Duke Chapel Music: Chorworks Early Music Performances: A Program of Sacred and Secular Song

Duke University Chapel 401 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC, United States

Singers and musicians with the Chorworks early music summer program present this concert of Sacred and Secular Song. Free admission. This concert takes place in Duke Divinity School's Goodson Chapel. Paid parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Bryan Center Parking Garage at 125 Science Drive; ADA parking is available in the surface lot at the same address. In association with Duke Chapel Music, the Chorworks summer program brings early-career musicians from across the country to study and perform early music at Duke Chapel. Led by the Chapel's conductor-in-residence, Dr. Philip Cave, distinguished faculty perform and offer in-depth study of music and its context. This year's theme is "Henry Purcell (1659-95): England's Orpheus." One of England's greatest composers, Henry Purcell composed music for church, court, and theater. His musical voice is unique: a blend of French joie-de-vivre, Italian drama, and England's long choral tradition.

Duke Chapel Music: Music for Court, Church, and Theater

Duke University Chapel 401 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC, United States

Singers and musicians with the Chorworks early music summer program present this concert of Music for Court, Church, and Theater. Free admission. Paid parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Bryan Center Parking Garage at 125 Science Drive; ADA parking is available in the surface lot at the same address. In association with Duke Chapel Music, the Chorworks summer program brings early-career musicians from across the country to study and perform early music at Duke Chapel. Led by the Chapel's conductor-in-residence, Dr. Philip Cave, distinguished faculty perform and offer in-depth study of music and its context. This year's theme is "Henry Purcell (1659-95): England's Orpheus." One of England's greatest composers, Henry Purcell composed music for church, court and theatre. His musical voice is unique: a blend of French joie-de-vivre, Italian drama, and England's long choral tradition.

Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham: What the Earth Says

Duke University Chapel 401 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC, United States

Rodney Wynkoop, director Our created world has so much wondrous beauty, which we are called to treasure and protect. “Sacred Place” offers words by poet Wendell Berry, naturalist John Muir, and others to celebrate these natural gifts and to lament the possibility of losing them. Composer Alex Berko adds violin, cello, and piano to the choral sounds of this very recent and highly praised piece. Balancing this is another extended piece written 100 years earlier, Swiss composer Frank Martin’s “Mass" for double choir. Though undiscovered for 40 years, it became, very quickly after its premiere, both admired for its originality and loved for its aural impact. Its sounds and style show an affinity with J.S. Bach and even earlier music, leading one writer to describe it as “an homage to the vocal polyphony of the Renaissance.” The world premiere of a Mark Kilstofte composition, with haunting words by Rilke, as well as Jake Runestad’s "The peace of wild things,” with poetry by Wendell Berry, will also be sung.

Free