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March 16, 2020: Important Announcement re: Lila Downs

Dear Friends,

Due to precautionary measures related to COVID-19, Duke University is postponing all events with an expected attendance of more than 50 people taking place both on- and off-campus.

Sadly, we must cancel all Duke Performances presentations, both on- and off-campus, for the remainder of our spring season, including our co-presentation of Lila Downs with the Carolina Theatre of Durham on Tuesday, May 5.

We wish this change wasn’t necessary, but under the circumstances an aggressive course of action is justified to protect public and community health.

Patrons who purchased tickets with a credit card will have those purchases refunded automatically. Patrons who purchased tickets with cash will be able to get a refund by returning their tickets to the Carolina Theatre of Durham Box Office (10AM-6PM Mon-Fri). The Duke University Box Office will issue refunds to all Duke student patrons for Lila Downs.

We thank you for your support of Duke Performances and hope you will attend our presentations later in the spring should conditions change.

Until then we wish good health for you and your loved ones as we endure this unprecedented challenge.

With best wishes,

Scott Lindroth
Vice Provost for the Arts
Duke University

Eric Oberstein
Interim Director
Duke Performances


Known for her unique synthesis of Latin American folk, jazz fusion, and South American rhythms, GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner Lila Downs is an internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter from Oaxaca, Mexico. Downs’ full body of work is saturated in a story deep in strength, resistance, and cultural pride. Her latest album, Al Chile, marks her ninth — a collection of cumbia-inspired beats and Mexican percussion, her impressive three-octave vocal range peppering the vibrant, yet nostalgic, tracks. The album is meant to “pay homage to the chile,” states Downs. “With a mezcal in hand, we dream of a place with a palm tree where one falls in love and reflects” (The Mercury News). Downs returns to Duke Performances for a lively Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Carolina Theatre of Durham.

  • $60
  • $45
  • $40
  • $10Duke Students
  • Tue, May 5, 2020 at 8:00pm
Carolina Theatre of Durham