HPU’s Community Enrichment Series Events for February

Young artists in the High Point community are invited to visit High Point University on Experiment Day, happening Feb. 29, to explore the ways science and art can be integrated.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 28, 2020 – High Point University invites the community to campus for the following Community Enrichment Series events during the month of February.

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.

HPU’s 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.

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 (three pianists at one piano), 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 Dr. Morton and Kyoko Ushio Huber’s extensive collection of Ukiyo-e prints alongside Morton’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 Morton’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.

HPU’s Theatre Department will perform “Borrowed Babies” in the Empty Space Theatre on Feb. 20-26.

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.

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.

The Greensboro Symphony will perform at HPU on Feb. 25.

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. 

Cell-Art Collaborative: Experiment Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 29 in the Wanek School of Natural Sciences. Young artists in the High Point community are invited to visit HPU research labs during Experiment Day to explore the ways science and art can be integrated. Young artists will utilize the knowledge obtained and observations made to produce a work of art of their choice, which will be displayed at the Cell-Art Collaborative Showcase on April 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Wanek School of Natural Sciences. To sign up to attend or participate, contact Dr. Veronica Segarra at vsegarra@highpoint.edu.

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