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Duke Arts Presents

Music in Your Gardens

Update: All Music in Your Gardens videos are available to watch now for free on our YouTube channel, including sets by Hiss Golden Messenger, Skylar Gudasz, Shirlette Ammons, H.C. McEntire, Joe Troop, Kamara Thomas, Young Bull, and Rissi Palmer.


We’re proud to present Music in Your Gardens, a free eight-week online concert series showcasing nationally renowned artists who call Durham and the surrounding area home. The series shifts Duke Performances’ longtime summer series, Music in the Gardens, normally held outdoors at Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Duke’s campus, to an online format in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each Wednesday from July 1 – August 19, we’ll premiere a new, specially recorded performance, free of charge, below and on our YouTube page, which will be accompanied by a live YouTube chat with the artist. The films in the series, pre-recorded in a socially-distanced manner in a garden setting, are made by a team of Durham artists, including KidEthnic (filmmakers Saleem Reshamwala and John Laww), sound engineer Ryan Pickett, and audio technician Christopher Scully-Thurston.

Duke Performances presents Music in Your Gardens in collaboration with Duke Arts, WXDU, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke Continuing Studies, and Duke Summer Session. Hospitality partners include The Palace International and Locopops. Media sponsor: WUNC Music.

Past Music in Your Gardens events