Ieva Jokubaviciute & R. Larry Todd: J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations (Rheinberger/Reger transcription for two pianos)

This video will premiere on Friday, January 21 at 7:30 pm EST.

In this video, recorded in Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium, Music faculty Ieva Jokubaviciute and R. Larry Todd perform J.S.Bach’s Goldberg Variations BWV 988 arranged for two pianos by Josef G. Rheinberger.

Ieva Jokubaviciute has performed in prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Wigmore Hall, and the Kennedy Center. She is a faculty member of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and School, has toured nationally with Musicians from Marlboro, and collaborates in recitals with violinist Midori in Europe, Asia, and South America. She joined the Duke Music faculty last year as Associate Professor of the Practice.

R. Larry Todd is Arts & Sciences Professor of Music, and co-author, with Marc Moskovitz, of Beethoven’s Cello: Five Sonatas and Their World (Boydell & Brewer, 2017), 2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award.

Duke Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Javon Jackson, saxophone

This video premiered on Saturday, January 15 at 7:30 pm EST.

On December 3, 2021 the Duke Jazz Ensemble welcomed guest artist Javon Jackson to the stage in Baldwin Auditorium. For its first release of 2022, the Best of Biddle virtual series brings you a video of that performance.

The Duke Jazz Ensemble is directed by John V. Brown. The associate director is Evan Roberson.

View the program of the December 3 concert online at https://music.duke.edu/sites/music.duke.edu/files/documents/Jazz%20program%2012_3.pdf.

“Javon adds a modern twist to the music we grew up with. Everybody get ready for a funky good time.” – Branford Marsalis

Tenor Saxophonist Javon Jackson came into international prominence touring and recording with the legendary drummer Art Blakey as a member of his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Symbolizing a new generation of musicians that blended tradition with neo-jazz, Jackson went on to release 16 recordings as a band leader and tour and record over 135 CDs with jazz greats including Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller, Joanne Brackeen, Stanley Turrentine, and Ben E. King.

Duke Symphony Orchestra with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute

This video premiered on Friday, December 17 at 7:30 pm EST.

Pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K 488 with the Duke Symphony Orchestra, directed by Harry Davidson.

This concert was performed on December 1 in Baldwin Auditorium, and also featured the Overture to Haydn’s “L’Isola Disabitata” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major. View the complete program.

Prof. Jokubaviciute has performed in prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Wigmore Hall, and the Kennedy Center. She is a faculty member of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and School, has toured nationally with Musicians from Marlboro, and collaborates in recitals with violinist Midori in Europe, Asia, and South America. She joined the Duke Music faculty last year as Associate Professor of the Practice.

[dnme] Duke New Music Ensemble: Fall 2021

This video premiered on Friday, December 10 at 7:30 pm EST.

On November 19, [dnme] presented a concert of experimental, avant-garde works. The program featured a wide-range of works for acoustic instruments, voices, electronics, and chocolate by composers Julius Eastman, inti logan figgis-vizueta, Pauline Oliveros, and Mieko Shiomi, along with a multimedia premiere by Duke graduate student Minato Sakamoto. View the complete program.

[dnme] is under the direction of Brittany J. Green and features performers Quran Karriem, Jerry Liu, Arvind Mallikarjunan, Brandon Nutt, Irene Qiao, and Kenneth Stewart.

Duke University Wind Symphony: Points of Reflection

This video premiered on Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 pm EST.

The Duke University Wind Symphony’s Fall 2021 concert cycle concluded on November 18 with a program entitled “Points of Reflection.” The music on this concert was inspired by a quote from the program note of “Stillwater,” by Kelijah Dunton:

“We as people forget sometimes that we are so much more deep and vast beneath our hard surfaces. We work, we go to school, we take care of our families, we deal with the struggles of the day-to-day routine militantly. But, if we just take a moment to listen within ourselves; we discover our passions, our longings, and our sense of belonging.”

This concert aimed to offer all in attendance the opportunity to reflect on these aspects of life. View the program at https://music.duke.edu/sites/music.duke.edu/files/documents/Wind_Symphony_11_18.pdf.

J. Benjamin Jones was interim director of the Duke University Wind Symphony for the Fall 2021 semester and conducts the ensemble in this concert.

On the Persistence of the Spiritual in Black Music with tenor Albert Lee

This video premiered on Saturday, November 13 at 7:30 pm EST.

On October 22, Duke Music and the Humanities Unbounded Lab, “Black Music and the Soul of America” presented “On the Persistence of the Spiritual in Black Music” in Baldwin Auditorium.

Tenor Albert Lee (pictured); the Ciompi Quartet; Duke Chorale, conducted by Rodney Wynkoop; NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Lenora Helms Hammonds; cellist Timothy Holley, and pianist Anthony Kelley performed works by Florence Price, Olly Wilson, William Banfield, and others. View the program.

The Best of Biddle virtual series brings you a recording of that outstanding concert.

Horszowski Trio premieres works by Scott Lindroth and Ryan Harrison

This video premiered on Friday, October 29 at 7:30 pm EDT.

On October 9, the acclaimed Horszowski Trio premiered two new works in Baldwin Auditorium: T120 by Duke faculty composer Scott Lindroth, and For Vera by graduate composer Ryan Harrison. 
Lindroth’s work, created in collaboration with Horszowski Trio, was commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation. Harrison’s piece was workshopped by the Trio in Spring 2021 in a virtual residency with students in the Graduate Composition Program. Horszowski Trio rounded out the program with Robert Schumann’s Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 63. View the complete program.

Giving performances that are “lithe, persuasive” (The New York Times), “eloquent and enthralling” (The Boston Globe), and described as “the most compelling American group to come on the scene” (The New Yorker), the Horszowski Trio has quickly become a vital force in the international chamber music world.

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The Duke Jazz Ensemble with Jason Marsalis, percussionist

This video premiered on Saturday, October 23 at 7:30 pm EDT.

On Friday, October 15, the Duke Jazz Ensemble performed a concert with special guest Jason Marsalis for Duke’s Family Weekend 2021. The Best of Biddle virtual series is pleased to bring you a recording of that concert. John V. Brown is the  Director of the Duke Jazz Ensemble and Evan Roberson is the ensemble’s Associate Director.

View the program online.

Introducing our Faculty: Fall 2021

This video premiered on Friday, October 1 at 7:30 pm EDT.

View the complete program.

Kent Foss joins Duke Music as Instructor of Music: Trumpet following the retirement of longtime trumpet instructor Don Eagle. In this video, Dr. Foss performs works that span centuries, from Purcell’s Sonata in D Major, Z. 850 performed on baroque trumpet to “Song of Hope” by contemporary composer Peter Meechan.

Gabriel Richard will be teaching violin and working with the Chamber Music Program in the Department of Music. He has been the tenured first violin at the Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine, violin soloist at the Opéra de Lyon, first violin at the Paris Orchestra, and first violin of the Thymos String Quartet. He tours regularly in Japan, Korea, China, America, and Europe. In this video, he performs works by Biber and Guillemain.

Zachary Hobin has been teaching with the Duke University String School and will now also teach bass as a member of the Duke Music faculty. In this video, he performs “Bariolage” by Shinji Eshima with cellist Madeline Fayette.

Faculty/Student Gala Concert: Fall 2021

This video premiered on Saturday, September 25 at 7:30 PM EDT.

On September 18, Duke Music celebrated the beginning of a new academic year with a Faculty/Student Gala Concert in Baldwin Auditorium featuring the Duke Chorale, Ciompi Quartet, Duke University Saxophone Quartet, and voice faculty members Ted Federle, Elizabeth Linnartz, & Sandra Cotton with pianist Daniel Seyfried. We are excited to share this concert with you as the first release of the Best of Biddle virtual series 2021-2022.

View the complete program.