Duke Performances is gearing up for a fall that will feature works that highlight pressing cultural, social, and political issues.
In August, the season opens with a free concert presented in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens to celebrate the gardens' seventy-fifth anniversary. A cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, known for stirring renditions of civil rights-era standards and new compositions blending elements of Negro spirituals and gospel music, will perform.
September brings together two legends of the jazz universe when Duke plays host to an exclusive double bill with the Sun Ra Arkestra and the Mingus Big Band. The Sun Ra Arkestra is presented in association with the Durham Arts Guild, which will be hosting an exhibition of Sun Ra's paintings in the fall.
Grammy-Award winning pianist Murray Perahia Hon. '09 will perform in October, followed by the Classical Theater of Harlem and its production of Waiting for Godot. This award-winning staging of Godot made waves when it was presented in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, in 2007, to an audience of thousands.