Current Season

Associate Professor Tara Villa Keith kicks off the 2015-16 season with lively and exuberant programs highlighting the most talented of our student musicians. In the spring semester, welcome guest conductor Jonathan Andrew Govias for an engaging conclusion to the season. The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra (DCSO) is also in their seventh season of Concerts for a Cause in which donations are accepted at the door for various charitable organizations. All performances are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Visit our website for a listing of past performances.

Key: ACU = Alvarez College Union; DFPH = Duke Family Performance Hall


two boys playing stand up bass at Concert on the Green

Concert on the Green

Sunday, Sept. 20  •  6 p.m.  •  Davidson Town Green

Relax during this entertaining annual event and join the orchestra on the Davidson town green for a sneak peak of our season opening concert. Bring blankets, pack a picnic, and tap your toes while mingling with fellow concert-goers.

close-up of sheet music

Season Opener

Thursday, Oct. 1  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH

The 2015-16 season opens with Chabrier's Marche Joyeuse and Kalinnikov's Symphony No.1. If you've never heard of Kalinnikov, imagine a powerful combination of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov.

DCSO_girls playing violins

Family Weekend Concert

Friday, Oct. 23  •  7 p.m.  •  900 Room, ACU

Tara Villa Keith conducting DCSO

Fall Concert

Thursday, Nov. 5  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH

In addition to highlighting the student winners of the 2015 Concerto Competition, enjoy the light and comedic music of Rossini's Overture to La Gazza Ladra and Britten's Soirées musicales, modeled after Rossini.

ballerina in front of orchestra at the 2014 Holiday Gala

Holiday Gala

Monday, Nov. 30  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets
Tuesday, Dec. 1  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

Start your holiday season off right with festive music, dance, theatre, and art all in one exciting and family-friendly show. Featuring the finest talent Davidson has to offer, our annual Holiday Gala showcases the college choirs, symphony orchestra, jazz band - over 100 Davidson students! - with outstanding community ensembles: Davidson Community Players, Dance Davidson, and Young Voices of the Carolinas. Don't miss what many people in the surrounding communities are calling their "new holiday tradition."

picture of Jonathan Andrew Govias

Winter Concert

Tuesday, Feb.  23  •  7:30 p.m  •  DFPH

Featuring guest conductor Jonathan Andrew Govias, assistant professor and director of orchestras at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

two boys playing violins with harp in background

Spring Concert

Thursday, April 21  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH

Join us for a special and unprecedented collaborative performance with the symphony orchestra of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.