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Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XXI with Carlos Núñez, Galician Bagpipes • 'Celtic Universe'

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Duke Performances 2017/18 season ticket packages — including the Pick-Four or More, Chamber Arts Series, Piano Recital Series, and Vocal Ensemble Series — will go on sale to the general public on TUESDAY, JUNE 20 at 11 AM. Single tickets to Duke Performances 2017/18 shows will go on sale TUESDAY, JULY 11 at 11 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

Renewal deadlines for current subscribers for Duke Performances season ticket packages are as follows: Chamber Arts Series (Friday, April 21), Piano Recital Series (Friday, May 26), and Vocal Ensemble Series (Friday, May 26). Renewals can be made online, via phone, and in person.


Jordi Savall is one of the most revered figures of the early music revival. For half a century, Savall, the world’s foremost champion of the majestic and haunting viola da gamba, has tirelessly explored early music from around the globe. He made his name by reintroducing forgotten works as a virtuoso soloist, and by founding several early music ensembles, including the long-running Hespèrion XXI. By touring and recording relentlessly, he has worked to make a vast repertoire of music accessible and borderless, a gift to be shared. Like Savall, Carlos Núñez has long championed an obscure instrument, the Galician bagpipes from the Celtic lands that are now part of northern Spain. “If it’s possible to become a pop star playing traditional music on bagpipes and recorder, Núñez could be the man,” declared The Los Angeles Times in a sentiment that applies equally to Savall and his viol.

In the monumental new collaboration Celtic Universe, Savall and Núñez combine their trios for an expansive exploration of Celtic music across centuries and modern geographical borders. After a solo Núñez prelude, the six musicians shift configurations for eight themed sets that survey the wildly varied sounds of the Celts — some familiar, such as Irish standards like Archibald MacDonald of Keppoch, and some surprising, such as the songs of Galicia. They sample the largest collection of seventeenth-century viol music, reels, and laments from Ireland and Scotland, then play a selection of Basque songs, before closing with a spirited medley of traditional Irish tunes. Celtic Universe is a revelatory reappraisal of Celtic culture’s breadth and wealth, delivered by six instrumental masters.

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Sat, Apr 29 at 7pm

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