Calendar

Mar
26
Tue
Voice Masterclass with Phil Hall @ Bone Hall, Biddle Music Building, Duke University
Mar 26 @ 5:00 pm

Phil Hall is a Conductor/Musical Director/Vocal Coach with Broadway conducting credits that include “Play Me a Country Song” and “Mame” (associate conductor), Broadway National Tour conducting “Cats.” Regional musical direction credits include productions at the Michigan Opera Theatre, the Kennedy Center, St. Louis’s MUNY, and Papermill Playhouse. As a voice teacher and vocal coach, Phil has taught master classes and musical theatre auditioning techniques at Tanz Gesang Studio in Vienna, Austria. He maintains a considerable teaching/vocal coaching studio on the upper west side of Manhattan and is also the principal vocal arranger for “Bravo Broadway” symphonic concerts. This masterclass is free and open to the public.

Mar
27
Wed
OLLI/New Horizons Chorus Class Recital @ Pilgrim United Church of Christ
Mar 27 @ 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

The OLLI/New Horizons Chorus is a class offered through Duke’s Continuing Education Program, and is available to both those who have some singing experience and those who have literally never uttered a note! The New Horizons motto is ‘Doing your best is good enough’. To mark the end of our 10-class winter session, we’ll be offering a very brief recital of perhaps 6-7 song selections (ranging from folk songs to Bach to Nina Simone) in the sanctuary of Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Durham at 3:30pm on Wednesday, March 27th. It will be very informal and relaxed. Feel free to stop by and see if it might be something in which you’d like to participate in the future!

Mar
28
Thu
Invitation Preview – The Durham Savoyards Ltd. Present Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado” (Reinvented for a Modern Audience) @ The Carolina Theater of Durham
Mar 28 @ 8:00 pm

Come see The Durham Savoyards, Ltd. re-invent the Gilbert and Sullivan Mikado’s sparkling wit and soaring musicality for a modern audience. Embracing a lead character being called a “cheap tailor,” the action starts at an avant-garde fashion show. Personalities clash, tempers flare, tables turn, and marvelous mayhem ensues as the models step off the runway and the patrons take the stage to portray the world’s most popular comic opera. Performances are at Durham’s Carolina Theatre 8pm Friday, March 29, 7pm Saturday, March 30, and 2pm Sunday, March 31, with a special invitation preview at 8pm on Thursday, March 28. Topsy-turvydom at its finest from a theater company that has delighted Triangle audiences for more than 50 years! Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are available from the Theatre Box Office (919-560-3030, http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/mikado), Contact 984-244-0668 for information for Thursday’s special preview performance.

Mar
29
Fri
The Durham Savoyards Ltd. Present Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado” (Reinvented for a Modern Audience) @ The Carolina Theater of Durham
Mar 29 @ 8:00 pm

Come see The Durham Savoyards, Ltd. re-invent the Gilbert and Sullivan Mikado’s sparkling wit and soaring musicality for a modern audience. Embracing a lead character being called a “cheap tailor,” the action starts at an avant-garde fashion show. Personalities clash, tempers flare, tables turn, and marvelous mayhem ensues as the models step off the runway and the patrons take the stage to portray the world’s most popular comic opera. Performances are at Durham’s Carolina Theatre 8pm Friday, March 29, 7pm Saturday, March 30, and 2pm Sunday, March 31, with a special invitation preview at 8pm on Thursday, March 28. Topsy-turvydom at its finest from a theater company that has delighted Triangle audiences for more than 50 years! Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are available from the Theatre Box Office (919-560-3030, http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/mikado), Contact 984-244-0668 for information for Thursday’s special preview performance.

Mar
30
Sat
The Durham Savoyards Ltd. Present Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado” (Reinvented for a Modern Audience) @ The Carolina Theater of Durham
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm

Come see The Durham Savoyards, Ltd. re-invent the Gilbert and Sullivan Mikado’s sparkling wit and soaring musicality for a modern audience. Embracing a lead character being called a “cheap tailor,” the action starts at an avant-garde fashion show. Personalities clash, tempers flare, tables turn, and marvelous mayhem ensues as the models step off the runway and the patrons take the stage to portray the world’s most popular comic opera. Performances are at Durham’s Carolina Theatre 8pm Friday, March 29, 7pm Saturday, March 30, and 2pm Sunday, March 31, with a special invitation preview at 8pm on Thursday, March 28. Topsy-turvydom at its finest from a theater company that has delighted Triangle audiences for more than 50 years! Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are available from the Theatre Box Office (919-560-3030, http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/mikado), Contact 984-244-0668 for information for Thursday’s special preview performance.

Mar
31
Sun
The Durham Savoyards Ltd. Present Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado” (Reinvented for a Modern Audience) @ The Carolina Theater of Durham
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm

Come see The Durham Savoyards, Ltd. re-invent the Gilbert and Sullivan Mikado’s sparkling wit and soaring musicality for a modern audience. Embracing a lead character being called a “cheap tailor,” the action starts at an avant-garde fashion show. Personalities clash, tempers flare, tables turn, and marvelous mayhem ensues as the models step off the runway and the patrons take the stage to portray the world’s most popular comic opera. Performances are at Durham’s Carolina Theatre 8pm Friday, March 29, 7pm Saturday, March 30, and 2pm Sunday, March 31, with a special invitation preview at 8pm on Thursday, March 28. Topsy-turvydom at its finest from a theater company that has delighted Triangle audiences for more than 50 years! Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are available from the Theatre Box Office (919-560-3030, http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/mikado), Contact 984-244-0668 for information for Thursday’s special preview performance.

Apr
5
Fri
Rare Music presents “Vocal and Instrumental Laments: Claudio Monteverdi and Matthias Weckmann” @ Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm

Music from the Italian and German seventeenth century: the musical laments of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) and Matthias Weckmann (ca.1616-1674). Featuring the North Carolina Consort of Viols (led by Brent Wissick); Andrea Moore, soprano; Marc Callahan, baritone; and directed by Philip Cave. Presented by DUMIC (Duke University Musical Instrument Collections) as part of the Society of Seventeenth-Century Music conference 2019. Free and open to the public (conference registration not required).

Apr
7
Sun
Rutter’s Mass of the Children: Choral Society of Durham’s Chamber Choir & Raleigh Boychoir @ Duke Chapel
Apr 7 @ 5:30 pm

Mass of the Children by John Rutter

Liner notes to the Naxos (2006) recording of Mass of the Children, Shadows, & Wedding Canticle by John Rutter, state that the work was written late in 2002 and was first performed in February 2003 at Carnegie Hall. Rutter, writing of his inspiration for the work, says, “The seed of the work probably lay in the inspiring experience I had back in 1963 singing as a member of the boys choir in the first recording of
Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. The effect of combining children’s and adult’s voices is unique, and I wanted to write a work that would bring them together in a more joyful context than a Requiem.” He goes on to say that he based the structure on the Missa Brevis but added a number of English texts to it that are sung by the soloists or the children.

The work runs about 35 minutes and is scored for mixed choir, children’s choir, soprano and baritone soloists, chamber ensemble and organ. The Chamber Choir’s performances with the Raleigh Boychoir will take place Saturday, April 6 at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh and Sunday, April 7 at Duke Chapel, Durham.

Apr
19
Fri
Duke Opera Workshop: “These are a Few of My Favorite Scenes” @ Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm

The Duke Opera Workshop’s spring production includes opera & musical theater scenes sung in English with costumes and staging, with piano accompaniment by David Heid. Scenes are from Mozart: “The Magic Flute,” “Cosi fan tutti,” and “The Marriage of Figaro;” Menotti: “The Old Maid and the Thief;” Beethoven: “Fidelio;” Bernstein: “Candide;” and Rodgers & Hammerstein: “Carousel.” Susan Dunn directs the Duke Opera Workshop.

Apr
20
Sat
Duke Opera Workshop: “These are a Few of My Favorite Scenes” @ Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University
Apr 20 @ 3:00 pm

The Duke Opera Workshop’s spring production includes opera & musical theater scenes sung in English with costumes and staging, with piano accompaniment by David Heid. Scenes are from Mozart: “The Magic Flute,” “Cosi fan tutti,” and “The Marriage of Figaro;” Menotti: “The Old Maid and the Thief;” Beethoven: “Fidelio;” Bernstein: “Candide;” and Rodgers & Hammerstein: “Carousel.” Susan Dunn directs the Duke Opera Workshop.

Apr
23
Tue
Duke Chorale Celebration Concert @ Biddle Music Building, Duke University
Apr 23 @ 8:00 pm

The Duke Chorale, directed by Rodney Wynkoop, presents a celebration concert featuring highlights from the group’s 2018-19 season. The Chorale will perform an eclectic array of selections ranging from Baroque to modern, including folksongs and spirituals. The Duke Chorale is a primarily undergraduate concert choir at Duke University, performing an extensive repertoire of choral pieces, ranging from Renaissance German and French works to Latin Requiems and spirituals. The Chorale performs numerous concerts around central North Carolina each year and makes an annual concert tour over spring break. This spring, the Chorale toured California. Refreshments served.

May
4
Sat
Choral Society of Durham presents Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service @ Duke Chapel
May 4 @ 8:00 pm

Sacred Service (Avodath Hakodesh) by Ernest Bloch

Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service was composed “for a Reform congregation in San Francisco in the 1930s,” according to a review, “A Rare Jewish Bid for the Classically Sacred Concert,” by Allen Kozinn published February 13, 2008, in The New York Times. Kozinn goes on to say that “he scored it ambitiously for a large chorus, soloists and orchestra, in the hope that it would be performed in concert as
well.” The score runs 50 minutes and is based on the Sabbath morning service that uses a Reform version commonly in use in the 1930s. The reviewer explains that the music is newly composed with a hint of Hebrew Chant and that it maintains the distinction between cantorial and congregational singing with the use of a Baritone singing the cantorial role.

This concert will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Duke Chapel and will feature the Choral Society of Durham with Orchestra.

May
5
Sun
Masks and Fairytales with the Concert Singers of Cary @ Carolina Theater in Durham
May 5 @ 3:00 pm

Mendelssohn Psalm 42

Debussy La Damoiselle élue

Durham Community Chorale Spring Concert: Songs for Spring @ Temple Baptist Church
May 5 @ 3:30 pm

The Durham Community Chorale returns to Temple Baptist Church for a fun and musically diverse concert. You’ll definitely leave tapping your toes and humming a tune.

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