This year’s Duke Chapel Music season presents great works of sacred music reimagined by master composers of the past and interpreted by musicians of today. The largest performances of the season all feature reworked versions of masterpieces, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s edition of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah
, Felix Mendelssohn’s production of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion
, and Robert Schumann’s revival of Bach’s St. John Passion
. A fresh presentation of great works can also be heard in other concerts and services this year from a performance of Bach’s cantatas at an art museum to recitals by talented young organ scholars to the improvisation exhibited in Jazz Vespers services. We hope you join us in this exploration of living sacred music traditions.
“The Scriptures reveal the cosmic musical drama of God. Here at Duke University Chapel, we hope to play our own role in this creative drama, as we welcome a diversity of different musical expressions that point us to the transcendence of God, reflected in this majestic neo-Gothic space, and the immanence of God, made known to us in Jesus Christ. This year, I invite you to come and play your part and sing your song.” — The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, Dean of Duke University Chapel
In addition to bringing open ears to this year’s concerts and services, you are also invited to bring keen eyes. The images below are from sections of the Chapel’s seventy-seven stained-glass windows. Every window has a story and every story sits within a larger narrative. The same may be said about this season’s music. Each composition is part of the larger narrative of human creativity and marks a moment in our shared history worthy of our attention.
With the generous support of so many friends of Duke Chapel, the majority of Chapel music programs are presented as free events. Those requiring a ticket have been noted below.