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Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble featuring Dianne Reeves

Individual tickets are $34 and $42. There is a "Pick-Four" package discount of 25%. See the Duke Univ. Performances website for more information.
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Just fifty years ago, five courageous African-American students integrated Duke University. As part of Duke's yearlong commemoration of the anniversary, Duke Performances commissioned three-time Grammy Award winner Billy Childs to write a major new song cycle which will receive its world premiere at the newly renovated Baldwin Auditorium.

A musical polymath, Childs is a jazz pianist, composer, and arranger who won a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship. His main vehicle, the 10-piece Jazz Chamber Ensemble, is an ingenious melding of jazz combo and classical string quartet. With that group, Childs creates a dynamic sound unique in the musical world.

For this special commemorative concert, Childs and his ensemble are joined by four-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves, whom the Seattle Times calls the "most compelling vocalist in jazz." This starry group comes together on the stage of the revamped Baldwin Auditorium to celebrate the brave students who changed the community and the country fifty years ago.

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  • Laura M.

    THe concert was fantastic. I could have listened to Dianne Reeves all night, and the string quartet was phenomenal! I also really enjoyed meeting one of our newest members, Claudine. She was my navigator for our "adventure" travel to Duke University :)

    October 5, 2013

  • Dorothyanne P.

    What a concert! But even better, was meeting 2 of the members of the first black class of 1967...There were only 5 black students who integrated Duke in 1963. They were all about 16 when they entered..Thanking them for my daughter and other black students who followed in their steps during the next 50 years later left me in serious humility...The concert was to commemorate 50 years of black students at Duke..The Ying Quartet was phenomenal.

    October 5, 2013

  • Claudine H.

    The concert was fabulous. The music was superb. I especially liked the encore at the end.

    October 5, 2013

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