The Elon University Cultural Calendar is the road map to the biggest events offered on campus every semester. Jeff Clark, executive director of cultural and special programs, said that he and his team mapped out the fall semester’s schedule with Elon’s global initiatives in mind.
“We have a lot of entertainment coming to campus [this fall], and it’s very international in nature,” Clark said. “We chose our acts to coincide with the opening of the Global Neighborhood, which are the neighbors to our complex.”
Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir
(Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in McCrary Theatre) – Founded in 1950, the Dakar-based choir has a strong history of singing Senegalese national and spiritual songs in the nation’s four major languages. About the group, Clark simply said, “They are amazing.”
Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience
(Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in McCrary Theatre) – Clark wants to get to the heart of each audience member’s personal connection with the Beatles, which is why he emphasizes that this is not a group of run-of-the-mill Beatles impersonators.
“They play music extremely well,” Clark said. “They ask the audience to fill our cards with their favorite Beatles song, why and a dedication. It’s personalized to our audience.”
Fall Convocation with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
(Oct. 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Alumni Gym) – Join the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists as they discuss the triumphs and pitfalls of aid initiatives across the world in this year’s Fall Convocation.
Kristof and WuDunn will speak from their experiences as well as their most recent book, “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity,” which focuses on how everyone can become an effective global citizen.
(Oct. 2 – 8 in Black Box Theatre) – The Elon Performing Arts Department presents Craig Lucas’ 1983 dark comedy about an optimistic woman who, on an idyllic Christmas Eve, suddenly finds her life in danger and flees in her bathrobe and slippers.
Paisley Rekdal, nonfiction and poetry reading
(Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Johnston Hall) – The multi-faceted, award-winning author, who has published a collection of essays, a photo-text memoir and four collections of poetry will read selections from her vast array of work.
The Soul of Flamenco
(Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in McCrary Theatre) – Traveling all the way from Barcelona, the Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is a flamenco and Spanish dance company that believes in sharing the spirit and culture of flamenco with audiences around the world.
This performance will showcase everything flamenco has to offer as well as a new work entitled “A Solas.”
(Oct. 23 – 25 and Oct. 30 – Nov. 1 in McCrary Theatre) – The Tony Award-winning musical from Maury Yeston and Peter Stone features the infamous White Star Line ocean liner, and even more infamous wooden plank, which sunk on its maiden voyage in 1912.
Along with its music and lyrics, the show uses actual crewmembers and passengers as characters to provide another lens through which to view the events of the doomed liner.
Dancing in the Black Box
(Nov. 6 – 8 in the Black Box Theatre) - The annual dance showcase, presenting works from faculty members, students and guest choreographers, will feature dance films from the Elon in LA Program as well as a new piece by Quebec-based choreographer Helen Simoneau.
“This concert is important for our department because our dance students have the opportunity to produce their work in a main stage production,” said Jen Guy Metcalf, professor in the dance department and the show’s director. “They also have the chance to perform professional-level choreography by faculty members and a guest artist.”