HPU’s Community Enrichment Series Events for September

HPU will host the Junior Piano and 5th Annual Piano Competitions on Sept. 7. Pictured from left are Marcia Dills, HPU director of keyboard studies, Greg Hartmann, HPU Board of Visitors member Randall Johnson and funder for the competition, Hilda Huang and Zhiye Lin.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 30, 2019 – High Point University invites the community to campus for the following Community Enrichment Series events during the month of September.

Triad residents can sign up to receive email updates about community events at HPU throughout the year by visiting www.highpoint.edu/friends. They can also receive notifications about events by downloading the HPU Community App at www.highpoint.edu/communityapp.

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 Sr. 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 International 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 Sr. Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. Internationally acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano, Dr. Candice Burrows, 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 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 Wanek School of Natural Sciences. Free and open to the public. This is an annual, free astronomy-themed outreach event held by HPU’s Department of Physics and designed for children and families. There will be over 20 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 and friends of the department, this well-attended event is a must-see.

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