• Providing an irreverent look at America's electoral insanity, Free Speech features brand new political satire straight from sold out shows in Chicago and Toronto .

  • Celebrating its 45th anniversary, Ballet Hispanic's mission is to make the beauty of the arts and Latino culture accessible to all communities.

  • The Harlem Gospel Choir performs worldwide, logging in two million travel miles. Trivia fact: They paid tribute to Prince, performing "Purple Rain" on Good Morning America.

  • The universal spirit of flamenco, a multicultural art form, has the power to build bridges between cultures and inspire audiences from diverse backgrounds.

Artist Series

The C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series is proud to offer an ever-growing series of entertainment, culture and quality. The faculty and students who participate in the Union Board Artist Series Committee take great pride in selecting and presenting a series that students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community can all enjoy and experience with their friends and family members.Regardless of your tastes, we're sure you'll find many enjoyable moments throughout the season that put a smile on your face! This season features a little bit of everything, including a improv legend's take on the election season, a renowned gospel choir, the nation's leading Latino dance company, a theatrical production of a Shakespeare classic, and an evening celebrating flamenco music and dance. We hope you enjoy what the season has to offer and look forward to seeing you at each performance!

All performances take place in the Duke Family Performance Hall of the Knobloch Campus Center at 8 p.m. For ticket information, visit Union Ticket Office or call 704-894-2135. Packages for season tickets go on sale Monday, July 18. Individual tickets go on sale Thursday, Sept. 1.

UPCOMING EVENTS 2016-17

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THE SECOND CITY PRESENTS: FREE SPEECH (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)

Saturday, Sept. 24  •  Tickets

Chicago's legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returns to Davidson with this irreverent look at America's electoral insanity. This topical new show features political satire made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Keegan Michael Key, as well as brand new scenes, songs and improv straight from their sold out shows in Chicago and Toronto.

lady singing with 2 men behind her singing

HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR

Friday, Nov. 4  •  Tickets

America's premier gospel choir, the Harlem Gospel Choir, is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound, and infectious energy. The unique musical tradition of gospel music arose out of the hardships of slavery and forever changed the landscape of music. The Harlem Gospel Choir will share the rich history of gospel as it relates to African-American culture and present a night of contemporary gospel classics as performed in the churches of Harlem today. Their harmonious songs of love, hope, and inspiration aim to touch the depths of your soul, lift your spirit, and take your breath away.

Ballet Hispanico

BALLET HISPANICO

Saturday, Nov. 12  •  Tickets

Ballet Hispanico is the nation's premier Latino dance that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino culture. Their performance at Davidson will include staple works from their vast repertoire as well as a preview of the new work Línea Recta by Belgian-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, one of today's most sought-after choreographers. Línea Recta pairs the hallmark passion of flamenco dance with highly inventive and intricate partnering, performed to Spanish classical guitar.

Flamenco Vivo

FLAMENCO VIVO CARLOTA SANTANA PRESENTS: POEMA DE ANDALUCÍA

Tuesday, Jan. 31  •  Tickets 

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is the nation's premier Spanish and flamenco dance company, known for the purity of its work and the unique way in which it enriches the art of flamenco. This infectiously joyful (New York Times), brilliantly colored show is a journey through the cultures and traditions of the Andalusian provinces of Spain-the cradle of flamenco-and a fascinating look at just how varied and stylized this art form can be. In songs and dances that celebrate the richly varied traditions, festivals, and rituals of daily life in southern Spain, Flamenco Vivo transports audiences.

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AQUILA THEATRE IN WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Wednesday, March 1  •  Tickets

Mistaken identity, espionage, and deceptions take center stage in Shakespeare's famous comedy. This classic farce is a tale of matchmaking and romantic mischief. When the soldier Claudio returns from war to his fiancé Hero, the two conspire to set up the sharp-witted and belligerent Benedict and Beatrice. Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's last comedies and is considered one of his crowning masterpieces. For their 25th Anniversary season, Aquila Theatre tackles this classic romantic comedy with their signature physicality and remarkable dramatization. This festive play, full of combative wit and melodrama, will leave you rolling in the aisles. This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.