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  • Dancers in Flamenco Vivo

    The universal spirit of flamenco, a multicultural art form, has the power to build bridges between cultures and inspire audiences from diverse backgrounds.

  • Cast of the Ballet Hispanico

    Celebrating its 45th anniversary, Ballet Hispanico's mission is to make the beauty of the arts and Latino culture accessible to all communities.

  • Harlem Gospel Choir

    The Harlem Gospel Choir performs worldwide, logging in two million travel miles. Trivia fact: They paid tribute to Prince, performing "Purple Rain" on Good Morning America.

  • Cast of Second City

    Providing an irreverent look at America's electoral insanity, Free Speech featured brand new political satire straight from sold out shows in Chicago and Toronto .

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 improv legend's take on the election season, a renowned gospel choir, the nation's leading Latino dance company, a theatrical production of a Shakespeare classic, and an evening celebrating flamenco music and dance. 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 a listing of 2017-18 events, please check back in August 2017.



Chicago's legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returned to Davidson with this irreverent look at America's electoral insanity. This topical new show featured political satire made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Keegan Michael Key, as well as brand new scenes, songs, and improv straight from their sold out shows in Chicago and Toronto.


America's premier gospel choir, the Harlem Gospel Choir, is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound, and infectious energy. The unique musical tradition of gospel music arose out of the hardships of slavery and forever changed the landscape of music. The Harlem Gospel Choir will share the rich history of gospel as it relates to African-American culture and present a night of contemporary gospel classics as performed in the churches of Harlem today. Their harmonious songs of love, hope, and inspiration aied to touch the depths of your soul, lift your spirit, and take your breath away.


Ballet Hispanico is the nation's premier Latino dance group that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino culture. Their performance at Davidson included staple works from their vast repertoire as well as a preview of the new work Línea Recta by Belgian-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, one of today's most sought-after choreographers. Línea Recta paired the hallmark passion of flamenco dance with highly inventive and intricate partnering, performed to Spanish classical guitar.


Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is the nation's premier Spanish and flamenco dance company, known for the purity of its work and the unique way in which it enriches the art of flamenco. This infectiously joyful (The New York Times), brilliantly colored show is a journey through the cultures and traditions of the Andalusian provinces of Spain-the cradle of flamenco-and a fascinating look at just how varied and stylized this art form can be. In songs and dances that celebrate the richly varied traditions, festivals, and rituals of daily life in southern Spain, Flamenco Vivo transports audiences.


One of Shakespeare's last comedies and considered one of his crowning masterpieces, Aquila Theatre tackles this classic romantic comedy with their signature physicality and remarkable dramatization. This festive play, full of combative wit and melodrama, will leave you rolling in the aisles.