Elon Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
“Histoire du soldat”

Wednesday, November 3

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

The Elon Contemporary Chamber Ensemble invites special guests to perform Igor Stravinsky’s masterwork, “Histoire du soldat.” Also featured on the concert will be works by Viet Cuong and Pultizer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Sponsored by the Department of Music


Department of Performing Arts presents “42nd Street”

Thursday-Saturday, November 4-6

McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts
Oct. 29, 30, 31 and Nov. 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m.,
and October 31 at 2 p.m.

Written by: Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble, Harry Warren, Al Dubin, and Bradford Ropes
Directed by: Alexandra Joye Warren and Chari Arespacochaga
Choreography: Deb Leamy
Musical Direction: Chris Rayis

Peggy Sawyer arrives in New York City from Allenstown, Pennsylvania, with hopes of becoming a Broadway star. Facing adversity from all directions, the young and talented performer learns about show business and discovers which relationships are most important in life. This dance-heavy 1980 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical is based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and the 1933 Academy Award-winning musical film. Elon’s deconstructed version will investigate gender norms and other contemporary issues. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning October 8. For ticket information, visit elon.universitytickets.com


Student Juried Art Exhibition

Thursday, November 4

Opening reception, Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts, 5:30 p.m.

The annual Student Juried Art Exhibition represents some of the strongest art selected from currently enrolled Elon University students. This exhibit is coordinated and executed completely by the students enrolled in Art 360: Professional Practices in Art.

Exhibition continues through December 2.


Shaul Magid, “The Struggle for Home and Homeland: American Jews and Zionism from the 1885 Pittsburgh Platform to Judith Butler”

Thursday, November 4

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

Rex G. and Ina Mae Powell Lecture

The history of Zionism in America is a long and complex story of two competing and contrasting trajectories: Jewish nationalism on the one hand and Jewish Americanism on the other. Dartmouth College Professor Shaul Magid will trace some of the main points of contention between these two trajectories, beginning with the 1885 Pittsburgh Platform that rejects Zionism outright and then moving to the Zionism of Louis Brandeis, the critical Zionism of Hannah Arendt, and the new diasporism of Judith Butler. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society


Ulysses Quartet & Oskar Espinosa Ruiz, clarinet

Monday, November 8

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Assembled in 2015, Ulysses Quartet has made its mark with unusually satisfying programs, lightning-fast mood changes and polished artistry.  As live music and performance return in 2021, Ulysses Quartet welcomes Oskar Espinosa Ruiz on Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115. Also on their Elon program will be Beethoven’s Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74.


Tectonic Plates
Alamance County’s Science Café:
The song of the cicada

Tuesday, November 9

Zoom discussion, 7 p.m.
Meeting ID: 913 8272 3471, Passcode: 750983

Earlier this year you might have heard about the emergence of a huge population of periodical cicadas that spent the last 17 years living underground. This species of cicada will now live the next 17 years before re-emerging. Joanna Radford of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension will teach us what she knows about these mysterious creatures.

Learn cutting-edge science in a relaxed informal atmosphere without all the technical jargon. As with all Tectonic Plates events, programs are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. September through May.


Elon University Orchestra Fall Concert

Tuesday, November 9

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

Professor Thomas Erdmann opens his 18th season as music director of the Elon Orchestra with a “Strings Only” concert. The music will include Gershwin’s “Lullaby,” and Elon faculty member Dr. Daniel Skidmore will be the featured soloist on Philip Glass’ “Arioso No. 2.” Sponsored by the Department of Music


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 the spiritual 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


Elon Chorale Fall Concert

Thursday, November 11

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

Under the direction of Gerald R. Knight, the Elon Chorale presents a variety of sacred and secular selections. Sponsored by the Department of Music


Department of Performing Arts Fall Dance Concert

Friday-Sunday, November 12-14

Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West
November 12-13 at 7:30 p.m., and November 13-14 at 2 p.m.

Artistic Director: Casey Avaunt

The Fall Dance Concert features Elon BFA dance majors performing original and experimental work by faculty, guest artists and select students in a creative, innovative and entertaining show. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be offered beginning November 5 at elonperformingarts.com.


Elon University Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert

Saturday, November 13

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

The Jazz ensemble, under the direction of Rusty Smith, will perform a diverse repertoire of jazz classics and new standards to celebrate America’s unique musical art form. Sponsored by the Department of Music


Elon Music Ambassadors

Sunday, November 14

Yeager Recital Hall, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Director Virginia Novine-Whittaker, 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 12 talented musicians, instrumentalists and vocalists, each selected by the music department faculty to represent Elon University to prospective students and perform for special university events. Sponsored by the Department of Music


Phoenix Winds Fall Concert

Tuesday, November 16

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

The Elon Phoenix Winds fall concert will include wind music and composers from around the world. The program includes a world premiere by Kevin Poelking and selected works by composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, William Grant Still, Francis McBeth, and others. Sponsored by the Department of Music


The Music of Paul Simon

Thursday, November 18

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

Elon’s a cappella/vocal jazz ensemble, élan, presents a tribute concert to the music of acclaimed singer/songwriter Paul Simon. Sponsored by the Department of Music


Festival of Holiday Lights

Tuesday, November 30

(Rain date – Wednesday, December 1)

6:30 p.m., Alamance and Moseley quads

This year’s Festival of Holiday Lights will feature lights, luminaries, and a virtual program. Sponsored by Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life


Celebration of Light

Tuesday, November 30

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

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 fifteenth 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