Exploring America through Duke Arts Presents

As the United States prepares to celebrate Independence Day, we are looking ahead to our upcoming presenting season, which features explorations of America’s past, present and future through music, dance, theater and comedy.

The highlighted events below from Duke Arts Presents offer exciting, engaging, and thought-provoking perspectives on American history and culture. We hope to see you there!


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Roy Wood Jr. & Jordan Klepper

Sep 5, 2024

Perhaps best known for their political comedy as correspondents for The Daily Show, Roy Wood Jr. and Jordan Klepper kick off our season with a funny and fortifying look at America’s present.


Rooted: Ayodele Casel

Sep 27–28, 2024

Explore tap, America’s original dance form, with Ayodele Casel, “a tap dancer of unquestionable radiance.” (The New York Times). “Rooted,” is an intimate, interactive work that delves into the deep roots of tap dance with live music and a talented company of artists.


Fight Night: Ontroerend Goed

Oct 4–5, 2024

As we barrel towards a divisive general election, the brilliant Belgian theater company Ontroerend Goed steps into the ring with a political performance that takes your focus off the issues and onto the nature of democracy itself.


Duke Arts at American Tobacco Campus

We have partnered with the Music Maker Foundation to program four free concerts every Wednesday in September at American Tobacco Campus! Each concert highlights a different style of roots music, including zydeco, gospel, blues, and more!


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Music Maker Foundation: Celebrating 30 Years

Oct 10, 2024

Featuring Taj Mahal, Dom Flemons, and Jackson Browne, this concert celebrates the Music Maker Foundation’s mission of amplifying artists of America’s roots music traditions.

Vocal Ensemble

Tonality: America Will Be

Jan 18, 2025

Driven to deliver authentic stories through voice and body, award-winning chamber chorus Tonality brings “America Will Be,” a program that conjures a patriotic future for the United States for all people.

Piano Recital

Michelle Cann

Feb 21, 2025

Michelle Cann will make her Duke debut with “The Women of Chicago’s Black Renaissance” a program that revives works by once-marginalized American composers. Cann accompanies each work with spoken commentary delving into the life and history of its composer.


Meshell Ndegeocello: No More Water: The Gospel of James Baldwin

Apr 18, 2025

GRAMMY®-winning musician Meshell Ndegeocello will perform from her newest album No More Water: The Gospel Of James Baldwin, a striking homage to the eminent American writer and activist James Baldwin.

Honorable Mention

Vocal Ensemble


Nov 7, 2024

Enjoy a moment of reprieve and healing post-election with British vocal ensemble Tenebrae. Tickets are $10 for the public. Tickets are free for all Duke students, faculty, and staff. In addition, $5 add-on tickets are available for children accompanied by an adult.