Duke Voice Care Center and Cary Arts Center present Let your voice be heard: Healthy singing and speaking voice for older adults
- How the voice works and how it changes as we age
- Medical conditions affecting older voices
- Performance by 100 Men in Black
- Hearing health, hearing loss and hearing screenings
- Strategies and vocal exercises to keep our voices strong, even as we age
Small group sessions: Hands on training in speaking and singing voice exercises
Vox Luminis conveys its passion for early music at every performance; this devotion has propelled the ensemble out of its native Belgium, where it formed in 2004, to critical acclaim and to an international career singing music from the 16th to 18th centuries. A surprise win of Gramophone’s Recording of the Year in 2012 helped secure its reputation for intelligent mastery of early music.
In its sophomore appearance at Duke Performances, Vox Luminis brings a program entirely by the Bach family. J.S. Bach was proud of his ancestry, and his genealogical research remains our most accurate information about the Bach family even today. Vox Luminis sets the style of the older Bachs in relief, allowing the particularities of J.S. Bach’s cousins and nephew to shine new light onto how each of them approached the German choral tradition, entwining Lutheran chorales with new music.
Johann Bach: Unser Leben ist ein Schatten
Johann Bach: Sei nun wieder zufrieden
Johann Michael Bach: Sei, lieber Tag, wilkommen
Johann Michael Bach: Nun treten wir ins neue Jahr
Johann Michael Bach: Herr, ich warte auf dein Heil
Johann Christoph Bach: Der mensch, vom Weibe geboren
Johann Christoph Bach: Lieber Herr Gott, wecke uns auf
Johann Christoph Bach: Fürchte dich nicht
Johann Ludwig Bach: Das Blut Jesu Christi
Johann Ludwig Bach: Das ist meine Freude
Johann Sebastian Bach: Jesu meine Freude
Catapulted into stardom by its enrapturing performance at the 2018 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, the Kingdom Choir makes its Duke Performances debut with its distinctive blend of gospel and pop music. Although the ensemble has been singing since 1994, its royal wedding performance amazed millions of viewers worldwide and laid the ground for a record deal with Sony Music.
Led by Karen Gibson, Britain’s “godmother of gospel,” the Kingdom Choir represents the best of the thriving British gospel tradition, and the effects of its performances stretch beyond purely musical events — it builds community with its singing. Kingdom Choir will fill its program at the iconic Duke Chapel with its characteristic arrangements of modern pop and classic gospel songs, including its show-stopping rendition of “Stand By Me.”
Tenebrae, one of the premier vocal ensembles of England, brings its signature work, Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, to Duke Chapel for an assuredly stunning performance. Formed in 2001 by former King’s Singer Nigel Short, Tenebrae quickly established a reputation for theatrical programming and precise performances in sacred and secular spaces. Its musical passion has led to several awards (including two BBC Music Magazine awards), nominations, and notable orchestral engagements.
Path of Miracles (2005), Tenebrae’s first major commission, explores the geography of the pilgrimage to Santiago through four movements. With a libretto by Robert Dickinson, Talbot’s composition brings together texts from medieval and modern sources and music from east Asia and ancient hymns. Singing from memory and in candlelight, Tenebrae dramatically animates the pilgrimage for the audience. To celebrate its fifteenth anniversary, Tenebrae commissioned Footsteps by Owain Park, a harmonically lavish piece which will feature Tenebrae performing alongside singers from the Duke Chapel Music program.
Owain Park: Footsteps, featuring singers from the Duke Chapel Music program
Joby Talbot: Path of Miracles
Now in its 41st year, Chanticleer remains at the vanguard of choral ensemble excellence in America. Founded by a musicology student who wanted to perform the music he was studying, Chanticleer has grown into a twelve-member group adept with ancient masters and modern commissions. Along the way the ensemble has received several major music prizes, including two GRAMMY awards and Ensemble of the Year from Musical America, all while continuing in Billboard’s Top 10 best-selling classical artists.
At Duke Performances Chanticleer brings a five-part program of sacred music, Faith of Our Fathers. The repertoire spans from Hildegard’s “O virtu sapientiae” in the 12th century, to English and American works, featuring highlights of the English renaissance and colonial American traditions, complemented by modern tributes to those styles. The choir stops briefly in the Spanish New World before concluding with Chanticleer favorites.
Faith of Our Fathers (Sacred Program)
Hildegard von Bingen: O frondens virga, from Missa La Sol Fa Re Mi by Josquin des Prez
Credo – Sanctus
Peter Philips: Cantabant Sancti
William Byrd: Justorum animae
Jackson Hill: Were Soul to Speak
Orlando Gibbons: O Clap Your Hands
William Billings, arr. William Fred Scott: Chester
Ned Rorem: Sing, My Soul, His Wondrous Love
Traditional hymn, arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw: His Voice as the Sound
Ned Rorem: All Glorious God
John Cennick, arr. Alice Parker: Happy in the Lord
Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla: Mirabilia testimonia tua
Antonio de Salazar: O sacrum convivium
Francisco Guerrero: Signasti Domine
Kurt Weill, arr. Gene Puerling: Lost in the Stars
Traditional spiritual, arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw: My God is a Rock
Doyle Lawson, Charles Waller, and Robert Yates, arr. Jennings: Calling My Children Home
Traditional gospel, arr. Rosephanye Powell: Oh, What a Beautiful City
The Tallis Scholars are undoubtedly the elder statesmen among Renaissance sacred music choirs throughout the world. Founded in 1973, the ensemble’s name is synonymous with early music excellence, which is why The Washington Post calls its performances of the repertoire “authoritative.” Its impressive discography has garnered several major music awards, including Gramophone’s Recording of the Year and three Early Music awards from the same magazine.
At the acoustically pristine Baldwin Auditorium, the Tallis Scholars celebrate English and Franco-Flemish music of the 16th century, with a particular devotion to the “rose without thorn,” the Virgin Mary. Music by Taverner, Byrd, and Fawkyner forms the first half, after which the ensemble jumps to the continent with Josquin and Gombert, punctuated by Arvo Pärt’s brief Da pacem.
Rose Without Thorn
Taverner: Leroy Kyrie
Byrd: Laetentur caeli
Byrd: Tribulationes civitatum
Fawkyner: Gaude rosa sine spina
Chant: Da pacem
Josquin: Missa Da pacem (Agnus)
Pärt: Da pacem
Gombert: Media vita
Gombert: Magnificat III