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Music in the Gardens

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June 2024


September 2024


As Water Falls

As Water Falls

September 3 – September 16

This large-scale installation piece is a virtual interactive waterfall from Montreal-based digital art studio Iregular. AS WATER FALLS interacts with photo flashlights, allowing audiences to interact and manipulate the piece.

Conjunto Breve

Conjunto Breve

Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30pm

Multinational salsa band Conjunto Breve was founded by percussionist Brevan Hampden in 2012. Members of the band come from all corners of the Americas, including Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and the United States.

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Roy Wood Jr. and Jordan Klepper

Roy Wood Jr. and Jordan Klepper

Thursday, September 5 at 7:30pm

With careers spent covering politics for “The Daily Show,” audiences can expect “charismatic crankiness” (Entertainment Weekly) and political satire. This event will be a stand-up good time.

Tesla Quartet

Tesla Quartet

Saturday, September 7 at 7:30pm

The Tesla String Quartet is acclaimed for their superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style, or technical demand” (The International Review of Music).

In the Wake of Progress

In the Wake of Progress

Thursday, September 26 at 5:00pm

Three large-scale LED screens visible from Duke’s East Campus show the deeply moving and intentionally overwhelming 22-minute experience of “In the Wake of Progress,” a story of human industry’s impact on the Earth.

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Rooted: Ayodele Casel

September 27 – September 28

“Extraordinary,” “astonishing,” “a tap dancer of unquestionable radiance” are just some of the many ways that The New York Times has described Ayodele Casel over the past five years.

October 2024


Vesna Duo

Vesna Duo

Sunday, October 6 at 7:00pm

Celebrated for their unique interpretations of original and transcribed works for piano and percussion, the Vesna Duo is ‘smashingly effective’ (Wall Street Journal).

Día de los Muertos Ofrenda

Día de los Muertos Ofrenda

October 7 – November 3

Honor the dead with Día de los Muertos Ofrenda, a Day of the Dead altar piece, at Duke Chapel that pays homage to the rich cultural heritage and sacred traditions.

Blackburn Literary Festival Keynote with Rachel Kushner

Blackburn Literary Festival Keynote with Rachel Kushner

Saturday, October 19 at 7:30pm

Rachel Kushner is the author of the internationally acclaimed novels The Mars Room, The Flamethrowers, and Telex From Cuba, as well as a book of short stories, The Strange Case of Rachel K. The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020 was published in April 2021.

Bird-Watching: Pik-Kei Wong

Bird-Watching: Pik-Kei Wong

October 25 – October 26

Originally from Hong-Kong, Scotland-based choreographer Pik-Kei Wong explores gender, bodily-autonomy, and women’s desire.

Racine Nago

Racine Nago

Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30pm

Racine Nago’s powerfully expressive music features call-and-response vocals and intricate percussion to create crosscurrents of rhythm that move the body and nourish the soul.

November 2024


Tenebrae

Tenebrae

Thursday, November 7 at 7:30pm

Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), Tenebrae is acclaimed for its interpretation of choral works spanning five centuries.

December 2024


VOCES8

VOCES8

Saturday, December 7 at 7:30pm

2023 Grammy-nominated British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is acclaimed globally for their complex and wide-ranging a cappella concerts. Performing holiday music spanning centuries.

January 2025


February 2025


An Oak Tree: Tim Crouch

An Oak Tree: Tim Crouch

February 7 – February 8

See the play that shaped a theatre landscape in this rare revival. When it opened in 2005, Tim Crouch’s An Oak Tree changed the rules of the game: bringing in an actor who has neither seen nor read the play.

Ensemble Intercolor

Ensemble Intercolor

Thursday, February 20 at 7:30pm

Ensemble Intercolor is a trailblazing young trio that combines cimbalom, viola, clarinet and voice with their varied cultural backgrounds – the three musicians are from Belarus, Colombia and France

Michelle Cann

Michelle Cann

Friday, February 21 at 7:30pm

“The Women of Chicago’s Black Renaissance”program pairs Cann’s acclaimed renditions of works by each featured artist with spoken commentary about their fascinating lives and histories.

Bill’s 44th

Bill’s 44th

February 28 – March 2

Bill’s 44th is an original comedic puppet show for grown-ups created by puppeteers Dorothy James & Andy Manjuck around one very worried leading man – Bill.

March 2025


Goldmund Quartet

Goldmund Quartet

Saturday, March 1 at 7:30pm

The Goldmund Quartet has garnered a reputation as one of the leading string quartets of the great classical and modern works of the quartet canon, delivering performances of ‘exquisite playing.’