Introducing the Spring 2023 Season

The Vice Provost for the Arts, John V. Brown, is proud to announce the 2023 Spring Season from Duke Performances, bringing the world’s finest artists to Durham and beyond.

The season features American Ballet Theatre (ABT)’s first performances in North Carolina in over 50 years. Named America’s National Ballet Company® by an Act of Congress in 2006, ABT is one of the world’s preeminent classical ballet companies. They will present the romantic masterwork Giselle (Mar 16-19) in five performances at DPAC.

American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Giselle

Other season highlights include several astonishing spectacles in Page Auditorium on Duke’s West Campus. Audiences are invited to take a trip down the rabbit hole with dance company MOMIX in their acrobatic and stunning production of Alice (Jan 22). Canadian circus troupe Machine de Cirque will delight with dizzying feats in their fearless production La Galerie (Jan 31). And Yamato: the Drummers of Japan (Apr 6) will create a glorious cacophony with their 40 Taiko drums in an athletic and boundary-pushing performance of traditional drumming.

Residency events include the return of the innovative contemporary classical piano and percussion quartet Yarn / Wire (Feb 11) and The Rosetta Circle (Apr 21),a new project by local folk luminary Tift Merritt that builds on the work of pioneering feminist jazz historian Rosetta Rietz, much of whose work can be found in the Duke University Libraries’ archives.

Machine de Cirque, La Galerie

The series also includes concerts by genre-leading performers, including soul/jazz singer Gregory Porter (Feb 24) at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Center for the Performing Arts; Venezuelan singer Nella (Mar 4), who took home the 2019 Latin Grammy for Best New Artist; multi-Grammy Award-winning Brazilian vocalist and pianist Eliane Elias (Apr 28); and jazz supergroup The Cookers (Apr 29).

Pianist Alessio Bax

As always, the season includes some of the most exciting names in classical music, including the return of the enormously popular Piano Recital Series and Vocal Ensemble Series, which feature the world’s leading talent in their respective genres. The 2023 Piano Recital Series features Louis Lortie (Jan 10), Alessio Bax (Feb 25), and Boris Giltburg (Mar 10), and the Vocal Ensemble Series includes Cantus Vocal Ensemble (Feb 10) and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge (Apr 16) along with the previously announced Tallis Scholars (Dec 6). Tickets for both series are just $35 for each show – or audiences can subscribe to either series and see all three events for just $79.

For details on the full line-up and to book tickets: View Our Full Calendar