Photo credit: John Rodgers

Jason Moran and The Bandwagon

Thurs., September 21, 2023

7:30 PM

Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center

Pianist and composer Jason Moran has established himself as a risk-taker and trendsetter for new directions in jazz. Rolling Stone calls him “the most provocative thinker in current jazz.” His incomparable talent has earned Moran a prestigious MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship and the title of Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz. Since 2000, Moran and his trio The Bandwagon (Tarus Mateen, bass, and Nasheet Waits, drums) have dazzled audiences at elite venues worldwide.

Photo credit: Laura Sheeran

Dublin Guitar Quartet

Thurs., October 26, 2023

7:30 PM

Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center

The Dublin Guitar Quartet has dedicated its career with to performing contemporary music, which makes the ensemble unique within its genre. With the help of eight and eleven-string guitars the quartet has created a catalogue of original works and arrangements by composers such Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt and György Ligeti.

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Emily D’Angelo, Mezzo Soprano

Tues, November 28, 2023

7:30 PM

Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center

Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist 2020, is “one of the finest young singers in the world” (NY Times) and has continued her meteoric rise to establish herself as one of the most exciting and critically acclaimed artists of her generation. The NY Times called her recent US recital debut “wonderful and powerful” and she is the first and only singer to receive the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival’s Leonard Bernstein Award.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Tues., January 30, 2024

7:30 PM

Wait Chapel

As the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary, its mission is to enrich lives through orchestral experiences that are uncompromising in their excellence. The RPO is at the forefront of music-making in the UK and internationally, typically performing approximately 200 concerts each season and with a worldwide audience of more than half-a-million people. Under the musical direction of Vasily Petrenko, The Orchestra embraces a broad repertoire that enables it to reach the most diverse audience of any British symphony orchestra. Their concert for the Secrest Artists Series will include British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason performing Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto.

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Rachel Podger, violin

Weds., Feb 21, 2024

Fri., Feb 23, 2024

7:30 PM

Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center

“Rachel Podger, the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin,” (The Times) has established herself as a leading interpreter of Baroque and Classical music. Her appearance at Wake Forest University will be a two-concert set of the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin.

Three men standing, one woman sitting. All holding string instruments.
Photo Credit: Roy Cox

Dover Quartet

Tues., March 19, 2024

7:30 PM

Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center

Named one of the greatest string quartets of the last 100 years by BBC Music Magazine, the two-time GRAMMY-nominated Dover Quartet is one of the world’s most in-demand chamber ensembles.