Music

Each season, the Davidson College Music Department presents more than 50 events in support of the academic curriculum and arts culture on campus. Performances include those by world-renowned artists as part of the Davidson College Concert Series, as well as numerous performances from our faculty-led student ensembles such as the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Choral Arts Society and Chorale. In addition, we sponsor solo and collaborative recitals by faculty and students and host guest artists to work with student musicians in workshops, masterclasses and residencies with our various departmental ensembles. All performances are free except where noted with a link to ticket information.

Key: ACU = Alvarez College Union; Davidson College Presbyterian Church = DCPC; Duke FamilyPerformance Hall = DFPH; Tyler-Tallman Hall = TTH

UPCOMING EVENTS 2016-17

choir singing at Vespers service

VESPERS: A SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS

Sunday, Dec. 4  •  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.

student singers singing by candelight on Chambers stairs

CAMPUS CHRISTMAS PARTY

Monday, Dec. 5  •  9 p.m.  •  Chambers Lawn

Join the Davidson Singers as they lead this year's carols at the annual Campus Christmas Party.

Christopher Gilliam conducting a choir

MESSIAH SING-ALONG

Tuesday, Dec. 6  •  7 p.m.  •  DFPH

Capping off our seasonal offerings, join the Davidson College Choirs at the second annual Messiah Sing-Along! Bring your own score and join the festivities as we sing through the Christmas portion (and a few others) of Handel's Messiah. Featuring the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and professional and community soloists.

PAST EVENTS 2016-17

EXCURSIÓN AL SUR - SOUTHERN EXCURSION

As a part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the DCSO presented a festive concert of Latin American music, featuring the works of Piazzolla, Ginastera, Moncayo, Lecuona, and more. (photo of Ernesto Lecuona)

OVER THERE!

Over There! was a musical revue honoring the 100th Centennial of World War I and served as a tribute to the Americans who served so bravely on the battlefields. Musical selections featured two iconic American composers and showmen, George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin. Over There! featured the artistry of soprano Jacquelyn Culpepper, baritone Dan Boye, accompanist DeWitt Tipton and writer/director/narrator Francis Cullinan. Musical highlights includd Alexander's "Ragtime Band," "Give my Regards to Broadway," "Over There," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and "God Bless America" Narration included excerpts from touching letters from the battlefront, as well as comments from military personnel. From start to finish, Over There! revived the spirit of patriotism in audiences of all ages.

MASTER CLASS AL-ANDALUS

In collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Davidson was thrilled to offer this unique master class Al-Andalus, two connected events in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Talk & Performance by La Hora Española

A pre-concert talk about the origins of Spanish classical music during Islamic rule in Spain featured performances by La Hora Española, a wonderful soprano and piano duo from Spain who specialize in finding the true essence of Spanish Music. The duo performed Islamic, Jewish, and Christian pieces that came from the time of Al-Andalus. UNC Charlotte's David Russell and a special guest offered a brief introduction to music in Al-Andalus, and its origins and influence on classical music.

Letters from Baghdad: Ramin AlHaj, oud & Ciompi String Quartet

This performance featured the Grammy-nominated Iraqi-American oud player and composer Rahim AlHaj with the illustrious Ciompi String Quartet in a concert called "Letters from Baghdad."

JON SINGLETON, FIDDLE & DAVID GILLILAND, PIANO

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.

FAMILY WEEKEND: MUSIC

CHORALE & DAVIDSON SINGERS

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

DCSO CONCERT

The DCSO played an eclectic performance of season highlights, that featured music from our Southern Excursion concert, a preview of The Planets, and more.

JERRY KORMAN CONCERT

New York-based renowned jazz pianist and Davidson parent Jerry Korman joined the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble along with his daughter, violinist and vocalist Arielle Korman '17, for this special Family Weekend performance.

ORKHEISTHAI - TO DANCE

This concert features the winners of the 2016 annual Concerto Competition, along with a refreshing dive into the realm of orchestral dance music.

FORREST: REQUIEM FOR THE LIVING

Contemporary composer Dan Forrest's works have been hailed as "magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture" (Classical Voice), and "superb choral writing...full of spine-tingling moments" (Salt Lake Tribune). Forrest joined Davidson's Choral Arts Society and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra for a powerful performance of Forrest's work Requiem for the Living.

FALL CHORALE & DAVIDSON SINGERS CONCERT

The Davidson College Chorale and Davidson Singers brought beautiful music to a new venue this fall, performing in the 900 Room for the first time. The program included fresh and fun offerings that started the weekend off right!

SCHUBERT STRING QUINTET

The Central String Quartet returned to perform the great Schubert "C Major String Quintet" with guest cellist Alan Black. The ensemble included Charlotte Symphony Orchestra violinists Joseph Meyer and Jenny Topilow, violist Kirsten Swanson, and cellist Marlene Ballena. Join us for this breathtaking afternoon highlighted by the crown jewel of chamber music pieces.

JAZZ COMBO FALL CONCERT

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

HOLIDAY GALA

In its fourth season, the Holiday Gala continued to delight sold-out audiences. The unofficial beginning of the town's annual "Christmas in Davidson" event, the Holiday Gala brings together the college choirs, symphony orchestra and jazz band with local community talent to ring in the holiday with dancing, singing, festive lights and seasonal sounds. Get your tickets before they're gone and see for yourself why the Holiday Gala is our newest beloved holiday tradition!