• There is a transcendent thread in Barnaby Bright's  lyrics, melodies, and progressions that has an intangible but visceral timelessness and truth.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS 2015-16

Barnaby Bright press photo of Rebecca and Nathan Bliss

Barnaby Bright

Sunday, Sept. 13  •  TTH  •  Tickets

Since the release of their first album, Wake the Hero, Barnaby Bright has garnered high accolades for their songwriting and sound. Grand prize winners of the NY Song Circle competition, their follow-up EP, Gravity, was named one of the top 100 records of the year by Amazon. They continue touring in support of their most recent album, The Longest Day, gracing such notable venues as Lincoln Center, NPR's "Mountain Stage," and with artists The Lumineers and Norah Jones. Get a sample of Barnaby Bright's sound by watching their video for "Old Coats."

two boys playing stand up bass at Concert on the Green

Concert on the Green

Sunday, Sept. 20  •  6 p.m.  •  Davidson Town Green

Relax during this entertaining annual event and join the orchestra on the Davidson town green for a sneak peak of our season opening concert. Bring blankets, pack a picnic, and tap your toes while mingling with fellow concert-goers.

Tara Villa Keith conducting DCSO

Symphony Orchestra Season Opener

Thursday, Oct. 1  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH

The 2015-16 season opens with Chabrier's Marche Joyeuse and Kalinnikov's Symphony No.1. If you've never heard of Kalinnikov, imagine a powerful combination of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Chorale singing in DCPC

Chorale Family Weekend Concert

Friday, Oct. 23  •  5 p.m.  •  DCPC

The Chorale's first concert of the year for family and friends in this beautiful and resonant sanctuary. The Chorale's sound has been described as "ethereal, sensitive, and powerful," their repertoire "bold and challenging," and their performance "confident, artistic, and enjoyable." Come experience for yourself.

photos of David Gilliand and Tadeu Coelho

Tadeu Coelho, flute & David Gilliland, piano

Sunday, Oct. 25  •  TTH  •  Tickets

Internationally regarded flutist Tadeu Coelho will be joined by artist associate in accompanying David Gilliland for Bach's Chaconne, Franck's Sonata in A Major, and Prokofiev's Sonata in D Major. Coelho, a member of the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, is a champion of new music, a prolific recording artist, and leader of regional and national flute societies.

Chorale singing with close-up of girl and boy singing

Chorale Fall Concert

Friday, Oct. 30  •  7 p.m.  •  DFPH

Davidson's premier choral ensemble performs their fall concert-for the first time ever in Duke Family Performance Hall-singing challenging repertoire on the themes of life, hope, heartache, joy, and love. Enjoy exquisite a cappella and accompanied choral music sung by Davidson's elite Chorale in the campus's own beautiful concert hall.

photo of girl singing in choir with purple lighting

Rachmaninoff Vespers

Monday, Nov. 2  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" is celebrating its 100th anniversary of the writing and premiere of the timeless "Vespers," a work that has been described as his finest achievement and called the "greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church," the Davidson College Choral Arts Society joins with Davidson Singers to perform the hour-long masterpiece sung in its original Church Slavonic.

ballerina in front of orchestra at the 2014 Holiday Gala

Holiday Gala

Monday, Nov. 30  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets
Tuesday, Dec. 1  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

Usher in your season of holiday cheer with festive music, dance, theatre, and art all in one exciting and family-friendly show featuring the finest talent Davidson has to offer. Showcasing the college choirs, symphony orchestra, jazz band, along with community ensembles: Davidson Community Players, Dance Davidson, and Young Voices of the Carolinas. Don't miss what many people in the surrounding communities are calling their "new holiday tradition."

Chorale singing in DCPC

Christmas Vespers

Sunday, Dec. 6  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DCPC

Join the Davidson community for our annual Lessons & Carols Christmas Vespers service featuring music from the Davidson College Chorale and Brass Ensemble. Prelude music by the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra.

Gilliam conducting singers in background

Messiah Sing-Along

Tuesday, Dec. 8  •  7 p.m.  •  DFPH

All are invited to join the Davidson College Choirs in their one-night-only sing through of the Christmas portion (plus a few extras) of Handel's Messiah! Joined by an orchestral chamber ensemble, student soloists, and guests, enjoy with us this evening of jubilant choral revelry. Bring your own score; we'll have a few to share.

Sheila Kay Adams holding a banjo outside a log cabin

Sheila Kay Adams

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

To launch the Old Time Music Series, Davidson gladly welcomes back NEA Heritage Award Winner Sheila Kay Adams to campus to share traditional folklore. Adams is a seventh generation ballad singer from Sodom in Madison County, a region highly regarded for its old time Appalachian roots. In addition to ballad singing, Adams's performance will feature her accomplished claw-hammer banjo playing and famously hilarious storytelling.

Sparky and Rhonda Tucker holding musical instruments while sitting on a porch

Sparky & Rhonda Rucker

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH  •  Tickets

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform throughout the U.S. as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. Sparky Rucker has been performing over forty years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author. He accompanies himself with finger-style picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo, and spoons. Rhonda Rucker is a musician, children's author, storyteller, and songwriter. Her blues-style harmonica, piano, old-time banjo, and bones add musical versatility to their performances. The duo has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion.

close-up photo of a saxophone

Carolina Sax & Barbecue

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016  •  3 p.m.  •  TTH  •  Tickets

Featuring top musicians Tim Gordon, Jeff Tippett, Doug Henry, and Phil Thompson, Carolina Sax & Barbecue offers a diverse blend in the saxophone tradition containing modern elements of harmony and rhythm with a strong jazz influence. Their repertoire includes works by Mike Mower, Russell Peck, Phil Woods and Bob Mintzer.

Wayne Henderson playing a guitar

Wayne Henderson

Thursday, Feb, 18, 2016  •  7:30 p.m.  •  TTH  •  Tickets

Guitarist Wayne Henderson is widely recognized as an exceedingly talented musician and expert luthier. Henderson has brought his finger-picking style of guitar playing from his shop in Virginia to the stage at Carnegie Hall, and has also won a NEA Heritage Award for his guitar making. Only producing about twenty instruments a year, the 10+ year waiting list for Henderson's instruments have included the likes of Eric Clapton and Doc Watson, among many others.

picture of Jonathan Andrew Govias

Winter Concert

Tuesday, Feb. 23  •  7:30 p.m  •  DFPH

Featuring guest conductor Jonathan Andrew Govias, assistant professor and director of orchestras at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

close-up of Steinway & Sons piano

Davidson Trio

Sunday, March 13, 2016 • 3 p.m.  •  TTH  •  Tickets

The Davidson Trio returns for its annual Concert Series performance with artist associate in violin Joseph Meyer, artist associate in cello Alan Black and guest pianist Dana Protopopescu for an afternoon of chamber music including Mozart's Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Enescu's Serenade lointaine and Tchaikovsky's challenging and rewarding Piano Trio in A Minor.

press photo of David Holt & the Lightening Bolts

David Holt & The Lightning Bolts

April 12, 2016  •  8 p.m.  DFPH  •  Tickets

David Holt & The Lightning Bolts enlivens old-time music with a newtime jolt. The wide diversity of ages, styles, and dynamic personalities gives the spark that keeps their music fresh, fun, and fired up. At the heart of the group, four-time Grammy Award-winner, host of "Folkways" on PBS, radio host, recording artist and multi-instrumentalist David Holt has lead the charge to preserve, promote and perform traditional Appalachian music for the past three decades. Sample a few songs on Amazon.

WDAV - girl looking out from behind a violin

WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition

Sunday, May 1, 2016  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

Classical Public Radio 89.9 FM WDAV, with the generous support of OrthoCarolina, presents the Young Chamber Musicians Competition for musicians ages 14-24. Aspiring young chamber ensembles are invited to compete for a chance to win their share of $10,000 in cash prizes.