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  • Musician Chick Corea

    22-time Grammy winner and keyboard virtuoso Chick Corea performs at Davidson College on April 17.

  • Musician Sierra Hull

    Mandolin-player Sierra Hull continues to astonish audiences with her heartfelt vocals and groundbreaking performances.

  • Painting by Jen Ray: Untitled (Double Women)

    Jen Ray, Untitled (Double Warriors), detail, 2015, watercolor and ink on handmade paper, 51 x 120"

  • Members of the Trockadero ballet company

    Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is the world's foremost all-male comic ballet company.

  • Axis Dance Company performers in action

    AXIS Dance Company is the nation's most acclaimed ensemble of disabled and non-disabled performers.

  • Floor Man, Wood, by Bob Trotman

    Bob Trotman's Floorman, from the exhibit Business as Usual. 2011, Carved wood, tempera, wax, 28 x 74 x 40 in. Photo: David Ramsey

  • The Quartet Ami musicians with their instruments

    Built on strong bonds of friendship, Quartet Amí came together in 2015 and two years later won WDAV's Young Chamber Musicians Competition.

  • American trio Time for Three

    With an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship, the American trio Time for Three defies any traditional genre classification, happily and infectiously.

The Arts

The arts—performing, visual and literary—are a part of the daily educational experience at Davidson. Students, alumni and the greater Davidson family are invited to enjoy and participate in various art forms on campus throughout the year. Sculpture. Readings. Plays. Exhibitions. Chorale. It is all happening here.

As Davidson grows its focus on broad collaboration across the arts and sciences, opportunities for involvement in the arts and a transdisciplinary approach to learning will continue to develop on and off campus.

Key: 900 Room = C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union; BT = Barber Theatre, Cunningham Fine Arts Center; CI = Carolina Inn; DCPC = Davidson College Presbyterian Church, DFPH = Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center; Hance = Hance Auditorium, Chambers; Lilly = Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers; TTH = Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

Upcoming Events 2017-18

Members of Quartet Amí Past Winners of the Young Chamber Musicians Competition

WDAV's Young Chamber Musicians Competition Past Winner's Concert

Saturday, April 21, 2018 • 8 p.m. • TTH • Tickets

Winners of WDAV's 2017 Young Chamber Musicians Competition, Quartet Amí, all studied at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Miki Nagahara, violin, Natalie Lee, violin, Gabriel Napoli, viola, and Geirthrudur Anna Gudmundsdottir, cello, came together in the September 2015 and worked extensively as a chamber ensemble during their time at Northwestern, coached by members of the Vermeer Quartet and the Dover Quartet.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Musicians competing in the Young Chamber Musicians Competition

WDAV's Young Chamber Musicians Competition

Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 3 p.m. • DFPH • Tickets

89.9 WDAV Classical Public Radio brings in four of the nation's most talented young chamber ensembles for the fifth annual WDAV's Young Chamber Musicians Competition, powered by OrthoCarolina. Ensembles will compete for a chance to win their share of a cash prize, a studio recording session, and a paid performance during the 2018-19 Davidson College Concert Series.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Jazz concert on the Green

Spring Concert on the Green: Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble

Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 6 p.m. • Davidson Town Green

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic, bring friends and family, and join the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble as they perform various repertoire from their 2017-18 season. Free and open to the public

Outside of the Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center

Annual Student Art Exhibition: Reception, Party & Awards

Wednesday, April 25, 7-8:30 p.m. • Visual Arts Center Lawn 
The exhibit will feature more than 60 works in diverse media from students across majors.

Student Exhibition On View: April 25 - May 10, 2018
Students: Judson Womack ‘18, Peter Haugen ‘18, Cherry Win ‘18, Julia Vining ‘18 and Miso Vukcevic ‘18. More details on the Art page.

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra Playing Violins

Bernstein Birthday Bash

Thursday, April 26, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • DFPH

Celebrate the 100th birthday of one of America's most beloved musical artists, Leonard Bernstein. In addition to charismatic works that pay homage to Bernstein's inspirations, the DCSO will perform music from Candide and West Side Story.

Free and open to the public.

Jazz Combo performing on stage

Jazz Combo Spring Concert

Thursday, May 3, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH

The Davidson College Jazz Combo once again takes the stage of Tyler-Tallman Hall for an electrifying evening to close out our jazz combo season.

Free and open to the public.

Davidson College Choirs singing

End-of-Year Choir Masterworks Performance: Jubilate Deo by Dan Forrest

Sunday, May 6, 2018 • 3 p.m. • DFPH  Tickets

Celebrating the conclusion of our 10th Anniversary season, Davidson College Choirs and the Choral Arts Society of Davidson join with professional instrumentalists from the Charlotte Symphony to perform living composer Dan Forrest's newest major work, Jubilate Deo! Forrest's composition brings to life the global aspect of the traditional Psalm 100 text, "O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands," by drawing from a wide spectrum of musical influences and setting it in different languages including Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin, Zulu, and Spanish. The result is a stunning global celebration of joy, as all the earth sings as one, "omnis terra, jubilate!"

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Jazz Ensemble Senior Soirée Performing on stage

Jazz Ensemble Senior Soirée

Friday, May 18, 2018 • 4 p.m. • Mariam Cannon Hayes Amphitheatre

Be sure to come celebrate Commencement weekend with the Jazz Ensemble's Senior Soirée. This special event will recognize and feature senior members of the ensemble.

Free and open to the public.

Farewell to Seniors Concert in DCPC

Farewell to Seniors Concert

Saturday, May 19, 2018 • 7:15 p.m. • DCPC

Join the Davidson College Chorale in joyous celebration of the Class of 2018 on the eve of their graduation! This special performance will offer a sampling of this season's repertoire as well as favorites from the graduating class.

Free and open to the public.