-long

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 • 7 p.m. • DCPC Tickets

In keeping with a time-honored masterwork and a revered tradition, bring your own score (we'll have a few to share!) and join the Davidson College Choirs, family, friends, and community members from Statesville to Charlotte to sing the choruses and hear the solos sung from the most popular portions of Handel's Messiah. Joined by the exquisite North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, our sing-through of this beloved oratorio will take place in the beautiful and resonant sanctuary of Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Whether Messiah is a well-known favorite you wish to sing, or whether you prefer to simply listen and absorb, you will be inspired and invigorated as hundreds of singers and instrumentalists raise their voices to perform this cherished musical tradition.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Cello and Piano image for Concert Series

Drew Dansby, cello and Keona Rose, piano

Sunday, January 21, 2018 • 3 p.m. • TTH • Tickets

Charlotte's very own, and only 16 years of age, Drew and Keona are two of the most gifted and talented rising young stars in the southeast and each have received national acclaim for their musical ability. Drew was chosen as one of twelve cellists in the country to participate in the National Youth Orchestra in New York, and Keona is currently attending the prestigious Juilliard School pre-college division. Please join us as two of Charlotte's greatest young musicians perform Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata and more.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Harry Pickens at the piano

Harry Pickens Solo Piano Concert

Thursday, January 25, 20187:30 p.m. TTH Tickets

As part of his three day residency, please join Davidson College alumnus Harry Pickens for an evening of solo works for piano.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Harry Pickens playing piano

Jazz Ensemble Residency Concert, featuring Harry Pickens, piano

Friday, January 26, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • DFPH • Tickets

Davidson College alumnus Harry Pickens returns for an intense three-day residency with the Jazz Ensemble. In addition to the concert, he will hold numerous workshops with the students and give a solo performance.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Musicians Paul Brown and Terri McMurray

Paul Brown and Terri McMurray

Thursday, February 1, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.TTH Tickets

Paul Brown has combined his love of traditional music and broadcasting through most of his life. A longtime voice of Morning Edition, he returned to Winston-Salem several years ago to produce the highly successful traditional music broadcast and podcast, Across the Blue Ridge. He is a musician of the highest level, as a prize-winning banjo picker, fiddle player, singer, and storyteller. His wife, Terri McMurray, is a virtuoso clawhammer banjoist most noted for her membership in the Old Hollow String Band and her frequent duo performances with Paul.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Comic Ballet Company Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Saturday, February 10, 2018 • 8 p.m. • DFPH Tickets

The world's most foremost all-male comic ballet company will showcase their extraordinary technical talents and breathtaking artistry. Famous for performing in drag and on pointe, the professional male dancers perform the full repertoire of classical ballet and modern dance. The Trocks will equally delight ballet enthusiasts and those seeing these classic pieces performed for the first time.

Tickets on sale December 6.

Headshot of Allan Ware and his clarinet

Allan Ware, clarinet

Sunday, February 11, 2018 • 3 p.m.TTH • Tickets

Clarinetist Allan Ware was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and studied at Davidson College, the University of North Carolina, and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. As a winner of numerous international music competitions, Ware has performed as a soloist and chamber musician for hundreds of performances on Europe's leading chamber music series. We are delighted to welcome his expressive and virtuosic talents back to the Davidson stage.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

George Saunders at a table

Conarroe Lecture: George Saunders

Monday, February 12, 2018 • 8 p.m.  DFPH 

George Saunders is the recipient of a 2006 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship ("Genius" Award), George Saunders is the author of four collections of short stories, a novella, a book of essays, and an award-winning children's book. His most recent collection is Tenth of December (Random House, 2013), finalist for the National Book Award, and winner of the 2014 Story Prize for short fiction and the 2014 Folio Prize, which celebrates the best fiction of our time.

Free, but tickets are required and will be available soon.

Davidson Artist Associate in Piano William Fried

Le Sacre: Will Fried, piano and Tomoko Deguchi, piano

Sunday, February 18, 2018 • 3 p.m. • TTH

A two piano collaboration between Davidson Artist Associate in Piano William Fried and Winthrop University Associate Professor of Music Tomoko Deguchi. This performance will feature Stravinsky's iconic Rite of Spring arranged for two pianos, as well as music by John Adams and Charlotte area composer Ron Parks.

Free and open to the public.

The Theatre Department presents Melancholy Play

Melancholy Play

February 21-25, 2018 • 8 p.m. BT Tickets
By Sarah Ruhl • Directed by Matt Hunter ‘18 • Scenic Design by Aren Carpenter ‘18

Tilly's melancholy is of an exquisite quality. She turns her melancholy into a sexy thing, and every stranger she meets falls in love with her. But what happens to them when Tilly gets happy? This fantastical comedy is also the full-length production debut of director Matt Hunter '18 and scenic designer Aren Carpenter '18. Adult themes; recommended for ages 14 and up.

Tickets on sale September 18.

Grammy winner Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons

Thursday, February 22, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH Tickets

Grammy winner Dom Flemons was one of the three co-founders of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum, and quills, in addition to singing. His knowledge of African-American contributions to traditional music are at the core of his entertaining and enlightening performances.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Photograph of Martin Luther King Jr.

LA Theatre Works Presents: The Mountaintop

Friday, February 23, 2018 • 8 p.m. • DFPH Tickets

On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of The Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 the night before the killing is a mystery. In her internationally acclaimed play, The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall fantasizes what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid. LA Theatre Works has been the foremost radio theatre company in the United States for four decades and bring their unique style to this powerful drama.

Tickets on sale January 19.

Davidson alumna Caitlin Mohr, class of 2010

Love's Fortune and Folly

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • DPFH

Davidson alumna Caitlin Mohr, class of 2010, returns to enrapture audiences with a vibrant selection of vocal favorites and more. Mohr's versatile and expressive voice, combined with her magnetic personality, is guaranteed to enchant one and all.

Free and open to the public.

Gifted Pianist David Gilliland

An afternoon of Irish fiddle and piano: Jon Singleton, fiddle and David Gilliland, piano

Sunday, March 11, 2018 • 3 p.m. • TTH

Charlotte's own bluegrass and folk music legend Jon Singleton will take the stage to offer up some traditional Irish fiddle tunes alongside our gifted pianist David Gilliland.

Free and open to the public.

Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Painting Exhibition

Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Painting Exhibition

Opening Ceremony: March 12, 2018 • 10 a.m.
Closing Ceremony: March 15, 2018 • 11 a.m.
Location: Alvarez-Gretchen Johnston Living Room in the Knobloch Campus Center

From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Please join us for the opening ceremony (March 12 at 10am) where the monks consecrate the site of the mandala sand painting with chants, music, and mantra recitation, and the closing ceremony (March 15 at 11am) where the monks conclude their creation and sweep away the colored sand symbolizing the impermanence of all that exists, and the opportunity to participate in our own community sand painting.

Free and open to the public.

Jazz singer on stage

Sing with the Jazz Ensemble Live Thursday Singers

Thursday, March 15, 2018 • 10 p.m. • DFPH 

Winners of the 2018 "Sing with the Jazz Ensemble Competition" take center stage at Live Thursday, backed by the big band ensemble in this annual crowd-favorite performance.

Free and open to the public.

Profile of Jennifer Stasack

New Music Charlotte - Mark Lewis and Jennifer Stasack

Sunday, March 18, 2018 • 3 p.m. TTH • Tickets

Come celebrate two of Charlotte's finest local composers, Mark Lewis of Winthrop University and Jennifer Stasack of Davidson College, as they share some of their greatest compositional achievements. The concert will feature Alan Black, cello, Jacquelyn Culpepper, soprano, Joseph Meyer, violin, and Emily Urbanek, piano.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Rumors Main Visual

Rumors

March 21-25, 2018 • 8 p.m. DFPH Tickets
By Neil Simon • Directed by Ann Marie Costa • Scenic design by Anita J. Tripathi

At a large townhouse in a wealthy suburb, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity. Strong language; recommended for ages 16 and up.

Tickets on sale September 18.

U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Hanneke Cassel

Hanneke Cassel

Thursday, March 22, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH • Tickets

Hanneke Cassel became the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion while still in high school. Her style fuses influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island with Americana grooves and musical innovations, creating a wonderful blend of contemporary and traditional music that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition. She will be appearing with her celebrated musical colleague, cellist Mike Block.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Author Photo: Bestselling Author Colson Whitehead

Reynolds Lecture: "Revisiting the Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 • 7 p.m. • DFPH

Colson Whitehead is a New York Times bestselling author. He is the recipient of both a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Colson Whitehead's latest novel, The Underground Railroad, is the winner of both the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Sponsored by The Public Lectures Committee.

Free, but tickets are required and will be available soon.

Headshot of Clint Smith

Reading: Poetry Reading by Clint Smith

Thursday, April 5, 2018 • 5:30 p.m. • 900 Room

Clint Smith is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and the National Science Foundation. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion and his writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, the New Republic, the American Poetry Review and elsewhere. He is the author of Counting Descent, which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He was born and raised in New Orleans.

Free and open to the public.

Chorale Spring Concert Singers

Davidson College Chorale Spring Concert

Friday, April 6, 2018 5 p.m. DCPC

Davidson's premier student choral ensemble performs their annual spring concert in the Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Join the Chorale, including the Davidson Singers, Collegium Musicum, and After Hours Vocal Jazz, as they present their beautiful and varied a cappella and accompanied choral repertoire.

Free and open to the public.

concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Joseph Meyer

Bach and Beyond Part II: Joseph Meyer, violin

Sunday, April 8, 2018 • 3 p.m. • TTH

Artist associate in violin and associate concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Joseph Meyer will perform part two of his series of two recitals featuring works from Johann Sebastian Bach and more.

Free and open to the public.

Virtuoso Mandolin-player Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull

Tuesday, April 10, 20187:30 p.m. DFPH • Tickets

Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull speaks eloquently in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and continues to break new ground on the mandolin.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Latin Grammy winner Chick Corea

Chick Corea, with the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 • 8 p.m. • DFPH Tickets

Chick Corea has attained iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children's songs to chamber and symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late '60s and early '70s.

Yet Chick has never been more productive than in the 21st century, whether playing acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo or collaborating with a who's who of music. Underscoring this, he has been named Artist of the Year three times this decade in the DownBeat Readers Poll. Born in 1941 in Massachusetts, Chick remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art. As The New York Times has said, he is "a luminary, ebullient, and eternally youthful.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Members of Quartet Amí Past Winners of the Young Chamber Musicians Competition

WDAV's Young Chamber Musicians Competition Past Winner's Concert

Saturday, April 21, 2018 • 8 p.m. • TTH • Tickets

Winners of WDAV's 2017 Young Chamber Musicians Competition, Quartet Amí, all studied at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Miki Nagahara, violin, Natalie Lee, violin, Gabriel Napoli, viola, and Geirthrudur Anna Gudmundsdottir, cello, came together in the September 2015 and worked extensively as a chamber ensemble during their time at Northwestern, coached by members of the Vermeer Quartet and the Dover Quartet.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Musicians competing in the Young Chamber Musicians Competition

WDAV's Young Chamber Musicians Competition

Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 3 p.m. • DFPH • Tickets

89.9 WDAV Classical Public Radio brings in four of the nation's most talented young chamber ensembles for the fifth annual WDAV's Young Chamber Musicians Competition, powered by OrthoCarolina. Ensembles will compete for a chance to win their share of a cash prize, a studio recording session, and a paid performance during the 2018-19 Davidson College Concert Series.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra Playing Violins

Bernstein Birthday Bash

Thursday, April 26, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • DFPH

Celebrate the 100th birthday of one of America's most beloved musical artists, Leonard Bernstein. In addition to charismatic works that pay homage to Bernstein's inspirations, the DCSO will perform music from Candide and West Side Story.

Free and open to the public.

Jazz concert on the Green

Spring Concert on the Green: Davidson College Jazz Ensemble

April 2018 (Date To Be Announced) • 6 p.m. • Davidson Town Green

Join the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble as they perform various repertoire from their 2017-18 season on the Davidson Town Green.

Free and open to the public.

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra on the Davidson Green

Spring Concert on the Green: Davidson College Symphony Orchestra

April 2018 (Date To Be Announced) • 6 p.m. • Davidson Town Green

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic, bring friends and family, and join the DCSO for an exciting performance on the town green.

Free and open to the public.

Jazz Combo performing on stage

Jazz Combo Spring Concert

Thursday, May 3, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH

The Davidson College Jazz Combo once again takes the stage of Tyler-Tallman Hall for an electrifying evening to close out our jazz combo season.

Free and open to the public.

Davidson College Choirs singing

End-of-Year Choir Masterworks Performance: Jubilate Deo by Dan Forrest

Sunday, May 6, 2018 • 3 p.m. • DFPH  Tickets

Celebrating the conclusion of our 10th Anniversary season, Davidson College Choirs and the Choral Arts Society of Davidson join with professional instrumentalists from the Charlotte Symphony to perform living composer Dan Forrest's newest major work, Jubilate Deo! Forrest's composition brings to life the global aspect of the traditional Psalm 100 text, "O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands," by drawing from a wide spectrum of musical influences and setting it in different languages including Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin, Zulu, and Spanish. The result is a stunning global celebration of joy, as all the earth sings as one, "omnis terra, jubilate!"

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Jazz Ensemble Senior Soirée Performing on stage

Jazz Ensemble Senior Soirée

Friday, May 18, 2018 • 4 p.m. • Mariam Cannon Hayes Amphitheatre

Be sure to come celebrate Commencement weekend with the Jazz Ensemble's Senior Soirée. This special event will recognize and feature senior members of the ensemble.

Free and open to the public.

Farewell to Seniors Concert in DCPC

Farewell to Seniors Concert

Saturday, May 19, 2018 • 7:15 p.m. • DCPC

Join the Davidson College Chorale in joyous celebration of the Class of 2018 on the eve of their graduation! This special performance will offer a sampling of this season's repertoire as well as favorites from the graduating class.

Free and open to the public.