Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2019

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Summer 2019 45 Choir, whose performances of Handel's Messiah have been a tradition since 1932 and whose other renditions include John Rutter's "God Be In My Head," the choir's signature choral benediction. "Music is central to the living tradition of Duke Chapel — from congregational hymns to choir anthems to spirituals," said the Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, today's dean of the chapel. "It is like a 'second sermon' proclaiming love for God and the love of God for the world, in harmonies that engage, the heart, soul, and mind." Here, too, to the left of the chancel is the memorial chapel, where benefactor Washington Duke and his two sons are interred behind iron gates. Underneath it all is the crypt, reached via a stairwell whose stone hand-rail appears metallic, the result of decades of human touching by visitors as they descend to the burial space below. "So, you want to see the bodies?" Oliver quips as she leads the way to the —nal resting place of six Duke notables, including William Preston Few, Duke's —rst president; and Terry Sanford, the sixth and a one-time U.S. senator and North Carolina governor. Yet, decades after the chapel's birth, 27 of the 33 resting spots are unclaimed. "You have to be invited by the board of trustees," Oliver said. "You can't buy your way in." Ÿe chapel's folklore extends to two wooden, hard-to-spot mice, removed for a $19.2 million restoration of the chapel in 2015 but now inconspicuously peeking out on congregants yet again after being restored to their berths during — what else — the Feast of St. Francis. Ÿey were said to have been carved from pews burned during a chapel —re in the 1970s, one that led to the loss of some —ve front rows. "Ÿat's the story that has been handed down," said James Todd, the chapel's com- munications manager. BOB KARP Once you enter the nave of Duke Chapel, look over your shoulder to behold the Benjamin N. Duke Memorial Organ, constructed in the late Baroque style by Flentrop Orgelbouw of Holland and dedicated in 1976.

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