Welcome to our 2016-2017 Concert Season
The St. Stephen's Concert Series exists because of a room. That room is the beautiful Nave of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Durham, NC, a hallowed space whose fine acoustics and dramatically brilliant stained glass windows make it an inspirational setting for the performance of great music.
Inspired performance of great music has been the primary goal of the Concert Series since its beginnings in 1982, four years after the dedication of the Nave. Through these concerts the church seeks to nurture the soul, facilitate contemplation, and offer respite and inspiration to those who listen.
The Concert Series is a program of the church and is part of the overall mission of the church; specifically, it is linked to the church's music, educational, and outreach programs. And yet, the Concert Series is financially independent of the church and is self-sustaining. It receives no funds from the church. The expenses of concerts are met entirely through the sale of tickets and donations.
Because music education is one of the goals of the concert series, people who attend the concerts are often provided with generous program notes, and, in the interests of developing a new generation of music lovers, the concerts are free for those 18 or under. In recent years 3PM Pre-Concert Discussions have also taken place before the 4PM concerts. This season that will again be true for the first two concerts (in September and October). For the next three concerts (in November, February, and March) the pre-concert discussions will take place online! These innovative Online Encounters will be made available a month in advance of each concert and links to them will be found on this web site.
Email: If you plan to attend our concerts, we recommend that you give us your email address. Email is our preferred means of communication. If we have your email address, we will send you reminders of concerts and links to our Online Encounters. We will also inform you of any changes (such as the sudden postponement of a concert due to bad weather). You can use the form provided on the Contact page to give us your email address.
Donations: Ticket sales do not cover the costs of concerts, so we depend on donations. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated. They are tax deductible and can be made at any time. If you have the means, please consider underwriting one of the concerts. This season two of the concerts (the organ recital and the Bartok event) have already been underwritten, but the other four concerts provide splendid opportunities for a generous gift.
St. Stephen's is located at 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham NC 27707