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.
See all upcoming events on the Duke University Chapel website.
Here are just a few of them:
Monday, March 2nd, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Visitors are invited to walk the labyrinth in Duke Chapel March 2 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and on March 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The labyrinth, a forty-foot circle containing a winding path, is an ancient spiritual tradition in many faiths. The labyrinth is self-guided and takes thirty minutes to an hour to complete. All are welcome to participate.
During the evening of Monday, March 2, two of the Chapel’s choirs will be rehearsing so their music will accompany those who are walking the labyrinth at that time.
Organ Music in the Chapel
Every Tuesday, scheduled through April 28th, 2020 (except for April 7th)
Come hear one of Duke Chapel’s four organs played by a local organist. The music typically lasts for one hour and occurs during the academic year on Tuesdays. To confirm if a rehearsal will be held on any particular day, call 919-681-9488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking is available on a first-come-first-served basis in the Bryan Center garage at 125 Science Drive. ADA parking is available in the Bryan Center Surface Lot at the same address. For more parking options, visit chapel.duke.edu/visit-events/visit#parking. To learn more about the Chapel’s organs, visit chapel.duke.edu/sacred-music-arts/music-worship/organs-carillon.
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
All are welcome to attend this service, which combines the form of the traditional evening vespers service with the musical improvisation of jazz. Vespers is an ancient Christian service with chants, anthems, prayers, and scripture reading. Jazz Vespers brings together Professor John Brown, his Little Big Band, and the Rev. Joshua Lazard, C. Eric Minister for Student Engagement, for a service of prayers, songs, and blessings. Free parking is available on a first-come-first-served basis in the Bryan Center Parking Garage at 125 Science Drive. ADA parking is available in the Bryan Center Surface Lot at the same address. Co-sponsored by the Duke Jazz Program.
Bach Cantata Series
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
This year’s series focuses on themes of salvation and redemption. It includes cantatas by Johann Sebastian and Johann Christoph Bach, George Frideric Handel, Michael Praetorius, and Mikolaj Zielenski. Soloists include Andrea Edith Moore, Molly Quinn, Tamsin Simmill, Daniel Shirley, Tony Boutteé, James Reese, and David Newman. Duke Bach Ensemble and Mallarmé Chamber Players are directed by Dr. Philip Cave.
This evening’s program includes BWV 37 Wer da gläubet und getauft wird, BWV 86 Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch, and BWV 92 Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn.
Event parking is available for $5 in the Bryan Center Parking Garage at 125 Science Drive; ADA parking is available in the Bryan Center Surface Lot at the same address.
Organ Recital Series: Robert Parkins
Sunday, March 29th, 2020
University Organist and a Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke, Dr. Robert Parkins has recorded for Calcante, Gothic, Loft, Musical Heritage Society, and Naxos labels. This season’s recital, “J. S. Bach and His Legacy,” will feature works of Bach and German Romantic composers who were influenced by him. Presented on the Flentrop organ, Dr. Parkins’s program will include music by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Reger. Admission is free. Event parking is available for $5 in the Bryan Center Parking Garage at 125 Science Drive; ADA parking is available in the Bryan Center Surface Lot at the same address.