Community Enrichment Series Events for April Announced

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 14, 2016 – High Point University will host the following events in April as part of the Community Enrichment Series. All of these events are open to the public. Tickets are not required unless otherwise noted.

HPU Chamber Music Series: British Invasion, to be held at 3:30 p.m. on April 3 in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. In 1904, the German critic Oskar Schmitz stated that England was a land without music. Perhaps it was this unfavorable critique that inspired William Henry Squires (1871-1963), Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) and Madeleine Dring (1923-1977), successful 20th century composers who will be honored in concert by HPU’s music faculty.

The program will include William Henry Squires’ “Gavotte Humoristique” and “Meditation in C” for cello and piano performed by Gina Pezzoli and Marcia Dills; selections from Vaughn Williams’ “Ten Blake Songs” for soprano and oboe performed by Barbara Peters and Thomas Pappas; Benjamin Britten’s “Nocturnal after John Dowland” for solo guitar performed by Mark Mazzatenta; and Madeleine Dring’s “Trio for Flute, Oboe, Piano” performed by Laura Stevens, Thomas Pappas and Marcia Dills.

First Amendment Day with Greg Lukianoff, to be held at 7 p.m. on April 6 in the David L. Francis Lecture Hall at Earl N. Phillips School of Business. Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, will speak about recent disputes at schools such as the University of Missouri and Yale University that raise questions about the proper balance between the right to free speech on campus and the need to be politically sensitive to others, particularly minority students. His talk will be the capstone event of HPU’s first-ever First Amendment Day, which will explore similar issues with a series of events that include a Banned Book Reading.

The author of “Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and Freedom From Speech,” Lukianoff has also published articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, TIME, Forbes, the New York Post, U.S. News & World Report and numerous other publications. A frequent guest on local and national syndicated radio programs, Lukianoff has also testified before both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives about free speech issues on America’s campuses.

The talk is supported by a grant from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University and HPU’s Faculty Cultural Enrichment Grant Series.

Phoenix Reading Series: Dao Strom, to be held at 7 p.m. on April 7 in the Ballroom at the Plato S. Wilson Commerce Building. The event will feature Dao Strom, the author of two books of fiction as well as a recent memoir, “We Were Meant to Be a Gentle People.” She is also a singer-songwriter. About her 2006 fiction collection, The New Yorker said, “Quietly beautiful, Strom’s stories are hip without being ironic.” Her current project received funding from the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Oregon Arts Commission. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener Fellowship and the Nelson Algren Award.

HPU Theatre Presents: “Cul-De-Sac,” to be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 14-16 and at 2 p.m. on April 17 in the Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Join HPU for the world premiere of a new play by acclaimed playwright John Cariani, author of “Almost, Maine!” Cariani has been developing “Cul-de-Sac” with HPU Theatre faculty, students and alumni over the past year. The play takes place on a familiar cul-de-sac in a familiar neighborhood in a familiar town. The Johnsons feel stuck, the Smiths feel lost, and the Joneses seem to have it all figured out. The play takes a deeper look into the events beneath the surface of everyday suburban reality. Cariani will be joining HPU Theatre for a discussion of this new play and the developmental process. A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting the HPU Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636.

Arbor Day, to be held at 4 p.m. on April 21 at the Alumni Avenue Amphitheater. 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, and Jon Roethling, curator of the grounds. A representative from the N.C. Forest Service will award HPU with its seventh Tree Campus USA recognition. Attendees are asked to enter campus from N. Centennial Street and Montlieu Avenue. Parking and shuttle service will be available from the parking lot on Montlieu Avenue.

Spring Choral Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 21 in the Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Please join HPU as members of the HPU Choral Ensembles, members of United Methodist Church choirs from around the area, and the newly formed High Point University Community Orchestra perform a three-part Choral Concert including Vivaldi’s and John Rutter’s “GLORIA.” A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting 336-841-9209 or by emailing

HPU University Band Concert, Wind Ensemble, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 25 in the Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Join the HPU Symphonic Band as it presents its Spring Band Concert. The concert will feature a mixture of serious band literature and pops selections. HPU’s advanced instrumentalists will be featured on this concert.

Musical Theatre Scenes: “Songs for a New World,” to be held at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on April 26 in the Empty Space Theatre. Written by Jason Robert Brown, “Songs for a New World” goes from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue weaving timeless characters and situations into a musical theatre song cycle. This semi-staged production will feature students enrolled in the Musical Theater Scenes class. Seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

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