Duke University Chapel, 401 Chapel Drive, Durham, is often filled with music, and much of the time it’s available for the public to listen to, for free.
Events at Duke Chapel
See all upcoming events on the Duke University Chapel website.
Here’s some of what’s coming up:
Lord, Hear My Cry: An Evening of Spiritual Songs
Thursday, March 2nd, 2023
Black spirituals and German chorales are disparate genres of sacred music, separated by centuries and continents. Yet both genres share a communal orientation and a theological concern with justice and hope. This concert will feature settings of spirituals and chorales–historical and contemporary, choral and congregational–interspersed with thematic commentary.
Bach Cantata Series: Instrumental Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach
Sunday, March 5th, 2023
This program features three of J.S. Bach’s violin concertos, including the “Double Concerto” for two violins and orchestra. The Chapel’s conductor-in-residence, Dr. Philip Cave, directs the performance by the musicians of Mallarmé Music. The pieces to be performed are: * Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 * Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042 * Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 Free admission. Paid parking is available on a first-come-first-served basis in the Bryan Center Garage at 125 Science Drive. ADA parking is available in surface lot at the same address. The concert is the closing event in the 2023 North Carolina HIP Music Festival. Learn more about this series of historically informed performances at www.hipmusicfestival.org. Before the concert at 4:00 p.m. in the Divinity School’s Goodson Chapel, Chad Fothergill, the Chapel’s interim organist, will give a talk about the music in this concert. Families with young children are invited to come to an open rehearsal the day before the concert (Saturday, March 4) between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. in Duke Chapel. This is an opportunity for curious youngsters to hear the music up-close in a casual environment.
Piano Recital by Guest Artist Cole Burger
Sunday, March 19th, 2023
To celebrate the arrival of Duke Chapel’s new Bösendorfer 225 Grand Piano, pianist Cole Burger gives this dedicatory recital, featuring repertoire by Albéniz, Bach, Alexina Louie, and more.
Burger teaches piano at Bowling Green State University and Lutheran Summer Music. He has performed, taught, and presented in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. His recording Beyond the Traveler: Piano Music by Composers from Arkansas is available from MSR Classics, and his book Keyboard Skills for the Practical Musician is available from Routledge. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Texas.
Concert: The Legacy of Love
Sunday, April 2nd, 2023
The Duke Chapel Evensong Singers, directed by the Chapel’s Dr. Philip Cave, present a concert of three masterful contemporary compositions for choir and organ with themes of sacrifice and offering.
Docent-Led Tour of Duke Chapel
Learn about the history, architecture, and life of Duke Chapel in this tour, which is free and open to the public. The tour begins at 12:15 p.m., or immediately following the conclusion of the Sunday morning service, and lasts approximately forty-five minutes. No reservation is required but if you plan to bring a large group please notify the Chapel in advance. Meet the docent on the front steps of the Chapel.
Parking at Duke Chapel
Paid parking is available on a first come, first served basis in the Bryan Center Parking Lot at 125 Science Drive. ADA parking is available in the Bryan Center Surface Lot at the same address.
Health Measures at Duke Chapel
Duke Chapel abides by the health measures that are in effect at Duke University. Read about the current health measures.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
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