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Ciompi Quartet Presents, a three-part summer chamber music series

Ciompi Quartet Presents, a three-part summer chamber music series, begins June 5

The Duke University Department of Music, Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts and Sarah P. Duke Gardens are pleased to announce the inauguration of Ciompi Quartet Presents, a three-part summer chamber music series in Duke Gardens curated and presented by members of the Ciompi Quartet.

Concerts will take place on three Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm in Kirby Horton Hall in the Doris Duke Center at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Each concert will feature one or more members of the Ciompi Quartet joined by acclaimed guest artists.

“We hope these programs will satisfy a thirst for classical music during the hot days of summer,” says Ciompi violist Jonathan Bagg. “Each concert is strikingly different and features some of the best guest artists you’ll hear all year long, in repertoire ranging from Bach through Beethoven, Brahms and Shostakovich, to stunning contemporary works of Toru Takemitsu and John Tavener. We’re very excited to present these special concerts to our community of music lovers in Kirby Horton Hall, an intimate and acoustically fine venue.”

Tuesday, June 5

Violinist Eric Pritchard is joined by fellow Ciompi Quartet member Jonathan Bagg, viola, and NC Symphony principal cellist Bonnie Thron in Bach’s masterwork, the Goldberg Variations, an exciting, famously virtuosic transcription for string trio.

Tuesday, July 10

Jonathan Bagg presents “Dancing in the Wind,” a program for flute, viola, harp and soprano. John Taverner’s gorgeous To a Child Dancing in the Wind features soprano Ilana Davidson; Toru Takemitsu’s And Then I Knew T’was Wind and James Patterson’s Embracing the Wind, featuring Laura Gilbert, flute, and Stacey Shames, harp, complete this lovely summer’s eve.

Tuesday, August 14

Ciompi cellist Fred Raimi presents Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 and works by Beethoven and Brahms. Raimi is joined by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members Richard Luby, violin, and Clara Yang, piano.

Please note we inaugurate this special series without Ciompi second violin Hsiao-mei Ku, who will be in China this summer with the Duke Engage program.

Individual tickets for each performance are $20 and will go on sale May 24. Subscription packages to all three concerts for $50 are currently on sale at the Duke University Box Office, 919-684-4444 or For more information, visit Note: Parking is free in Duke Gardens parking lots after 5pm. Artists and program subject to change.

The Ciompi Quartet was founded at Duke University in 1965 by the renowned Italian violinist Giorgio Ciompi. All its members are professors at Duke and play a leading role in the cultural life of the university and community, in addition to traveling widely throughout the year for performances.

In a career that includes many hundreds of concerts and spans five continents, the Ciompi Quartet has developed a reputation for performances of real intelligence and musical sophistication, and for a warm, unified sound that is enhanced by each player’s strong individual voice. With a maturity and insight born of wide experience, the Ciompi Quartet projects the heart and soul of the music, in a repertoire that ranges from well-known masterpieces to works by today’s most communicative composers.

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