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Duke Performances

Duke Performances — the professional performing arts presenter at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina — engages diverse, virtuosic, and future-thinking artists from our own region and around the world to present meaningful and celebratory performances at Duke and in Durham, in service to our mission of enhancing learning and research, fostering community, and furthering the presentation of new performance. Annually, Duke Performances offers a robust season of world-class performances, making use of a network of over 12 Duke and Durham venues, and presenting artists spanning classical, new music, jazz, Americana, hip-hop, independent roc
Duke Performances — the professional performing arts presenter at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina — engages diverse, virtuosic, and future-thinking artists from our own region and around the world to present meaningful and celebratory performances at Duke and in Durham, in service to our mission of enhancing learning and research, fostering community, and furthering the presentation of new performance. Annually, Duke Performances offers a robust season of world-class performances, making use of a network of over 12 Duke and Durham venues, and presenting artists spanning classical, new music, jazz, Americana, hip-hop, independent rock, international music, theater, and dance.
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After a yearlong postponement, the barrier-breaking, repertoire-expanding wind ensemble Imani Winds ...

$35

 
Baldwin Auditorium
1336 Campus Drive Durham, NC 27705
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Nov 5th - Nov 6th, 2021
Self-taught pianist by three, professional musician by fifteen, teacher to Thelonious Monk and Miles...

$35

 
Rubenstein Arts Center – Von der Heyden Studio Theater
2020 Campus Drive Durham, NC 27708
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Nov 6th, 2021
After a year of virtual offerings, Duke’s resident Ciompi Quartet returns in-person this November wi...

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Baldwin Auditorium
1336 Campus Drive Durham, NC 27705
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Nov 11th, 2021
Duke Performances presents Iranian traditional musician Kayhan Kalhor. 

$35

 
Baldwin Auditorium
1336 Campus Drive Durham, NC 27705
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Nov 13th, 2021
“Music-making of the highest order,” wrote The Guardian of the three Schumann brothers and violist L...

$35

 
Baldwin Auditorium
1336 Campus Drive Durham, NC 27705
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Dec 4th, 2021
The first piano duo in history to receive Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant, Christina and ...

$35

 
Baldwin Auditorium
1336 Campus Drive Durham, NC 27705
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Dec 10th - Dec 11th, 2021
“For four decades,” Odissi dance master Bijayini Satpathy writes, “the Odissi I have known and owned...

$35

 
Rubenstein Arts Center – Von der Heyden Studio Theater
2020 Campus Drive Durham, NC 27708
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Dec 16th, 2021
Having initially cut their teeth as six choral scholars at Cambridge’s King’s College in 1968, the K...

$35

 
Baldwin Auditorium
1336 Campus Drive Durham, NC 27705
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Jan 15th, 2022
Inserting jokes into their music is a time-honored tradition for composers, but few did so with the ...

$35

 
Baldwin Auditorium
1336 Campus Drive Durham, NC 27705
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Feb 26th, 2022
Named after the poet T.S. Eliot, the globe-trotting Eliot Quartett occupies the slot in the CAS seri...

$35

 
Baldwin Auditorium
1336 Campus Drive Durham, NC 27705
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Feb 27th, 2022
T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” is considered by many to be the finest poem in the English language.  P...

$35

 
Baldwin Auditorium
1336 Campus Drive Durham, NC 27705
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Mar 19th - Aug 19th, 2022
Violinist Jennifer Frautschi joins forces with the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo for a devilish program of t...

$35

 
Baldwin Auditorium
1336 Campus Drive Durham, NC 27705
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Apr 2nd, 2022
For Quatuor Danel, now celebrating thirty years together, Russian music is a distinct specialty and ...

$35

 
Baldwin Auditorium
1336 Campus Drive Durham, NC 27705
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Past Programming

Oct 23rd, 2021
Longtime audience favorites at Duke Performances, the Belcea Quartet return with a program that plac...

$35

 
Baldwin Auditorium
1336 Campus Drive Durham, NC 27705
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Oct 21st, 2021
In 2016, Afro-Cuban funkster and cultural ambassador Cimafunk began his solo career. Cimafunk— an od...

$35

 
Rubenstein Arts Center – Von der Heyden Studio Theater
2020 Campus Drive Durham, NC 27708
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Oct 1st, 2021
Easy categorizations don’t work for Raleigh and New York-rooted indie rock progenitors The Veldt, bu...

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American Tobacco Amphitheater
300 Blackwell St. #104 Durham, NC 27701
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Sep 29th, 2021
Skylar Gudasz’s signature structured lilt is crisp enough to cut a soft evening breeze and tender en...

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American Tobacco Amphitheater
300 Blackwell St. #104 Durham, NC 27701
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Sep 25th, 2021
Praised by the New York Times for their “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic inst...

$35

 
Baldwin Auditorium
1336 Campus Drive Durham, NC 27705
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Sep 22nd, 2021
Rissi Palmer’s self-termed “Southern Soul,” a sound interweaving R&B, gospel, and country, launc...

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American Tobacco Amphitheater
300 Blackwell St. #104 Durham, NC 27701
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Sep 16th, 2021
“We are coming to your town / we’re gonna mess your head around!” is a lyric more taunting than thre...

$25

 
Motorco Music Hall
723 Rigsbee Ave Durham, NC 27701
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Sep 15th, 2021
Within a single album, Ryan Gustafson’s metaphysical folk project The Dead Tongues can shift between...

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American Tobacco Amphitheater
300 Blackwell St. #104 Durham, NC 27701
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