Duke Performances Summer Series Highlights Local and World-Class Chamber Music
The best of chamber music and North Carolina raised independent rock-n-roll will be presented this summer in Duke Performances’ 2009 summer series, Music in the Gardens: Listening Locally. With performances staged at
Three solo artists—two appearing with back-up bands—are featured this summer. The essential Eric Bachmann takes the stage with just his guitar to deliver songs, according to No Depression, sounding like “a troubadour telling tales of isolation and loneliness by a campfire.”
Thad Cockrell, a musician in the old-school country tradition, leads his band through songs that map the uneasy territory between belief and seduction.
Alina Simone, whose latest album of songs by Russian punk-folk singer Yanka Dyagileva NPR calls “utterly haunting,” presents an evening of her spare and compelling melodies.
The Dex Romweber Duo—led by the front-man for the late, great surf-rockabilly band Flat Duo Jets—will bring his “psycho-surf-rockabilly-garage-punk” to the Gardens. In his new band, Romweber is joined by his sister Sara on drums to create tunes that spark and kick with full-throated rock-n-roll attitude.
Duke Performances also features several up-and-coming local bands that are already receiving national attention: Megafaun is a Raleigh-based trio whose sprawling mix of folk, pop, and electronics spreads out like wisteria in the springtime, while The Love Language makes tunes about heartbreak that rattle with youthful abandon.
Also this summer, Duke’s own Ciompi Quartet, performing twice during the series, will be joined for an evening by
Durham based and nationally praised, the Mallarme Chamber Players join up with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra to present an evening of music that includes Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings in E major.
The concerts begin May 20, end July 29, and run on Wednesdays in between. General admission is $10, Duke employee tickets are $5, and Duke students and children 12 and under get in for free. Each venue is handicap accessible. Parking at
Beverages, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase at the concerts. Performances will take place rain or shine. Outdoor concerts are held on the lawn behind the Doris Duke Center at
Support for Music in the Gardens is provided by Duke Summer Session, Duke Continuing Studies, and
Full schedule below:
May 20 - Ciompi Quartet with soprano Sandra Cotton – Kirby Horton Hall,
May 27 - Ciompi Quartet with Vega String Quartet and oboeist Joe Robinson – Nelson Music Room,
June 3 - Thad Cockrell – Outdoors at
June 10 - The Rosebuds – Outdoors at
June 17 - Megafaun – Outdoors at
June 24 - Alina Simone – Outdoors at
July 1 - Dex Romweber Duo – Outdoors at
July 8 - Mallarme Chamber Players with
July 15 - The Love Language – Outdoors at
July 22 - Eric Bachmann – Outdoors at
July 29 - Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey – Outdoors at
FOR TICKETS: visit dukeperformances.org or call 919-684-4444.