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Choral Society of Durham     



Presented by the Choral Society of Durham, Duke Chapel Choir, and Riverside High School Chorus

SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017 | 4:00 PM

General Admission

Duke Chapel


$22    Full Price
$10    Ages 30 & Under
$5      Student (ID required)
$20    Group 10+ (with promo code)
$9      Group 10+ Ages 30 & Under (with promo code) *Please call our office at 919-684-4444*



Berlioz’ Te Deum and Poulenc’s Gloria
Our season’s mega-grand finale wraps up a year of celebration of the reopening of the newly renovated Duke Chapel. Witness the Duke Chapel’s massive centerpiece, the 1932 Aeolian organ, coming to life roaring and snorting like a dragon behind the giant orchestra and 3 choirs in Hector Berlioz’ Te Deum, with tenor solo. Exult in Poulenc’s Gloria, one of the most popular of this 20c French composer’s works, a joyous, ebullient celebration featuring soprano soloist Mary Wilson. A masterful composer who never learned how to play piano, a wildly sought-after conductor who never had formal lessons in conducting, and a composer of religious works who was a self-proclaimed agnostic – this was Hector Berlioz. His only official job was head librarian at the Paris Conservatoire. His musical innovations became a cornerstone of musical Romanticism. Francis Poulenc, a member of Les Six, was described as “part monk, part guttersnipe” by his contemporaries. He was one of the first to realize the future impact of the gramophone, and made many recordings. Stravinsky wrote to him in 1931: "You are truly good, and that is what I find again and again in your music". His truly beautiful Gloria is a testament to a life lived fully, making generous use of Poulenc’s musical talents..

The Choral Society of Durham, Rodney Wynkoop, conductor
The 150-member Choral Society of Durham draws singers from all walks of life, selected by audition within and around the Research Triangle area, some coming as far as Virginia. The long-time conductor Rodney Wynkoop, who is also the Director of University Choral Music at Duke University, has earned critical acclaim for artistic excellence and innovative programming with his various choral groups
The Duke Chapel Choir, conducted by Rodney Wynkoop is made up of approximately 100 Duke students and members of the Durham community. The Chapel Choir is a regular part of worship on Sundays throughout the academic year and presents Handel’s Messiah each December, and another major work each spring.
Riverside H.S. Combined Women’s Ensembles The Riverside High School Chorus is dedicated to excellence in choral music as well as a high level of musicianship and music literacy. Ensembles from Riverside have performed with the CSD and the Duke Chapel Choir in past years in works such as James Whitbourn’s Annelies and James MacMillan’s St. Luke Passion.


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