Music

Each season, the Davidson College Music Department presents more than 50 events in support of the academic curriculum and arts culture on campus. Performances include those by world-renowned artists as part of the Davidson College Concert Series, as well as numerous performances from our faculty-led student ensembles such as the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Choral Arts Society and Chorale. In addition, we sponsor solo and collaborative recitals by faculty and students and host guest artists to work with student musicians in workshops, masterclasses and residencies with our various departmental ensembles. All performances are free except where noted with a link to ticket information.

Key: ACU = Alvarez College Union; Davidson College Presbyterian Church = DCPC; Duke FamilyPerformance Hall = DFPH; Tyler-Tallman Hall = TTH

UPCOMING EVENTS 2016-17

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JAZZ INFORMANCE

Thursday, Aug. 25  •  7:30 p.m.  •  TTH

This special event gives an inside look at playing jazz! Davidson's jazz piano instructor Lovell Bradford will perform with top area jazz musicians to provide a peek behind-the-scenes at how jazz combos improvise and collaborate.

boy playing a trombone

CONCERT ON THE GREEN

Sunday, Sept. 18  •  6 p.m.  •  Davidson Town Green

Join the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble on the Davidson Town Green for a sneak peek at our 2016-17 season.

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WILLIAM FRIED, PIANO: DEBUSSY'S PRELUDES

Sunday, Sept. 25  •  3 p.m.  •  TTH

Composed 1909-13, the two books of Preludes are Debussy at his most imaginative, concise and compositionally daring, while the eclectic mix of subjects he references provides a unique glimpse into artistic and intellectual life of pre-war Paris. Davidson Artist Associate in Piano William Fried has received critical acclaim internationally for his interpretations of French repertoire; here he performs Preludes in their entirety.

Ernesto Lecuona at piano CBS mic

EXCURSIÓN AL SUR - SOUTHERN EXCURSION

Thursday, Sept. 29  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH

As a part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the DCSO presents a festive concert of Latin American music, featuring the works of Piazzolla, Ginastera, Moncayo, Lecuona and more. (photo of Ernesto Lecuona)

Dan Boye and Jacque Culpeper duet

OVER THERE!

Sunday, Oct. 2  •  3 p.m.  •  TTH  •  Tickets

Over There! is a musical revue honoring the 100th Centennial of World War I and serves as a tribute to the Americans who served so bravely on the battlefields. Musical selections feature two iconic American composers and showmen, George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin. Over There! features the artistry of soprano Jacquelyn Culpepper, baritone Dan Boye, accompanist DeWitt Tipton and writer/director/narrator, Francis Cullinan. Musical highlights include Alexander's "Ragtime Band," "Give my Regards to Broadway," "Over There," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and "God Bless America" Narration includes excerpts from touching letters from the battlefront, as well as comments from military personnel. From start to finish, Over There! revives the spirit of patriotism in audiences of all ages.

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JON SINGLETON, FIDDLE & DAVID GILLILAND, PIANO

Wednesday, Oct. 19  •  7:30 p.m.  •  TTH

Charlotte's own bluegrass and folk music legend Jon Singleton will take the stage to offer up some traditional Irish fiddle tunes alongside our gifted pianist David Gilliland.

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FAMILY WEEKEND

Friday, Oct. 28

CHORALE & DAVIDSON SINGERS

5 p.m.  •  DCPC

Join the Davidson College Chorale & Davidson Singers as they offer the first choral concert of the season. This special performance for friends and family will highlight some of the vibrant and challenging repertoire the ensembles will be performing this year.

DCSO CONCERT

7 p.m.  •  900 Room, ACU

Join the DCSO in an eclectic performance of season highlights, featuring music from our Southern Excursion concert, a preview of The Planets, and more.

JERRY KORMAN CONCERT

9 p.m.  •  TTH

New York-based renowned jazz pianist and Davidson parent Jerry Korman will join the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble, including his daughter, violinist and vocalist Arielle Korman '17, for this special Family Weekend performance.

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ORKHEISTHAI - TO DANCE

Wednesday, Nov. 2  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH

This concert features the winners of the 2016 annual Concerto Competition, along with a refreshing dive into the realm of orchestral dance music.

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FORREST: REQUIEM FOR THE LIVING

Sunday, Nov. 6  •  3 p.m.  •  DCPC  •  Tickets

Contemporary composer Dan Forrest's works have been hailed as "magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture" (Classical Voice), and "superb choral writing...full of spine-tingling moments" (Salt Lake Tribune). Join Davidson's Choral Arts Society and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra for a powerful performance of Forrest's work Requiem for the Living.

choir singing

FALL CHORALE & DAVIDSON SINGERS CONCERT

Friday, Nov. 11  •  7 p.m.  •  900 Room, ACU

The Davidson College Chorale and Davidson Singers bring beautiful music to a new venue this fall, performing in the 900 Room for the first time. This program will include fresh and fun offerings to start your weekend off right!

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SCHUBERT STRING QUINTET

Sunday, Nov. 13  •  3 p.m.  •  TTH  •  Tickets

The Central String Quartet returns to perform the great Schubert "C Major String Quintet" with guest cellist Alan Black. The ensemble includes Charlotte Symphony Orchestra violinists Joseph Meyer and Jenny Topilow, violist Kirsten Swanson and cellist Marlene Ballena. Join us for this breathtaking afternoon highlighted by the crown jewel of chamber music pieces.

close-up of "Night Train" sheet music

JAZZ COMBO FALL CONCERT

Thursday, Nov. 17  •  7:30 p.m.  •  TTH

Under the direction of accomplished saxophonist Tim Gordon, the popular Davidson College Jazz Combo presents a mesmerizing evening of small group jazz literature and improv.

ballerina dancing in front of DCSO

HOLIDAY GALA

Monday, Nov. 28  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets
Tuesday, Nov. 29  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

In its fourth season, the Holiday Gala continues to delight sold-out audiences. The unofficial beginning of the town's annual "Christmas in Davidson" event, the Holiday Gala brings together the college choirs, symphony orchestra and jazz band with local community talent to ring in the holiday with dancing, singing, festive lights and seasonal sounds. Get your tickets before they're gone and see for yourself why the Holiday Gala is our newest beloved holiday tradition!

choir singing at Vespers service

VESPERS: A SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS

Sunday, Dec. 4  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DCPC

An annual highlight for the Davidson College community. Davidson College Chorale and campus leaders reflect on the true meaning of the holiday season-featuring Carolina Brass, and the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Handbell ensemble.

student singers singing by candelight on Chambers stairs

CAMPUS CHRISTMAS PARTY

Monday, Dec. 5  •  9 p.m.  •  Chambers Lawn

Join the Davidson Singers as they lead this year's carols at the annual Campus Christmas Party.

Christopher Gilliam conducting a choir

MESSIAH SING-ALONG

Tuesday, Dec. 6  •  7 p.m.  •  DFPH

Capping off our seasonal offerings, join the Davidson College Choirs at the second annual Messiah Sing-Along! Bring your own score and join the festivities as we sing through the Christmas portion (and a few others) of Handel's Messiah. Featuring the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and professional and community soloists.