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Duke Performances features multicultural influences

Gifted progeny, contemporary talent: Anoushka Shankar

Gifted progeny, contemporary talent: Anoushka ShankarHarper Smith, Deutsche Grammophon

From jazz ensembles to Gypsy influences to South Asian percussionists, the 2011-12 Duke Performances season features an eclectic mix of theater, dance, and musical artists. Among the more than three dozen headliners will be Durham’s own jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis; Serbian composer and bandleader Goran Bregovic with his Wedding & Funeral Orchestra, a Bulgarian choir, and a Gypsy brass band; and Anoushka Shankar—sitar legend Ravi Shankar’s daughter—who will lead an ensemble featuring flamenco and Indian classical musicians through a program that follows the musical journey of the Gypsies from India up through Spain.

Other performers include French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, who will perform a program of Vivaldi and Handel arias with the baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire; steel-string guitarist Joan Soriano, who plays bachata, a blend of rustic guitar syncopation and bittersweet lyrics; Australian dance company Chunky Move; Nigerian saxophonist Seun Kuti and his band, Egypt 80; and Persian singer Mohammad- Reza Shajarian and the seventeen-piece Shahnaz Ensemble.

Performances take place on Duke’s campus and at several Durham locations, including Motorco Music Hall, Casbah Durham, the Carolina Theatre, and the Durham Performing Arts Center.

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