Duke Symphony Orchestra

The Duke Symphony Orchestra, directed by Harry Davidson, numbers some 100 players and draws its membership almost entirely from the student body. The Orchestra sponsors a Concerto Competition every year; winners are featured as soloists with the orchestra at a special concert.

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    • Symphony Orchestra 2008


    • Photo Credit: Shelley Rusincovitch
    • Symphony Orchestra 2008
    • Photo Credit: Shelley Rusincovitch
    • Harry Davidson, music director of the Duke Symphony Orchestra
    • Photo Credit: Shelley Rusincovitch
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The DSO's concert seasons are built around central themes that serve as focal points for both the orchestra and the audience.

Fall 2013 concerts will feature works by Beethoven, Wagner, Arvo Pärt & Duke composer Stephen Jaffe, with a gala performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Duke Chorale and Wind Symphony in spring 2014.

Each spring, the DSO travels to Beaufort, SC to perform a benefit concert for Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Keyserling Cancer Center, raising a total of over $208,000.

2013-2014 Concerts

  • Wednesday, September 18
    8 pm, Baldwin Auditorium
    Pops Concert
    (Rescheduled from Sept. 1)
    Free admission
  • Saturday, October 26
    8 pm, Baldwin Auditorium
    Baldwin Auditorium Celebration and Family Weekend Showcase Concert
    with the Duke Chorale and Duke Wind Symphony
    Beethoven: Overture to The Consecration of the House, Op. 124
    Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
    Wagner: Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin
    Stephen Jaffe: Cut Time
    General admission $10, students free; http://tickets.duke.edu
  • Wednesday, December 4
    8 pm, Baldwin Auditorium
    Celebrating the music of Richard Wagner (1813-1883) in the year of the 200th anniversary of his birth
    Featuring guest artist Irene Roberts, mezzo soprano
    Prelude to the opera Lohengrin
    Wesendonck Lieder
    Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin
    Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
    Free admission

  • Wednesday, March 5
    8 pm, Baldwin Auditorium
    Brahms: Hungarian Dances 1, 3, & 10 and Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90. The concert also features 2013-2014 Student Concerto Competition winner Emily Tan, performing the first movement of Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor.
    Free admission

  • Saturday, April 5
    8 pm, Baldwin Auditorium
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral Symphony" with Andrea Moore, soprano; Elizabeth Tredent, alto; Timothy Culver, tenor; Brian Johnson, baritone; the Duke Chorale and members of The Choral Society of Durham. Conducted by Harry Davidson.
    General admission $10, students free; http://tickets.duke.edu

Harry Davidson, music director

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    • Photo Credit: Les Todd, Duke University Photography

Rehearsals: Monday and Wednesday, 7:30-9:30 pm.

For auditions students are asked to play parts of a movement from a composition of their own choice (a concerto, sonata, etc.) and to sight-read a brief excerpt.