• All arrangements for cello and piano are made with O'Riley's signature passion and realized with Haimovitz's uncompromising artistic depth. (© Steph Mackinnon)

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

  • Koresh Dance Company performs critically acclaimed works at its biannual Philadelphia seasons, as well as in touring performances around the country.

  • One hundred and twenty five years after his debut, Sherlock Holmes remains the definitive and most famous detective in world literature.

  • Defining itself as a contemporary jazz troupe, River North Dance Chicago travels far beyond in terms of movement while keeping the jazz impulse. (© Erika Dufour)


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 a cello and piano duet, a gospel choir, a contemporary dance company, a theater company, and a jazz dance company. 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.

Upcoming Events 2015-16

Matt Haimovitz holding cello sitting beside Christopher O'Riley on outdoor cement stairs

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

Thursday, Sept. 24  •  Tickets

Grammy Award winning cellist Matt Haimovitz and leading American pianist and host of NPR's From the Top program Christopher O'Riley join together in a collaboration that blurs the boundaries between the classical and pop music genres. In Shuffle.Play.Listen., audiences will hear a unique lineup of works from artists such as J.S. Bach, Bernard Hermann, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Piazzolla and Prokofiev. (Photo by Sarah Scott)

brightly clad members of the Soweto Gospel Choir singing

Soweto Gospel Choir

Friday, Nov. 20  •  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.

Koresh dancers on stage under white, red and blue lights

Koresh Dance Company presents Mezze

Wednesday, Jan. 20  •  Tickets

Koresh Dance Company was founded in Philadelphia in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Roni Koresh, and is widely recognized for its superb technique and emotionally-compelling appeal. Mezze, meaning many flavors in the Middle East, is a dynamic program-lyrical and dynamic, dreamlike and simply human-that includes music from the Middle East set aside classical favorites. This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.

man looking through magnifying glass with image of eyeball very large under the magnifying glass

Aquila Theatre presents The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Thursday, Feb. 4  •  Tickets

Sprung from the brilliant mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this is an exhilarating tale of mystery, suspense, and intrigue. Sherlock Holmes skillfully maneuvers through the twisted web of London's most fascinating cases that only he can solve. Presented by the acclaimed British-American touring troupe Aquila Theatre, this thrilling performance is an unforgettable ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

two standing male dancers carrying a female dancer holding onto the first male dancer

River North Dance Chicago

Tuesday, Feb. 16  •  Tickets

Combining athletic prowess and artistic perspective with bold, theatrical flair, River North Dance Chicago brings its fresh take on contemporary jazz dance to Davidson. River North Dance Chicago boasts an eclectic and dynamic repertoire, curated to tap into the audience's emotional core. The program includes works by artistic director Frank Chaves augmented with an array of pieces by nationally and internationally renowned choreographers. (Photo by Erika Dufour)