10 things to do at Emory in December

By Becca Moszka | Emory Report | Dec. 3, 2019

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One highlight each December is Emory’s Young Artists, when some of the university’s most outstanding undergraduates from the Department of Music showcase their talents. Photo by Trevor Chun.

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As the end of the year approaches, the Emory campus will be lively with events ranging from concerts and dance performances to basketball games. Here are ten things you can do this month to begin celebrating the holidays or just have some fun.

1. Listen to melodic voices and unique musical interpretations.

Experience the Carlos Museum in a new way through Bent Frequency: Many Voices, an event that features sound installations related to particular objects in the museum’s permanent collection. The concert will be Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. and will feature the work of Emory student composers and internationally acclaimed bass Nicholas Isherwood. General admission tickets are $10 each; Emory students are admitted for free with their student ID.

No Strings Attached, Emory’s oldest all-male a capella group, will present its winter concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. in White Hall 208. More information on No Strings Attached can be found on the group’s Facebook page.

2. Spend an evening with Dean Martin.

Presented by the Emory Film and Media Studies Department, “Kiss Me, Stupid” is a 1964 film directed by Billy Wilder and featuring Dean Martin, Kim Novak and Ray Walston. The free screening will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 208.

3. Hear a poetry reading at the Carlos Museum.

Kevin Young, an Emory University Distinguished Professor and the poetry editor of The New Yorker, will be reading from his most recent book, “Brown: Poems” on Thursday, Dec. 5. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Rose Library, followed by the reading at 7 p.m. and book signing at 8 p.m. at the Carlos Museum. The reading is free and open to the public.

4. Listen to Emory students share their musical talents.

Emory’s Young Artists is an event where some of Emory’s most talented students from the Department of Music perform. This free event is on Friday, Dec. 6, at noon at the Carlos Museum.

5. Ring in the holiday with longstanding traditions.

The Emory University Department of Music and Music at Emory will present “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” an annual show that features the Emory Concert Choir and University Chorus. The concert will also feature scripture readings by guests from the Emory community. The concert will be performed on Friday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church. Purchase tickets online or call the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404-727-5050 for more information.

Southern Folk Advent has been a holiday tradition at Oxford College since 1993. A form of Lessons and Carols, the service is based on folk hymns from the historic Sacred Harp tunebook, compiled in Georgia in 1844. The program features music in a variety of formats, from original arrangements to a cappella singing and bluegrass accompaniment. The free concert is Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at Old Church in Oxford, Georgia.

6. Support the Emory basketball teams.

The Emory women’s and men’s basketball teams will both have home games on Saturday, Dec. 7. The women will play Huntingdon at 2 p.m. and the men will face Piedmont at 4 p.m. Later in the month, the men will host the Emory Holiday Classic Tournament on Sunday, Dec. 29, and Monday, Dec. 30. Visit the Emory Athletics website for more information on any sports events. All basketball games are free, so come cheer on the Eagles.

7. Dance the night away with some Atlanta artists.

Emory Dance, along with CORE Performance Company and The Field in New York have created a special event, Fieldwork Showcase, that features new work created by Atlanta artists. The showcase will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are only $7.

8. Visit the Emory Farmers Market one last time in 2019.

The final market of the semester will be Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the Cox Hall Bridge. Stop by for local produce, artisanal goods, nutritious snacks, a variety of baked goods and drinks and some unique lunch options.

9. Visit these Emory library exhibits before they close.

“Black Cosmopolitan: James Weldon Johnson in an Age of Empire” will remain at the Rose Library through Friday, Dec. 13. The exhibit highlights the often-overlooked diplomatic career of James Weldon Johnson and how his international experiences intersected with his advocacy for black freedom at home and abroad. Admission is free.

“Minor White, Unburdened: Photography from the Collection of Lindsay W. Marshall” at the Carlos Museum features Minor White’s photography of the natural world alongside a selection of his writings and photographs by his contemporaries and friends such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Rose Mandel. The exhibit is on display until Sunday, Dec. 15. 

“Framing Shadows: Portraits of Nannies from the Robert Langmuir African American Photograph Collection” is on display at Emory’s Woodruff Library until Jan. 5, 2020. The historical photos in the exhibit, dating from 1840 to 1920, offer early and consistent visual documentation of African American caregivers and white children. Paired with written narratives and visual materials from the Rose Library’s book and manuscript collections, the photos emphasize the undeniable humanity of each individual shown. Admission is free.

10. Learn what music Santa loves.

Santa Claus himself is coming to the Carlos Museum on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. to perform some of his favorite classical works. Part of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta’s family series, Santa’s Favorite Chamber Music is free and open to the public.