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Aaron Diehl

Duke Performances is excited to present our Virtual Fall season – The Show Must Go Online! High-quality, commissioned films featuring artists originally slated for in-person performances will premiere on Vimeo for ticket holders. Each film, shot following local safety protocols, is made in collaboration with an audio and video crew in each artist’s home city. 

General admission tickets are $10 per presentation and Duke Student tickets are available free of charge through the support of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University. Before the premiere, ticket buyers will receive a unique Vimeo link to stream each performance online at the scheduled time. After the conclusion of the premiere, films will be available for viewing for 24 hours.


Trained in the classical world, Aaron Diehl is celebrated for his elite standard of playing across genres and his joyous approach to interpretation. Dubbed the “Real Diehl” by jazz virtuoso Wynton Marsalis, Diehl won the American Pianists Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship in 2011, and has since played with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

At his Duke Performances solo recital debut, Diehl will perform an opulent program that situates an exciting collection of twentieth century music from the classical and jazz idioms. In a program brimming with canonical composers, Diehl will play from a repertoire that spans Bach and Diehl’s own contemporary works,  touching upon Willie “The Lion” Smith, William Grant Still, and Mary Lou Williams along the way.

— Nan Pincus

Click to view the full program for this performance.

Aaron Diehl: The Vagabond
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 861 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
Willie “The Lion” Smith: Fading Star
William Grant Still: Seven Traceries
I. Cloud Cradles
II. Mystic Pool
III. Muted Laughter
IV. Out of the Silence
V. Woven Silver
VI. Wailing Dawn
VII. A Bit of Wit
Timo Andres: Wise Words
Mary Lou Williams: Blues for Peter
Excerpts from the Zodiac Suite
IV. Cancer
VI. Virgo
XII. Pisces



  • $10General
  • $0Duke Students
  • Sat, Oct 3, 2020 at 8:00pm