Music, Theater, Dance and More
Duke Performances, the professional performing arts presenting organization at Duke University, presents willfully eclectic, forward-thinking performing arts of the highest quality. Through performances, visiting artist residencies, and the commissioning and development of exciting new work, Duke Performances has led the way in fostering meaningful artistic engagement with the Duke campus and Durham community.
Duke Performances offers a robust season of more than 80 world-class performances and 100 student and free public engagement events each year, making extensive use of a network of more than a dozen Duke and Durham venues, and presenting artists spanning classical music, contemporary classical, jazz, Americana, independent rock, international music, theater, and dance.
Read The New York Times review of Duke Performances’ ten-day celebration of the centenary of North Carolinian jazz genius Thelonious Monk, MONK@100.
Duke Performances Presents Black Atlantic
"The music of the Black Atlantic is our global soundtrack." Learn more about this concert series offered across six nights in March 2018 around Durham.
Spring Highlightssee full calendar
von der Heyden Studio TheaterFeb 21— 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Motorco Music HallMar 1— 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
World Premiere: The_OPER& by John Supko & Bill Seaman, Directed by Jim Findlay, Performed by Lorelei Ensemblevon der Heyden Studio TheaterMar 8— 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Baldwin AuditoriumApr 7— 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
In the first year of a two-year residency at Duke, JACK Quartet—hailed by The Boston Globe as “superheroes of the new music world”—will present two concerts highlighting contemporary American music while also working with Duke composition students, leading a public masterclass, and participating in class visits and conversations across campus.