• Jaume Plensa, artist of Waves III, part of Davidson's Campus Sculpture Program, visits campus in October for a lecture and gallery exhibition. (close-up of Nuage VI)

  • 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!


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.


photo of choir singing at 2013 Holiday Gala in DFPH

Davidson Holiday Gala

Monday & Tuesday, December 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.

photo of three students singing at Vespers


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

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

Free and open to the public.

picture of Jaume Plensa metal sculpture, Nuage VII


October 16–December 16
Van Every Gallery/Smith Galleries


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

Lecture: Thursday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., Lilly Family Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 24, 6-8 p.m. with a brief gallery talk at 6 p.m.

Free and open to the public.


89.9 WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition logo featuring the clef symbol

Young Chamber Musicians Competition Concert

Saturday, Sept. 13  •  7 p.m. • Tickets
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

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

head shot of playwright Joan Lipkin

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

Saturday, Sept. 20  •  7 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

Bacca Foundation Visiting Scholar and Artist Program

Playwright and director Joan Lipkin will engage Davidson College students in an original theater performance that will look at the issues of sexuality facing college students today. Devised over the course of a week, the performance will begin with the shooting of an original music video. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Re/Presenting HIV/AIDS. Contact Ann Fox for more info.

Free and open to the public.

photo of male and female dancers entertwined


Friday, Sept. 26  •  8 p.m.
Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center

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

photo of Blair McMillian playing with piano hammers


Sunday, Oct. 5  •  3 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

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."

photo of "I Really Don't Want You to be Afraid of Me" arwork

Re/Presenting HIV/AIDS

August 25-October 5
Van Every Gallery/Smith Galleries

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

Free and open to the public.

head shot of Merle Collins

Merle Collins

Wednesday, Oct. 15  •  6:30 p.m.
Carolina Inn

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.

Free and open to the public.

black and white head shot of Marjane Satrapi wearing a big black Russian-style hat

Marjane Satrapi

Thursday, Oct. 16  •  7 p.m.
Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center

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.

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.

graphic of dustpan and broom sweeping up jewels for She Stoops to Conquer


October 24-November 1
Duke Family Performance Hall

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.

photo of Toni Tupponce singing and head shot of Brenda Flanagan

Reading & Recital: Nina Simone & The Civil Rights Movement

Sunday, Nov. 2  •  7:30 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

Edward Armfield Professor of English Brenda Flanagan and nationally renowned jazz singer Toni Tupponce will present a Nina Simone reading and recital. Flanagan will 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, will accompany the reading with songs by Nina Simone that are related to that pivotal year in the history of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

two African-Americans stepping, a type of dancing


Tuesday, Nov. 4  •  8 p.m.
Duke Family Performance Hall • Knobloch Campus Center

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.

photo of the members of the Davidson Trio: Ben Guest, Alan Black and Joseph Meyer

Davidson Trio

Sunday, Nov. 9  •  3 p.m.
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

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

pyromania - photo of DCSO string section at rest

DCSO: Ablaze

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

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

Free and open to the public.

sketch of desceding typewriter keys into a pool of red spelling out "The Prophet"

The Prophet

November 19-23  •  The Barber Theatre
Written by Hassan Abdulrazzak • Directed by Samer Al-Saber

The Prophet presents 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. Recommended for ages 17 and up for strong language and violence.

aerial shot of Jazz Combo with Grace Kelly performance

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.

photo of the members of eighth blackbird

eighth blackbird Presents Electrically Charged

Friday, Nov. 21  •  8 p.m.
Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center

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 brings their production Electrically Charged to Davidson and puts a twist on the idea of music played by classical instruments. This exciting recital program showcases the newest technologies in the service of music-making.

aerial photo of Davidson College Symphony Orchestra performing Handel's The Messiah

Choral Arts Society: Handel's The Messiah

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

Davidson College Choirs, the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and guest soloists 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.