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All performances are at 7pm at the Doris Duke Centerís Angle Amphitheater, except the Ciompi and Mallarme concerts (July 5 & 26), which will be held in Kirby Horton Hall. Admission is $10 General, $5 Duke employees and students, children 12 and under FREE.
SCHEDULE: SUMMER MUSIC IN THE GARDENS
EVENT DETAILS: SUMMER MUSIC IN THE GARDENS
The Carolina Chocolate Drops
“[The Carolina Chocolate Drops] belong to an era when music was not something to be sold but something from the soul.” — All Music Guide
The Carolina Chocolate Drops are single-handedly reviving the antebellum black banjo and fiddle tradition of the rural Piedmont. The Chocolate Drops — Dom Flemons (jug, guitar, harmonica), Rhiannon Giddens (banjo, fiddle, voice), and Justin Robinson (fiddle, banjo, voice) — have, in the past few years, played at venues ranging from the National Jugband Jubilee to the Newport Folk Festival. For their Gardens appearance, the Chocolate Drops will be joined by their mentor, octogenarian fiddler Joe Thompson, who is amongst the last of the original black string band players.
The Ciompi Quartet
with Jane Hawkins (piano)
and Nancy Billmann (horn)
"an effortless sense of coordination." — New York Times
Duke's resident string quartet was founded in 1965 by renowned violinist Giorgio Ciompi. The Ciompi Quartet are Eric Pritchard (violin), Hsieo Mei Ku (violin), Jonathan Bagg (viola), Fred Raimi (cello). The Quartet brings a special all-Brahms program to the Gardens: Sonata in D Major for Cello and Piano, featuring Mr. Raimi and Ms. Hawkins; String Quartet #1 in C Minor, Op. 51, #1; and Trio for Piano, Violin, and Horn, featuring Ms. Hawkins, Mr. Pritchard, and Ms. Billmann.
Bishop Dready Manning
“The Lord gave me this way of playing and He told me to use it in his service.” — Bishop Dready Manning
A 2003 N.C. Heritage Award recipient, Bishop Dready Manning has, on a weekly basis for 40 years, filled two churches — St. Mark’s Holiness Church and St. Mark Mission — with joyful gospel music. Manning’s exuberant performances feature silver-voiced singing, first-rate guitar picking, and soulful harmonica playing — often on tunes written by the Bishop himself. His wife, Mother Marie, a powerful gospel vocalist, will join him for this appearance.
Charles Pettee’s Chuck & the Waggin’Ears
Chuck & the Waggin’Ears — a trio led by Shady Grove Band founder Charles Pettee (mandolin, guitar, voice) and featuring Shady Grove Band member John Boulding (banjo and dobro) and former Red Clay Rambler Fiddlin’ Al McCanless (fiddle) — perform a summertime mix of traditional bluegrass and original tunes.
Chatham County Line
An acoustic string band, who’ve toured with country songbird Tift Merritt and recorded with alt-rock guru Chris Stamey, Chatham County Line demonstrate instrumental prowess and peerless bluegrass harmony on original tunes written for “both the thinking man and the drinking man.”
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
“Harmonies don't get much more high and lonesome than the ones these guys turn out.” — Atlanta Journal Constitution
Formed in 1979, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver have made numerous first-rate bluegrass recordings, they are best known, however, as the undisputed gospel bluegrass gold-standard. They’ve received three Grammy nominations, four Dove Awards, and nine International Bluegrass Association honors. In 2006, Lawson was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, our nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
Mallarmé Chamber Players
Bo Newsome (oboe), Nathan Leyland (cello), and Anna L. Wilson (flute) give good cause to tango, boogie and waltz with tunes by Scott Joplin, Astor Piazzolla, and Peter Schickele. Music by Mr. Newsome, Paul Desenne, and Jose Vieira Brandao rounds out this program of rags and dances.
Capital City Five & Gospel Jubilators
Raleigh’s Capital City Five and Durham’s Gospel Jubilators cover over 60 years of vocal gospel music in the Piedmont. These esteemed all-male singing groups perform their gospel music a cappella in an effort, they say, “to deliver their message more directly.” This concert will highlight the vocal traditions of the golden age of ’30s and ’40s gospel, a pure sound that these gentlemen have worked hard to sustain.