Baldwin Auditorium opening gala

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As a grad student, leisure is a luxury. But as a music lover, I can always squeeze out some free time for concerts. Tonight’s opening gala at the newly renovated Baldwin Auditorium is definitely worth my time.

Two main pieces are performed tonight: Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland, and Knoxville: Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber. The latter was performed by Duke alumni Jason McStoots. The gentle and cheerful melodies of Appalachian Spring washed all my stress away. And Jason McStoots’ lyrical voice makes for a wonderful flow of the storyline.

Baldwin Auditorium was once a “profoundly suboptimal choice” (quoted from one of tonight’s speakers) for concert performances. But Duke’s 15 billion renovation is paying off. Duke students and the Triangle community will enjoy world-class musical performances thanks to the university’s efforts to promote arts. A list of upcoming performances at Duke can be found here. I need to go back to readings and applications now…

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