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Aug 8, 2013

"Ciompi Quartet Presents" Concert Series Drawing to a Close in Duke Gardens

The final Ciompi Quartet Presents 2013 Summer Chamber Music Series concert will take place Tuesday, August 13 at 7:30 pm in Kirby Horton Hall at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. The concert is sold out; however, a waiting list will be taken at the door beginning at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20; Duke employees & Students $15. Duke students & Youth $10. For information contact the Duke University box office, 919-684-4444 or

The program and artists for this performance have changed. Ciompi Quartet cellist Fred Raimi will be joined by Triangle area musicians Fred Jacobowitz, clarinet; Kirsten Swanson, viola; Bonnie Thron, cello; and Jeremy Thompson, piano. In place of works by Brahms and Schoenfeld that were previously announced, the program will include...

  • BACH: Suite in C-Minor
  • BEETHOVEN: Trio in B-flat, Op. 11
  • REBECCA CLARKE: Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale
  • SHULAMIT RAN: Private Game
  • BEETHOVEN: Duo "With 2 Eyeglasses Obligato," WoO 32
  • BRUCH: Excerpts from 8 Studies, Op. 83 [Nos. 2, 5, 6, 7]

This is the second season of the Ciompi Quartet's three-concert summer series. Hosted in Kirby Horton Hall, amidst the beauty of Duke Gardens, it has proved to be a very popular addition to the summertime musical menu. This year all three concerts have sold out.

With the summer almost under their belt, members of the Quartet are preparting to join with other Music Department faculty for the Gala Opening of the newly renovated Baldwin Auditorium. Their yearly concert series will also be presented in Baldwin, which now has the acoustics, appearance, and flexibility of a world-class venue.

Visit the Ciompi or Duke Peformances for more information about the Quartet and their 2013-14 season.

Artists and program subject to change.
No refunds or exchanges.
Parking is free after 5pm in Duke Gardens Parking lots.
For more information, call 919-684-4444
or email

The series is presented by the Duke Department of Music, the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Jul 11, 2013

Using Science to Discover Art

A laser created initially to fight melanoma is also being used to analyze works of art.

Duke Professor Warren S. Warren and others in the Center for Molecular and Biomedical Imaging are using the laser to create three-dimensional cross-sections of works of art to better analyze them.

Read more here.

May 15, 2013

Motion-Controlled Music


This is Duke Senior Clara Starkweather demonstrating one of her final projects for MUS 274S (Interactive Computer Music), taught by Scott Lindroth. In the class, students developed interactive motion-to-music systems using web cameras as well as the Kinect camera.  They all wrote their own computer code using a software synthesis programming language called SuperCollider.  They designed their own instruments and wrote algorithms that determined what those instruments played in response to movement detected by the cameras.
Clara's project uses the Kinect camera to fill out a musical setting of "Golden," a song by Jill Scott. Clara is a neurobiology major, a conservatory-level pianist, and an AB Duke Scholar.  She is heading to Harvard next year to begin an MD-PhD program with the goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.
May 7, 2013

Dance Luminary Judith Jamison to be Honored at Commencement 2013

Amidst the highly choreographed pomp and ceremony of Duke University's Commencement this year, an honorary doctorate will be awarded to a true pioneer in choreography, Judith Jamison. For Duke's flourishing Dance Program, it will be an occasion to savor. Barbara Dickinson, the program's Director of Undergraduate Studies, will present Jamison at the May 12 ceremony in Wallace Wade Stadium.

"Judith Jamison is my inspiration and my hero," said Andrea Woods Valdes, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Dance. "This is a very proud moment for Duke, during a time when the arts and especially the Dance Program are growing and being recognized within the University, as well as in the academic, professional and creative world. Jamison is extraordinary in that her career reflects the complete artistry of a dancer, choreographer and artistic director. Honoring her achievements is a capstone moment for Duke."

In 1965, Jamison joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a company founded to bring African-American cultural expression and the American modern dance tradition to the world. She was a principal dancer in the company for 15 years, inspiring and creating some of Ailey's most memorable roles. She left in 1980 to star in Sophisticated Ladies, a Broadway musical based on the music of Duke Ellington. Subsequently, she founded a dance company, The Jamison Project, to present her own work.

After nearly a decade as an independent artist, Jamison returned to Ailey company to take up one of his greatest and most significant roles—Artistic Director. During her 21 years at the helm of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, she created many noted works for the company and led it through two historic engagements in South Africa and a 50-city global tour to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary.

Thomas DeFrantz lauds Jamison for not only creating a terrific body of modern dance work but also for her institutional leadership, which included such pathbreaking efforts as the Alvin Ailey Women's Choreography Initiative. DeFrantz is Professor of African and African American Studies, Dance and Theater Studies at Duke and author of the 2004 book Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture.

"All of us who have come into her orbit have benefitted from her large generous creative spirit." DeFrantz said.

Apr 24, 2013

Ciompi Quartet Presents 2013 Summer Chamber Music Series in Duke Gardens


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The Duke University Department of Music, Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts and Sarah P. Duke Gardens are pleased to announce the Ciompi Quartet Presents 2013 Summer Chamber Music Series in Duke Gardens, curated and presented by members of the Ciompi Quartet.

Each concert will feature a member of the Ciompi Quartet joined by guest artists.  Ciompi Quartet Presents is an opportunity for members of the Ciompi to create a musical dialogue with the audience where they express their creative drive through performance and in conversation.  Both new and celebrated chamber masterworks are explored musically to establish a deeper relationship between the composers, guest artists, and the audience.

Ciompi Quartet Presents 2013 Summer Chamber Music Series will take place on three Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm in Kirby Horton Hall at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.  The dates are May 28, July 2, and August 13. Series subscription packages for all three concerts go are available for $50.  Single tickets $20; Duke employees & Students $15. Duke students & Youth $10; Group Discounts are also available. Purchase tickets at:  duke university box office, 919-684-4444 or

Apr 24, 2013

Historian Wesley C. Hogan named Director of Center for Documentary Studies at Duke


Wesley Hogan is a noted documentary historian of the civil rights movement.
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Durham, NC - Wesley C. Hogan, a historian widely honored for her documentary work on the civil rights movement, has been named the new director of the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University.

She begins her appointment on July 1. Hogan will be only the third director of CDS, which was founded in 1989 as the first university-affiliated institution in the United States dedicated solely to the legacy and continuing practice of the documentary arts tradition.

Read full story in Duke Today.


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