HPU Announces Spring Community Enrichment Series Events

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 10, 2020 – High Point University invites the community to campus for an exciting lineup of cultural events. The spring 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 spring 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, supports programming in all academic disciplines and introduces students to thought-provoking ideas in art, literature, science, philosophy and business.

January

Martin Luther King Jr. Worship Service: Reverend Michael A. Walrond, Jr., will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 20 in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. This annual chapel service celebrates the life and work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and features a noteworthy clergy and scholar. This year’s speaker is Rev. Michael A. Walrond, Jr. Rev. Walrond is a graduate of Morehouse College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. He continued his studies at Duke University School of Divinity as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar and earned a Master of Divinity degree with a focus in theology. He served as Duke’s university minister and director of the African American Campus Ministry for eight years. Following his time at Duke, Rev. Walrond served as the senior pastor of Zion Temple United Church of Christ in Durham, North Carolina, for eight years. Today, he is the senior pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York.

In addition to HPU’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Service, HPU will host a day of service as “A Day On, Not Off” on Jan. 20 by organizing 28 service projects throughout the city. Community members can sign up to volunteer by clicking here.

The Phoenix Reading Series presents Elizabeth Bradfield at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 in HPU’s Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce Ballroom. 

Phoenix Reading Series: Elizabeth Bradfield, will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 in the Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce Ballroom. Free and open to the public. Elizabeth Bradfield, writer and naturalist, is the author of the poetry collections “Once Removed,” “Approaching Ice,” “Interpretive Work” and the forthcoming mixed-genre “Toward Antarctica.” Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, West Branch, Poetry, the Atlantic Monthly, Orion and elsewhere. For the past 20 years, she has worked as a naturalist and guide on ships both at home and in some of the globe’s most remote places.

Bradfield has been named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. She grew up in Tacoma, Washington, graduated from the University of Washington, and received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Founder and editor-in-chief of Broadsided Press and a contributing editor at the Alaska Quarterly Review, she lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her partner and is an associate professor and co-director of creative writing at Brandeis University.

Copenhagen Play Reading, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 in the Wanek School of Natural Sciences’ Culp Planetarium. Free and open to the public. The reading of “Copenhagen” by Michael Frayn, a play about two scientists’ discussion and debate in the after-life of nuclear power, will be directed by HPU student Emmie D’Amico. The event will also feature an experiential learning component as the HPU Mobile Lab will be parked outside the Wanek School of Natural Sciences from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Visitors are invited to participate in the activities offered that highlight the scientific concepts relevant to the play.

February

Chamber Music Series: Beethoven Celebration, will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, HPU Department of Music faculty will present this special program featuring a variety of Beethoven’s work, including a transcription for piano six hands, a sonata movement for piano and cello, a selection from his opera, “Fidelio,” for vocal quartet, and one of the late string quartets. The quartet, Op. 130, is one of his final compositions and will be presented in its entirety.

Art Gallery Reception: Visions of Japan, will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 6 in the Sechrest Art Gallery in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. The Sechrest Art Gallery will host an exhibition of Morton and Kyoko Ushio Huber’s extensive collection of Ukiyo-e prints alongside Dr. Morton Huber’s collection of photographs taken during his residence and travels in Japan in the 1960s and 70s.

This exhibition highlights a historically significant collection of prints and will pair the genre of images contained with Huber’s large-scale black and white photographs of 20th century Japan. Placing historic images alongside newer ones will provide visitors with the unique opportunity to envision daily life in Japan in a new way across history, as well as see the worlds created by masters of Japanese printmaking through a personal lens.

Charles Franklin Finch Lecture: “Practicing Pilgrimage,” will be held at 4 p.m. on Feb. 10 in the Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce Ballroom. Free and open to the public. This lecture on the ancient practice of pilgrimage and how it might be transformative in the present will be led by Dr. Stephanie Paulsell, a Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School. Most recently, Dr. Paulsell is the author of “Religion Around Virginia Woolf” and editor with Davíd Carrasco and Mara Willard of “Goodness and the Literary Imagination.” Since 2007, she has served as a regular columnist for The Christian Century. Her work focuses on the integration of religion and literature, Christian spirituality and religious practices. She leads the Pilgrimage Project at the Memorial Church of Harvard University, where she is interim pusey minister, as well.

The Sound in Picture Concert, will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. “The Classical Masters Go to the Cinema” will feature a variety of legendary classical composers used in film music. Highlights of the program include music from Beethoven, Schubert, Ravel and Shostakovich. The concert will spotlight the SHU Strings piano trio featuring Dan Skidmore (violin), Bethany Uhler (cello), Jacob Hahn (piano) and Wei Jiao, HPU assistant professor of piano.

Phoenix Reading Series: Barbara Keiler, will be held at 5 p.m. on Feb. 14 in the Webb Conference Center Ballroom. Free and open to the public. Barbara Keiler, whose pseudonyms are Judith Arnold and Ariel Berk, is the author of over 100 mass market novels in multiple genres, including romance and mystery. Her work has been translated into multiple languages and earned numerous awards. She is a prior president of Novelists Inc. and holds a Master of Fine Arts from Brown University and a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College.

HPU’s Theatre Department will perform “Borrowed Babies” in the Empty Space Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 24-26, and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 23.

Borrowed Babies, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 24-26 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the Empty Space Theatre. Free and open to the public. Inspired by the true story of young women using practice babies to learn about child-rearing, playwright Jennifer Blackmer has woven themes of feminism, women in the workforce and the work and motherhood balance into her new play. Complimentary tickets are available for reserve on the High Point University Theatre Department website at www.highpoint.edu/theatre/tickets.

Greensboro Symphony Concert, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. The Symphony will be joined by musician Artyom Dervoed on guitar. The works to be performed include Capriccio Sinfonico, written by Giacomo Puccini; Guitar Concerto, written by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Symphony No. 45 in F# minor; and “Farewell,” written by Franz Joseph Hadyn. A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting HPU’s Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or by emailing concierge@highpoint.edu. Support for this event is provided by The Capus M. Waynick Lecture & Cultural Series Endowed Fund. The Capus M. Waynick Lecture & Cultural Series Endowed Fund was established in 1984 by former ambassador Capus Miller Waynick of High Point, North Carolina. Waynick was an editor, public official, diplomat and former ambassador to Nicaragua and Colombia selected by President Harry S. Truman. A World War I veteran, Waynick was well-traveled, fluent in Spanish and proficient in French. In recognition of Waynick’s diverse interests, the series includes programs having international, national and cultural or performing arts themes. The central purpose of the programs is to expose High Point University students to individuals and groups having national and international recognition and to provide an intellectual experience beyond the classroom. Past speakers of the Capus Waynick Lecture Series have included Dr. Lynne Cheney, Howard K. Smith, Sergei N. Kruschev, David Eisenhower, Linda Wertheimer (NPR) and William F. Buckley.

March

Kaleidoscope Concert, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 2 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. Kaleidoscope features the HPU instrumental ensembles in a concert of great variety. Ensembles large and small will perform in surround sound within the Pauline Theater, making for a fast-paced and enjoyable concert experience. This year’s performance at HPU will cover a broad spectrum of musical styles.

Phoenix Scholarly Talk: “Reading/Romance,” will be held at 7 p.m. on March 26 in the Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce Ballroom. Free and open to the public. Scott Black is professor and chair of English at the University of Utah. He is the author of “Without the Novel: Romance and the History of Prose Fiction,” which explores a longer, wider and more eccentric history of fiction from the perspective of experimental romance. His current projects include researching and writing about Ursula K. Le Guin and Daoism.

HPU Brass Extravaganza, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 26 in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. The annual HPU Brass Extravaganza concert will include not only the full HPU Brass Ensemble, but also a number of brass chamber ensembles and soloists. This varied program will keep the audience entertained throughout the performance.

April

HPU Theatre and Dance Presents: “Godspell, the Musical,” from April 2-5 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. At the behest of John the Baptist, young men and women forsake their jobs and take up the mantle of Jesus Christ — becoming his disciples — in a musical retelling of the Gospel of Matthew set in modern-day New York City. Using song and dance, the apostles traverse the city, spreading Christ’s message of love and tolerance as the time moves ever closer to his betrayal at the hands of Judas and, ultimately, his crucifixion. Please visit http://www.highpoint.edu/theatre/ for more information about upcoming shows and tickets.

Woodwind Ensemble Concert, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 7 in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public, the program will include classical, jazz and pop music. This concert will also showcase the talents of two HPU graduating clarinet majors. No tickets required.

HPU will host its annual Arbor Day Celebration at 4 p.m. on April 16 at Cottrell Amphitheater.

HPU Arbor Day Celebration, will be held at 4 p.m. on April 16 at Cottrell Amphitheater. Open to the public. 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.  

Art Gallery Reception: Cheryl Goldsleger and Larry Millard, will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 16 in the Sechrest Art Gallery in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. The Sechrest Art Gallery will be featuring an exhibit from Cheryl Goldsleger and Larry Millard as they bring their artistic styles together. Goldsleger’s paintings and drawings weave together geometry with abstract marks to express something akin to our contemporary sensibility. Millard’s use of geometrical forms in his sculptures give the impression that his pieces are innate objects in the spaces we occupy. Goldsleger currently serves as the Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta University and has received numerous awards as well as the opportunity to display exhibits nationally and internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Israel Museum. Millard, who is an emeritus professor at the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art, has also been recognized in exhibits globally, including installations in galleries and museums such as the Heath Gallery, ARC Gallery and Plasso Vagnotti.

The HPU Wind Ensemble will perform its annual spring concert, “Spring Winds,” at 7:30 p.m. on April 20.

Wind Ensemble Spring Concert, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 20 in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. The HPU Wind Ensemble will perform its annual spring concert, “Spring Winds.” This group is one of the premier ensembles at the university, featuring the most talented woodwind, brass and percussion students. The program will include an exciting collection of music for winds. Featured soloist on the program is HPU’s Chris Thompson, instructor of percussion.

Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 23 in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. Directed by Chris Thompson, instructor of percussion at HPU, the HPU percussion ensemble will present a diverse range of percussion works.

Studio Art Senior Exhibition, will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 30 in the Sechrest Art Gallery in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. The Sechrest Gallery closes out the 2019-2020 academic year by celebrating graduating senior studio art majors. Nine seniors will be represented in this exhibition, which represents the culmination of their work in a variety of media throughout the past four years.

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