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:
Bach Cantata Series: Music for Christ the King
Sunday, November 20th, 2022
This concert on November 20 at 5:00 p.m. includes two cantatas by J.S. Bach. The first, Cantata 147, “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben” (“Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life”), contains one of Bach’s most celebrated chorales, known in English as “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” It was one of the earliest cantatas Bach composed at the start of his time as Cantor of St. Thomas’s Church, Leipzig. The second is Cantata 116, “Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ” (“Thou Prince of Peace, Lord Jesus Christ”). The two cantatas are separated by an instrumental work, Handel’s “Concerto Grosso,” Op.3, No.6.
The Chapel’s Dr. Philip Cave directs the performance with chorus and distinguished soloists accompanied by the Mallarmé Chamber Players performing on period instruments. The program is:
- “Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ,” BWV 116
- George Frideric Handel’s “Concerto Grosso,” Op.3, No.6.
- “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben,” BWV 147
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.
Families with young children are invited to drop in on one of two open rehearsals for the concert: Saturday, November 19, between 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 20, between 3:00 and 4:15 p.m. Both rehearsals are in Duke Chapel.
Duke Chorale Christmas Concert
Tuesday, November 29th, 2022
Admission: one non-perishable food item for Urban Ministries of Durham
The Duke Chorale, directed by Allan Friedman, presents holiday music from America and Spanish-speaking countries sung by the Chorale as well as carols for all to sing and stories & treats for children. This family holiday event is a long-standing tradition for many area residents.
Pre-concert music on the carillon and organ begins at 6:30 p.m.
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.
Upcoming Events in the TriangleCheck out our full events calendar, where you can enter any date, or look at the events for the next few days here:
Friday, November 25, 2022
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Sunday, November 27, 2022