Duke Chapel will hold its annual All Hallows' Eve Service on the evening prior to All Saints Day, the festival in the church that recalls the faith and witness of those who have carried and cherished the Christian faith throughout church history. The worship service celebrates the church's continuing communion with them and memorializes the recently deceased.
The Choral Vespers Ensemble will lead the candlelight service.
The Duke Vespers Ensemble will present a free concert on "The Leipzig Legacy: Bach and His Predecessors" featuring Beverly Biggs, Elaine Funaro, Robert Parkins, and Lex Silbiger on the Bach harpsichord concerto.
The ensemble will be joined by the resident Baroque orchestra Cappella Baroque, consisting of professional period instrument players from the region. Together they will perform works ranging from intimate motets by Schein and Kuhnau to more grand works like Schelle’s chorale cantata Christus der ist mein leben, Teleman’s Concerto Polonois, and two compositions by J.S. Bach, the Concerto in A minor for Four Harpsichords and cantata 78 Jesu der du meine seele.
The Duke Chapel Organ Recital Series will feature a recital by Annette Richards and David Yearsley, music professors at Cornell University.
Richards, also an university organist at Cornell, is a laureate of international organ competitions at Dublin and Bruges. Yearsley, active as a performer on other keyboard instruments as well as the organ, lists among his awards all major prizes at the Bruges Early Music Festival.
Their recital will include solo and duet repertoire on the Brombaugh and Flentrop organs by early English composers J.S. Bach and Soler, as well as transcriptions of works by Mozart and Rossini.
The Duke Vespers Ensemble will hold a special Choral Vespers evening service featuring guest conductor Paul T. Kwami, music director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and guest soloist Luke Powery, dean of Duke Chapel.
The free, 30-40 minute candlelight service consists of Scripture readings, prayers, and sacred music.
Duke University Chapel will sponsor the first in a series of free lunchtime performances by the Ciompi Quartet. The "Ciompi Quartet Lunchtime Classics" will feature 50 minutes of music accompanied by a brief introduction by a quartet member.
Other performances will be held Jan. 14, 2014 and March 25, 2014. No food or drinks are permitted in the chapel.
Duke Univeristy Chapel will hold its annual Blessing of Animals Service featuring McKennon Shea, director of admissions at Duke Divinity School, leading the blessings.
The outdoor worship service has been held each year at the chapel on the Sunday in October closest to the Feast Day of St. Francis since 1989. The worship tradition was made notable by the camels and other circus animals blessed each year at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
Last year, Duke Chapel ministers blessed animals ranging from hamsters to horses.
The Duke University Sunday Worship Service will feature Richard Lischer, James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of Preaching at Duke Divinity School, preaching.
The Duke University Sunday Worship Service will feature Lester Ruth, research professor of Christian worship at Duke Divinity School, preaching.
The Duke University Sunday Worship Service will feature Luke Powery, dean of Duke Chapel, preaching.
Duke University Sunday Worship Service with Sam Wells, Vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and Former Duke Chapel Dean, Preaching
The Duke University Sunday Worship Service will feature Sam Wells, vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and former Duke Chapel dean, preaching.