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Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Saw this earlier.

Wondering if that's unique to Duke Performances, ie are they not getting the word out about their shows, or is it an early warning sign about discretionary spending in general.

Earlier this fall, the Carla Bley/Charlie Hayden performance was deeply discounted, and tickets were offered on neighborhood listservs. The Billy Bragg show did alright a couple of weeks back, although it wasn't quite sold out. Didn't hear anything about offering Greg Brown tickets for free last night, which would have been tempting.

Duke's relationship with the greater Durham community may also be a factor. The campus community may hear about these performances, but if you go into the Durham bars, there are almost never any posters or fliers about upcoming on-campus shows. On the other hand, if this is a general trend, Durham sure picked a bad time to open a performing arts center. I guess we'll find out in a couple of weeks how that's going to work out.

Note to Duke Performances: Why not add DE to your e-mailing list? The address is on the right, and i'm happy to mention shows that i find interesting.



  • I got the email yesterday. Last season, for shows that weren't selling well, they had a variety of two-for-one deals that they'd email about a week or two before the show, but this is the first time I remember them just giving tickets away.

    I'm guessing that the $5 to park in the Bryan Center garage on event nights is probably still in effect, though.

    I get emails from DP all the time, presumably because I've bought a goodly number of DP tickets online. Maybe you just need to buy some DP tickets online & give them your DE email address?

    By Blogger Ross Grady, at 12:15 PM  

  • i've bought tickets online using my personal email address, but got nothing about last night's show. But when i called on of the DP folks trying to set up a Billy Bragg interview, he recognized my name.

    go figure.

    By Blogger Barry, at 12:18 PM  

  • Duke may have some kind of commitment to making sure the "Duke community" gets first dibs?

    Just a guess. From what I've seen, very few members of that "community" seem to care about good music?

    It must be a challenge to do programming at a university nowadays. Music isn't the commodity it once was.

    By Blogger Tony, at 10:34 PM  

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