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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, Gallery = Van Every/Smith Galleries, Belk Visual Art Center

2018-19 Performances & Events

Singleton, Gilliland, Hill

An Afternoon of Irish Tunes: Jon Singleton, David Gilliland and Jon Hill

Sunday, March 17, 2019 • 3 p.m. • TTH

Following up last year's sold-out performance, Charlotte's own bluegrass and folk music legend Jon Singleton will perform a concert of Irish American music to celebrate the heritage of old St. Patrick. Fiddle and clawhammer banjo meet accordion, piano, mandolin, and guitar. There will be plentiful songs and brisk, bonny dance tunes that will set your feet tapping.

Free and open to the public.

Whitewater Bluegrass Co

Traditional Series: The Whitewater Bluegrass Company

Thursday, March 21, 2019 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH Tickets

An ensemble that has worked together for over thirty-five years, the Whitewater Bluegrass Company is a pure as bluegrass gets, including jokes as corny as they come. Five master musicians from Western North Carolina make up this musically and technically flawless ensemble.

For tickets, please contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135. Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Voice Recital

Voice Studio Spring Recital

Sunday, March 24, 2019 • 3 p.m. • TTH

Davidson College's voice students from the studios of Jacquelyn Culpepper, Ilana Lubitsch, and Brad Fugate take the stage in Tyler-Tallman Hall for a program of solo and collaborative works.

Free and open to the public.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Book Cover

The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and Department of Theatre Presents: The Mystery of Edwin Drood

March 29–31 and April 5–7, 2019 • Performance Times Vary • DFPH Tickets

Based on Charles Dickens's unfinished novel of the same name, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a hilarious, interactive mystery musical. In the small town of Chesterham, England, the charming Edwin Drood has been mysteriously murdered—but by whom? Dickens passed away before he revealed the culprit, but Rupert Holmes' award-winning musical allows the audience to choose which character is the murderer by putting it to a vote.

For tickets, please contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135.

Jason Ockert

Jason Ockert Reading

Thursday, April 4, 2019 • 7:30 p.m. • 900 Room

Jason Ockert is the author of Wasp Box, a novel, and two collections of short stories: Neighbors of Nothing and Rabbit Punches. Winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest, the Atlantic Monthly Fiction Contest, and the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, he was also a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Million Writers Award. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Best American Mystery Stories, Cover Stories, Ecotone, The Iowa Review, Oxford American, One Story, and McSweeney's. He received his M.F.A. from Syracuse University, and he teaches at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, and in the University of Tampa low-residency M.F.A. program.

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen

Traditional Series: Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 • 7:30 p.m. • DFPH Tickets

Monster mandolinist Frank Solivan, a major festival attraction, simmers a progressive bluegrass stew with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Highlighting their infinite instrumental, vocal, and songwriting skills, their deep understanding of the bluegrass tradition collides with jazz virtuosity to create an unforgettable and compelling performance.

For tickets, please contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135.

Chorale Spring Concert

Davidson College Chorale Spring Concert: Elemental!

Friday, April 12, 2019 • 5 p.m. • DCPC

Come hear the Davidson College Chorale in their spring concert, Elemental!-a paean to fire, water, air, and earth. Feast your ears on this choral sonic tapestry representing all the elements of the Earth. This concert promises variety and fun that will be both cool and hot. Don't miss it!

Free and open to the public.

Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny with the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble

Friday, April 12, 2019 • 8 p.m. • DFPH Tickets

Legendary jazz guitarist Pat Metheny joins the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble for an evening of awe-inspiring music. Metheny has reinvented the jazz guitar sound for generations and has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich, Herbie Hancock, to David Bowie. Over the years, Metheny has won countless polls as "Best Jazz Guitarist" and awards including three gold records for Still Life (Talking), Letter from Home, and Secret Story. He has won 20 Grammy Awards in 12 different categories and recently joined the ranks of the nation's highest honor in jazz, the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters.

For tickets, please contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135. Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

WDAV Young Chambers Musicians

Concert Series Presented by 89.9 WDAV: WDAV's Young Chamber Musicians Competition

Sunday, April 14, 2019 • 3 p.m. • DFPH Tickets

89.9 WDAV Classical Public Radio invites four of the nation's most talented young chamber ensembles to the sixth annual Young Chamber Musicians Competition, powered by OrthoCarolina.

For tickets, please contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135. Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Davidson College Opera

Davidson College Opera

Monday, April 15, 2019 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH Tickets

Join us for an evening of scenes from the great musicals and operas of yesterday and today, celebrating the work of Davidson's Voice students in this semester's Opera Workshop. Works will span a varied repertoire from Bernstein to Rodgers & Hammerstein and Donizetti to Mozart. Drama! Singing! Davidson! 

Admission is free, but tickets are required. For tickets, please contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135.

Piano Recital

Piano Studio Spring Recital

Thursday, April 18, 2019 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH

Piano students from the studios of Cynthia Lawing and Will Fried take center stage in Tyler-Tallman Hall for a program of solo and collaborative works.

Free and open to the public.

Jazz Combo

Jazz Combo Spring Concert

Thursday, April 25, 2019 • 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.

Spring Concert on the Green

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble: Concert on the Green

Sunday, April TBA • 6 p.m. • Davidson Town Green

Relax, kick back, and celebrate spring with the DCSO and Jazz Ensemble as they perform a lively mix of music on the Davidson Town Green.

Free and open to the public.

Sheet of music

New Music Davidson Spring Concert

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 • 4:30 p.m. • 900 Room

Students of Dr. Jennifer Stasack's "Introduction to Digital Composition" share their original work in a variety of musical styles combining acoustic and digital composition processes and technology.

Free and open to the public.

DCSO Student Conductors

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra Student Conductor's Concert

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 • 7:30 p.m. • DFPH

Come support your fellow Davidson College students as they take the podium and wield the baton in their first public performance as conductors of the orchestra.

Free and open to the public.

Ari Hest

Concert Series Presented by 89.9 WDAV: Ari Hest

Saturday, May 4, 2019 • 7:30 p.m. • TTH Tickets

Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and self-taught guitarist Ari Hest will be electrifying the audience in Tyler-Tallman Hall with globally inspired music and lyrics. Many of Hest's songs have appeared on TV and film such as The Path, The Lincoln Lawyer, Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill to name a few, so don't miss your chance to hear this icon in modern pop music!

For tickets, please contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135. Free for Davidson students, but tickets are required.

Flame and Fury on stage

End-of-Year Choir Masterworks Performance: Flame and Fury!

Sunday, May 5, 2019 • 7:30 p.m. • DFPH Tickets

Over 170 singers in the Davidson College Choirs and the fully professional Pro Arte Orchestra will thrill you as they unite to perform in this year's annual choral masterworks series entitled Flame and Fury! Featuring the Prologue from Boito's Mefistofele and William Walton's iconic work, Belshazzar's Feast, this collaborative musical feat is the culmination of an eventful and successful year in the Music Department and an exciting way to close out the school year with a bang!

DavidsonLearns is proudly sponsoring a pre-concert reception and a lecture by Tara Villa Keith, director of the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, at 6 p.m. in the C. Shaw Smith 900 room. To attend and for more details, please contact Amy Diamond at amysdiamond@gmail.com.

For tickets, please contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135.

Jazz emsemble senior soiree

Jazz Ensemble Senior Soirée

Friday, May 17, 2019 • 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 at DCPC

Farewell to Seniors Concert

Saturday, May 18, 2019 • 7:15 p.m. • DCPC

Join the Davidson College Chorale in joyous celebration of the Class of 2019 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.