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Duke Chorale in Concert

The renowned Duke University Chorale, the primary choral group of the Department of Music at Duke, is performing at Christ Church Greenwich as part of their Northeastern US spring break tour.

Wednesday, March 14
7 pm
Free-will offering

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The Duke University Chorale is composed of 50 Duke graduate and undergraduate singers. The Chorale performs numerous concerts throughout the year, both on and off campus, and tours annually during Duke’s Spring Break. In previous years the Chorale has toured China, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, England, Wales, Mexico, and many parts of the U.S. The Chorale is delighted that their 2018 tour brings them to the Northeastern U.S., with concerts in New York, Greenwich and Easton CT, Philadelphia, Richmond and Culpeper VA, and Winston-Salem, NC.

The Chorale’s tour repertoire typically features both sacred and secular music ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary works, from serious to relaxed music, and from unaccompanied works to pieces with piano and other instruments. The group has performed major works with professional orchestras, including the Verdi and Brahms Requiems, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Haydn’s Creation, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert, and most recently performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

The program will include pieces from the touring repertoire:

Gwyneth Walker     I thank you God
Whitacre                   Lux aurumque
Victoria                      Caligaverunt
Jennings                     O crux
Sametz                       Kas tie tadi
Robinovitch              Prayer before sleep
Orban                         Nunc dimittis
DeCormier                Obey the spirit of the Lord
Betts                           The wind that shakes the barley
Halloran                     Witness
Gjeilo                          Ubi caritas  (Chamber Choir)
Monteveri                 Si ch’io vorrei morire  (Chamber Choir)
Daunais                      Le pont Mirabeau  (Chamber Choir)
Porter/King               Night and Day (Chamber Choir)
Whitacre                   Animal Crackers, v. I
Chatman                    Dryads’ Bells
Handl                          En ego campana
Rash                           MacPherson’s Farewell
Wilberg                      My love’s in Germany (2 pianists)
McCutchen               Ol’ Time Religion

Because of the Chorale’s strong ties to the university and community, they sing in such disparate venues as area nursing homes, official university events, and Duke basketball games. Their annual family-style Christmas program fills Duke Chapel to overflowing and supplies vast amounts of food for area homeless shelters. The Chorale has produced several CD recordings, all of which are available for sale at their concerts.

The Chorale has been conducted by Rodney Wynkoop since 1984 and is accompanied by Mary Hamilton.

Rodney Wynkoop is Director of University Choral Music and the Director of Chapel Music. He conducts the Duke Chapel Choir and the Duke University Chorale, and is on the faculty of the Music Department at Duke, where he holds the title of Professor of the Practice of Music. He was awarded Duke University’s Meritorious Service Award for Executive Leadership in 2009.

In addition to his choirs at Duke, Dr. Wynkoop is conductor of the 150-voice Choral Society of Durham and its 32-voice Chamber Choir. He is also the founder and director of the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham, a highly acclaimed select choir which performed at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in 2005 and has performed at numerous Southern Division ACDA conferences. He has led choral conducting workshops in various parts of the U.S, and has served as resident guest conductor of a professional civic chorus in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Dr. Wynkoop has led choir tours to four continents of the world, as well as many locations in the U.S. All of the choirs under his direction have released CD recordings, including several CDs with the Duke Chorale, Handel’s Messiah with the Duke Chapel Choir, and Orff ’s Carmina Burana with the Choral Society of Durham and the Duke Chorale. 

He holds degrees from Yale University, the Yale School of Music, and the University of Wisconsin, where he studied with Robert Fountain. Before coming to Duke, he held conducting positions at the University of Chicago, the Yale School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music, and Mount Holyoke College. He received the 2002 Lara Hoggard Award for Distinguished Service in Choral Music in North Carolina, presented by the North Carolina ACDA.