Artist Series

The C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series is proud to offer an ever-growing series of entertainment, culture and quality. The faculty and students who participate in the Union Board Artist Series Committee take great pride in selecting and presenting a series that students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community can all enjoy and experience with their friends and family members.

Regardless of your tastes, we're sure you'll find many enjoyable moments throughout the season that put a smile on your face! This season features a little bit of everything, including classical performers of modern compositions, contemporary dance, a stepping troupe, historical theater, and improve musical theater and comedy. We hope you enjoy what the season has to offer and look forward to seeing you at each performance!

All performances take place in the Duke Family Performance Hall of the Knobloch Campus Center at 8 p.m. For ticket information, visit Union Ticket Office or call 704-894-2135.


Please visit this page in August 2015 for 2015-16 Artist Series events.


Keigwin + Company

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Bringing a refreshing vision of dance that embodied 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.

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.

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

The Second City Hits Home

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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.

The Clothesline Muse

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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.

 Broadway's Next H!t Musical

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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.