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Fall 2019 Events

For over 150 years, Milligan College has championed the integration of scholarship, community and faith in this region. Each year, Milligan highlights its commitment to the liberal arts by welcoming national speakers, artists and performers to campus, in addition to showcasing our students’ talents through concerts, exhibits and research. Join us this fall for another impressive lineup of faith, arts and culture events. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Masterclass: Jessica Molaskey
October 3, 7-9 p.m.
McGlothlin-Street Theatre, Gregory Center

Jessica Molaskey, a Broadway performer from the original cast of “Songs for a New World,” will coach select Milligan students in a masterclass. Molaskey is a veteran of a dozen Broadway shows, including the revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” which was nominated for nine Tony Awards.

Lecture: Dr. David Stowe
October 17, 5:30 p.m.
Hyder Auditorium

Dr. David Stowe, professor of English and religious studies at Michigan State University, will discuss his book “Song of Exile: The Enduring Mystery of Psalm 137.” For many centuries, this short Hebrew poem has been a cultural touchstone for music and religion across the world. This interdisciplinary talk, hosted by Milligan’s Honors Program, will demonstrate the Psalm’s enduring place in popular culture.

Ross-Smith Lectures: Dr. Thomas Long
October 17, 7 p.m.
B.D. Phillips Building

October 18, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Grandview Christian Church

This year’s Ross-Smith Lectures will feature Dr. Thomas G. Long, the Bandy Professor of Preaching Emeritus at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Long’s presentation, “Caring for Humanity and Nurturing Faith through Christian Funerals,” will include three events. A Presbyterian minister, Long has been named “one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English speaking world” by Baylor University. He has taught preaching for over 40 years and served churches in Georgia and New Jersey. For more information, visit

Theatre: “Songs for a New World
October 24-26, 7:30 p.m.
October 27, 2:30 p.m.
McGlothlin-Street Theatre, Gregory Center

Milligan’s musical theatre program will perform “Songs for a New World” during Milligan’s Homecoming weekend. This is the first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (“Parade,” “Bridges of Madison County”). The musical follows multiple characters including a captain of a ship in 1492, a flag maker suffering loss, a mother deciding to create a new life and a man choosing to take his basketball future into his own hands.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 23 at

Book + Art Exhibit
October 25-26
P.H. Welshimer Library

Reimagine books as the raw material and inspiration for works of art. All interested faculty, staff, students, alumni and area community members are encouraged to create a piece of art, and the submission of entries begins October 21.

Alumni Art Exhibit: William Major
October 26-November 14
October 26, opening reception, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Milligan Art Gallery, Derthick Hall

“Fighting for Recognition” is a photographic and multimedia series about southern independent wrestling and contact sports. The photography captures these sports within the context of decoding the traits underlying viewing a spectacle. Milligan alumnus William Major developed this body of work while completing the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Georgia.

Concert: An Afternoon at the Movies
October 26, 3:30 p.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium, Seeger Chapel

Milligan’s Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Heritage, Herd Mentality and Orchestra will present a short, family-friendly concert that showcases the wonderful world of music in film. The performance will feature iconic songs such as “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” and “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman.”

Orchestra Concert: A Musical Zoo
November 2, 7:30 p.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium, Seeger Chapel

The Milligan Orchestra will take you on a zoological journey through centuries of music inspired by the animal kingdom. Featured repertoire includes the overture from “The Thieving Magpie” by Rossini, “The Waltzing Cat” by Leroy Anderson and “The Red Pony” by Aaron Copland. Local elementary students will create art pieces of the animals depicted as part of educational outreach. All artwork will be on display in Seeger Chapel’s lobby during the concert.

Graphic Design Showcase
November 17-December 6
November 17, opening reception, 2-4 p.m.
Milligan Art Gallery, Derthick Hall

Senior graphic design majors Amy Shumaker, Bethany Sodergren and Cora Wymer will showcase their creative skills in digital illustration, print design, type design, package design and other digital media.

Concert: Ensemble Chaconne
November 21, 7:30 p.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium, Seeger Chapel

The Milligan Arts Council presents Ensemble Chaconne as they transport listeners to Shakespeare’s time with “Measure for Measure: The Music of Shakespeare’s Plays.” The concert will feature songs from “As You Like It,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Tempest,” “Hamlet” and “Othello.” Ensemble Chaconne includes Peter H. Bloom, Renaissance flute; Carol Lewis, viola da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen, Renaissance lute; and Burcu Gulec, mezzo-soprano.

Storytelling: Buffalo Tales
December 5, 6 p.m.
McGlothlin-Street Theatre, Gregory Center

At this 12th annual event, students enrolled in Milligan’s storytelling class will tell their own tales as part of their final exam.

Christmas Concert
December 7-8, 7:30 p.m.
Mary B. Martin Auditorium, Seeger Chapel

The glorious sights and sounds of the season will be a great start to your Christmas festivities as the Milligan area of music presents its annual Christmas concert. The performance will feature choirs, the orchestra, and the organ in the beautifully decorated Mary B. Martin Auditorium. The concert is free, but donations in support of Milligan’s area of music will be taken.

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Posted by on September 20, 2019.