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Packed November arts calendar features world-renowned vocalist, innovative dance performances

November brings a wide range of arts programs to campus, including a performance by world-renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. Her concert, “In War and Peace, Harmony Through Music,” will be Sunday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. Photo by Brooke Shaden.

The arts flourish on both of Emory’s campuses all through November, with a busy schedule of events and performances. The month kicks off with Theater Emory’s production of “The Nether,” a dystopian science fiction play written by Jennifer Haley. The Candler Concert Series continues with awe-inspiring vocalist Joyce DiDonato and the Emory Dance Company fall concert premieres at the end of the month. Read on for highlights and visit the Arts at Emory online calendar for the full schedule of events.


Theater Emory presents a three-week run of the sci-fi thriller “The Nether” from Nov. 1-17. Shows take place Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. “The Nether” is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion: just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination. Warning: this performance contains mature content. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Schwartz box office or by calling 404-727-5050.

The final performances of Oxford Theater’s “Men on Boats” will be Nov. 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. in Tarbutton Performing Arts Center. Tickets for this true(ish) story of men who set out to map the course of the Colorado River can be purchased online.


World-renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato joins the Candler Concert Series on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Her concert, “In War and Peace, Harmony Through Music,” features the music of Handel and Purcell, among other masters. DiDonato brings this empowering theatrical performance to concert halls throughout the world, entreating us all to reflect on how we find peace in the midst of chaos. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Schwartz box office or by calling 404-727-5050.

Later in November, the Emory University Symphony Orchestra and the Emory Wind Ensemble share the stage with guest artist Rashid Williams. The combined concert conducted by Paul Bhasin takes place Saturday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Williams currently is touring with multi-platinum artist John Legend. He has also toured with Jill Scott, J. Cole and Alicia Keys. The concert is free and open to the public.


Full Radius Dance Company will perform at Oxford College on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Originally founded in 1990 as a traditional company of professional dancers called Dance Force, the group evolved to include dancers of all physical abilities. Today, Full Radius Dance is celebrated for its distinct style, artistry and inclusiveness. The free performance will be in Williams Hall on the Oxford campus.

The Emory Dance Company Fall Concert premieres Thursday, Nov. 21, with several performances throughout the weekend. The Emory Dance Company performs new contemporary works by Israeli guest artist Dafi Altabeb, Emory Dance faculty Julio Medina and George Staib, Emory alumna Jessica Bertram and guest artist Kristin O’Neal. All performances will be in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts dance studio. Tickets can be purchased online, at the box office, or by calling 404-727-5050.


Emory Cinematheque continues in November with Billy Wilder film screenings on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 208. This month, films include “The Apartment,” Wilder’s five-time Oscar-winning dramedy about an exploited elevator operator, on Nov. 6; “One, Two, Three,” Wilder's raucous homage to the Marx Brothers where communism and capitalism go head-to-head, on Nov. 13; and “Irma La Douce,” Wilder's most successful film at the box-office starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, on Nov. 20. Emory Cinematheque is free and open to the public.

Michael C. Carlos Museum

Rounding out a busy calendar of events at the Carlos Museum for November, the Cooke Noontime Concert takes place at noon on Friday, Nov. 15, in Ackerman Hall on the third floor of the Carlos Museum. This Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta performance features violinist Emily Uematsu, winner of the 2017 Parnassus Society Award, making her Atlanta debut performing works by Bach, Ravel and Esa-Pekka Salonen. The concert is free and open to the public.

Minor White, Unburdened: Photographs from the Collection of Lindsay W. Marshall” is still on display at the Carlos. This exhibition features works by White alongside a selection of photographs by contemporaries and friends such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Harry Callahan. The Michael C. Carlos Museum is free to Emory faculty, staff and students with Emory ID. 

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Program Reading Series continues this month with a reading by Gabriel Houck and Kimberly Belflower on Monday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Houck’s collection “You or a Loved One” won the 2017 Orison Fiction Prize, with pieces selected for the 2015 and 2017 editions of The Best American Short Stories. His work appears in Glimmer Train, The Sewanee Review and elsewhere. Belflower’s play “Lost Girl” won the 2018 Kennedy Center Darrell Ayers National Playwriting Award. She also has worked as a writer and narrative lead for Meow Wolf, Santa Fe’s celebrated immersive arts company. The reading takes place in the Jones Room at Woodruff Library; it is free and open to the public.

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