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Apr 17, 2012

The Dissertation as Dance Party

Last Saturday, Alex Kotch, a graduate student in Composition in Duke's Department of Music, "brought the concert hall into the club." Specifically, into the Duke Coffeehouse. It was his dissertation composition, played by the Wet Ink Ensemble, augmented by local musicians and Duke Wind Ensemble conductor Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant. Kotch was the laptop DJ.

Apr 6, 2012

Alleys of Your Mind Dance Party


"Alleys of Your Mind" rehearsal with Wet Ink Ensemble
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Tonight at the Duke Coffeehouse Duke graduate student Alex Kotch will premiere “Dissertation Dance Piece,” his dissertation work for a Ph.D. in composition from the Duke Music Department.  Kotch and members of the New York based Wet Ink Ensemble, 2011-12 visiting artist at Duke, along with local musicians rehearsed this week in preparation for tonight’s performance.

Read more in The Herald-Sun.  Go to Duke Music Department for more information.

Apr 3, 2012

Ragtime Opens Thursday Apr. 5

Duke University Departments of Theater, Music, and Dance in collaboration with Hoof 'n' Horn & Duke Chamber Players proudly present the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime.

Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime offers a unique combination of modern musical theater with classic American music. Ragtime follows three groups in collision at the dawn of 20th Century America. The lives of a family of upper-class WASPs in suburban New York, an African-American couple in Harlem, and a small immigrant family in the Lower East Side all intersect as they all search for success in America. Exhilarating and exciting, Ragtime offers a story for the whole family. Join us in celebrating this unprecedented partnership as Duke students and faculty pay homage to a fusion of marches, cakewalks, gospel and of course, ragtime. Live orchestral music presented by the Duke Chamber Players.

Book by Terrence McNally, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Reynolds Theater, Duke University Bryan Center
Thursday & Friday, April 5-6 & 12-13 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, April 7 & 14 @ 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, April 15 @ 2pm

$10 General Admission • $8 Groups of 10+ • $5 All students & seniors
Tickets and more information at

Ragtime received support from Theater Studies Department, Music Department, Dance Program, Duke Chamber Players, Hoof 'n' Horn, and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts.

Ragtime contains some language and themes that may be unsuitable for young children.

Apr 2, 2012

The Duke Symphony Orchestra in Beaufort, SC.


Duke Symphony Orchestra, Beaufort, SC, March 31, 2012
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The Duke Symphony Orchestra had one of its finest performances this weekend (March 31, 2012) during their annual benefit concert for the Duke-affiliated Keyserling Cancer Center in Beaufort, SC.  Professor Harry Davison, director of the Orchestra thanked the students for making it a successful performance:

Dear DSO,

My sincere congratulations on an excellent trip and concert in Beaufort this past weekend. It was truly one of our most successful, well played, and well received performances in the nine years we have been doing this rewarding activity.  Thank you all for your part in making it so. The community so appreciates our efforts and their comments were particularly effusive this year. Bravi tutti!!!

Warmest regards to you all,

Professor Davidson

Learn more about the Duke Symphony Orchestra (DSO) on their website. 

Mar 28, 2012

Thomas F. DeFrantz: ‘Not Just Dance’

Four videos showing Duke professor combining performance, technology and African American culture are available for viewing on Duke On Demand.

Thomas F. DeFrantz, a Duke University professor of African and African American Studies and Dance, is an expert on how African American dances have evolved .  View these four videos that highlight his work, published March 23, 2012 on the Duke Today site.

Mar 28, 2012

"This American Life" host Ira Glass gives CDS students feedback on their audio pieces.


Photograph by Joel Mora.
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Undergrad students at CDS were excited, and a little nervous, when they learned that This American Life host and executive producer Ira Glass was coming to class to talk to them about their audio pieces.

Read more about it on CDS Porch, the Center for Documentary Studies’ blog, where you can hear Ira Glass talking to students about how he prepares for stories.


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