HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 6, 2015 – Each year, High Point University invites the community to a full lineup of cultural events. The fall lineup includes a variety of art, music and theatre performances, as well as several special speakers.
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All of the following events are open to the public. Tickets are not required unless otherwise noted below.
Note: Some of the fall events are part of the Faculty Cultural Enrichment Grant Series and are identified with an asterisk below. The grant assists HPU faculty in planning vibrant, intellectually stimulating cultural events that feature nationally renowned academics, artists and performers. It supports programming in all academic disciplines and help introduce students to thought-provoking ideas in art, literature, science, philosophy and business.
- Sky Above Earth Below: Tradition and Transformation in Landscape,to be held Aug. 25 through Oct. 10 in Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Sechrest Art Gallery. The gallery is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call 336-841-4685 or 336-803-1815 for more information. The exhibition focuses on the landscape genre and features its foundation in the Picturesque and Romantic movements and some of its subsequent redefinitions in the Modern and Post-Modern periods. Among 19th century paintings selected from the High Point University Permanent Collection are those by Gottlieb Daniel Paul Weber, George W. Johnstone and Edward Charles Williams. The Weatherspoon Art Museum of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is lending works by Ben Norris, Gertrand Brausewetter, Francis Speight and Jim Dine. Private collectors and artists are also lending works. The extensive range of creative involvement with landscape is well represented though a wide range of media, movements and artistic expressions. Richard Gantt is guest curator for this exhibition.
- *Laura El-Tantawy: Images, Identity and Community, to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 in the David L. Francis Lecture Hall at Earl N. Phillips School of Business. Laura El-Tantawy will be speaking as part of HPU’s Common Experience theme of “Just Communities.” In addition to sharing her experiences as a female photographer, El-Tantawy will address the role of photographic images as a tool to explore identity and community, with an emphasis on Indian farmers and the Arab Spring. Her lecture will address timely and important topics that relate to diverse courses offered at HPU and will offer students a glimpse into a global world.
- *Phoenix Reading Series: Jacob Paul and Matthew Fiander, to be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the David L. Francis Lecture Hall at Earl N. Phillips School of Business. Jacob Paul and Matthew Fiander are both faculty in the English department who specialize in fiction. Paul’s first novel, “Sarah/Sara,” was named one of 2010’s five best first fictions by Poets & Writers. The Public called his most recent novel, “A Song of Ilan,” “a remarkable exploration of issues and experiences that are often discounted or outright ignored in American writing today.”
- *Phoenix Reading Series, Sponsor BookMarks Author: Tea with Patricia Park, to be held at 3 p.m. on Sept. 11 in the Ballroom at Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce. Publisher’s Weekly has called “Re Jane,” Park’s first novel, “a cheeky, clever homage to Jane Eyre, interwoven with touching meditations on Korean-American identity.” Park will talk about her book and her craft, and answer questions.
- Constitution Day, to be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16 in the David L. Francis Lecture Hall at Earl N. Phillips School of Business. Join us for an intellectual discussion of this 228-year-old document. Dr. Paul Ringel, associate professor of history, will moderate a panel of distinguished legal scholars led by former North Carolina Chief Justice Burley B. Mitchell Jr. This program is jointly sponsored by High Point University, High Point Museum Guild and the Alexander Martin Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
- Sky Above Earth Below: Tradition and Transformation in Landscape Lecture, to be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 in Patrick H. Norton Hall, Room 101. A reception will be held following the lecture at 5 p.m. in Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Sechrest Art Gallery.
- *Stacy Pearsall: A Picture of Courage, to be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23 in the David L. Francis Lecture Hall at Earl N. Phillips School of Business. A two-time winner of the National Press Photographers Association Military Combat Photographer of the Year as well as the Air Force Veteran of the Year, Pearsall will present about what she has learned about courage, perseverance and personal strength on and off of the battlefield. Pearsall’s photographic work will also be featured in an exhibit at the High Point Museum through November.
- *Phoenix Reading Series: Randall Horton, to be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24 in the David L. Francis Lecture Hall at Earl N. Phillips School of Business. Horton is the author of the memoirs, “Roxbury” and “Hook: A Memoir,” and the poetry collections, “The Definition of Place,” “The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street,” and his most recent, “Pitch Dark Anarchy.” He is an assistant professor of English at the University of New Haven, Connecticut and is a Cave Canem fellow. Randall will read selections from his work and answers questions.
- High Point University Chamber Music Series Concert, to be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 in Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. The High Point University Chamber Music Series will present a program of flute, piano and organ music honoring César Franck (1822–1890) and will include performances by Dr. Robert Hallquist, associate professor of piano, Dr. Laura Stevens, instructor of flute, and Susan Bates, instructor of organ.
- *Richard Krawiec: Poetry in Communities, to be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the Ballroom at Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce. Krawiec’s expansive body of work moves between plays, stories, novels and poems. Since 1983, he has offered training workshops on how to teach writing to children and adults at writer’s conferences, literacy centers, universities and colleges, and in the public schools. He teaches writing in community sites such as shelters, housing projects, women’s centers and prisons, including death row, as well as traditional educational institutions.
- HPU Theatre Presents “Nunsense,” to be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8-10 and Oct. 12-14 in Black Box Theatre. “Nunsense” is a musical comedy with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin and winner of four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Off Broadway Musical in its original New York production. The Little Sisters of Hoboken raise money for their fellow sisters, who are accidentally poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia Child of God. Tickets are available by contacting the HPU Box Office at Hayworth Fine Arts Center at 336-841-4673.
- HPU Percussion and Jazz Ensemble Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 in Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. Join the HPU Percussion Ensemble for an evening of exciting music directed by world-renowned percussionist and composer Dr. Nathan Daughtrey, adjunct professor of percussion and music composition. They will be joined by the HPU Jazz Ensemble in presenting a concert of classic jazz standards and new works spanning all of the major style periods of jazz from the 1930s to the present. The music of Ellington, Basie, Miles and Coltrane are presented alongside favorites from the great American songbook.
- Fall Art and Design Fest, to be held at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 10 in the School of Education Plaza. Join HPU at the second annual Fall Art and Design Fest, a celebration of “the art of making,” with more than 24 artists, designers and craftspeople from across the region. The event will also include music and food trucks.
- HPU Jazz and Percussion Ensemble Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 in Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. The HPU Jazz Ensemble presents a concert of classic jazz standards and new works, spanning all of the major style periods of jazz from the 1930s to the present. The music of Ellington, Basie, Miles and Coltrane will be performed along with favorites from the great American songbook. The program will also feature the HPU Percussion Ensemble and will be directed by world-renowned percussionist and composer Dr. Nathan Daughtrey, adjunct professor of percussion and music composition.
- VISIONS 2015 Fourth Annual Invitational, to be held Oct. 19 through Dec. 10 in Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Sechrest Art Gallery. The gallery is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. This exhibition and sale of small works includes artwork based on observation, including landscapes, cityscapes, still life, figurative paintings, drawings and photography in a variety of mediums.
- Andrew Wells Portraits, to be held Oct. 19 through Dec. 10 on the upper balcony level of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Wells’ work is an exploration of thinking about the “selfie” and the way people represent themselves – the way they are feeling or want people to believe they are feeling – with portraits.
- *Phoenix Reading Series: Joseph Bathanti: Communities of Mercy, to be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the Ballroom at Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce. Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina’s Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014, will speak on communities of mercy. His lecture draws from his own experiences as a teacher and writer in nontraditional writing contexts, such as prisons, and considers the role of poetry in and for the community. His poetry, fiction and nonfiction have earned him several distinctions, including the Spoken Prize, the Linda Flowers Literary Award and Sherwood Anderson Award.
- *Dr. Ashley Carse: The Big Ditch: The Panama Canal and the Infrastructure of a Global Community, to be held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the David L. Francis Lecture Hall at Earl N. Phillips School of Business. It is widely acknowledged that during the course of the 20th century the transoceanic Panama Canal – or the “Big Ditch,” as it is called – was an instrumental part of the infrastructure that gave rise to a global community by the end of the millennium. In this talk, anthropologist Ashley Carse will shift the framework and discuss the implications of that project for indigenous and afro-Panamanian communities, who once laid claim to the land the canal currently occupies but benefitted significantly less from its construction.
- North Carolina Youth Brass Band Concert, to be held at 3 p.m. on Nov. 1 in Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. The North Carolina Youth Brass Band is an all-star ensemble composed of many of the finest high school brass players and percussionists in this region of North Carolina. Conducted by Dr. Brian Meixner, assistant professor of music, the NCYBB is a new ensemble founded in 2015, celebrating its debut performance.
- Fall Band Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 in Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. The HPU Wind Ensemble performs a wide variety of music at multiple concerts throughout the year. This year’s fall concert will feature the full ensemble, smaller chamber groups, traditional compositions and new, modern works.
- High Point University Chamber Music Series Concert, to be held at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 in Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. The High Point University Chamber Music Series will present a program of piano, flute and vocal music honoring American composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990), including performances by Dr. Robert Hallquist, associate professor of piano, and Dr. Laura Stevens, instructor of flute.
- Opera Scenes Concert: Ominous Opera, to be held at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13 in Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Join the students of the “Opera Scenes” class for an exploration of the unluckiest characters in opera. Sinister plots and deceptive characters will highlight the semi-staged showcase.
- *Lorena Guillen Tango Ensemble: The Other Side of My Heart: Tango, Women and Immigration, to be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 in Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. The first half of this tango concert will feature a cycle of five songs based on the real stories of a group of Latino women who immigrated to North Carolina. The songs reflect on their trajectory from their home countries to their new place in the United States. The second part of the concert will consist of a selection of Argentine tango-songs.
- *Phoenix Festival: Douglas Glover, to be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 in Extraordinaire Cinema at the R.G. Wanek Center. Glover’s latest book is a short story collection, “Savage Love.” He has written five other books of short stories, four novels, two books of essays and “The Enamoured Knight,” a book about Cervantes and novel form. His novel “Elle” won the 2003 Governor-General’s Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2007, he received the Writers’ Trust Timothy Findley Award. From 1996 to 2006, he was the editor of the annual collection, “Best Canadian Stories.” In 2010, he founded the online magazine, Numéro Cinq.
- HPU Theatre Presents “Noises Off,” to be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-21 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 22 in Black Box Theatre. “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn is a classic farce that includes not one play, but two. The show follows the cast of a traditional sex farce called “Nothing On,” and the backstage “drama” that develops during their final rehearsal prior to opening night. The two stories begin to interlock as the characters make their exits from “Nothing On” only to find themselves entering the even worse nightmare that’s happening backstage. Tickets are available by contacting the HPU Box Office at Hayworth Fine Arts Center at 336-841-4673.
- Thanksgiving Message: Jim Stovall and String Angels, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 in Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. Jim Stovall is an American writer known for his bestselling novel, “The Ultimate Gift.” He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University, where he also received an Honorary Doctorate of Law for his work with the disabled. Stovall, who is blind, worked to make television and movies more accessible as president of the Narrative Television Network, an organization that has received various recognitions, including an Emmy award, a Media Access Award and an International Film and Video Award. The String Angels are the world’s leading electric string trio. The group brings the classics into the 21st century with its fully choreographed, interactive electric violin show. A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting 336-841-9209 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- *Dr. Deborah Miranda: Bad Indians, to be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the David L. Francis Lecture Hall at Earl N. Phillips School of Business. Poet Deborah Miranda will read from her mixed-genre collection, “Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir.” She is an enrolled member of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselin Nation of California and is the John Lucien Smith Term Professor of English at Washington and Lee University.
- 45th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast, to be held at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 4 in James H. and Jesse E. Millis Athletic and Convocation Center. The guest speaker will be Dr. Johnny M. Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia, one of the largest churches in the United States. Under his ministry the church has grown from 1,000 members to more than 19,000. Hunt has served as president of the Pastors’ Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention and served two terms as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention. A native of North Carolina, Hunt was born in Lumberton and is a member of the Lumbee Native American Indian tribe. He has earned degrees from Gardner-Webb University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
- Holiday Choral Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 5 in Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. The concert will feature members of University Singers, Chapel Choir, Women’s Chorus and Chamber Singers presenting an evening of delightful holiday choral selections. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for the general public by contacting 336-841-9209 or email@example.com.
- Wind Ensemble Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 in Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. The HPU Wind Ensemble performs a wide variety of music at multiple concerts throughout the year. This concert will feature the full ensemble, smaller chamber groups, traditional compositions and new, modern works.
- North Carolina Symphony: Holiday Pops Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 in Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. Holiday Pops is a North Carolina Symphony tradition and favorite with audiences around the state each year. The festive concert showcases seasonal favorites and includes the always popular sing-a-long. A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available by contacting 336-841-9209 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Professional dress required.
- Lessons and Carols, to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 in Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. This special candlelight service is the final Chapel Service of the fall semester, bringing the community together to remember and retell the Christmas story. The service will feature members of the university community reading scripture with music led by the Chapel Choir.
- Community Christmas Celebration, to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 throughout HPU’s campus. Bring the family and take a festive stroll across campus while enjoying Christmas music, beautiful decorations, hot chocolate, visits and photos with Santa, and more.