• The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra is an excellent place for students to rehearse, perform and hone their technical skills in a collaborative atmosphere.

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  • The second annual Holiday Gala is fast becoming a tradition for many. It's a great way for everyone to get into the holiday spirit with music, song and dance. Come! Join in the fun!

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  • One of the crowd-favorite Live Thursday events is Sing with the Jazz Ensemble which brings the cool sounds and beats of jazz to the 900 Room.

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  • Since her debut in 2003 honoring cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, Pae has shared the stage with celebrated artists Itzhak Perlman, Arnold Steinhardt, Pamela Frank and more.

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  • "...Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as...as a fiddler on the roof!" The Theatre and Music Departments unite for a spectacular production.

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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.

Upcoming Events

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Family Weekend Concert

Friday, Oct. 24  •  5 p.m.
Davidson College Presbyterian Church

The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and Chorale perform semester highlights for those close and dear as part of Family Weekend.

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DCSO: Ablaze

Tuesday, Nov. 11  •  7:30 p.m.
Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center

Sparks will fly as winners of the 2014 Concerto Competition light up the Hall.

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Jazz Combo Fall Concert

Thursday, Nov. 20  •  7:30 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

Under the new direction of renowned saxophonist Tim Gordon, the popular Davidson College Jazz Combo will offer an exciting evening of small group jazz literature and improv.

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Choral Arts Society: Handel's The Messiah

Monday, Nov. 24  •  7:30 p.m.  •  Tickets
Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center

Davidson College Choirs, North Carolina Chamber Orchestra and guest solosits join together to perform a perennial favorite! A great way to usher in a season of joy and thanksgiving, join us as we present Handel's complete masterpiece.

photo of choir singing at 2013 Holiday Gala in DFPH

Davidson Holiday Gala

Monday & Tuesday, Dec. 1 & 2  •  7:30 p.m.  •  Tickets
Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center

Don't miss the Davidson College Choirs, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and friends as they ring in the holiday season with the second annual Holiday Gala! One of the most popular concert events of the season, the Holiday Gala is a fast-paced and family friendly event involving dance, theatre and traditional & new musical favorites. Featuring Dance Davidson, Davidson Community Players, Young Voices of the Carolinas and the talent of Davidson student ensembles, the Holiday Gala will be just the thing to get you and your family into the holiday spirit.

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Vespers

Sunday, Dec. 7  •  7:30 p.m.
Davidson College Presbyterian Church

Join the Davidson College community for our annual Lessons & Carols Christmas Vespers service featuring music from the Davidson College Chorale and Brass Ensemble. Prelude music by the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra.

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Student Recital

Tuesday, Dec. 10  •  7:30 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

As a culmination of a semester of applied lessons, various student musicians will take the stage of Tyler-Tallman for an ecletic and vibrant evening.

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Davidson College Jazz Ensemble featuring Tim Gordon, saxophone

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015  •  7:30 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

Having worked with Harry Connick, Jr., Josh Groban, Ray Charles, Manhattan Transfer and Pink Floyd, the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble is proud to feature saxophonist Tim Gordon. With a diverse musical background, Gordon is also a seasoned educator who recently joined the Davidson family.

Aubrey, female, singing jazz songs

An Evening of Jazz Songs

Sunday, Feb. 15  •  7:30 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

With the assistance of student jazz pianist Riley Mangan and members of the Davidson College Jazz Combo, this performance features several student singers presenting our favorite jazz standards.

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Fiddler on the Roof

Fridays & Saturdays, March 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2015  •  8 p.m.  •  Tickets
Sundays, March 22 & 29, 2015  •  2 p.m.  •  Tickets
Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center

"Traditions, traditions. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as...as a fiddler on the roof!" Share in our tradition as the Music and Theatre Departments unite for a spectacular production, bringing Tevye and his family to life in this Tony award-winning musical classic.

photo of the Davidson College Chorale singing

Davidson College Chorale: Chiaroscuro

Friday, April 10, 2015  •  7:30 p.m.
Davidson College Presbyterian Church

The acclaimed Davidson College Chorale will present their spring concert, Chiaroscuro, featuring challenging and rewarding choral literature. You won't want to miss this meaningful performance highlighting the talents of student singers here at Davidson.
Free and open to the public.

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Flame & Glory

April 23, 2015  •  7:30 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

Artist Associate William Fried tends the embers with a glowing piano performance of de Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain."

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Choral Arts Society: A Symphony of Psalms

Monday, April 27, 2015  •   7:30 p.m.
Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center

Two of the greatest masterworks of the twentieth century are featured in the Choral Art Society's final concert of the year, A Symphony of Psalms. Bernstein's mesmerizing "Chichester Psalms" is paired with Stravinsky's powerful "Symphony of Psalms" to create an unforgettable and exciting evening that you won't want to miss!

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Concert on the Green

April TBD  •  6 p.m.
Davidson Town Green

Join the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra on the Davidson Town Green as they extinguish their 2014-15 season On Fire! The Davidson College Jazz Ensemble will help kick off the 2015 Town of Davidson's Concerts on the Green with ferver and skill.

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New Music Davidson

Tuesday, May 5, 2015  •  4:30 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

This late afternoon concert offers world premiere performances of original music compositions from students in Professor Jennifer Stasack's composition class.

Past Events 2014-15

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Concert on the Green

Sunday, Sept. 21  •  6 p.m.
Davidson Town Green

Soak up the warmth of a late summer evening as you enjoy music by talented students in the Davidson College Symphony and Jazz Ensemble on the Town Green. Bring a blanket and pack a picnic. Mingle with members of the Davidson community and relax during this entertaining annual event.

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DCSO: Pyromania

Wednesday, Oct. 1 • 7:30 p.m.
Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center

Come listen to the irresistible rhythmic impulse to start orchestral fires for the pleasure of performing Stravinsky, Holst, Wagner and Hayden.

photo of the Davidson College Chorale singing

Davidson College Chorale: A Jubilant Song

Friday, Oct. 17  •  7:30 p.m.
Davidson College Presbyterian Church

Join Davidson's premier vocal ensemble to hear blend, balance, tuning and phrasing like you've never heard before! Within the luminous acoustics of the Davidson College Presbyterian Church, the Chorale's first performance of the season, A Jubilant Song, is sure to delight and impress.
Free and open to the public.