• All arrangements for cello and piano are made with O'Riley's signature passion and realized with Haimovitz's uncompromising artistic depth. (© Steph Mackinnon)

  • From the South Western Townships (an acronym of which forms its name) of Johannesburg, Soweto Gospel Choir has entertained and inspired since 2002.

  • "Curran approaches dance making with the sharp intelligence of a conceptualist and the raw physicality of an athlete." - The Boston Globe (© Julieta Cervantes)

  • One hundred and twenty five years after his debut, Sherlock Holmes remains the definitive and most famous detective in world literature.

  • Koresh Dance Company performs critically acclaimed works at its biannual Philadelphia seasons, as well as in touring performances around the country.

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 cello and piano duet, a gospel choir, a contemporary dance company, a theater company, and a jazz dance company. 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 eason tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 31.

Please check back in August 2016 for a list of upcoming events in the 2016-17 academic year.

Past Events 2015-16

Christopher O'Riley/Matt Haimovitz: Shuffle.Play.Listen.

Grammy Award-winning cellist Matt Haimovitz and leading American pianist and host of NPR's From the Top program Christopher O'Riley joined together in a collaboration that blurred the boundaries between the classical and pop music genres. In Shuffle.Play.Listen., audiences heard a unique lineup of works from artists J.S. Bach, Bernard Hermann, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Piazzolla, and Prokofiev.

Soweto Gospel Choir

Drawing on the best talent from the many churches and communities in and around Soweto, South Africa, the two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir returned to Davidson this season. The ensemble performs in six different languages and brings audiences around the world to their feet with the joy and power of authentic African gospel music and dynamic renditions of western spirituals.

Koresh Dance Company presents Mezze

Koresh Dance Company was founded in Philadelphia in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Roni Koresh, and is widely recognized for its superb technique and emotionally-compelling appeal. Mezze, meaning "many flavors in the Middle East," is a dynamic program-lyrical, dreamlike, and simply human that includes music from the Middle East set aside classical favorites. This performance was funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.

Aquila Theatre presents The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sprung from the brilliant mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this was an exhilarating tale of mystery, suspense, and intrigue. Sherlock Holmes skillfully maneuvered through the twisted web of London's most fascinating cases that only he could solve. Presented by the acclaimed British-American touring troupe Aquila Theatre, this thrilling performance was an unforgettable ride that kept you on the edge of your seat.

Seán Curran Company

Called a "breathtaking tour de force" by the New York Times, the Seán Curran Company is known for its wit, intelligence, ingenuity and uncanny physical humor. Artistic Director Seán Curran, who serves as the chair of the department of dance at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, successfully blends a myriad of influences into a purely original style of dance.