Hot Music in the Summer Gardens

Duke Gardens to host two summer music series of performances

Samantha Crain performs in Duke Gardens in 2010.  Photo by Kevin Norris
Samantha Crain performs in Duke Gardens in 2010. Photo by Kevin Norris

Summer is the time for Bach, Brahms and folk music to head outdoors to Duke Gardens.

Two series of music, one involving the Ciompi Quartet with guest artists and the other a Duke Performances series of leading musicians, will once again attract music fans to the gardens.

The music begins with the first of the Ciompi Quartet Presents 2013 Summer Chamber Music Series, Tuesday, May 28, in Kirby Horton Hall in Sarah P. Duke Gardens.  Ciompi violinist Eric Pritchard will be joined by Rebecca Troxler, flute; Elaine Funaro, harpsichord; Stephanie Vial, cello; to perform J.S. Bach's Musikalisches Opfer (Musical Offering).  This legendary work, dedicated to Prussian King Frederick the Great in 1747, is considered to be one of Bach's finest and most demanding pieces.  The evening will begin with an introductory talk describing the history and the details of the work.

The performance will be the first of three Tuesday night concerts involving Ciompi musicians.  Series subscription packages for all three concerts go are available for $50.  Single tickets $20; Duke employees $15; Duke students & youth $10; Group discounts are also available.

For more information about the Ciompi series, click here.

Duke Performances also will contribute to the summer of music with a series starting with Jkutchma and the Five Fifths performing Wednesday, June 5, outside on the lawn behind the Visitor's Center.

The folk concert is the first of a series of eight summer performances, including several North Carolina artists.  Tickets for individual concerts are $12 for adults, $10 for Duke employees and students and free for kids age 12 and younger.  For a full schedule, click here.

Below, a 2011 Duke Gardens performance by Shirlette and the Dynamite Brothers