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Magnificat: Music of Protest and Rebellion

Wednesday, March 16, 2022
7:30 pm

In this concert, the acclaimed British vocal ensemble Magnificat offers revelatory interpretations of dramatic works by composers Josquin des Prez, Giovanni Palestrina, Orlande de Lassus, and William Byrd. These epic and ethereal compositions are united by themes of faith and resistance in the face of religious persecution.

There is no cost to attend the concerts but free tickets are required for admittance. Sign up for tickets through the Duke Box Office at

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Paid parking is available on a first come, first served basis in the Bryan Center Parking Lot at 125 Science Drive. ADA parking is available in the Bryan Center Surface Lot at the same address.

The concert is part Magnificat's stay at Duke as an ensemble-in-residence March 13-20. In addition to this concert, their public performances include a Choral Vespers Service on Thursday, March 17, at Duke Chapel and a concert March 18 at Baldwin Auditorium. They will also offer workshops. Learn more at

For over thirty years, Magnificat has toured internationally presenting historically-informed performances of Renaissance and Baroque choral masterpieces with passion and expressivity. Their recordings with Linn Records have been described as having "startling clarity" and "almost overpowering richness." Their 2016 album Scattered Ashes was a finalist in the Gramophone Magazine Awards.

Magnificat is directed by Dr. Philip Cave, the associate conductor for Chapel Music at Duke Chapel and the group's founder. As a soloist, Dr. Cave has performed under celebrated conductors including Leonard Bernstein and Sir Roger Norrington, at venues including the Beethovenhalle in Bonn and the Sydney Opera House. He was a joint recipient of the American Musicological Society's Greenberg Award; he has received the Byrne Award by the London Handel Society and is an Honorary Fellow of London's Academy of St Cecilia.