Music Library blog posts
A weekend of British music begins this Friday, Nov. 3rd with a performance by The Villiers Quartet at 8pm in Baldwin Auditorium.
The Villiers Quartet is quickly establishing a reputation as champions of 20th-21st century British (and American) music. This concert in Duke’s Baldwin Auditorium, part of their 2017 North American tour, features a wonderful balance of the lushly romantic Delius (in its original 1916 version), the lyrical poise of American composer/violinist Andrew Waggoner’s recent score Every Sentient Being, and unusual British pieces from the 1920s (Bush’s Dialectic) and 1950s (Fricker’s Quartet No. 2).
The Villiers are currently Quartet-in-Residence at Oxford University. The Strad hailed them as among the most charismatic and “adventurous” players on the scene. The Villiers Quartet has released several highly-acclaimed CDs on Naxos which are available from the Duke Music Library, most recently a recording of the Delius String Quartet (original and revised versions) and the Elgar String Quartet.
The public is invited to attend a pre-concert talk given by Daniel Grimley (Merton College, Oxford) at 7 pm in the Library Seminar Room, Biddle Music Building (adjacent to Baldwin Auditorium).
On Saturday, Nov. 4th at 5pm in the Nelson Music Room on Duke’s East Campus, British composer Frank Bridge’s Piano Trio No. 2 (1929), widely considered to be one of his greatest chamber works, will be featured in a concert by violinist Hsiao-mei Ku, Professor in the Duke Department of Music and member of the Ciompi Quartet; pianist R. Larry Todd, Arts and Sciences Professor of Music at Duke; and cellist David Meyer of the North Carolina Symphony. Listen to a performance of this piece through the Duke Music Library subscription to the Naxos online streaming service.
These two concerts are part of the symposium, British Music & Europe in the Age of Brexit, presented by the Duke University Department of Music and Franklin Humanities Institute: Humanities Futures.
Every year the Duke University Libraries run a series of essay contests recognizing the original research of Duke students and encouraging the use of library resources. We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2016-2017 library writing and research awards.Lowell Aptman Prize
Recognizing excellence in undergraduate research using sources from the Libraries’ general collections.
- Honor Thesis Prize: Anna Mukamal for “Creative Impulse in the Modern Age: The Embodiment of Anxiety in the Early Poetry of T. S. Eliot (1910-1917)”
- Third/Fourth-Year Prize: Jack Harrington for “In The Empire’s Back Yard: The Radicalization of Public Opinion In Ireland and It’s Impact on the Anglo-Irish War (1913-1920)”
- First/Second-Year Prize: McKenzie Cook for “World War I and The London Theatre”
Recognizing excellence of analysis, research, and writing in the use of primary sources and rare materials held by the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
- Maegan Stanley for “In Honest Affection and Friendlinesse”
- Hannah Rogers for “Subversion as Service: The Life and Controversy of Jeanne Audrey Powers”
Recognizing excellence in undergraduate research using primary sources for political science or public policy.
- Honors Thesis Prize: Tara Bansal for “Analyzing the Development of Social Capital in the Slums of Bangalore”
- Semester Paper Prize: Kushal Kadakia for “Rethinking R&D: Partnerships as Drivers for Global Health Innovation”
Recognizing outstanding undergraduate creative writing.
- Sabrina Hao for “My Name is Elizabeth”
- Rajiv Golla for “From Graves to Gardens”
- Valerie Muensterman for “Earth Once Removed”
We will be celebrating our winners and their achievements at a special awards reception coinciding with Duke Family Weekend. All are invited to join us for refreshments and the opportunity to honor the recipients.
Date: Friday, October 20
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Rubenstein Library 249 (Carpenter Conference Room)
The Duke University Libraries are now accepting applications for membership on the 2017-2018 student library advisory boards.
Members of these advisory boards will help improve the learning and research environment for Duke University students and advise the Libraries on topics such as study spaces, research resources, integrating library services into academic courses, and marketing library services to students.
The boards will typically meet four times a semester to discuss all aspects of Duke Libraries and provide feedback to library staff. This is an amazing opportunity for students to serve on the advisory board of a large, nationally recognized non-profit organization.
All three advisory boards are now taking applications or nominations. Application deadlines are:
- Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board: September 11, 2017
- Undergraduate Advisory Board: September 11, 2017
- First-Year Advisory Board: October 1, 2017
Members of the Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board and the Undergraduate Advisory Board will be selected and notified by mid-September, and groups will begin to meet in late September. More information is available on our website, where you will also find links to the online applications forms.
For more information or questions about these opportunities, please contact:
Head, Assessment and User Experience Department
Librarian for Education
Evening Reference Librarian and Supervisor, Lilly Library