HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 2, 2015 – High Point University invites the campus and surrounding community to a full lineup of cultural events for the spring. Throughout the semester, a variety of art, music and theater performances, as well as special speakers will visit campus.
Some of the spring events are part of the Faculty Cultural Enrichment Grant Series and are identified with an asterisk. The grant series assists HPU faculty in planning vibrant, intellectually stimulating cultural events that feature nationally renowned academics, artists and performers. The grants support programming in all academic disciplines and help introduce students to thought-provoking ideas in art, literature, science, philosophy and business. The theme this year is “Year of the Arts.”
All of the following events are open to the public. Some events require tickets as noted below. For more information, visit www.highpoint.edu/community/events.
- Elemental Emulsions: Mariyah Sultan Paintings, to be held Jan. 12 through March 5 in the Sechrest Art Gallery of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Mariyah Sultan, presently showing in galleries in New York and Miami’s Wynwood Art District, is an emerging artistic force to be reckoned with. Sultan’s connection to the New York School of Abstract Expressionists and the Cobra Movement pushes the envelope of immediate expression with a fresh, durable interpretation of the urban landscape, life’s ever-changing atmospheric conditions, and the intricacies of being a woman in a complex society. With unabashed freedom, Sultan incorporates brilliant splashes of rich color, flat planes, the subtle variance of textured grays, small elegant childlike lines that read as a language, a forceful linear structure, and the beauty of the female anatomy as the elemental potency of her paintings and drawings. This exhibition will explore her most recent large-scale paintings and murals. She has won several awards and is a two-time winner of the best of The Art Students League of New York. Sultan’s work is collected internationally, and she currently resides in North Carolina, where she has her studio.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Service: Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, to be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 19 in the Hayworth Chapel Sanctuary. This annual service of worship celebrates the life and word of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while featuring noteworthy clergy and scholars from across the country and offering messages of hope, inspiration and peace. The Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock is the senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, spiritual home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Warnock graduated from Morehouse College and holds a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
- HPU Chamber Music Series: Tubas In The Sun, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 in the Hayworth Chapel Sanctuary. Tubas In The Sun is a fun-loving tuba/euphonium quartet composed of the leading tuba and euphonium professors and teachers in the Triad region. The ensemble has performed recitals throughout North Carolina and is excited to be included in the HPU Chamber Music Series. The repertoire includes exciting original music for tuba/euphonium quartet as well as transcriptions of classical and jazz favorites.
- *James DeWolf Perry, to be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 27 in the Extraordinaire Cinema of the R.G. Wanek Center. Perry is co-founder and founding board chair of The Tracing Center, an organization created to increase awareness of the extent of the nation’s complicity in slavery and the transatlantic slave trade and to inspire acknowledgment, dialogue and active response to this history and its many legacies. He was nominated for an Emmy as the principal historical consultant for the Tracing Center’s PBS documentary, “Traces of the Trade,” in which he also appears as a descendant of the DeWolf slave traders. Perry attended Columbia Law School, and his graduate work at Harvard University has included research into the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition.
- *Phoenix Reading Series: Lee Zacharias and Michael Gaspeny, to be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29 in Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. Lee Zacharias is the author of “Lessons,” and a book of short stories, “Helping Muriel Make It Through the Night.” She has published numerous essays, short stories and photographs and is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. In addition to writing workshops in fiction and nonfiction, she teaches courses in the structure of fiction and in the contemporary novel. She is the recipient of state and regional Modern Language Association awards for teaching excellence. Michael Gaspeny is the author of the book of poetry, “Vacation.” He won the 2012 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition and the 1998 O. Henry Festival Story Contest. His work has been published in many places, including Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz and Literature, Cave Wall, Crucible and The Greensboro Review. Gaspeny taught English and journalism for almost four decades, mainly at Bennett College and High Point University, where he received the distinguished teaching award.
- HPU Chamber Music Series: Percussion Plus, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 in the Hayworth Chapel Sanctuary. This intimate concert, featuring keyboard percussion as the common thread, weaves together works by HPU percussion and composition faculty, Dr. Nathan Daughtrey, with works of others. The mellow tones of the marimba and vibraphone will be married with the sounds of the flute, oboe, bassoon, euphonium and electronics. The talents of several HPU instrumental faculty members will be displayed.
- *Phoenix Reading Series: Jacqueline Osherow, to be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 in Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. Jacqueline Osherow is most recently the author of “Ultimatum from Paradise: Poems.” She was raised in Philadelphia and received a bachelor’s degree from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, and her Ph.D. from Princeton University. She is the author of several collections of poetry, including “Hoopoe’s Crown.” Her debut collection, “Looking for Angels in New York,” was chosen for the Contemporary Poetry Series. She has been awarded the Witter Bynner Prize by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, several prizes from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.
- Clebe McClary, to be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. On March 3, 1968 during his 19th reconnaissance mission in Vietnam, Lt. Clebe McClary was critically wounded by an enemy attack. As a result of his bravery under fire and the concern he demonstrated for his men, McClary was presented the Silver Star and the Bronze Star by the President of the United States. Although McClary suffered the loss of an eye, an arm and was told he would never walk again, he never lost the determination, dedication and courage to overcome his circumstances. McClary is living proof that with the right attitude all things are possible. A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting 336-841-9209 or email@example.com.
- HPU Chamber Music Series: Austrian and German Music for Flute and Piano, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 in the Hayworth Chapel Sanctuary. Dr. Robert Hallquist, associate professor of piano, and Dr. Laura Stevens, instructor of music and applied flute, will present an evening of works by Austrian and German composers. This concert will be a rare opportunity to hear the beautiful melodies of the last piece of chamber music penned by Richard Strauss, one of the best-known German Romantic composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
- HPU Theatre Presents: Night of the Originals, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19-25 in the Black Box Theatre. The Department of Theatre is proud to premiere five brand new one-act plays written by HPU student playwrights and directed by Ed Simpson. Note: Tickets are available for the general public by contacting the HPU Box Office at Hayworth Fine Arts Center at 336-841-4673.
- Spring Dance Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 26-28 in the Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The fourth annual spring dance concert is a collection of short works choreographed by Lindsey Howie and special guest choreographers and performed by dancers in HPU’s growing dance program. The works presented range in style and approach for a fun evening of contemporary dance. Whether seasoned dance enthusiast or a first-time patron, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
- HPU Chamber Ensembles Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 3 in the Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The High Point University Chamber Ensembles will present the Kaleidoscope Concert, featuring small instrumental ensembles, including the Flute Ensemble, Woodwind Chamber Ensemble, Brass Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra in a non-stop musical event. In a Kaleidoscope concert, multiple ensembles are positioned throughout the performance hall and perform one after another with little to no break. The music is varied, the pace of the concert is quick, and the fun doesn’t stop until the final note.
- Faculty Art Exhibition, to be held March 16 through April 30, and open by appointment until July 10, in the Sechrest Art Gallery of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. This exhibit highlights the School of Art and Design’s esteemed faculty with a broad spectrum of work. The show includes a variety of paintings, mixed media pieces, furniture designs, photography, prints from various faculty members and inspirational work by some of their mentors.
- Jazz Ensemble Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 20 in the Hayworth Chapel Sanctuary. High Point University will celebrate its talented students and faculty by hosting an evening of music at the Jazz Ensemble Concert, directed by Dr. Robert Faub.
- *Phoenix Reading Series: Brian Evenson, to be held at 7 p.m. on April 7 in Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection, “Windeye,” and the novel, “Immobility,” both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel, “Last Days,” won the American Library Association’s RUSA award in 2009. His novel, “The Open Curtain,” was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award. Other books include, “The Wavering Knife,” “Dark Property” and “Altmann’s Tongue.” He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA fellowship. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Slovenian. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is Royce Professor of Teaching Excellence in Brown University’s Literary Arts Department.
- HPU Theatre Presents: “Servant of Two Masters,” to be performed at 7:30 p.m. on April 8-11 and April 16-19 in the Black Box Theatre and other on-campus locations. The play was written by Carlo Goldoni and is directed by Jay Putnam. When the trickster Truffaldino signs on to serve two masters in the hope of double wages and double dinners, chaos and hilarity ensue in this rollicking comic masterpiece. Tickets are available for the general public by contacting the HPU Box Office at Hayworth Fine Arts Center at 336-841-4673.
- High School Choral Festival Performance, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 20 in Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The HPU choral department will host a High School Choral Festival performance with select local high schools participating.
- Arbor Day Celebration, to be held at 4 p.m. on April 23 in Hoffman Amphitheatre at David R. Hayworth Park. The annual Arbor Day event will feature various speakers, including HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein, who has spearheaded the transformation of the campus Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and Jon Roethling, curator of the grounds.
- Spring Choral Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 23 in Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The annual Spring Choral Concert will feature the University Singers, Chapel Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Choir along with the newly formed HPU Community Orchestra, made up of students, faculty and community players. Under the direction of Dr. Marc Foster, chair of the Department of Music and director of choral activities, the combined choirs and HPU Community Orchestra will perform a collection of Dr. Dan Forrest’s compositions, culminating in a full performance of his “Requiem for the Living.” A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available by contacting 336-841-9209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Percussion Ensemble Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 26 in Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Join the HPU Percussion Ensemble for an evening of exciting music, directed by world-renowned percussionist and composer Dr. Nathan Daughtrey.
- HPU Spring Band Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 28 in the Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Join the HPU Symphonic Band for a concert featuring a mixture of serious band literature and pops selections, advanced instrumentalists, as well as faculty soloists.