HPU’s Community Enrichment Series Events for November

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HPU’s Community Orchestra will host its annual concert at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 25 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 25, 2019 – High Point University invites the community to campus for the following Community Enrichment Series events during the month of November.

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 Percussion Ensemble Concert, to be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 1 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. A blend of contemporary and classical percussion, HPU’s Department of Music presents the Fall Percussion Ensemble’s first concert of the season. Directed by Chris Thompson, the ensemble will present a diverse range of exciting percussion literature that is sure to entertain.HPUniverse Day

HPUniverse Day 2019, to be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 2 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. New this year, special guest speaker Dr. Benita Bell, a research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will participate in TED-style talks and be available for photos with families. Attendees will also experience 25 different learning stations and activities. Past stations have included activities and sights like robotic space rovers, astronomy jeopardy, gravity gym, experiments in the HPU Mobile Lab, hovercraft rides and much more. This year, new activities include parachute drops and planetarium shows held in the new Culp Planetarium. 

Recital Series Featuring: Aleks Romano and Kevin Miller, to be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 3 in the Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. Critically-acclaimed musicians Aleks Romano, a mezzo-soprano, and Kevin Miller, a pianist, bring a special collaboration featuring music by and about women. Bringing a feminine perspective with an emphasis on diverse compositional voices and viewpoints, this program will feature works that allow a multi-perspective, historical experience.

Art Gallery Opening Reception: Bruce Onobrakpeya, to be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Sechrest Gallery of Art. Dr. Bob Brown, current chair of High Point University’s Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce his acquisition and giving of this collection of prints by famed Nigerian printmaker, Bruce Onobrakpeya. Onobrakpeya has been designated a “Living Treasure” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and his work has been featured at the Tate Modern in London, the National Museum of African Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Malmö Konsthall in Malmö, Sweden.

Instrumental Chamber Ensembles Concert, to be held from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 in the Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. The growing Instrumental Division will be represented by chamber ensembles of varying instrumentation and sizes, ranging from trios to 16-piece ensembles. This is a terrific opportunity to hear HPU music students shine in a small ensemble setting.veterans day

9th Veterans Day Celebration, to be held at 8 a.m. on Nov. 8 in the James H. and Jesse E. Millis Athletic and Convocation Center. Free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets are available by contacting Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu. This annual event that attracts more than 1,000 people each year offers a complimentary breakfast and a patriotic salute, and this year veterans will get a chance to take a photo with a bald eagle. Keeping with its yearly tradition, the university will pledge American flags to local nonprofits, schools and government buildings. HPU President Nido Qubein will deliver a warm message. Col. Leon “Lee” Ellis, U.S. Air Force veteran, who served 25 years and flew 68 combat missions, with a majority over North Vietnam, will speak at this year’s celebration. The ceremony will also recognize students leading initiatives to support veterans as well as feature a special guest, Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA 2019 and Miss North Carolina. Veterans in attendance will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with the full-time attorney and Charlotte native.

Bright Star, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 through 2 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the Pauline Theater in Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets can be reserved starting Oct. 28 by contacting Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu. This real-event-inspired Broadway show, featuring a score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1920s and 1940s. This is a story of a lost child, a young soldier back from war and gaining an understanding of the past. As protagonist Alice Murphy begins to uncover the truth, she discovers the correlation between all of these things. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances.Maaza Mengiste

Phoenix Literary Festival Featuring Keynote: Maaza Mengiste, to be held at 5 p.m. on Nov. 15 and 11 a.m. on Nov. 16 in the Francis Auditorium in Phillips Hall. Free and open to the public. Maaza Mengiste is a novelist and essayist. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Creative Capital. Her debut novel, “Beneath the Lion’s Gaze,” was selected by the Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books and named one of the best books of 2010 by Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe and other publications. Her second novel, “The Shadow King,” was published in September 2019. Her work can be found in The New Yorker, New York Review of Books, Granta, the Guardian, the New York Times, Rolling Stone and BBC among other places. Maaza’s fiction and nonfiction examines the individual lives at stake during migration, war and exile and considers the intersections of photography and violence. 

Chamber Music Series Presents: Annual Holiday Concert, to be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel. Free and open to the public. This concert features faculty performances of holiday favorites, including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and arrangements from favorite Christmas carols around the world.

Winter Wind Ensemble Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 22 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The HPU Wind Ensemble’s Winter Concert will include a mixture of holiday favorites and traditional works for woodwind instruments.

Thanksgiving Message Featuring Bruce Boguski and Donna Mack, to be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 25 in the Francis Auditorium in Phillips Hall. Free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets will be available for reserve starting Nov. 1 by contacting Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu. Bruce Boguski, an author, motivational speaker, columnist and media personality, will be standing alongside keynote speaker, vocalist and consultant Donna Mack for this special holiday message. Both known for overcoming the impossible, Boguski and Mack use their own life stories of facing disability to urge audience members to take a fresh look at the challenges in their lives and celebrate the blessings that can be learned from them.

HPU Community Orchestra Concert, to be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 25 in the Pauline Theater in Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Free and open to the public. The High Point University Community Orchestra is proud to present its fall concert featuring the seven-movement orchestral suite, “The Planets,” composed by Gustav Holst. Each movement represents a planet from our solar system seen from Earth at the time (1916), and their corresponding astrological character. Additionally, Dr. Wei Jiao, assistant professor of piano at HPU, will perform one of the most famous of all piano concerti, the “Piano Concerto in A minor.”

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