HPU Announces Fall Community Enrichment Series

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HIGH POINT, N.C., July 26, 2016 – High Point University invites the community to join students, staff and faculty on campus for an exciting lineup of cultural events. The fall schedule includes a variety of art, music and theatre performances, and special speakers.

All of the following events are open to the public. Tickets are not required unless otherwise noted below.

Triad residents can sign up to receive email updates about community events at HPU throughout the year.

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 featuring nationally renowned academics, artists and performers. It supports programming in all academic disciplines and introduces students to thought-provoking ideas in art, literature, science, philosophy and business.

 

August

HPU Theatre and Dance Department presents John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” to be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and 21, and 6 p.m. on Aug. 25 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting the HPU Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636. HPU students will join professional cast and crew for this Extension Project performance as part of the Common Experience theme of “Growing Our Future.”

Renowned first as a novel, “The Grapes of Wrath” is a familiar story of the Joad family and their adventure from the dust bowl of Oklahoma. Placed in poverty by the loss of their farm, the Joads head west for California seeking a brighter future. Despite dealing with death and deprivation on their journey, the play becomes a moving affirmation of the human spirit and the essential goodness and strength residing in the hearts and minds of the “common man” throughout the world.

A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting the HPU Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu.

“Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate,” to be held Aug. 22 through Dec. 7 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Sechrest Art Gallery. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 336-841-4685 or 336-803-1815 for more information. This traveling exhibition will showcase the work of 39 artists who have transformed thousands of anti-Semitic and racist books into an uplifting and dynamic exhibit. It will be visually powerful, thought provoking, sometimes humorous, always challenging and ultimately deeply moving.

Chapel Worship Services, to be held Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 through April 26, 2017, in Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Call 336-841-9132 for more information. On Wednesdays, the university community gathers for song, prayer, preaching and meditative silence. The Rev. Preston Davis, minister to the university, preaches at each service unless otherwise stated, and the Board of Stewards, composed entirely of students, oversees the services. Fellowship and small group discussion follow the service.

“Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes,” by Jaune Quick-to-See and Neal Ambrose-Smith is one of the works to be featured at the art exhibition, “Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate,” to be held Aug. 22 through Dec. 7 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Sechrest Art Gallery.

“Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes,” by Jaune Quick-to-See and Neal Ambrose-Smith is one of the works to be featured at the art exhibition, “Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate,” to be held Aug. 22 through Dec. 7 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Sechrest Art Gallery.

 

September

Opening Reception for “Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate,” to be held 4-6 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Sechrest Art Gallery. Artist Owen Daniels, well-known Winston-Salem photographer, will give a presentation at 5 p.m. Call 336-841-4685 or 336-803-1815 for more information.

*Phoenix Reading Series: Colson Whitehead, to be held at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Plato S. Wilson Commerce Building Ballroom. Whitehead is a New York Times best-selling author born and raised in Manhattan. After graduating from Harvard College, he worked at the Village Voice. He is the author of the novels “Sag Harbor,” a PEN/Faulkner award finalist; “The Intuitionist,” a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; “John Henry Days,” which won the Young Lions Fiction Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and “Apex Hides the Hurt,” a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the PEN Oakland Award. He has also written a book of essays about his hometown, “The Colossus of New York.”

Aleksandra “Sasha” Kasman plays at the inaugural HPU Piano Competition in 2015. This year’s finalists will perform 1-4:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre.

Aleksandra “Sasha” Kasman plays at the inaugural HPU Piano Competition in 2015. This year’s finalists will perform 1-4:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre.

HPU Piano Competition, to be held 1-4:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. This is a national competition open to pianists ages 15 through 25. At the Sept. 10 event, three finalists selected by HPU piano faculty from a pool of submissions will come to campus to compete for cash prizes in front of a panel of outside judges. This competition is funded by the Randall Thomas Johnson Trust.

“Meditations V,” Featuring JW Turner, Solo Cello, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 in Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Inspired by the book “Becoming Who You Are” by James Martin S.J., Dr. JW Turner presents a program of solo cello music from the 20th and 21st centuries featuring composers Frank Corcoran, Harald Genzmer, Jeffrey Harrington, Bernard Heiden and Jorge Muñiz.

HPU Chamber Music Recital #1: “Made in the U.S.A.,” to be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 in Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. American music has taken some time to pull away from European models and come distinctively into its own. The concert features music by four composers who laid many foundations of 20th-century American music: Samuel Barber (1910-1981), Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), Aaron Copland (1900-1990), and George Gershwin (1898-1937).

Growing Our Future: Global Development and Local Farmers in School Feeding Programs, to be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 26 in Phillips Hall, Francis Auditorium. Katherine Casey, learning manager for the Procurement Governance for Home Grown School Feeding project, will discuss the role of nongovernmental organizations in helping small farms get local produce into schools in Ghana, Kenya and Mali. The discussion will focus on global development and interventions linked with policy, production and social development, and the ways that lessons from the project can be applied to existing school feeding programs to improve practice at local, regional and national levels.

 

October

*Phoenix Reading Series: Sarah Hogan, to be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 in the Plato S. Wilson Commerce Building Ballroom. Hogan is an assistant professor of English at Wake Forest University. She is currently completing a book of Renaissance literary criticism, “Island Worlds and Other Englands: Utopia, Capital, Empire (1516-1660).” Her writing has appeared in The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, The Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies, Upstart, The Collagist, and The Rumpus.

HPU Theatre will present “The 39 Steps,” to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 10-12 in the Empty Space Theatre.

HPU Theatre will present “The 39 Steps,” to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 10-12 in the Empty Space Theatre.

HPU Theatre Presents “The 39 Steps,” to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 10-12 in the Empty Space Theatre. Adapted by Patrick Barlow, the play is a fast-paced whodunit that mixes the elements of a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and a bit of Monty Python. The New York Times calls it, “Theatre at its finest … Absurdly enjoyable!”

A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting the HPU Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu.

*Outdoor Movies: Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and “Strangers on a Train,” to be held at 8 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the Alumni Avenue Amphitheater. Nicknamed “The Master of Suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock received AFI’s Life Achievement Award in 1979 for directing more than 50 feature films. “The Birds” and “Strangers on a Train” are both adaptations from novels that share an interest in human psychology.

Mazzjazz, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. Department of Music faculty member Mark Mazzatenta (guitar) along with his twin brother, Michael (piano), write original music for the band, which combines classical, jazz, improvisation and cinematic elements. Mazzjazz also plays rearrangements of songs such as “Over the Rainbow” and “Pink Panther.”

Symphonic Band Presents “Pops in the Park,” to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 in the Alumni Avenue Amphitheater. The band is excited to offer a fun, varied program of popular music since 1960. Featuring songs by the Beatles, hits from the ‘80s, and “Star Wars,” this concert is certain to offer something for everyone. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy an evening of music outdoors.

Gender, Politics, and Election 2016, to be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 12 in Phillips Hall, Francis Auditorium. Dr. Alixandra Yanus, assistant professor of political science, will discuss the role of gender in voting habits and candidates’ decisions to run for elected office. In addition to looking at the role of gender in the 2016 Presidential election, Yanus’ talk will explore the source and scope of gender barriers in government participation, as well as what can be done to narrow the gender gap in politics for future generations.

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: “Can you Dig This?” to be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 in Phillips Hall, Francis Auditorium. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South Los Angeles, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these self-titled “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America. “Can You Dig This?” follows the journeys of four of these unlikely gardeners and the transformative power of community. After the screening there will be a panel discussion with representatives from some of High Point’s community gardens.

*Phoenix Reading Series: J. D. Daniels, to be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the Plato S. Wilson Commerce Building Ballroom. Can civilization save us from ourselves? That is the question J. D. Daniels asks in his first book, a series of six letters written during dark nights of the soul. Working from his own highly varied experience as a janitor, night watchman, adjunct professor, drunk, exterminator and dutiful son, he considers how far books, learning and psychoanalysis can get us, and how much we’re stuck in the mud. Daniels is the recipient of a 2016 Whiting Award and The Paris Review’s 2013 Terry Southern Prize. His “Letter from Majorca” was selected for The Best American Essays 2013.

HPU Chamber Music Recital #2: “Euphonium Euphoria,” to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 in Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Brian Meixner, associate professor of music, will perform a faculty chamber recital featuring himself on euphonium, Ben Blozan on piano, and several other colleagues in various combinations of instruments with euphonium.

Percussion Ensemble Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. With the variety of sounds the percussion ensemble can produce, this concert will offer something for everyone. Trios, large percussion orchestra and soloists will captivate both the eyes and ears of audience members.

North Carolina Youth Brass Band Concert, to be held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. The North Carolina Youth Brass Band, under the direction of HPU Associate Professor of Music Dr. Brian Meixner, is an auditioned ensemble composed of high school brass and percussion students from across the region. In residence at HPU, the NCYBB provides an opportunity for young musicians to develop their skills and musicianship while playing fun and exciting music in a 30+ member brass band. This first concert of the NCYBB’s 2016-17 season will feature a wide range of repertoire for an enjoyable concert experience.

 

November

Cynthia Leibrock, an award-winning author, international lecturer and universal designer, whose life-long mission is to improve health and longevity by making living spaces more accessible, will speak at HPU at 5 p.m. on Nov. 1 in Phillips Hall, Francis Auditorium.

Cynthia Leibrock, an award-winning author, international lecturer and universal designer, whose life-long mission is to improve health and longevity by making living spaces more accessible, will speak at HPU at 5 p.m. on Nov. 1 in Phillips Hall, Francis Auditorium.

*Faculty Cultural Enrichment Series: Cynthia Leibrock, to be held at 5 p.m. on Nov. 1 in Phillips Hall, Francis Auditorium. Leibrock is an award-winning author, international lecturer and universal designer with more than 30 years of experience. Her life-long mission is to improve health and longevity through universal design, which makes living spaces more accessible, especially meeting the needs of older people. Her company’s prominent projects include The Betty Ford Center, UCLA Medical Center, automotive interior design for Toyota, and a universal design exhibit for the Smithsonian with Julia Child. She has served as a lobbyist for people with mental disabilities, as a judiciary witness in code compliance and accessibility cost estimation, and as a research associate on the dean’s staff at Colorado State University. For more than 20 years she has taught courses in the architecture department at The Harvard University Graduate School of Design and has conducted health care design research in Scandinavia, Northern Europe and Japan. Numerous publications have resulted from her sponsored research, and she has twice been awarded the Polsky Prize for literature for her books on design.

*Phoenix Reading Festival: Eileen Myles, to be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 in Phillips Hall, Francis Auditorium. Myles is the author of 19 books, including “I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems,” and a reissue of “Chelsea Girls.” They are the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers’ grant, a Lambda Book Award, the Shelley Prize from The Poetry Society of America, as well as being named to the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List. Currently, they teach at NYU and Naropa University and live in Marfa, Texas, and New York. (Editor’s note: Eileen Myles prefers to go by the pronoun “they.”)

HPU Theatre Presents “Curtains,” A Murder Mystery Musical with Book by Rupert Holmes, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-19 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. This will be one of HPU’s biggest productions for the academic year. Set in 1959 Boston, the plot follows the fallout when the untalented star of “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West” is murdered during her opening night curtain call. It is up to Lt. Frank Cioffi, a police detective who moonlights as a musical theater fan, to save the show, solve the case and maybe even find love before the show reopens without getting killed himself.

A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting the HPU Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu.

HPU Chamber Music Recital #3: Schumann Hour, to be held at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 in Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Throughout Western music history, family ties frequently emerge. The incidence of husband-and-wife composers is less common, with Robert Schumann (1810-1856) and Clara Schumann (1819-1896) being most illustrious. Come hear a rich sample of their instrumental and vocal chamber music.

Thanksgiving Message: Todd Huston and The Victory Belles, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. Huston is an inspiring author, amputee and only disabled person to break an able-body world record in a sport. At the age of 14 he, “died” twice in a boating accident, had his leg amputated and completed the Summit American Expedition, which became his world record mountain climb of the highest elevation in all 50 states, with just one leg. The Victory Belles are a charming vocal trio who keep music from the 1940s alive, while honoring our veterans and active military.

A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting the HPU Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu.

Community Orchestra Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 28 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. On the heels of a successful debut in April 2016, the High Point University Community Orchestra celebrates its first full season in the 2016-17 academic year. Members of the HPUCO include HPU students, staff, faculty and members of the community, representing a rich collaboration of musicians from all walks of life. The opening performance will include Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5, one of the best known and highly acclaimed compositions of all time. Dr. Laura Stevens, HPU instructor of flute, will be the featured concerto soloist on the program.

Opera Scenes Concert: Opera and the Orient, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 in Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Students enrolled in the Opera Scenes class will explore 19th century Western impressions of the East. The semi-staged showcase will feature scenes from operas written by European composers and set in Asia, including “Madama Butterfly,” “Turandot,” “The Mikado,” “L’italiana in Algeri,” and “Cosí fan tutte.”

Lessons and Carols, to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 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 and music led by the Chapel Choir. The service is based on the traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge, England.

 

December

46th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast, to be held at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 2 in the James H. and Jesse E. Millis Athletic and Convocation Center. For 46 consecutive years, High Point University has brought the wider High Point faith community together for the Annual Prayer Breakfast. Each year, the event includes an inspiring message and special music provided by the HPU Chapel Choir, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Doebler. A silent prayer is also held in memory of alumni, members of the university family and the community, as well as other friends who have passed away during the past year. This year’s inspiring message will be delivered by Dr. George Bryant Wirth, who was born in Rockville Centre, New York in 1947. He graduated from The Stony Brook Preparatory School on Long Island in 1965, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, and went to Princeton Theological Seminary, where he graduated in 1972. Wirth was ordained by the Presbytery of Philadelphia in 1973.

Holiday Choral Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2-3 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. The annual Holiday Choral Concert has become a popular event for the High Point community and this year will be the most exciting to date. The concert will be a festive evening of beloved holiday music. A full orchestra made up of students, faculty and guests will accompany this concert.

A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting the HPU Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu.

Holiday Symphonic Band Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. The HPU Symphonic Band will present its annual Holiday Concert featuring traditional Christmas carols, multicultural works and holiday favorites.

North Carolina Symphony: Holiday Pops Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. Holiday Pops is a North Carolina Symphony tradition that is a favorite with audiences around the state each year. The festive concert showcases seasonal favorites, and includes the always popular sing-a-longs. Professional dress required. This performance is supported by the Anne Kerr Walker Community Events Fund at High Point University.

A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting the HPU Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu.

Community Christmas Celebration, to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 14-15 at the Jane and Gene Kester International Promenade. The community is invited to bring the family and take a stroll down the festive Jane and Gene Kester International Promenade, enjoy Christmas music, beautiful decorations, hot chocolate and more. Children may have a complimentary photo taken with Santa, and he’s bringing gifts too!

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