Duke Opera Theater: Flute & Figaro al Fresco

This video premiered on Friday, April 30 at 7:30 pm EDT.

“Flute & Figaro al Fresco” features staged scenes from Mozart’s Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro filmed outside the Biddle Music Building on Duke’s East Campus.

 

View the video trailer for The Magic Flute.

View the video trailer for The Marriage of Figaro.

Conceived by director David Heid and featuring pianist Daniel Seyfried, this homage to silent films is a creative, theatrical and comic response to the limitations placed on performances by the Covid-19 pandemic. The soundtrack, sung in English, was recorded one voice at a time in Baldwin Auditorium with the filming and editing of the video done by Rick Nelson, with additional footage shot by Ryan Harrison. This unique 35 minute film is fast-paced and engaging, demonstrating the creativity and resilience of Duke student vocalists and breaking new ground for creative opera presentations in the future. This video release includes a behind the scenes chat with Opera Theater director David Heid and pianist Dan Seyfried following the film.

Featuring Matthew Bao, Heather Berman, Charlie Bonetti, Alexa Burnston, Devon Carter, Francesca Herrera, Alex Kintzer, Bryn Lawson, Julia Leeman, Sophia Leeman, Elliott Loverin, Jia Jia Shen, Roy Thompson, Rebecca Williamson, Priya Zahrt, and Xuanyu Zhou.

Duke Chorale Spring Concert

This video premiered on Friday, March 26 at 7:30 pm EDT.

View the program, with texts and translations.

The Duke Chorale, directed by Rodney Wynkoop, presents its annual Spring concert virtually this year. Recorded in Baldwin Auditorium adhering to all distancing and safety protocols, the Duke Chorale brings you a diverse selection from Renaissance pieces to contemporary works, including American folk songs and spirituals.

March Student Showcase

This video premiered on Friday, March 12 at 7:30 pm EST.

View the online program with additional information about the performers.

The first half of the video features recordings made last month in Baldwin Auditorium by two current Duke piano students. Andre Hall performs three bagatelles by Duke faculty composer Anthony Kelley, Beethoven, and Tcherepnin, and Bryan Tong performs three excerpts from Brahms’ Op. 118 (Intermezzo in C, Intermezzo in A, Ballade in G Minor).

The second half of the program takes us back to Spring 2016 and a live recording made in Baldwin Auditorium. Senior Jenny Li was the winner of the 2015-16 Duke Symphony Orchestra’s concerto competition, and she performed the first movement of Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 with the Duke Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Harry Davidson on April 13, 2016. Whether you were in Baldwin on that evening or seeing this performance for the first time, please join us as we relive that moment in Duke Music’s history, looking forward to the time when we can again welcome you back to live events in our venues.

January 2021 Student Showcase

This video premiered on Friday, January 22 at 7:30 PM EST.

View the online program

Duke Music students perform selected movements from the following works:

Nathaniel Maxwell: Bach: French Suite in E-flat Major
Jeremy Sexton & Alina Xiao: Beethoven: “La Folia” project
Aram Lindroth: Haydn: Piano Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob.XVI:43
Karl Goepfart: Wind Quartet Op. 93
Unprecedented Quartet: Smetana: Quartet “From My Life”
Duke University Saxophone Quartet: Joe Henderson: “Recordame”

Fall 2020 Undergraduate Showcase

 

This video premiered on Friday, December 11

View the program for this concert

Highlights from undergraduate performances in the Fall 2020 semester

Thorin Chappel (harp), Fauré: Une Chatelaine en sa Tour
Debosir Ghosh (piano), Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G sharp Minor, Op. 32 no. 12
Claire Li (piano), Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 – Allegro con brio
Jacques Quartet, Dvořák: String Quartet Op. 106 in G Major – Mvt. 1
Bill Guo (alto sax), Singelée: Duo Concertant, Op. 55, Mvt. I. Risoluto
Caleb Woo (alto sax), Decruck: Sonate – Mvt. I. Très modéré, expressif
Duke University Saxophone Quartet, Piazzolla: Libertango, arr. Thomas Schön

Duke Chorale Christmas Concert

The Chorale Christmas Concert program is online. Follow along with texts for all the pieces performed.

The Duke Chorale, directed by Rodney Wynkoop, presents its annual Christmas Concert featuring seasonal selections by the Duke Chorale as well as traditional carols to sing along to at home. This family holiday event is a long-standing tradition for many area residents and a valuable food drive for Urban Ministries of Durham.

The concert will be free to view online, but please consider donating a non-perishable food item between now and December 1 to Urban Ministries, 410 Liberty St. in Durham. Please drop off donations between 10 am -5 pm, Monday-Friday. Not local? Consider making a financial donation on their website, http://umdurham.org. Don’t forget to mention the Duke Chorale when you donate!

See you December 1 at 7 PM EST!

Duke Opera Theater: A Night of Italian Opera

Virtual performance of Italian opera arias, opera choruses, and symphonic overtures featuring Duke Opera Theater, directed by David Heid, with special guests the Duke Symphony Orchestra (Harry Davidson, music director) and Duke Chorale (Rodney Wynkoop, director).

To make the event more fun, take part in a special take-and-bake meal option prepared for Duke Opera Theater fans by Durham’s award winning Alley 26 restaurant. Must pre-order! Contact David Heid (dheid@duke.edu) for menu and ordering details.

Family Weekend Concert featuring the Duke Chorale, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Symphony

 

We wish we could welcome families into Baldwin Auditorium for our annual Family Weekend concert featuring three of our largest student ensembles– the Duke Chorale (Rodney Wynkoop, director), Symphony Orchestra (Harry Davidson, music director), and Wind Symphony (Verena Mosenbichler-Bryant, director)– but we are happy to bring you a virtual concert that highlights our students’ achievements.

View the program to see texts for the Chorale selections, a note from Music’s Chair Jonathan Bagg, program notes, and information about the three ensembles and directors:
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