• 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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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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Stewy Robertson work with two hands joined with yellow, red and green stripes surrounding

SENIOR STUDENT ART MAJORS

March 12-May 1

Davidson's senior art majors–see listing below–present their works during individual shows. Watch this video for an inside look at two recent art major graduates putting together their senior shows. (image by Stewy Robertson '15)
Smith Gallery
Teresa Lacks ‘15
On View: April 22-May 1  •  Reception: April 23, 11 a.m.-Noon

photo of girl looking up with Hindu god in background from 2014 One Acts I

One Act Series I

Wednesday, April 22  •  7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 23  •  7:30 p.m.
The Barber Theatre  •  Tickets

A double bill of one act plays presented by students from the Directing II class. (photo from Spring 2014 One Act Series I production)

color photo of artwork and sculpture in the student art show

ANNUAL STUDENT ART EXHIBITION

April 22-May 6

This exhibition features nearly 60 works of art in a variety of media-printmaking, digital art, painting, drawing and sculpture-by Davidson students, both art and non-art majors. This is a great opportunity to add work to your personal art collection. (image by Cooper Karish '16 from the 2014 Exhibition.)
Van Every Gallery

photo of DC chorale singing in black tie


Choral Arts Society: A Symphony of Psalms

Monday, April 27  •  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!

photo from Spring 2014 One Act Series II production with girl sitting on Santa's lap

One Act Series II

Wednesday, April 29  •  7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 30  •  7:30 p.m.
The Barber Theatre  •  Tickets

Our One Act series continues, presented by students from the Directing II class. (photo from Spring 2014 One Act Series II production)

aerial shot of Jazz Combo with Grace Kelly performance

Jazz Combo

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

Closing out their 2014-15 season, come relax to the soothing sounds of jazz. With finals just around the corner, this stress-reliever will be just the thing to calm those pre-exam nerves.

photo of girl playing the violin on The Green

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.

color head shot photo of Phillip Bush

Phillip Bush & Guests

Sunday, May 3  •  3 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall  •  Tickets

Accomplished pianist and Davidson favorite Phillip Bush will return to campus for another exciting chamber music concert that also features violinist Joseph Meyer, violist Rosemary Furniss and cellist Alan Black.

photo of two boys playing saxophone at the Brickhouse with a pirate statue in the background

New Music Davidson

Tuesday, May 5  •  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.

photo of three students singing at Vespers

Farewell to Seniors

Saturday, May 16  •  7:15 p.m.
Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center

Join the Davidson College Chorale in joyous celebration of the Class of 2015 on the eve of their graduation! This special performance in the Davidson College Presbyterian Church will present a beautiful sampling of this season's repertoire, as well as offering performances of repertoire selected by the seniors of the group.
Free and open to the public.

sculptural work by Dani Steely '15, green box with compartments fileld with shellls with fabric bag hanging to the left of the box

RISING SENIOR ART MAJORS

May 28-July 30
Having early exposure to what is involved in preparing for an exhibition, rising senior art majors experience first-hand the many steps required in showing their work. Come see a sneak peak of next year's Senior Studio Art Major Shows.
Smith Gallery

headless figures in bronze by sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz

COLLECTED: WORKS FROM ALUMNI ART COLLECTIONS

June 5-August 30
Opening Reception: In conjunction with Reunion Weekend, June 5-7
Summer hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Van Every Gallery

PAST EVENTS 2014-15

Young Chamber Musicians Competition Concert

89.9 FM WDAV Classical Public Radio had an evening of great performances and bright futures. The Young Chamber Musicians Competition powered by OrthoCarolina featured performances by exceptionally talented young chamber ensembles. Four aspiring ensembles competed to win their share of $4,500 in cash prizes.

Joan Lipkin "Let's Talk About Sex, Baby!"

Bacca Foundation Visiting Scholar and Artist Program

Playwright and director Joan Lipkin engaged Davidson College students in an original theater performance that looked at the issues of sexuality facing college students today. Devised over the course of a week, the performance began with the shooting of an original music video. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Re/Presenting HIV/AIDS.

KEIGWIN+COMPANY

Artist Website
Bringing a refreshing vision of dance that embodies a theatrical sensibility of wit, style and heart, Keigwin+Company engaged the audience instantly with costuming, staging and eye-absorbing movement. Dancers appeared weightless and their movement invoked a sense of humor.

BLAIR MCMILLEN

Blair McMillen has established himself as one of the most versatile and sought-after pianists today. The New York Times has described him as "riveting," "prodigiously accomplished and exciting," and as one of the piano's "brilliant stars."

Re/Presenting HIV/AIDS

Re/Presenting HIV/AIDS, co-curated by Ann Fox, Dave Wessner, Lia Newman and Rosemary Gardner, featured works of art examining the visual representations of HIV/AIDS from science and art perspectives. The exhibition featured 12 artists and a variety of media. Please visit Davidson College Art Galleries for a complete list of related events.

Merle Collins

Growing up in Grenada and using the country as a backdrop for her writing, Collins often tells stories of racial, political, cultural and societal concerns. Currently a professor at the University of Maryland, she is the author of three novels, Angel, The Colour of Forgetting and the forthcoming Invisible Streams as well as a collection of short stories and three collections of poetry.

Marjane Satrapi

Reynolds Lecture

Born in Iran, studied in Paris, Vienna and Strasbourg, Satrapi took the book and film world by storm with her autobiographical graphic novel, Persepolis. The book, having been named to the "100 Best Books of the Decade," has been translated into more than 40 languages while the film has received over 15 major international awards, including two Cesar Awards-the French version of the Oscars.

Davidson College Chorale: A Jubilant Song

Davidson's premier vocal ensemble, hear blend, balance, tuning and phrasing like you never heard before! Within the luminous acoustics of the Davidson College Presbyterian Church, the Chorale's first performance of the season, A Jubilant Song, delighted and impressed.

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

Written by Oliver Goldsmith  •  Directed by Mark Sutch

One of the great comedies of the English language, She Stoops to Conquer is a playful romp of extremes, poking hilarious fun at the gap between what we do in polite company and what we might do, well...otherwise. Recommended for ages 11 and up.

Reading & Recital: Nina Simone & The Civil Rights Movement

Edward Armfield Professor of English Brenda Flanagan and nationally renowned jazz singer Toni Tupponce presented a Nina Simone reading and recital. Flanagan read from her upcoming book, Mississippi God Damn, on the year–1967–in which she worked with the international singer Nina Simone. Tupponce, backed by pianist Lovell Bradford, accompanied the reading with songs by Nina Simone that are related to that pivotal year in the history of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

STEP AFRIKA!

Artist Website
The stepping tradition in the United States grew out of song and dance rituals practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, beginning in the early 1900s. The form is also spreading its wings to new venues and participants, such as Latino and Asian American Greek-letter organizations.

Davidson Trio

The trio, Ben Geller on viola, Alan Black on cello and Joseph Meyer on violin, presented a vibrant program of chamber music including works by Dohnányi, Mozart and Winthrop University's Mark Lewis.

DCSO: Ablaze

Sparks flew as winners of the 2014 Concerto Competition lit up the Hall.

The Prophet

Written by Hassan Abdulrazzak • Directed by Samer Al-Saber

The Prophet presented a thrilling snapshot of private life in Cairo during the 2011 popular uprising. With political turmoil as a backdrop, a writer and his wife wade through guilt while their long-hidden secrets threaten to emerge and tear them apart.

Jazz Combo Fall Concert

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

eighth blackbird Presents Electrically Charged

Artist Website

Three-time Grammy-winning contemporary music sextet eighth blackbird has been entertaining and provoking audiences across the country and around the world. This Chicago-based group brought their production Electrically Charged to Davidson and put a twist on the idea of music played by classical instruments. This exciting recital program showcased the newest technologies in the service of music-making.

Choral Arts Society: Handel's The Messiah

Davidson College Choirs, the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and guest soloists joined together to perform a perennial favorite!
A great way to usher in a season of joy and thanksgiving as we presented Handel's complete masterpiece.

Davidson Holiday Gala

Don't miss the Davidson College Choirs, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and friends as they rang 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 that involved 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 was just the thing to get you and your family into the holiday spirit.

Vespers

This special Christmas Vespers service in the Davidson College Presbyterian Church featured prelude music from the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and numerous selections from the Davidson College Chorale and Brass Ensemble throughout the service.

JAUME PLENSA

MCGAW ARTIST LECTURE

This exhibition–Plensa's first comprehensive exhibition in North Carolina–featured works on paper as well as sculptural works in bronze and steel.

The Second City Hits Home

Artist Website

Returning for their third time, The Second City gets Davidson in on the laughter as it takes on all the news that's fit to twist in town and on campus. The biggest headlines! The hot-button issues! And it's all served up with a side of that famous Chicago-style improv.

Davidson Reads: Gwendolyn Heasley and Rebecca Joubin

Gwendolyn Heasley '05 is the author of three young adult novels and a digital novella, The Art of Goodbye. Rebecca Joubin is currently the Partin Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies. Her current book, The Politics of Love: Sexuality, Gender, and Marriage in Syrian Television Drama, tells of musalsalat-Arab television dramas or soap operas.

Davidson College Jazz Ensemble featuring Tim Gordon, saxophone

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

The Clothesline Muse

Artist Website

A multi-discipline theater project that explores the clothesline as a metaphor of our community lifeline and its ties to our environment. With dance, percussive music, spoken word, interview text, video and interactive art, this performance honored our ancestors by transforming the task of washing clothes by hand into beautiful imagery, dance and song.

Deborah Pae & Dana Protopopescu

Cellist Deborah Pae is captivating audiences on world stages as a seasoned soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She collaborated with international concert pianist and recording artist Dana Protopopescu.

Jacqueline Osherow

A Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Utah, Osherow is the author of six books of poetry, Whitethorn being her most recent. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals: The New Yorker, The New Republic, Best American Poetry and Norton Anthology of Jewish-American Literature to name a few.

William Fried, piano

Immersive audio environments for piano, percussion and electronics, with Davidson Artist Associate in Piano William Fried joined by percussionist and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Professor of Music Scott Deal. The program features Four Thousand Holes by 2014 Pulitzer laureate John Luther Adams, as well as music by Scott Deal, Elainie Lillios and Tristan Murail.

An Evening of Jazz Songs

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

What You Will

We made department history with the bold step of commissioning and producing a new play. Inspired by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, What You Will takes place in 2015 during a documentary film shoot. A romantic comedy pushing the bounds of identity, culture and love.

Bill Lawing, trumpet, Tara Keith, percussion & John Sadak, clarinet

A special event that highlighted J. Estes Millner Professor of Music Bill Lawing on trumpet, adjunct instructor John Sadak on clarinet and Associate Professor Tara Villa Keith on percussion for an afternoon of chamber music unlike anything you've heard before!

Broadway's Next H!t Musical

Artist Website

The hysterical Broadway's Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter.

Project 35

Organized by Independent Curators International, Project 35 highlights the work of 35 international video artists and filmmakers selected by 35 international curators.

Kymia Nawabi: Lodestar

Nawabi's recent works are inspired by her research on alchemy, Greek & Egyptian mythology and religions from around the world.

Ali Selim

McGee Distinguished Professor of Film

Described as a poet, a romantic, a hippie and a rebel, Ali Selim, will talk about how learning to break the rules, voice his opinion, and exceed expectations (rather than manage them) leads to a successful career as a filmmaker. His commercial work has won the Cannes Gold Lion and his series works include In Treatment and Gracepoint.

Live Thursdays: Sing with the Jazz Ensemble

Student singers take the stage backed by the Jazz Ensemble in this annual crowd-favorite performance!

 Jewish Symposium and Festival

In advance of its production of Fiddler On the Roof, the Davidson College Theatre Department, in collaboration with other campus and community organizations, hosted a series of multifaceted events and lectures spotlighting the joy and resiliency of Judaism in America.

Fiddler on the Roof

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

Stuart Dybek

R. Windley Hall and Charles E. Lloyd Awards in Writing

Having written two collections of poetry and five books of fiction, Dybek's The Coast of Chicago was selected as a "New York Times Notable Book." His awards include a PEN/Malamud Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, a MacArthur fellowship and an O. Henry Award.

Smokey's Farmland Band

Based in Atlanta, Smokey's Farmland Band blends musical influences ranging from bluegrass to gypsy jazz to Cajun, creating a progressive sound they like to call "Goodtime Eclectic Bluegrass."

CORT SAVAGE: INTERIORITIES: A DECADE OF INEVITABLE FORMS

A solo exhibition of sculptural works.

Tony Earley

Tony Earley is the author of the novels Jim the Boy and The Blue Star. His fiction has earned a National Magazine Award and appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's and Best American Short Stories. Earley was chosen for both The New Yorker's inaugural best "20 Under 40" list of fiction writers and Granta's "20 Best Young American Novelists."

Davidson College Chorale: Chiaroscuro

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.

Jazz Residency Concert featuring Aubrey Logan, trombone

Breaking traditional genre barriers by combining jazz vocals with R&B, neo-soul pop and a touch of rock, Aubrey Logan performs as a vocalist, horn player and educator. The award-winning trombonist joined the Jazz Ensemble for their April residency.

Marinus Ensemble

Distinguished by their engaging programs and youthful passion for great music, the Marinus Ensemble brought a program of piano trios to Davidson. Violinist Hye-Jin Kim, cellist Joseph Kuipers and pianist Ellen Hwangbo took the audience from the brilliance of Mendelssohn, to Piazzolla's sensuality and finally to the subtlety of Ravel.

SENIOR STUDENT ART MAJORS

March 12-May 1

Davidson's senior art majors-see listing below-presented their works during individual shows. Watch this video for an inside look at two recent art major graduates putting together their senior shows.

  • Kayli Rideout '15; On View: March 12-21
  • Vera Shulman '15; On View: March 24-April 2
  • Stewy Robertson ‘15; On View: April 10-19

One Act Series I

A double bill of one act plays presented by students from the Directing II class. (photo from Spring 2014 One Act Series I production)

Flame & Glory

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