Fall Preview: Baldwin renovation highlights Duke arts season
Baldwin Auditorium has undergone a two-year, $15 million renovation that focused on improving the sound quality. New features allow musicians to tune the hall’s acoustics to the sonic needs of a group or soloist.
The public will get to hear the results of this work when Duke University’s Music Department presents an opening concert Sept. 14 featuring the Ciompi Quartet, John Brown, Randall Love, Rebecca Troxler, and many other musicians from the faculty. General admission tickets for this inaugural concert are $10 and are available at 919-684-4444 or at www.tickets.duke.edu.
The fall portion of the Duke Performances series also features events that will make use of the renovated auditorium. Composer and pianist Billy Childs will bring his 10-piece Jazz Chamber Ensemble to Baldwin, where he will premiere a new song cycle that Duke Performances commissioned. This concert also marks the 50th anniversary of African-Americans being admitted to Duke. Vocalist Dianne Reeves and The Ying Quartet will join Childs in this concert Oct. 4. On Oct. 18, the Fisk Jubilee Singers and the Durham School of the Arts Choir will perform a concert of spirituals in Baldwin.
The series continues its tradition of yearlong artist residencies. This year, New York sextet yMusic will present two concerts at Casbah in Durham. The ensemble will perform works from their upcoming second recording Nov. 5. On March 25, yMusic will perform new compositions by Duke graduate composers.
This season, the series also continues to present concerts in off-campus clubs and other venues. The Blind Boys of Alabama will perform at Hayti Heritage Center Sept. 13 and 14. Vocalist Theo Bleckmann will perform interpretations of songs by Kate Bush in PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council, Sept. 27 and 28. Director Christopher McElroen and actor T. Ryder Smith will present their mixed-media theater piece “Measure Back,” which incorporates elements of Homer’s Trojan War, Nov. 6-9 at Manbites Dog Theater.
Here are some other events in the Duke Performances season. For tickets to Duke Performances events, call 919-684-4444 or visit www.dukeperformances.org.
Sept. 28. Finckel, Setzer, Han Trio, Baldwin Auditorium
Oct. 11 Guy Clark and Mandolin Orange, Reynolds Industries Theater
Oct. 19. Tetzlaff String Quartet, Baldwin Auditorium
Oct. 24. Yuja Wang, piano, Baldwin Auditorium
Nov. 1 and 2. “Lend Me Your Voice,” hosted by Nick Sanborn
Nov. 9. Kirill Gerstein, piano, Baldwin Auditorium
Nov. 12. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Duke Chapel
Nov. 21 Kayhan Kalhor and Ali Bahrami Fard, Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium.
Nov. 23 Eighth Blackbird, Baldwin Auditorium
Nov. 24. Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Page Auditorium
Dec. 6. Debo Band, Motorco Music Hall
Dec. 7. Emerson String Quartet, Baldwin Auditorium