Thursday-Saturday, November 2-4

Department of Performing Arts presents “Spring Awakening”

McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts
October 27, 28, November 2, 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m.; October 29 at 2 p.m.
Book and lyrics by Steven Sater; Music by Duncan Sheik; Directed by Kim Shively; Music directed by Chris Rayis; Choreography directed by Jane Lanier

“Spring Awakening” is a Tony Award-winning rock musical that tells the story of a group of young students discovering their sexuality and struggling to find their place in a repressive society. Set in 19th-century Germany, the show features a contemporary score and a raw and honest portrayal of teenage life. Warning: This theatrical performance contains mature content and themes that may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets are available beginning October 6 at

Wednesday, November 1

All Saints Day

Sacred Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

The Solemnity of All Saints is a Catholic observance dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. All are invited to attend Catholic Mass on this holy day of obligation. Hosted by Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and Catholic Campus Ministry

Wednesday, November 1

Elon University Percussion Ensemble

Yeager Recital Hall, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Isaac Pyatt

The Percussion Ensemble will offer an interesting and entertaining concert featuring a variety of percussive instruments. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Thursday, November 2

Richie Reseda, “Cops, Gangstas, D.A.s and Thugs Share a Common Ancestor – Patriarchy”

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Liberal Arts Forum Lecture with support from the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund

Gangsta Culture (a name given to hypermasculine poor, working-class men and men of color) and our contemporary criminal justice system both take their origins from American Patriarchy. Richie Reseda shares his personal experiences with each culture at school, in the streets and in prison to effectively illustrate their similarities. Both value revenge over resolution, both use violence as a primary tool to achieve goals, both thirst for domination over any who challenge them, both exploit and undermine women and both prioritize profit over humanity. To stop the systems of harm that both cultures perpetuate, we must recognize their kinship, condemn them both and challenge their evil root – patriarchy. Support provided from the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies program and the Gender & LGBTQIA Center at Elon University

Tuesday, November 7

Global Neighborhood Dinner: Celebrating Indigenous Culture and Language with Vickie Jeffries

Lakeside Meeting Rooms, 5:30 p.m.

The Global Neighborhood is proud to host Vickie Jeffries (Mihe Heyananhes Yattse) for its November dinner. Vickie Jeffries is the Tribal Administrator for the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation (OBSN) and Chairperson for the annual OBSN Pow-wow. As a community linguist and member of the Southeastern Studies Linguistics Group for the Tutelo-Saponi language, Ms. Jeffries will be discussing the language revitalization efforts of the OBSN). Ms. Jeffries will also discuss her work as an accomplished beader, basket weaver and indigenous herbalist. Following her talk, guests will be invited for discussion over an indigenous-inspired fall-themed dinner menu. Registration for dinner may be required. Check the online cultural calendar for updates. Sponsored by the Global Neighborhood

Tuesday, November 7

Shay Rabineau, “Walking the Land: Hiking, Environment and National Identity in Israel”

LaRose Student Commons 200, 5:30 p.m.

This public lecture will focus on one of the most extensive and well-developed trail systems in the world, which emerged in Palestine and Israel since the early 20th century. Based on the speaker’s recently published book, “Walking the Land: A History of Israeli Hiking Trails,” this presentation will illuminate the importance of Israel’s hiking trails and the development of a thriving recreational culture among locals and visitors alike to the country’s history, national identity, and conservation efforts in a variety of ways. Using a seemingly superficial topic – hiking trails – this lecture will also explore their profound impact on Zionist thought, Israeli society, and Palestinian national aspirations. Dr. Rabineau is an Associate Professor of Israel Studies and Associate Director of the Center for Israel Studies at Binghamton University. Sponsored by Jewish Studies Program and International and Global Studies; Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences

Tuesday, November 7

Elon University Orchestra

McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
Stephen A. Futrell, director

For its upcoming concert, the Elon Orchestra will perform Caroline Shaw’s “Entr’acte,” Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings (Op. 20), Todd Coleman’s Adieu, and W.A. Mozart’s Symphony No. 10. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Thursday, November 9

Diwali Celebration

McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 6 p.m.

The Hindu festival of lights commemorates the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. Experience Elon’s celebration of this holiday through traditional food and dance as well as songs and stories from students, faculty, staff and community members. Sponsored by Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Thursday, November 9

Elon University Chorale Fall Concert

McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
Gerald R. Knight, director

University Chorale presents an eclectic mix of sacred and secular songs from a diverse collection of composers. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Thursday-Saturday, November 9-11

Department of Performing Arts presents the Fall Dance Concert

Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West
November 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m.; November 11 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Artistic Director: Jasmine Powell

Featuring original choreography by students, faculty and guest artists, the Elon dance program brings dancing movement to the Roberts Theater stage. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Reservations will be offered beginning November 2 at

Saturday, November 11

Elon University Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert

McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Alex Heitlinger, director

The jazz ensemble’s fall concert includes a program of jazz standards celebrating America’s unique musical art form. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Sunday, November 12

Elon Music Ambassadors

Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Novine-Whittaker, director

The Elon Music Ambassadors will showcase its Fall touring concert, featuring a wide variety of genres from jazz to pop. This eclectic ensemble consists of talented instrumentalists and vocalists, each selected to represent Elon University to prospective students and perform for special university events. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Tuesday, November 14

“Covid shields: Makers to the rescue”

Tectonic Plates: Alamance County’s Science Café
Burlington Beer Works, 7 p.m., 103 East Front Street, Burlington NC

Each month on 2nd Tuesdays, a different scientist will lead an engaging and lively discussion in a relaxed atmosphere without all the technical jargon. In November, Lee Atkinson of Meanstride Technology, Inc. and Alamance Maker’s Guild will be the featured expert. For more information, visité.

Tuesday, November 14

Elon Bands, “Raising Awareness”

McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
Jonathan Poquette, conductor
Herb Payung, conductor

The Elon Wind Ensemble and Elon Concert Band feature music written to raise awareness about current issues and challenges people of all ages face. The Elon Band program will collaborate with other departments across campus to help facilitate conversations and dialogues. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Thursday, November 16

Reelin’ in the Years

McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
Stephen Futrell, director

Elon’s vocal jazz ensemble, élan, presents a tribute concert featuring the music of Steely Dan. With rhythm and horn sections and student soloists. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Tuesday, November 28

Festival of Lights & Luminaries

Historic campus, Under the Oaks, Lambert Academic Pavilion, 6:30 p.m.
Rain date: Wednesday, November 29

Join us for an Elon tradition and celebrate the winter season. Take in the beautiful luminaries decorating the historic campus and learn more about the imagery of light found in different religious, spiritual, ethical and cultural worldviews. A beautiful evening of live music, hot chocolate and fun! Sponsored by Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Tuesday, November 28

A Celebration of Light

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Stephen Futrell, Director
W. Thomas Jones, organ
Richard McBride, narrator

The Elon University Camerata, performs a concert of sacred and secular a cappella works from centuries of choral art in celebration of the holiday spirit. This unique, reflective celebration of the season will be the seventeenth installment of this highly acclaimed program and has become an annual part of our community’s anticipation of the season of light. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Wednesday, November 29

Stories of Alamance County 2023: Spaces of Faith & Spiritual Diversity

Elon Community Church, 5 p.m.

Elon and the surrounding community are invited to join the Power and Place Collaborative at a screening and community dialogue of Alamance County Stories from diverse faith communities. Since 2018, oral histories have been collected to share diverse digital stories from across the community. The Power and Place Collaborative is a partnership between the African American Cultural Arts & History Museum, Mayco Bigelow Community Center and Elon University. The purpose of this project is to record, preserve and celebrate stories that represent the diverse histories and communities in our county with the aim of building bridges of understanding across our differences. We are interested in collecting and sharing stories representing the diversity of spiritual practices, faith traditions, religious communities and moral leaders that we have in Alamance County.

Register via the event link here.

Organized by the African American Cultural Arts & History Museum, Elon University, the Burlington Masjid, Elon First Baptist Church, Burlington First Baptist Church, and other faith-based community partners.

Thursday, November 30

Elon Electric Ensemble, Fall Songwriter’s Showcase

McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
Todd Coleman, director

The Electric Ensemble performs an evening of original music composed and performed by singer-songwriters and other talented musicians in Elon’s Music Production & Recording Arts program. A variety of musical genres and styles will be featured including pop, rock, folk and indie styles. Sponsored by the Department of Music