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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; DCPC = Davidson College Presbyterian Church; DFPH = Duke Family Performance Hall; TTH = Tyler-Tallman Hall

Upcoming Events 2017-18

Painting of traditional south Indian musicians

An Evening of Carnatic Music from Southern India: Mallika Vadlamani

Thursday, September 14, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.TTH

Come experience this unique performance by adjunct instructor Mallika Vadlamani in the traditional south Indian format of Carnatic music that will include a variety of compositions by some of the major composers in this tradition.

Free and open to the public.

Jazz concert on the Green

Fall Concert on the Green: Davidson College Jazz Ensemble

Sunday, September 17, 2017 • 6 p.m. Davidson Town Green

Come and enjoy an afternoon on the Davidson Town Green as the Jazz Ensemble kicks off their 2017-18 season.

Free and open to the public.

Concert outside the Davidson Library

Fall Concert on the Green: Davidson College Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, September 17, 2017 • 6 p.m.Davidson Town Green

Join the orchestra on the Davidson town green as they kick off the season with some movie music, Gershwin, and more.

Free and open to the public.

Prizewinning organist Dongho Lee

An Evening of Music for Organ and Strings: Dongho Lee, organ, Nicholas Kitchen, violin, and Yeesun Kim, cello

Monday, September 18, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • DCPC

Prizewinning organist Dongho Lee joins with Nicholas Kitchen and Yeesun Kim—members of the acclaimed Borromeo Quartet, currently Quartet-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory of Music—for a concert of music for organ and strings. The program includes works by Max Bruch and Tomaso Vitali, and features Josef Rheinberger's exquisite Suite for Organ, Violin and Cello, op. 149.

Free and open to the public.

The Trio Time for Three

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series host Time for Three

Saturday, September 23, 2017 • 8 p.m. • DFPH Tickets

As part of the C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series, the DCSO joins forces with the exuberant string trio Time for Three. Known for their virtuosic crossover abilities, Time for Three blends an array of styles ranging from classical to jazz to bluegrass to funk. This performance is sure to captivate audiences of all ages and musical inclinations.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Artist Associate in Piano Cynthia Lawing

Faculty Recital: Cynthia Lawing, piano

Sunday, September 24, 2017 • 3 p.m. • TTH

Join artist associate in piano Cynthia Lawing as she performs a fabulous program of works for solo piano.

Free and open to the public.

Davidson College Chorale Singers

Family Weekend Concert: Davidson College Chorale and Davidson Singers

Friday, October 20, 2017 • 5 p.m. DCPC

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

Free and open to the public.

DCSO Orchestra playing during Family Weekend

Family Weekend Concert: Davidson College Symphony Orchestra

Friday, October 20, 2017 • 7 p.m. • ACU

The DCSO presents highlights from the season in an intimate, up-close setting, including Gershwin's An American in Paris.

Free and open to the public.

Jazz Ensemble Performing During Family Weekend

Family Weekend Concert: Davidson College Jazz Ensemble

Friday, October 20, 2017 • 9 p.m. • TTH

Join the DavidsonCollege Jazz Ensemble as they perform highlights of their season during Davidson College's Family Weekend celebrations.

Free and open to the public.

Guitar

An Evening with the Classical Guitar: James Easteppe, guitar

Thursday, October 26, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH

Join our adjunct instructor of guitar, James Easteppe, as he takes you through an exciting concert of various repertoire for classical guitar.

Free and open to the public.

Choral Arts Singers

Choral Arts Society Fall Concert: Funda nos in pace

Sunday, October 29, 2017 • 3 p.m. • DCPC Tickets

Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson) by Franz Joseph Haydn and Ave Maris Stella by Cecilia McDowall

Join the Choral Arts Society of Davidson for the kickoff of our 10th anniversary season. Funda nos in pace, or, 'establish us in peace,' features what some call Haydn's greatest single composition, known as the Lord Nelson Mass or Mass for Troubled Times. Also featured is British composer Cecilia McDowall's mystical peace anthem, Ave Maris Stella, a work originally intended for Armistice Day performed in the shadow of the 9/11-events. Accompanied by Davidson's own Pro Arte chamber orchestra and professional soloists, the singers hope that this concert will be a soothing moment during troubled times for listeners, and as the concert intends, help to establish them in peace.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra with conductor

An Orchestral Journey

Thursday, November 2, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • DFPH

Join the DCSO on an orchestral journey of time and place, featuring the winners of the annual Concerto Competition, Sibelius's Karelia Overture, Ravel's Une Barque sur l'océan, and Silvestri's suite from Back to the Future.

Free and open to the public.

Chorale Fall Concert Singers

Davidson College Chorale Fall Concert

Friday, November 3, 2017 • 7 p.m. • DFPH

The Davidson College Chorale and Davidson Singers bring beautiful music to the Duke Family Performance Hall. The program includes fresh and fun offerings to start the weekend off right!

Free and open to the public.

The Magic Flute Dragon

Davidson College Opera presents The Magic Flute

Friday, November 17, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH • Tickets
Saturday, November 18, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH Tickets

Join the Davidson College Music Department in a night of love, magic, ludicrousness, and opera as they present Mozart's The Magic Flute. The Opera Workshop this fall will bring Mozart's beloved opera to life in the beautiful Tyler-Tallman recital hall. Directed by Carey Kugler and produced by artist associate in voice Jacquelyn Culpepper, this production of the operatic classic is sure to thrill audiences musically with impressive displays of vocal technique and mastery of harmony.

Admission is free, but tickets are required.

Holiday Gala Performance

Davidson Holiday Gala

Monday, November 27, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.DFPH Tickets
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.DFPH Tickets

Performed for consistently sold-out houses, our annual Holiday Gala is a surefire way for your family and friends to usher in the true spirit of the season. Join the Davidson College Music Department–choirs, orchestra, jazz band, soloists–with special community guests, Dance Davidson and others, as we celebrate the sights and sounds of time-honored holiday traditions. Don't miss what our community members have said is "as good a holiday show as one could see in NYC!" Tickets sell out fast, get them while they last!

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Jazz Combo performing on stage

Jazz Combo Fall Concert

Thursday, November 30, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH

Under the direction of accomplished saxophonist Tim Gordon, the popular Davidson College Jazz Combo presents an enthralling evening of small group jazz literature and improvisation.

Free and open to the public.

Singing vespers in the DCPC chapel

Vespers: A Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 3, 2017 • 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.

Free and open to the public.

Sing-a-long in DCPC

Messiah Sing-a-long

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 • 7 p.m. • DCPC Tickets

In keeping with a time-honored masterwork and a revered tradition, bring your own score (we'll have a few to share!) and join the Davidson College Choirs, family, friends, and community members from Statesville to Charlotte to sing the choruses and hear the solos sung from the most popular portions of Handel's Messiah. Joined by the exquisite North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, our sing-through of this beloved oratorio will take place in the beautiful and resonant sanctuary of Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Whether Messiah is a well-known favorite you wish to sing, or whether you prefer to simply listen and absorb, you will be inspired and invigorated as hundreds of singers and instrumentalists raise their voices to perform this cherished musical tradition.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Harry Pickens at the piano

Harry Pickens Solo Piano Concert

Thursday, January 25, 20187:30 p.m. TTH Tickets

As part of his three day residency, please join Davidson College alumnus Harry Pickens for an evening of solo works for piano.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Harry Pickens playing piano

Jazz Ensemble Residency Concert, featuring Harry Pickens, piano

Friday, January 26, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • DFPH • Tickets

Davidson College alumnus Harry Pickens returns for an intense three-day residency with the Jazz Ensemble. In addition to the concert, he will hold numerous workshops with the students and give a solo performance.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Musicians Paul Brown and Terri McMurray

Paul Brown and Terri McMurray

Thursday, February 1, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.TTH Tickets

Paul Brown has combined his love of traditional music and broadcasting through most of his life. A longtime voice of Morning Edition, he returned to Winston-Salem several years ago to produce the highly successful traditional music broadcast and podcast, Across the Blue Ridge. He is a musician of the highest level, as a prize-winning banjo picker, fiddle player, singer, and storyteller. His wife, Terri McMurray, is a virtuoso clawhammer banjoist most noted for her membership in the Old Hollow String Band and her frequent duo performances with Paul.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Davidson Artist Associate in Piano William Fried

Le Sacre: Will Fried, piano and Tomoko Deguchi, piano

Sunday, February 18, 2018 • 3 p.m. • TTH

A two piano collaboration between Davidson Artist Associate in Piano William Fried and Winthrop University Associate Professor of Music Tomoko Deguchi. This performance will feature Stravinsky's iconic Rite of Spring arranged for two pianos, as well as music by John Adams and Charlotte area composer Ron Parks.

Free and open to the public.

Grammy winner Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons

Thursday, February 22, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH Tickets

Grammy winner Dom Flemons was one of the three co-founders of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum, and quills, in addition to singing. His knowledge of African-American contributions to traditional music are at the core of his entertaining and enlightening performances.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Davidson alumna Caitlin Mohr, class of 2010

Love's Fortune and Folly

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • DPFH

Davidson alumna Caitlin Mohr, class of 2010, returns to enrapture audiences with a vibrant selection of vocal favorites and more. Mohr's versatile and expressive voice, combined with her magnetic personality, is guaranteed to enchant one and all.

Free and open to the public.

Gifted Pianist David Gilliland

An afternoon of Irish fiddle and piano: Jon Singleton, fiddle and David Gilliland, piano

Sunday, March 11, 2018 • 3 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.

Free and open to the public.

Jazz singer on stage

Sing with the Jazz Ensemble Live Thursday Singers

Thursday, March 15, 2018 • 10 p.m. • DFPH 

Winners of the 2018 "Sing with the Jazz Ensemble Competition" take center stage at Live Thursday, backed by the big band ensemble in this annual crowd-favorite performance.

Free and open to the public.

U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Hanneke Cassel

Hanneke Cassel

Thursday, March 22, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH • Tickets

Hanneke Cassel became the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion while still in high school. Her style fuses influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island with Americana grooves and musical innovations, creating a wonderful blend of contemporary and traditional music that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition. She will be appearing with her celebrated musical colleague, cellist Mike Block.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Chorale Spring Concert Singers

Davidson College Chorale Spring Concert

Friday, April 6, 2018 5 p.m. DCPC

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

Free and open to the public.

concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Joseph Meyer

Bach and Beyond Part II: Joseph Meyer, violin

Sunday, April 8, 2018 • 3 p.m. • TTH

Artist associate in violin and associate concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Joseph Meyer will perform part two of his series of two recitals featuring works from Johann Sebastian Bach and more.

Free and open to the public.

Virtuoso Mandolin-player Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull

Tuesday, April 10, 20187:30 p.m. DFPH • Tickets

Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull speaks eloquently in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and continues to break new ground on the mandolin.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Latin Grammy winner Chick Corea

Chick Corea, with the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 • 8 p.m. • DFPH Tickets

Chick Corea has attained iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children's songs to chamber and symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late '60s and early '70s.

Yet Chick has never been more productive than in the 21st century, whether playing acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo or collaborating with a who's who of music. Underscoring this, he has been named Artist of the Year three times this decade in the DownBeat Readers Poll. Born in 1941 in Massachusetts, Chick remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art. As The New York Times has said, he is "a luminary, ebullient, and eternally youthful.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra Playing Violins

Bernstein Birthday Bash

Thursday, April 26, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • DFPH

Celebrate the 100th birthday of one of America's most beloved musical artists, Leonard Bernstein. In addition to charismatic works that pay homage to Bernstein's inspirations, the DCSO will perform music from Candide and West Side Story.

Free and open to the public.

Jazz concert on the Green

Spring Concert on the Green: Davidson College Jazz Ensemble

April 2018 (Date To Be Announced) • 6 p.m. • Davidson Town Green

Join the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble as they perform various repertoire from their 2017-18 season on the Davidson Town Green.

Free and open to the public.

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra on the Davidson Green

Spring Concert on the Green: Davidson College Symphony Orchestra

April 2018 (Date To Be Announced) • 6 p.m. • Davidson Town Green

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic, bring friends and family, and join the DCSO for an exciting performance on the town green.

Free and open to the public.

Jazz Combo performing on stage

Jazz Combo Spring Concert

Thursday, May 3, 2018 • 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 combo season.

Free and open to the public.

Davidson College Choirs singing

End-of-Year Choir Masterworks Performance: Jubilate Deo by Dan Forrest

Sunday, May 6, 2018 • 3 p.m. • DFPH  Tickets

Celebrating the conclusion of our 10th Anniversary season, Davidson College Choirs and the Choral Arts Society of Davidson join with professional instrumentalists from the Charlotte Symphony to perform living composer Dan Forrest's newest major work, Jubilate Deo! Forrest's composition brings to life the global aspect of the traditional Psalm 100 text, "O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands," by drawing from a wide spectrum of musical influences and setting it in different languages including Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin, Zulu, and Spanish. The result is a stunning global celebration of joy, as all the earth sings as one, "omnis terra, jubilate!"

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Jazz Ensemble Senior Soirée Performing on stage

Jazz Ensemble Senior Soirée

Friday, May 18, 2018 • 4 p.m. • Mariam Cannon Hayes Amphitheatre

Be sure to come celebrate Commencement weekend with the Jazz Ensemble's Senior Soirée. This special event will recognize and feature senior members of the ensemble.

Free and open to the public.

Farewell to Seniors Concert in DCPC

Farewell to Seniors Concert

Saturday, May 19, 2018 • 7:15 p.m. • DCPC

Join the Davidson College Chorale in joyous celebration of the Class of 2018 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.

Free and open to the public.