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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LIZ LONGLEY, SINGER/SONGWRITER

Saturday, Feb. 25  •  8 p.m.  •  TTH  •  Tickets

Liz Longley confides with you as though you're sitting on the sofa with her in a talk that's intimate and vulnerable. And now, the Berklee College of Music graduate and award-winning songwriter is set to share her confessional songs with listeners on her sophomore album coming out on Sugar Hill Records this August. While Longley's songs and vocals invite complimentary comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole and Nanci Griffith-all artists she's supported live-her latest effort spotlights a style all her own. Her voice and tone, touched with the slightest of country inflections, pours out like clean, crystalline water.

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SING WITH THE JAZZ ENSEMBLE LIVE THURSDAY

Thursday, March 16  •  10 p.m.  •  C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, ACU

Winners of the 2017 "Sing with the Jazz Ensemble Competition" take center stage at Live Thursday, backed by the big band ensemble in this annual crowd-favorite performance.

Si Kahn, left and Saro Lynch-Thomason, right

SI KAHN & SARO LYNCH-THOMASON

Tuesday, March 28  •  7:30 p.m.  •  TTH  •  Tickets

Appalachian ballad singer, folklorist, and activist Saro Lynch-Thomason joins forces with Charlotte's own folk musician, civil rights leader, and labor and community organizer Si Kahn for this special performance. Folk music has always been the music of the people, often serving as a tool of social activism. Kahn and Lynch-Thomason, who come from very different generations and backgrounds, are united by their belief that songs can change minds and lives. The duo will lift up their voices together here at Davidson.

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SPRING CHORALE CONCERT

Friday, April 7  •  6 p.m.  •  DCPC

Davidson's premier student choral ensemble performs their annual spring concert in the Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Join the Chorale-with Davidson Singers, Collegium Musicum and After Hours Vocal Jazz-as they present their beautiful and varied a cappella and accompanied choral repertoire.

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STEPHEN DRURY, PIANO

Sunday, April 9  •  3 p.m.  •  TTH  •  Tickets

Pianist and conductor Stephen Drury has performed throughout the world with a repertoire that stretches from Bach to Liszt to the music of today. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Barbican Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Cité de la Musique in Paris; and performed and recorded with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Boston Philharmonic and the Boston Pops.

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JAZZ RESIDENCY CONCERT FEATURING ANAT COHEN, CLARINET

Friday, April 21  •  8 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets
The clarinet, once the king of popular, classical and folk music, has been forgotten. In recent years, Israeli clarinet virtuoso Anat Cohen has been "bringing the clarinet to the world" ("Fresh Air") and making it relevant in today's musical landscape. Universally critically acclaimed, Anat has been labeled a "master" by the New York Times, and voted best clarinet player by Downbeat and JazzTimes. Anat will be joined by the full Jazz Ensemble for this performance.

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WDAV YOUNG CHAMBER MUSICIANS COMPETITION

Sunday, April 23  •  3 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

The nation's top young chamber ensembles compete for their share of $10,000 in prizes. Now in its fourth year, the Young Chamber Musicians Competition, created by 89.9 WDAV-Davidson College's classical public radio station-and sponsored by OrthoCarolina, is produced as a live radio broadcast. Members of the audience join in the excitement by deciding the winner of the People's Choice Award.

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THE PLANETS

Thursday, April 27  • 7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH

Prepare for an astronomical (and astrological) performance of Holst's The Planets. From the bringer of war to the mystic, hopeful, primal, and peaceful, the DCSO presents this 100-year-old music of the spheres through a unique, twenty-first century lens.

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CONCERT ON THE GREEN

Sunday in April TBD  •  6 p.m.  •  Davidson Town Green

Celebrate the end of a fantastic orchestral journey as we close our 2016-17 season on the Town Green.

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JAZZ COMBO SPRING CONCERT

Thursday, May 4  •  7:30 p.m.  •  TTH

The Davidson College Jazz Combo once again takes the stage of Tyler-Tallman Hall for an electrifying evening to close out our jazz season!

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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: A SEA SYMPHONY

Monday, May 8, 2017  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

Join the Davidson College Choirs, Pro Arte Orchestra and soloists as they perform Ralph Vaughan Williams's first symphony, known as A Sea Symphony. This powerful and majestic work from one of Britain's most beloved composers will offer moments of excitement and introspection, coupled with text from the legendary American writer Walt Whitman. This evening will take you to the high seas, alone on the beach at night, among the cascading waves and into the thoughts and hearts of explorers.

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CONDUCTOR'S CONCERT

Tuesday, May 9  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH

Celebrate the end of our 2016-17 season as student conductors take the podium and wield the baton.

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FAREWELL TO SENIORS CONCERT

Saturday, May 20  •  7:15 p.m.  •  DCPC

Join the Davidson College Chorale in joyous celebration of the Class of 2017 on the eve of their graduation! This special performance will offer a sampling of this season's repertoire as well as favorites from the graduating class.

PAST EVENTS 2016-17

EXCURSIÓN AL SUR - SOUTHERN EXCURSION

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

OVER THERE!

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

MASTER CLASS AL-ANDALUS

In collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Davidson was thrilled to offer this unique master class Al-Andalus, two connected events in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Talk & Performance by La Hora Española

A pre-concert talk about the origins of Spanish classical music during Islamic rule in Spain featured performances by La Hora Española, a wonderful soprano and piano duo from Spain who specialize in finding the true essence of Spanish Music. The duo performed Islamic, Jewish, and Christian pieces that came from the time of Al-Andalus. UNC Charlotte's David Russell and a special guest offered a brief introduction to music in Al-Andalus, and its origins and influence on classical music.

Letters from Baghdad: Ramin AlHaj, oud & Ciompi String Quartet

This performance featured the Grammy-nominated Iraqi-American oud player and composer Rahim AlHaj with the illustrious Ciompi String Quartet in a concert called "Letters from Baghdad."

JON SINGLETON, FIDDLE & DAVID GILLILAND, PIANO

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.

FAMILY WEEKEND: MUSIC

CHORALE & DAVIDSON SINGERS

The Davidson College Chorale & Davidson Singers offered the first choral concert of the season. This special performance for friends and family highlighted some of the vibrant and challenging repertoire the ensembles are performing this year.

DCSO CONCERT

The DCSO played an eclectic performance of season highlights, that featured music from our Southern Excursion concert, a preview of The Planets, and more.

JERRY KORMAN CONCERT

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

ORKHEISTHAI - TO DANCE

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

FORREST: REQUIEM FOR THE LIVING

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). Forrest joined Davidson's Choral Arts Society and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra for a powerful performance of Forrest's work Requiem for the Living.

FALL CHORALE & DAVIDSON SINGERS CONCERT

The Davidson College Chorale and Davidson Singers brought beautiful music to a new venue this fall, performing in the 900 Room for the first time. The program included fresh and fun offerings that started the weekend off right!

SCHUBERT STRING QUINTET

The Central String Quartet returned to perform the great Schubert "C Major String Quintet" with guest cellist Alan Black. The ensemble included 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.

JAZZ COMBO FALL CONCERT

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

HOLIDAY GALA

In its fourth season, the Holiday Gala continued 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!

VESPERS: A SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS

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

CAMPUS CHRISTMAS PARTY

The Davidson Singers led this year's carols at the annual Campus Christmas Party.

MESSIAH SING-ALONG

The Davidson College Choirs sang through the Christmas portion (and a few others) of Handel's Messiah. Featured were the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and professional and community soloists.

TRANSCRIPTIONS, ARRANGEMENTS & PARAPHRASES: CYNTHIA LAWING, PIANO

Join Artist Associate in Piano Cynthia Lawing as she performs a fabulous program of works for solo piano.

LAURA BOOSINGER & JOSH GOFORTH

Grammy-nominated Josh Goforth is highly regarded as an outstanding musician, acclaimed fiddler, guitar picker, mandolin player and storyteller, from Madison County, N.C. From a young age, Josh began to establish himself as a stunning instrumentalist, constantly lighting up stages with his solo performances and as a major highlight of the illustrious David Holt & The Lightning Bolts. Josh will perform with longtime collaborator Laura Boosinger, one of the most popular banjoists and singers in the N.C. folk tradition. Laura has won glowing reviews wherever she appears and is blessed with an essence of the mountains' spirit that can take you back to the good ol' days when folks used to huddle around the radio. Sing Out magazine called Josh and Laura's latest CD, Most of All, "simple, direct and as good as it gets."

USMAN SALAHUDDIN '06

Usman Salahuddin '06 returned to his alma mater as a featured soloist with the Jazz Ensemble. Usman moved to Cincinnati,Ohio, to study with renowned jazz drummer John Von Ohlen. After three years of music school in Cincinnati, Usman returned home to North Carolina. In 2014 the U.S. Embassy awarded Usman a Fulbright Arts Grant to perform with New York jazz singer Emily Braden at Jazz-A-Ouaga, an international jazz festival in Burkina Faso, Africa.

WOODWIND QUINTET

Top area wind musicians Amy Orsinger-Whitehead, flute; Dru DeVan, clarinet; Hollis Ulaky, oboe; Mary Beth Griglak, bassoon; and Bob Rydel, French horn; joined forces to present a dynamic performance of chamber works by Hoiby, Carter, Danzi, Berio and Mozart.

ERICA CICE, OBOE & DAVID GILLILAND, PIANO

Renowned oboist Erica Cice collaborated with our accomplished pianist David Gilliland and offered a rare treat to Davidson audiences. Since 2011, Erica has been the adjunct oboe professor at Davidson and is on faculty at the Performing Arts Institute summer music program in Kingston, Penn. During her time at Temple University, Erica also served as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. In 2011, she was selected as a finalist for the Fernand-Gillet International Oboe Competition and she was the only American oboist invited to participate at the Académie musicale de Villecroze, a masterclass series held in France.

BACH & BEYOND: JOSEPH MEYER, VIOLIN

Artist Associate in Violin and Associate Concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Joseph Meyer performed a recital including works from Bach, Bartók and Ysaye

CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SIDE-BY-SIDE CONCERT

After ten years, the DCSO was delighted to perform side-by-side once again with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, right here on Davidson's campus. The repertoire included uplifting and powerful audience favorites. Conducted by Christopher Warren-Green, music director of the Charlotte Symphony.

JOY OF SINGING

For the first time on the Davidson campus we gathered together the choral talent from local public and private high schools to perform their separate mini-concerts. More than 200 singers graced the stage of Davidson's Duke Family Performance Hall. The singers joined the Davidson College Choirs and closed the evening with a grand finale.

BIG RON HUNTER

Ron is called the world's happiest Bluesman. His performance gave a glimpse into the dynamic sound of the Piedmont blues, a greatly neglected movement of the blues in the twentieth century. Big Ron owns a voice that gives people chills. It's the kind of voice that carries warmth and tenderness, a voice that is unmistakably his own and embodies everything that's raw, pure and beautiful about the blues.