HPU Announces Fall Community Enrichment Series Events

HPUniverse Day attracts families and children of all ages to explore science and space. This year’s event is held on Sept. 28. from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 22, 2019 – High Point University invites the community to campus for an exciting lineup of cultural events. The fall schedule includes a variety of special speakers, art, music and theatre performances.

Triad residents can sign up to receive email updates about community events at HPU throughout the year by visiting www.highpoint.edu/friends.

Some of the fall events are part of the Faculty Cultural Enrichment Grant Series and are identified with an asterisk below. The grant assists 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.

September

Is Soccer Art? to be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 in the Cottrell Ballroom. Free and open to the public. This talk, given by Dr. Laurent Dubois, will cover the ideas of how soccer reaches across cultural norms and can be found in everything from visual art to film and literature. He will discuss how and why this activity has taken on so many different forms across the globe in this cross-cultural discussion on the intersection of athletics and contemporary art.

Phoenix Reading Series: Bookmarks, Rajia Hassib, to be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 5 in the Wilson Ballroom in the Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce. Free and open to the public. Hassib’s first novel, “In the Language of Miracles,” was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection and received an honorable mention from the Arab American Book Award. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Marshall University and has written for the New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker online. “A Pure Heart” is a powerful novel about two Egyptian sisters, their divergent fates and the secrets of one family.

 

Second Annual NC Junior Piano Competition, to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 7 in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. This second annual Junior Piano Competition will be held for North Carolina students ages 14 to 18. These students will compete for cash prizes funded by the Randall Thomas Johnson Trust. In addition to the cash prizes, HPU’s Department of Music will offer a music scholarship to the winner.

 

 

Fifth Annual HPU Piano Competition: Funded by The Randall Thomas Johnson Trust, to be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 7 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. This is the fifth year HPU has hosted this annual competition, funded by the Randall Thomas Johnson Trust. Three finalists chosen from YouTube first-round submissions will compete for cash prizes. The first-place winner will be invited back to campus for a recital in 2020.

Dr. Burrows Voice Performance, to be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 13 in Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. Dr. Candice Burrows, internationally acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano, will be giving a collaborating vocal recital with professor Dr. Brian Nedvin of Old Dominion University. Nedvin is the director and musical director of the Opera and Musical Theatre productions at Old Dominion University and is a busy international concert artist. Burrows needs no introduction to High Point audiences. She is often featured with the university’s major concerts and co-chairs the vocal area of the music department. Dedicated to the art of the Art Song Recital, Burrows is excited at the variety of music in this collaborating concert. The hour-long program features work by Benjamin Britten, Robert Schumann, Joseph Horovitz, Jesus Guridi, Giacomo Rossini and more. 

Art Gallery Closing Reception: Sharon Hardin, to be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 19 in the Sechrest Art Gallery in Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. While this artist got her start as a marketing consultant, her work creating promotional materials and strategies for businesses never kept her from her dream of creating art. Since then, she has worked with multiple notable teachers and mentors abroad as well as domestic. Her art has made a progression from semi-abstract to full-on abstract and consists of thick oils, often with palette knife, and techniques including layers of scraping and gazing. The result is energetic pieces full of rich colors.

HPUniverse Day 2019, to be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 28 in the new Wanek School of Natural Sciences. Free and open to the public. This is an annual, free astronomy-themed outreach event that is held by HPU’s Department of Physics and designed for children and families. There will be 25 different learning stations and activities set up. Past stations have included activities and sights like robotic space rovers, making moon craters, hovercraft rides and much more. This year, it will also feature activities in the new Culp Planetarium. Children will receive an HPU passport to get stamped at each station. If they receive enough stamps, they will have the opportunity to collect a space-themed prize before leaving. With more than 100 volunteers, including professors, students, local amateur astronomers and friends of the department, this well-attended event is a must-see. 

October

These Shining Lives, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 through Oct. 9 in the Empty Space Theater. Free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets can be reserved starting Sept. 11 at http://www.highpoint.edu/theatre/tickets/. This play chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. While Catherine and her friends are dying, their story of survival and resilience to the company that stole their health inspires as they face the possibility of endangering their own lives and even the lives of those who come after them.

HPU Wind Ensemble and Faculty Showcase, to be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 4 in the Pauline Theatre in Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. This event will be the ensemble’s first concert of the academic year and will consist of HPU Instrumental Division faculty in varying chamber ensemble settings as well as masterworks from the wind band repertoire brought to you by the Wind Ensemble. It is an event full of rich collaboration of HPU woodwind, brass and percussion between faculty and students.

The Sound in Picture Concert, to be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. This year, the concert will be a Movie Music Extravaganza featuring a variety of musical styles borrowed from film music, including classical, jazz and popular music and Broadway pieces. It will spotlight HPU music faculty, students and small assemblies, as well as guest performers. 

Michael Davidson Concert, to be held from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. Dr. Michael Davidson, associate professor of trombone at the University of Kansas, will be coming to HPU’s campus for a recital to perform a varied program of solo works for the trombone. He will also be featuring pieces for the trombone with the piano. 

African American Religiosity Lecture: Dr. William D. Hart, “Afterlives of Slavery,” to be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the Wilson Ballroom inside the Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce. Free and open to the public. Dr. William D. Hart, religious studies professor at Macalester College, will be giving a lecture entitled, “Afterlives of Slavery.” HPU will be partnering with the city of High Point for this event in commemoration of 400 Years of African American History. Hart currently holds the Margaret W. Harmon Chair at Macalester College and works on research regarding the intersection of religion, ethics and politics. He is the author of multiple works concerning these topics as well.

Phoenix Reading Series Presents: Nicole Walker, to be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the ballroom in Webb Conference Center. Free and open to the public. A nonfiction author and editor as well as an associate professor at Northern Arizona University, Walker has received notable awards in nonfiction writing, including notable essayist in Best American multiple years and nonfiction winner of Nest of the Net two years in a row. Her two most recent books bare the titles “Sustainability: A Love Story” and “A Survival Guide for Life in the Ruins.” Previously, she has had five other books published through multiple noteworthy publishers. Her work reaches beyond writing and editing as well as she curated with Rebecca Campbell “7 Artists, 7 Rings—an Artist’s Game of Telephone” for the Huffington Post.

Fall Dance Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 through 27 in the Empty Space Theater. Free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets can be reserved starting Oct. 10 by contacting Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu. The Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to share and showcase the talents of its students. The program will feature choreography by alumni, guest artists and students as well as a variety of dance styles including tap, contemporary, hip hop and more. Attendees are asked to bring a school supply donation for Fairview Elementary School in High Point.

Photograph 51 Play Reading, to be held from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the Wanek School of Natural Sciences. Free and open to the public. This event welcomes guests to a reading of Anne Ziegler’s “Photograph 51,” which focuses on the role of the X-Ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin in the discovery of the structure of DNA. This cross-section of the arts with science will leave audiences intellectually stimulated with ideas and inspiration.

Jazz Ensemble, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the Empty Space Theatre. Free and open to the public. Join the High Point University Jazz Ensemble for a swinging evening of music representing the best of every era. From the big band repertoire of Ellington and Basie, to the modern standards of Miles, Coltrane and beyond, the concert includes favorite classics, old and new. 

November

HPU Percussion Ensemble Concert, to be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 1 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. A blend of contemporary and classical percussion, HPU’s Music Department presents the Fall Percussion Ensemble’s first concert of the season. Directed by Chris Thompson, the ensemble will present a diverse range of exciting percussion literature that is sure to entertain.

Recital Series Featuring: Aleks Romano and Kevin Miller, to be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 3 in the Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. Critically-acclaimed musicians Aleks Romano, a mezzo-soprano, and Kevin Miller, a pianist, bring a special collaboration featuring music by and about women. Bringing a feminine perspective with an emphasis on diverse compositional voices and viewpoints, this program will feature works that allow a multi-perspective, historical experience.

Instrumental Chamber Ensembles Concert, to be held from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 in the Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. The growing Instrumental Division will be represented by chamber ensembles of varying instrumentation and sizes, ranging from trios to 16-piece ensembles. This is a terrific opportunity to hear HPU music students shine in a small ensemble setting.

Veterans Day Celebration, to be held at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 8 in the James H. and Jesse E. Millis Athletic and Convocation Center. Free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets are available by contacting Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu. This annual event that attracts more than 1,000 people each year is a patriotic salute and offers a complimentary breakfast for military heroes. HPU President Nido Qubein and the entire HPU family warmly invite local veterans to celebrate their sacrifice and service to our nation. The event features performances by the North Carolina Brass Band and the High Point University Chamber Singers, as well as a notable speaker.

Bright Star, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 through 2 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the Pauline Theater in Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets can be reserved starting Oct. 28 by contacting Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu. This real-event-inspired Broadway show featuring a score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1920s and 1940s. This is a story of a lost child, a young soldier back from war and gaining an understanding of the past. As protagonist Alice Murphy begins to uncover the truth, she discovers the correlation between all of these things. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances.

Phoenix Literary Festival Featuring Keynote: Maaza Mengiste, to be held at 5 p.m. on Nov. 15 and 11 a.m. on Nov. 16 in the Francis Auditorium in Phillips Hall. Free and open to the public. Maaza Mengiste is a novelist and essayist. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Creative Capital. Her debut novel, “Beneath the Lion’s Gaze,” was selected by the Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books and named one of the best books of 2010 by Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe and other publications. Her second novel, “The Shadow King,” will be published in September 2019. Her work can be found in The New Yorker, New York Review of Books, Granta, the Guardian, the New York Times, Rolling Stone and BBC, among other places. Maaza’s fiction and nonfiction examines the individual lives at stake during migration, war and exile, and considers the intersections of photography and violence.

 

Chamber Music Series Presents: Annual Holiday Concert, to be held from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. This concert features faculty performances of holiday favorites, including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and arrangements from favorite Christmas carols around the world.

Wind Ensemble, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 22 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The HPU Wind Ensemble will present its Winter Concert. This performance will include a mixture of holiday favorites and traditional works for woodwind instruments.

Thanksgiving Message Featuring Bruce Boguski and Donna Mack, to be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 25 in the Francis Auditorium in Phillips Hall. Free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets will be available for reserve starting Nov. 1 by contacting Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu. Bruce Boguski, an author, motivational speaker, columnist and media personality, will be standing alongside keynote speaker, vocalist and consultant Donna Mack for this special holiday message. Both known for overcoming the impossible, Boguski and Mack use their own life stories of facing disability to urge audience members to take a fresh look at the challenges in their lives and celebrate the blessings that can be learned from them.

HPU Community Orchestra Concert, to be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 25 in the Pauline Theater in Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. The High Point University Community Orchestra is proud to present its fall concert featuring the seven-movement orchestral suite, “The Planets,” composed by Gustav Holst. Each movement represents a planet from our solar system seen from Earth at the time (1916), and their corresponding astrological character. Additionally, Dr. Wei Jiao, assistant professor of piano at HPU, will perform one of the most famous of all piano concerti, the “Piano Concerto in A minor.”

December 

North Carolina Symphony: Holiday Pops Concert, to be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets available for reserve by contacting Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu. Each year at the holidays, the North Carolina Symphony performs Holiday Pops, a festive tradition that is a favorite with audiences around the state. Founded by Lamar Stringfield in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony is a full-time, professional orchestra with 66 musicians under the artistic leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn. This concert is supported and made possible in part by the Anne Kerr Walker Community Events Endowment fund. Walker is a proud alumna and generous supporter of High Point University. She is an active member of the HPU family and serves on the Board of Trustees and as the Chairperson of the Steel Magnolias, an affinity group comprised of some of HPU’s most loyal alumnae. 

Choral Concert, to be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets are available by contacting Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu. The annual Holiday Choral Concert has become one of the community’s most popular holiday events, and this year will be the most exciting to date. The concert will be a festive evening of holiday music, Christmas songs from around the world and some stunning new carols that are sure to delight. The concert will feature all of the university choral ensembles — University Singers, Chapel Choir, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Glee Club and Chamber Singer — under the direction of Dr. Marc Ashley Foster, chair of the Department of Music and director of Choral Activities at HPU, and Carol Earnhardt, assistant director of Choral Activities.

Lessons and Carols, to be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. This special candlelight service, based on the traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols from King’s College in Cambridge, is the final Chapel service of the fall semester, bringing the community together to remember and retell the Christmas story.

 

 

49th Annual Prayer Breakfast, to be held at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 6 in the James H. and Jesse E. Millis Athletic and Convocation Center. To confirm attendance, visit http://www.highpoint.edu/prayerbreakfast. HPU’s annual Prayer Breakfast includes an inspiring message and special music provided by the HPU Chapel Choir, directed by Mrs. Carol Earnhardt. 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 died during the past year. This event, which attracts 1,000 people each year, sharpens the spiritual senses that joy and peace might take root during the Christmas season.

 

Community Christmas Celebration, to be held Dec. 12 and 13. Free and open to all ages. HPU’s Community Christmas Celebration is the premier complimentary Christmas celebration in the Piedmont Triad. Entering the ninth year hosting of this annual celebration, High Point University invites you to experience thousands of Christmas lights and decorations on HPU’s campus, visits and free photos with Santa, complimentary hot food, Polar Express train rides, a life-size Nativity scene, performances from church choirs, falling snow and much more.

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