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  • Painting by Jen Ray: Untitled (Double Women)

    Jen Ray, Untitled (Double Warriors), detail, 2015, watercolor and ink on handmade paper, 51 x 120"

  • Musician Chick Corea

    22-time Grammy winner and keyboard virtuoso Chick Corea performs at Davidson College on April 17.

  • Members of the Trockadero ballet company

    Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is the world's foremost all-male comic ballet company.

  • Musician Sierra Hull

    Mandolin-player Sierra Hull continues to astonish audiences with her heartfelt vocals and groundbreaking performances.

  • Axis Dance Company performers in action

    AXIS Dance Company is the nation's most acclaimed ensemble of disabled and non-disabled performers.

  • Floor Man, Wood, by Bob Trotman

    Bob Trotman's Floorman, from the exhibit Business as Usual. 2011, Carved wood, tempera, wax, 28 x 74 x 40 in. Photo: David Ramsey

  • The Quartet Ami musicians with their instruments

    Built on strong bonds of friendship, Quartet Amí came together in 2015 and two years later won WDAV's Young Chamber Musicians Competition.

  • American trio Time for Three

    With an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship, the American trio Time for Three defies any traditional genre classification, happily and infectiously.

The Arts

The arts—performing, visual and literary—are a part of the daily educational experience at Davidson. Students, alumni and the greater Davidson family are invited to enjoy and participate in various art forms on campus throughout the year. Sculpture. Readings. Plays. Exhibitions. Chorale. It is all happening here.

As Davidson grows its focus on broad collaboration across the arts and sciences, opportunities for involvement in the arts and a transdisciplinary approach to learning will continue to develop on and off campus.

Key: 900 Room = C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union; BT = Barber Theatre, Cunningham Fine Arts Center; CI = Carolina Inn; DCPC = Davidson College Presbyterian Church, DFPH = Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center; Hance = Hance Auditorium, Chambers; Lilly = Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers; TTH = Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center

Upcoming Events 2017-18

Painting by Jen Ray: Detail of Double Women

Painting by Jen Ray: Double Women

Jen Ray: Surrounded by Wolves

On View: January 25 - March 3, 2018 • Van Every Gallery
In Surrounded by Wolves, Jen Ray explores female rebellion and the shifting nature of a woman's identity, including what it means to be a feminist in the South. Large-scale watercolor paintings and sculptural works are juxtaposed by a new large-scale installation examining the life of circus performer Pat Cuneo.

Related Event
The Galleries will host a second performance at The Mint Museum, 5th floor, with Jen Ray on February 7 at 7 p.m.

Image Credits: Jen Ray, Untitled (Double Warriors), detail, 2015, watercolor and ink on handmade paper, 51 x 120" Courtesy albertz benda, New York

Arthur Jafa: Video still from Love is The Message, The Message is Death

Arthur Jafa: Love is The Message, The Message is Death

On View: January 25 - March 3, 2018 • Smith Gallery
Shown for the first time in the Southeast, Arthur Jafa's critical video installation Love is The Message, The Message is Death, creates moving works of power and beauty using charged, found video clips, to reflect on black representation in mainstream media. Although only seven minutes in length, the video installation, set to Kanye West's stirring, gospel-inspired song "Ultralight Beam," presents glimpses into the joys and traumas of black life in the United States, which the artist sees as both beautiful and painful.

Image Credit: Arthur Jafa, video still, Love is The Message, The Message is Death, Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome

The Theatre Department presents Melancholy Play

Melancholy Play

February 21-24, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. BT Tickets
February 25, 2018 • 2 p.m. BT Tickets

By Sarah Ruhl • Directed by Matt Hunter ‘18 • Scenic Design by Aren Carpenter ‘18

Tilly's melancholy is of an exquisite quality. She turns her melancholy into a sexy thing, and every stranger she meets falls in love with her. But what happens to them when Tilly gets happy? This fantastical comedy is also the full-length production debut of director Matt Hunter '18 and scenic designer Aren Carpenter '18. Adult themes; recommended for ages 14 and up.

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.

Photograph of Martin Luther King Jr.

LA Theatre Works Presents: The Mountaintop

Friday, February 23, 2018 • 8 p.m. • DFPH Tickets

On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of The Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 the night before the killing is a mystery. In her internationally acclaimed play, The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall fantasizes what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid. LA Theatre Works has been the foremost radio theatre company in the United States for four decades and bring their unique style to this powerful drama.

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.

Jon Singleton, fiddle, Jon Hill, mandolin, and David Gilliland, piano

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 mandolinist Jon Hill and pianist David Gilliland.

Free and open to the public.

Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Painting Exhibition

Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Painting Exhibition

Opening Ceremony: March 12, 2018 • 10 a.m.
Closing Ceremony: March 15, 2018 • 11 a.m.
Location: Alvarez-Gretchen Johnston Living Room in the Knobloch Campus Center

From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Please join us for the opening ceremony (March 12 at 10 a.m.) where the monks consecrate the site of the mandala sand painting with chants, music, and mantra recitation, and the closing ceremony (March 15 at 11 a.m.) where the monks conclude their creation and sweep away the colored sand symbolizing the impermanence of all that exists, and the opportunity to participate in our own community sand painting.

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.

Profile of Jennifer Stasack

New Music Charlotte - Mark Lewis and Jennifer Stasack

Sunday, March 18, 2018 • 3 p.m. TTH • Tickets

Come celebrate two of Charlotte's finest local composers, Mark Lewis of Winthrop University and Jennifer Stasack of Davidson College, as they share some of their greatest compositional achievements. The concert will feature Alan Black, cello, Jacquelyn Culpepper, soprano, Joseph Meyer, violin, and Emily Urbanek, piano.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Rumors Main Visual


March 21-22, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • DFPH • Tickets
March 23-24, 2018 • 8 p.m. • DFPH • Tickets

March 25, 2018 · 2 p.m. DFPH Tickets
By Neil Simon • Directed by Ann Marie Costa • Scenic design by Anita J. Tripathi

At a large townhouse in a wealthy suburb, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity. Strong language; recommended for ages 16 and up.

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.

Author Photo: Bestselling Author Colson Whitehead

Reynolds Lecture: "Revisiting the Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 • 7 p.m. • DFPH • Tickets

Colson Whitehead is a New York Times bestselling author. He is the recipient of both a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Colson Whitehead's latest novel, The Underground Railroad, is the winner of both the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Sponsored by The Public Lectures Committee.

Free, but tickets are required. Limit two tickets per order.

Headshot of Clint Smith

Reading: Poetry Reading by Clint Smith

Thursday, April 5, 2018 • 7:30 p.m. • 900 Room

Clint Smith '10 is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and the National Science Foundation. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion and his writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, the New Republic, the American Poetry Review and elsewhere. He is the author of Counting Descent, which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He was born and raised in New Orleans.

Free and open to the public.

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, Corea 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 Corea 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, Corea 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."

Members of Quartet Amí Past Winners of the Young Chamber Musicians Competition

WDAV's Young Chamber Musicians Competition Past Winner's Concert

Saturday, April 21, 2018 • 8 p.m. • TTH • Tickets

Winners of WDAV's 2017 Young Chamber Musicians Competition, Quartet Amí, all studied at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Miki Nagahara, violin, Natalie Lee, violin, Gabriel Napoli, viola, and Geirthrudur Anna Gudmundsdottir, cello, came together in the September 2015 and worked extensively as a chamber ensemble during their time at Northwestern, coached by members of the Vermeer Quartet and the Dover Quartet.

Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Musicians competing in the Young Chamber Musicians Competition

WDAV's Young Chamber Musicians Competition

Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 3 p.m. • DFPH • Tickets

89.9 WDAV Classical Public Radio brings in four of the nation's most talented young chamber ensembles for the fifth annual WDAV's Young Chamber Musicians Competition, powered by OrthoCarolina. Ensembles will compete for a chance to win their share of a cash prize, a studio recording session, and a paid performance during the 2018-19 Davidson College Concert Series.

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.