HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 14, 2014 – High Point University invites the campus and surrounding community to a full lineup of cultural events this fall. Throughout the semester, a variety of art, music and theater performances, as well as special speakers will visit campus.
Some of the fall events are part of the Faculty Community Enrichment Grant Series and are identified with an asterisk. The grant series assists HPU faculty in planning vibrant, intellectually stimulating cultural events that feature nationally renowned academics, artists and performers. The grants support programming in all academic disciplines and help introduce students to thought-provoking ideas in art, literature, science, philosophy and business. The theme this year is “Year of the Arts.”
All of the following events are open to the public. Some events require tickets as noted below.
• VISIONS 2014 third annual invitational exhibition: “Invention as Art,” to be held Aug. 18 through Oct. 16 in Sechrest Art Gallery, Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The exhibit explores the realm of constructed invention in 2D and 3D formats, showing artwork in the form of drawings and sculptural works, including kinetic sculpture that started out as invention. Call 336-841-4685 or 336-803-1815 for more information.
• “High Point University Explores the Art of Seating,” to be held Aug. 18 through Dec. 4 in Sechrest Art Gallery, Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The School of Art and Design presents an exhibition of innovative student and faculty chair designs on display in conjunction with Reynolda House Museum of American Art’s special exhibit, “The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design.” More than 40 iconic chairs featured at the museum provide a point of reference for the chair prototypes and ideation designed by HPU’s own students and faculty. Call 336-841-4685 or 336-803-1815 for more information.
• *Phoenix Reading Series: Metta Sáma and Amy Catanzano, to be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 4 in Francis Auditorium, Phillips Hall. Metta Sáma, assistant professor and director of creative writing at Salem College, is the author of “Nocturne Trio” and “South of Here.” Her poems, fiction, creative non-fiction and book reviews have been published or are forthcoming in a number of publications. Amy Catanzano is an assistant professor of English and serves as poet-in-residence and director of creative writing at Wake Forest University. Her most recent book is the fiction and poetry hybrid “Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella.” Her second book, “Multiversal,” received the PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry.
• Voice Division Recital, to be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 14 in Pauline Theatre, Hayworth Fine Arts Center. This voice recital is a celebration of women. The texts and music reveal a candid look at different aspects of being female: their lives, loves, losses, humor and weaknesses. Dr. Candice Burrows, mezzo-soprano, will be accompanied by Japanese collaborative pianist Hisako Hiratsuka of Tufts University.
• The Heightened Importance of Leadership in All Endeavors for the Betterment of Mankind, to be held at 5 p.m. on Sept. 16 in Francis Auditorium, Phillips Hall. Authors will discuss with HPU students and the alumni community how to breathe leadership into current circumstances and life events. The emphasis is about putting leadership into practice immediately while preparing to transition to the work world. Phil Johnston, a specialist on leadership and managerial excellence, is a 15-year CEO of a public technology company and the author of several books on leadership, including “True South, Leadership Lessons from Polar Extremes.” He is currently the co-founder and chief legal officer of Koolbridge Solar Inc. Dr. Lane Anderson, an educator for 33 years and award-winning principal, has served for four years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, as well as 21 years in the naval reserve intelligence program, retiring with the rank of captain. He has published two books on family leadership and is the collaborator on “True South.” His doctoral dissertation on situational leadership was groundbreaking and has been used as a reference book at the U.S. Naval Academy and the War College.
• *Phoenix Reading Series: Alan Michael Parker, to be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18 in Francis Auditorium, Phillips Hall. Alan Michael Parker is most recently the author of the novel, “The Committee on Town Happiness,” and the collection of poems, “Long Division.” He has served as editor of several publications, and his poetry and prose have appeared in numerous places, including The American Poetry Review, The New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker. He is the Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College.
• Dr. Alixandra Yanus Presentation, to be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30 in Francis Auditorium, Phillips Hall. Gender plays a powerful role in determining citizens’ willingness to run for public office. This presentation will explore the source and scope of those barriers as well as begin to explore what can be done to narrow this gender gap for future generations.
• High Point Community Concert: WindSync, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 in Pauline Theatre, Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync has distinguished itself among classical music ensembles as North America’s foremost emerging wind quintet. The young, energetic group plays exclusively from memory, including elements of staging and choreography, and focuses on building connections with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence. Note: The general public may purchase tickets at the door for $20. For more information about the High Point Community Concert Association and to purchase a season subscription, visit http://www.highpointconcerts.org. Professional dress is required.
• Marvin Blickenstaff Piano Recital and Workshops, the recital will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, and the workshops will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 4. All of the events will be at Pauline Theatre in Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Marvin Blickenstaff teaches privately in the Philadelphia area and also at The New School for Music Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He is former president of the Board of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, and serves on the executive planning committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. In 2009, he received MTNA’s highest honor, the Achievement Award. The recital will feature some of the world’s favorite piano classics from Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven, Debussy and Liszt. The first workshop will be based on Honeymoon or Havoc: The First Week of Practice on New Repertoire, and the second workshop is titled, “Doing What Comes Naturally: Nature’s Clues to Effective Interpretation.”
• *Sebastian Guerrini, to be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 in Francis Auditorium, Phillips Hall. Sebastian Guerrini is a designer in visual communication, postgraduate in communication technologies and Doctor of Philosophy in communication and image studies at the University of Kent. His area of specialty is the analysis and design of institutional and corporate communication. He carried out image and identity design in 26 nations; developed projects for Amnesty International, Green Building Council, UNICEF, CLASCO and the United Nations; author of the graphical version of the Argentina National Emblem; and designed the brand of CONICET, the image of the Museum of Natural Sciences of Argentina and the visual identity of the nation’s presidency, ministries and secretaries of state.
• HPU Theatre Presents: “On the Verge,” to be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 through Oct. 11 and Oct. 13 through Oct. 15 in Black Box Theatre. Written by Eric Overmyer, “On the Verge” makes extensive use of esoteric language and pop culture references from the late 19th century to 1955. Three intrepid Victorian women explorers embark on an adventure to Lands Unknown in 1888 only to discover they are adrift in time, eventually arriving at a 1955 Las Vegas casino. Note: Tickets are available for the general public by contacting the HPU Box Office at Hayworth Fine Arts Center at 336-841-4673.
• *Todd Drake, to be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 10 in Francis Auditorium, Phillips Hall. Human rights photographer and installation artist Todd Drake creates art that addresses human rights issues among marginalized communities. Working collaboratively with community members, Drake creates images that are both specific and universal and reveals his concern for the most basic of human rights – to be considered fully human. Drake created the exhibition HELP: Hidden Work, Hidden Lives. He has worked collaboratively with communities, including Muslim Americans, undocumented immigrants and Palestinians.
• HPU Jazz Ensemble Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 in Pauline Theatre, Hayworth Fine Arts Center. HPU will celebrate its talented students and faculty by hosting an evening of music directed by Dr. Robert Faub, instructor of saxophone.
• CEO Q&A Moderated by Dr. Nido Qubein, to be held at 4:45 p.m. on Oct. 15 in Pauline Theatre, Hayworth Fine Arts Center. HPU continues its partnership with Business NC Magazine and UNCTV with an informative and thought-provoking discussion with some of North Carolina’s top CEOs. The roundtable will include David King with LabCorp, N.C. Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker and S. Davis Phillips with Phillips Industries Inc. The program will be featured in Business NC and on a future broadcast of UNCTV. Note: A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for the general public by contacting 336-841-9209, email@example.com or online at www.highpoint.edu/community/ceopanel.
• Barbara Nessim: Mad Men Era Artist and Illustrator Exhibit, to be held Oct. 27 through Dec. 4 at the Sechrest Art Gallery in Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Internationally renowned artist, illustrator and educator Barbara Nessim has been a vital contributor and influential trendsetter in the art world over the past several decades. Women who built careers as illustrators in the “Mad Men” era in New York were few and far between. The exhibit includes her sketchbooks, prints, drawings, computer graphics, artist’s books and other publications, many featured in magazines. Call 336-841-4685 or 336-803-1815 for more information.
• *Beka Butts, to be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29 in Francis Auditorium, Phillips Hall. Beka Butts is an illustrator currently living in Greensboro. She is a 2009 graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design and co-founder of the 512 Collective, an artist collective and gallery in High Point that hopes to bring the growing art community together to create a culture of locally supported artists and makers.
• Percussion Ensemble Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 in Pauline Theatre, Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Join the HPU Percussion Ensemble for an evening of exciting music, directed by world-renowned marimbist and composer, Dr. Nathan Daughtrey.
• WAGE Roundtable on North Carolina Women Leaders, to be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5 in Francis Auditorium, Phillips Hall. The WAGE Leadership Project is an interdisciplinary initiative that fosters leadership and professional development skills in students across disciplines. This roundtable will include area leaders discussing their experiences, focusing on gender equity and its impact on leadership, civic engagement and professional achievement.
• *Phoenix Reading Series: Etgar Keret, to be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 in Extraordinaire Cinema, R.G. Wanek Center. Etgar Keret is internationally acclaimed for his short stories. “Suddenly a Knock on the Door” and his three earlier collections are bestsellers in Israel and have been published in more than 30 languages. Keret has received the Book Publishers Association’s Platinum Prize several times, the Chevalier medallion of France’s Order of Arts and Letters, and has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize and the Ministry of Culture’s Cinema Prize. More than 40 short movies have been based on his stories, one of which won the MTV Prize. Keret is also the writer of several feature screenplays.
• *Barbara Nessim Presentation, to be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 in Sechrest Art Gallery, Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Barbara Nessim is an American artist, illustrator and educator. As a young professional, she broke gender boundaries as one of very few full-time professional female illustrators in the United States during the 1960s. She entered the highly competitive field of graphic design by illustrating record album covers and magazine covers for Rolling Stone, Time, Ms, New York Magazine and The Boston Globe. She was a pioneer in the practice of digital art and illustration and has since used the computer to provide new ways to create and exhibit her work.
• Greensboro Symphony: Eroica, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 in Pauline Theatre, Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Initially written in celebration of Napoleon’s revolutionary regime, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 swiftly changed course when Bonaparte revealed his true intentions and proclaimed himself Emperor of the French in 1804. Disgusted by Napoleon’s thirst for power, Beethoven dramatically ripped up the title page, renamed it “Sinfonia eroica” and established it as one of the most legendary works of the 19th century. Russian pianist Igor Kamenz will begin the concert with Tchaikovsky’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 1. Note: A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for the general public by contacting 336-841-9209, firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.highpoint.edu/community/gsosymphony. Professional dress is required.
• Chair Dance Recital, to be held at 5 p.m. on Nov. 14 in Sechrest Art Gallery, Hayworth Fine Arts Center. A small troop of HPU dance students will perform themed choreography relating to “The Chair,” which is an iconic utilitarian work of art. The recital is in conjunction with “High Point University Explores the Art of Seating,” an exhibition by the School of Art and Design.
• Jim Cathcart, to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 in Francis Auditorium, Phillips Hall. Serial entrepreneur Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE will be sharing his personal success strategies plus the insights he has gained during this past year through more than 100 interviews he conducted with self-made millionaires and highly successful entrepreneurs. He has found that the personal attributes you develop as an entrepreneur can have as much impact on your success as do the business ideas upon which your enterprise is built.
• *Phoenix Festival: Nathaniel Mackey, to be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the Greek Village Conference Center Ballroom. Nathaniel Mackey is an American poet, novelist, literary critic, editor and jazz aficionado. He is currently the Reynolds Price Professor of English at Duke. Mackey is a National Book Award winner for poetry, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poetry for six years, and a winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, among other honors. As a tribute to High Point’s jazz heritage, members of the HPU Jazz Ensemble will also be playing at this year’s annual Phoenix Festival.
• HPU Theatre Presents: “The Drowsy Chaperone,” to be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 through Nov. 22 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 23 in Pauline Theatre, Hayworth Fine Arts Center. “The Drowsy Chaperone,” written by Bob Martin with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan as he plays the record of his favorite musical. The show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story and actors. Note: Tickets are available for the general public by contacting the HPU Box Office at Hayworth Fine Arts Center at 336-841-4673.
• Thanksgiving Message: Bill Magee and Six Appeal, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 in Pauline Theatre, Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Dr. William P. Magee Jr. is a leading plastic and craniofacial surgeon who founded Operation Smile in 1982 with his wife, Kathleen S. Magee, and serves as the organization’s chief executive officer. Magee’s work on behalf of children around the world has led to numerous awards and honors. In 2009, U.S. News & World Report named the Magees two of “America’s Best Leaders.” In 2007, USAID presented them with the President’s Call to Service Award from President George W. Bush. Magee received the first $1 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 1996, and the Servants of Peace Award from the U.N. representative to the Vatican in 1997. Six Appeal is a world class vocal ensemble infused with impeccable comedic timing and the energy and vitality of a rock band. Swearing off instruments, the award-winning vocal band Six Appeal takes you on a journey that spans decades of music, performing classic oldies, current chart toppers and catchy original tunes – all sung a cappella. Note: A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting 336-841-9209, by emailing email@example.com or online at www.highpoint.edu/community/thanksgivingmessage.
• Opera Scenes Concert: “Mostly Mozart,” to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the Hayworth Chapel Sanctuary. Students from the Opera Scenes class will present a semi-staged program of excerpts by Mozart and other well-known composers under the direction of Dr. Scott MacLeod, assistant professor of voice.
• Holiday Choral Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 in Pauline Theatre, Hayworth Fine Arts Center. HPU’s 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 the chorus. Note: A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for the general public by contacting 336-841-9209, firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.highpoint.edu/community/holidaychoralfriday for Friday’s performance and www.highpoint.edu/community/holidaychoralsaturday for Saturday’s performance.
• Fall Band Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 in Pauline Theatre, Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Comprised of students from across campus, the HPU Wind Ensemble performs a wide variety of music at multiple concerts throughout the year. This year’s Fall Concert will feature the full ensemble, smaller chamber groups, traditional compositions and new, modern works.
• North Carolina Symphony: Holiday Pops Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 in Pauline Theatre at Hayworth Fine Arts Center. 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. Note: A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for the general public by contacting 336-841-9209 or email@example.com. Professional dress is required.
• Lessons and Carols, to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the Hayworth Chapel Sanctuary. This special candlelight service will feature members of the university community, the Chapel Choir and the Flute Ensemble. The Board of Stewards, Alpha Delta Theta sorority and Alpha Phi Omega fraternity will serve as ushers and greeters. The service is based on the traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols at King’s College in Cambridge, England.
• Community Christmas Celebration, to be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 and Dec. 19 at the Kester International Promenade. You are invited to bring the family and take a stroll down the festive Jane and Gene Kester International Promenade and enjoy Christmas music, beautiful decorations, hot chocolate and more. Children may have a complimentary photo taken with Santa, and he’s bringing gifts too!