July 2020 Update:

With the Covid 19 pandemic our concert series is still in flux.  We are waiting to reschedule two concerts: the Borromeo String Quartet, and Henry Kramer, Piano.

In addition, we will be adding the Frank H. Kenan Memorial Organ Recital; Nathan Laube, organist.  This is currently scheduled for September 20, 2020 at 4 pm.

Welcome to our 2019-2020 Concert Season

This season there will be five concerts, all held on Sunday afternoons at 4:00p.m. These concerts will take place in the beautiful Nave of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, whose fine acoustics and dramatic 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.  It is hoped that the concerts “please and delight both mind and soul,” to borrow a phrase from Bach’s cousin, Johann Walther.  

The Concert Series is a program of the church and is part of the church’s overall mission; specifically, it is linked to the church’s music, education, 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, all of which are professional, are met entirely through the sale of tickets and donations.  

Because musical education is also a goal of the concert series, people who attend the concerts are 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.  For four of the concerts this season there will also be half hour Pre-Concert Discussions at 3:00p.m., in which the performing artists share their insights into the music on the program.  

Here are the five concerts.

October 27, 2019 at 4:00p.m. The Frank H. Kenan Memorial Organ Recital, Geoffrey Simon, Organist.

December 8, 2019 at 4:00p.m. “Heifetz on Tour,” Students and faculty of the Heifetz International Music Institute.

January 19, 2020 at 4:00p.m.  Violin/Piano Recital, Nicholas Kitchen, violin, Sean Gallagher, piano.  

March 29, 2020 at 4:00p.m.  An all Beethoven concert by The Borromeo String Quartet.

April 19, 2020 at 4:00p.m.  Piano Recital by Henry Kramer.   

Except for the opening organ recital, there will be 3:00p.m. Pre-Concert Discussions before each concert.  See CONCERTS for a listing of the works on each concert.  All programs are subject to change.

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. 

St. Stephen's is located at 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham NC 27707

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