"Alleys of Your Mind" rehearsal with Wet Ink Ensemble
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.
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 ragtimeduke.com
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.
Duke Symphony Orchestra, Beaufort, SC, March 31, 2012
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:
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,
Learn more about the Duke Symphony Orchestra (DSO) on their website.
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.
Photograph by Joel Mora.
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.
The Graduation with Distinction program in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences allows students to pursue individual research and creative projects at the culmination of their undergraduate studies. The projects can be within their major or outside of it. This year, as always, there is a diverse array of distinction projects in the arts, including original creative work in many genres as well as productions and performances and works of scholarship.
Projects are listed below by department or program. Click on a link to jump to the appropriate section:
- Arts of the Moving Image (student-made films)
- Creative Writing (novels, short stories, and a screenplay);
- Dance (original choreography and classic ballet)
- Theater (productions of classic plays and a medieval pageant)
- Music (a study of gospel and a composition for carillon)
- Art, Art History & Visual Studies (original artwork and documentary photography, art historical studies, a graphic novel and an interdisciplinary exploration of biological boundaries)
Many of the projects include a performance or exhibition. Here are some of the events that we are aware of. Please consider attending — these students have worked very hard and deserve our support.
- Mandy Lowell - To Our Lady We Sing - March 23-25 (Theater)
- Jessica Newman - The Rise of the Commercial Art Gallery - March 30 (Visual Art)
- Monica Hogan - Heartwork: Triptych Concluded - April 7 (Dance)
- Nathaniel Hill - Ragtime - April 5-7 & 12-15 (Theater)
- Carmen Hernandez - Memoria de España - April 25 (Visual Art)