HPU Announces November Community Enrichment Series Events

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 14, 2016 – High Point University will host the following events in November as part of the Community Enrichment Series. All of these events are open to the public. Tickets are not required unless otherwise noted.

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 Faculty Cultural Enrichment Series: Cynthia Leibrock, to be held at 5 p.m. on Nov. 1 in Phillips Hall, Francis Auditorium. Leibrock is an award-winning author, international lecturer and universal designer with more than 30 years of experience. Her life-long mission is to improve health and longevity through universal design, which makes living spaces more accessible, especially meeting the needs of older people. Her company’s prominent projects include The Betty Ford Center, UCLA Medical Center, automotive interior design for Toyota, and a universal design exhibit for the Smithsonian with Julia Child. She has served as a lobbyist for people with mental disabilities, as a judiciary witness in code compliance and accessibility cost estimation, and as a research associate on the dean’s staff at Colorado State University. For more than 20 years she has taught courses in the architecture department at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and has conducted health care design research in Scandinavia, Northern Europe and Japan. Numerous publications have resulted from her sponsored research, and she has twice been awarded the Polsky Prize for literature for her books on design.

 Phoenix Reading Festival: Eileen Myles, to be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 in Phillips Hall, Francis Auditorium. Myles is the author of 19 books, including “I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems,” and a reissue of “Chelsea Girls.” They are the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers’ grant, a Lambda Book Award, the Shelley Prize from The Poetry Society of America, as well as being named to the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List. Currently, they teach at NYU and Naropa University and live in Marfa, Texas, and New York. (Editor’s note: Eileen Myles prefers to go by the pronoun “they.”)
 Phoenix Reading Series: Jessica White, to be held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 18 in room 113 of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. White grew up in Taiwan where she learned to love storybooks, art and traditional crafts and is now a studio artist in Asheville. Her work is both visually and textually inspired by children’s book images, medieval bestiaries, folk tales and the daily news. Through her work, she explores fear and courage, blind optimism, naïveté and wonder. Her work is included in collections at Yale University, Stanford University, Lingnan University Hong Kong, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds master’s degrees in printmaking, a graduate certificate in book studies and a bachelor’s degree in sculpture.
 HPU Theatre Presents “Curtains,” A Murder Mystery Musical with a Book by Rupert Holmes, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-19 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting the HPU Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or This will be one of HPU’s biggest productions for the academic year. Set in 1959 Boston, the plot follows the fallout when the untalented star of “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West” is murdered during her opening night curtain call. It is up to Lt. Frank Cioffi, a police detective who moonlights as a musical theater fan, to save the show, solve the case and maybe even find love before the show reopens without getting killed himself.
 HPU Chamber Music Recital: Schumann Hour, to be held at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 in Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Throughout Western music history, family ties frequently emerge. The incidence of husband-and-wife composers is less common, however, with Robert Schumann (1810-1856) and Clara Schumann (1819-1896) being the most illustrious example. Come hear a rich sample of their instrumental and vocal chamber music as performed by HPU music faculty, along with James Fittz, guest cellist from Colorado.
 Thanksgiving Message: Todd Huston and The Victory Belles, to be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting the HPU Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or Huston is an inspiring author, amputee and only disabled person to break an able-body world record in a sport. At the age of 14, he “died” twice in a boating accident, had his leg amputated and completed the Summit American Expedition, which became his world record mountain climb of the highest elevation in all 50 states, with just one leg. The Victory Belles are a charming vocal trio who keep music from the 1940s alive, while honoring our veterans and active military.
 HPU Community Orchestra Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 28 in the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, Pauline Theatre. On the heels of a successful debut in April 2016, the High Point University Community Orchestra celebrates its first full season in the 2016-17 academic year. Members of the HPUCO include HPU students, staff, faculty and members of the community, representing a rich collaboration of musicians from all walks of life. This season’s opening performance will include Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5, one of the best known and highly acclaimed compositions of all time. Dr. Laura Stevens, HPU instructor of flute, will be the featured soloist on the program, performing Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G.
Opera Scenes Concert: Opera and the Orient, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 in Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Students enrolled in the Opera Scenes class will explore 19th century Western impressions of the East. The semi-staged showcase will feature scenes from operas written by European composers and set in Asia, including “Madama Butterfly,” “The Mikado,” “Lakmé” and “The Pearl Fishers.”
Lessons and Carols, to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 in Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. This special candlelight service is the final chapel service of the fall semester, bringing the community together to remember and retell the Christmas story. The service will feature members of the university community reading scripture and music led by the Chapel Choir. The service is based on the traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge, England.
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