Duke Symphony Orchestra

The Duke Symphony Orchestra, directed by Harry Davidson, numbers some 70-100 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.

The DSO's concert seasons are built around central themes that serve as focal points for both the orchestra and the audience.

Fall 2014 concerts will feature works by Mozart and Stravinsky, as well as a celebration of the music of Richard Strauss (1864-1949) in the 150th anniversary year of his birth. Spring 2015 will feature works by Schubert, Tchaikovsky, and Sibelius, and the winner of the 2014-15 Student Concerto Competition.

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.

2014-2015 Concerts

  • Sunday, August 31
    6 pm, East Campus Main Quad
    Pops Concert
    (Rain location: Baldwin Auditorium)
    Free admission
  • Wednesday, October 1
    8 pm, Baldwin Auditorium
    Featuring guest artist Rachael Elliott, bassoon
    C.P.E. Bach: Symphony in B minor, Wq 182 No. 5
    Anatoly Liadov: Eight Russian Folksongs, Op. 58
    W.A. Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191 wi
    Igor Stravinsky: L’Oiseau de Feu, (Firebird) Suite
    Free admission
  • Saturday, October 25
    8 pm, Duke Chapel
    Family Weekend Showcase Concert
    with the Duke Chorale and Duke Wind Symphony
    General admission $10, students free; http://tickets.duke.edu
  • Wednesday, December 3
    8 pm, Baldwin Auditorium
    Celebrating the Music of Richard Strauss (1864-1949) in the 150th anniversary year of his birth
    Featuring guest artist Dina Kuznetsova, soprano
    Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), Op. 24 Vier Letzte Lieder
    Der Rosenkavalier (excerpts) 
    Free admission

  • Wednesday, March 4
    8 pm, Baldwin Auditorium
    Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in Bb Major, D 485
    Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet: Overture Fantasy
    The concert also features 2014-2015 Student Concerto Competition winner
    Free admission

  • Wednesday, April 8
    8 pm, Baldwin Auditorium
    Featuring guest artist Cicilia Yudha, pianist
    Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Op. 48
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major, K. 449
    Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
    Free admission

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.