North Carolina HIP Music Festival 


CONTACT: Suzanne Rousso, Artistic Director 

office: 919/560-2701 | cell: 919/413-3120 | [email protected] 


Durham, NC – The Mallarmé Chamber Players is proud to announce the line-up for the fifth biennial North Carolina HIP Music Festival. The HIP (Historically Informed Performance) festival will be performed on Renaissance, Baroque and Classical era period instruments with historical performance practices.  

The festival will run from January 31 through February 28 in various venues in Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. Drawing from the wealth of outstanding early music ensembles based in North Carolina as well as renowned international musicians, the NC HIP Music Festival will showcase over 100 musicians from eight different organizations in 16 events. This large-scale collaboration is managed by Mallarmé, which is organizing and marketing the festival, while each ensemble is responsible for its own artistic and fiscal management.  

Those wanting to attend more than three events should consider purchasing a HIPSTER pass, which gives admission to all events. Available starting today, a HIPSTER pass costs $85 – a savings of 150% of purchasing a single ticket for each event! 


North Carolina is fortunate to be home to a high concentration of musicians and early music authorities who perform on period instruments. The North Carolina HIP Music Festival was born in 2013 after several years of successful Historical Bach concerts which included violist Suzanne Rousso (Mallarmé), cellists Brent Wissick (UNC-CH), Stephanie Vial (The Vivaldi Project) and Barbara Krumdieck (Ensemble Vermillian), and harpsichordists Elaine Funaro (Aliénor) and Beverly Biggs (Baroque & Beyond). Between the 2013 and 2014 NC HIP Music Festivals, the offering of high-quality early music concerts doubled, including performances by prominent international groups such as the Hilliard Ensemble and the English Concert. The original group has broadened to include the Duke Bach Cantata Series, Raleigh Camerata, El Fuego, The Vivaldi Project, Duke Performances, Baroque and Beyond, the NC Baroque Orchestra as well as the Duke and UNC-CH Music Departments.  


  • To offer a unique musical experience to audiences by presenting a series of dynamic, historically informed performances at a high artistic level.  
  • To collaborate with like-minded organizations to bring together our respective audiences while increasing awareness, interest and support for early music in the Triangle. 
  • To strengthen our relationships with schools and the community by offering memorable learning opportunities that blend music and history. 

Highlights of the 2020 festival include:  

  • A performance of English and Italian music featuring the largest member of the lute family, the theorbo, on Feb 1st, opening the festival (Everywhere a Theorbo)  
  • A lecture/concert by UNC-CH professor Jeanne Fischer about 16th century Jewish soprano Madama Europa di Rossi on Feb 4th 
  • The 2nd HIP Festival Orchestra concert led by Dutch conductor, cellist, gambist Jaap ter Linden in three Brandenburg Concerti and the 2nd Orchestral Suite by J.S. Bach on Feb 14th (WE Bach) 
  • Duke Performances presenting the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin on Feb 15th  


Friday, January 31, 3:00pm The Cedars, Chapel Hill
LECTURE: How the Early Music Movement Got to be HIP plus a period-instrumental Zoo! (FREE)
Richard and Judith Fox – presenters 

Saturday, February 1, 3:00pm Hayti Heritage Center, Durham
CONCERT: Everywhere a Theorbo (Tickets $25/$10)
Mallarmé Chamber Players: Music of William Lawes, Thomas Baltzar, Bellerofonte Castaldi and Matthew Locke William Simms and Richard Stone – theorbo; Elizabeth Phelps and David Wilson – violin; Gail Ann Schroeder and Brent Wissick – viola da gamba  

Saturday, February 1, 8:00pm, Baldwin Auditorium, Durham
CONCERT: A Retrospective Recital (FREE)
Works by Beethoven and Vorisek played on an 1815 Streicher copy by Thomas and Barbara Wolf
Randall Love – fortepiano and piano 

Sunday, February 2, 5:15pm Duke Chapel
CONCERT: Duke Bach Cantata Series (FREE)
Philip Cave – conductor J.S. Bach -Cantata BWV 9 Es ist das Heil uns kommen her; BWV 55 Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht; BWV 151 Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kömmt
Molly Quinn – soprano; Tamsin Simmill – alto; Daniel Shirley – tenor 

Tuesday, February 4, 7:30pm Person Recital Hall, UNC Chapel Hill
LECTURE/CONCERT: Madama Europa di Rossi: A Jewish soprano in 16th century Mantua (FREE)
Jeanne Fischer – soprano; Elaine Funaro – harpsichord; Brent Wissick – viola da gamba 

Thursday, February 6, 7:30pm St Paul’s Lutheran, Durham
CONCERT: Sounds of Sacred Italia($15 suggested donation)
Delve into the mysteries of Sacred Italia. Rarely performed music from turn-of-the-17th century Italy for soprano, sackbut and organ.
Andrea Edith Moore – soprano; Michael Kris – sackbut; Jaqueline Nappi – harpsichord 

Friday, February 7, 7:30pm St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Durham
CONCERT: Genuine George ($15 suggested donation)
Baroque and Beyond Music of Georg Phillip Telemann, Georg Muffat, George Frederic Handel
Tamsin Simmill – mezzo-soprano; Matvey Lapin – baroque violin; Chris Nunnally – baroque cello;
Beverly Biggs – harpsichord 

Saturday, February 8, 3:00pm Hayes Barton UMC, Raleigh
CONCERT: Bach to Mozart (Tickets: $20/$15/$5)
Raleigh Camerata Orchestra music of C.P.E. Bach, F.J. Haydn and W.A. Mozart 

Sunday, February 9, 3:00pm Nelson Music Room, Durham
CONCERT: From Venice to Vienna ($15 suggested donation)
The Vivaldi Project String Trios by Vivaldi, Maddalena Sirmen, Francesco Zannetti, Paul Wranitsky, Ludwig van Beethoven and F.A. Hoffmeister
Elizabeth Field – violin; Allison Nyquist – violin/viola; Stephanie Vial – cello 

Thursday, February 13, 7:30pm, St Paul’s Lutheran, Durham
CONCERT: Cor mio Madrigal settings on ardent poetry of G.B. Guarini. Rossi, d’India, Ward ($20 suggested donation)
Viola da Gamba Society of America – Central Carolina Consort of viols
Salomé Sandoval – soprano; Alison Crum; Roy Marks; Gail Ann Schroeder and Brent Wissick – viols 

Friday, February 14, 7:30pm First Presbyterian Church Durham
CONCERT: We Bach (Tickets $25/$10)
NC HIP Festival OrchestraMallarmé Chamber Players and NC Baroque Orchestra
Music of J.S. Bach – Brandenburg Concerti Nos. 4-6, Orchestral Suite no. 2  Jaap ter Linden – cello and viola da gamba
(Sponsored by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation) 

Saturday, February 15, 5:00pm HIPster Reception, Durham – Private Home (sponsored by Alley Twenty-Six) 

Saturday, February 15, 8:00pm Baldwin Auditorium, Durham
CONCERT: Beloved Baroque (Tickets $25/10)
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Duke Performances)
Music of J.P. Lully, G. F. Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Pachelbel, C.P.E. Bach and J.S. Bach 

Tuesday, February 18, 7:30pm St Paul’s Lutheran, Durham
CONCERT: German Baroque Sacred and Secular Cantatas ($20 suggested donation)
Nathan Medley – countertenor, Jennifer Streeter – organ 

Thursday, February 20, 7:00pm St Paul’s Lutheran, Durham
LECTURE/CONCERT: Capturing Caravaggio ($15 suggested donation)
Capturing the essence of Caravaggio’s painting through music of the late 16th century and early 17th century Italy. Pre-concert lecture given by Richmond artist Miguel Carter-Fischer on Caravaggio’s works and perception through music.
Miguel Carter-Fischer – lecturer; Nicholas Di Eugenio & Elizabeth Phelps – violin; Oliver Weston – cello; Jacqueline Nappi – harpsichord. 

Sunday, February 23 1:00pm Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham
Mallarmé Chamber Players  

Friday, February 28, 7:00pm St Paul’s Lutheran, Durham
CONCERT: Waytes of England: Masses, Motets, and Music of the Watch ($10 suggested donation)
Forgotten Clefs presents sacred polyphony of the English Renaissance with music by William Byrd, John Dunstable, Robert Parsons, Thomas Tallis and more 

HIPSTER PASSES ARE ONLY $85, which will give entrance to ALL events including a ticket to Duke Performances Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin concert on February 15, 2020. HIPSTER PASSES may be purchased by calling the Mallarmé office at 919/560-2788 or by ordering online at  Individual tickets are available through each ensemble’s website or at the door. A HIPSTER pass is nearly 150% less than the individual ticket price and will include an invitation to an exclusive HIPster reception.  

For more information e-mail [email protected] or call 919/560-2788 


Mallarmé Chamber Players is a flexible ensemble of professional musicians based in Durham, North Carolina, whose mission is to enrich the lives of its community through outstanding chamber music. The ensemble distinguishes itself by its innovative educational programs, its commitment to creative collaboration with other organizations, its creation of significant new work, and its dedication to serve a diverse population. 


Mallarmé annually presents a series of concerts that features diverse and multidisciplinary chamber music. Mallarmé performs everything from Baroque music on period instruments to newly commissioned works by contemporary composers such as Bill Banfield, Stephen Jaffe and Gabriela Lena Frank and will be presenting a new song-cycle by composer Kenneth Frazelle in June 2020.  


Mallarmé is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c) 3 organization. The 201920 concert season is made possible in part by grants from the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund and the North Carolina Arts Council.  

The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Akamus) was founded in 1982 in Berlin. Since its beginnings, it has become one of the world‘s leading chamber orchestras on period instruments and can look back on an unprecedented history of success. Akamus has established itself as one of the pillars of Berlin‘s cultural scene, having had its own concert series at the Konzerthaus Berlin for more than 30 years and having collaborated with the Staatsoper Berlin on their Baroque repertoire since 1994. In addition, the ensemble has had its own concert series at Munich’s Prinzregententheater since 2012. 

With up to 100 performances annually, Akamus performs in a variety of formations from chamber music to symphonic repertoire. As well as working with guest conductors, the orchestra is often directed from the concertmaster’s chair by one of its three concert masters Bernhard Forck, Georg Kallweit or Stephan Mai. 

Baroque & Beyond – North Carolina produces period-music concerts under the nonprofit umbrella of Preservation Chapel Hill. The series was launched in 2008 by Artistic Director Beverly Biggs at the invitation of the Preservation Society, which has a rich history of sponsoring musical performances. Since 2008, Baroque & Beyond has earned the affection of its audience and the respect of its peers. The Chapel Hill series consists of three concerts per season, focusing on music of the baroque, classic, and early romantic eras. Period instruments and historical performances practices are a hallmark of the concerts, along with interesting and innovative programming.  

Forgotten Clefs was founded in 2014 to perform and promote Renaissance civic wind band music in Indiana and beyond. The group has been heard on the nationally syndicated program “A Baroque Christmas in the New World” produced by Public Radio International in partnership with Harmonia Early Music and WFIU Bloomington, a National Public Radio station (2014). In 2015, Forgotten Clefs performed at “Historically Informed Performance in Higher Education” hosted by the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society (Washington, DC) and in the Young Performer’s Festival at the Boston Early Music Festival (Boston, MA), representing Indiana University’s Historical Performance Institute. 


The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra (NCBO) was formed by sisters and musical collaborators, Frances Blaker and Barbara Blaker Krumdieck (Executive Director) for the purpose of providing opportunities for musicians and vocalists interested in exploring baroque performance practice in a baroque chamber orchestra setting. The orchestra allows musicians in North Carolina and the surrounding area an opportunity to work with highly experienced experts in the field. The NCBO maintains a goal of refined, stylistic and fun performances, engaging both the players and the audience members in the stories and historical context behind the music. This unintimidating atmosphere enriches our community as a whole by providing life-long learning opportunities through experiencing historically-informed Baroque musical performance. 


The Raleigh Camerata is a group of period musicians located in the central North Carolina area dedicated to the performance of small to midsize chamber music of the Renaissance through early Classical periods on copies of instruments used in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
Led by artistic director Kelly Nivison, the Raleigh Camerata strives to bring the seldom heard literature and composers to audiences through creative concert programming, bringing early music to life in the Raleigh-Durham area. 


The Vivaldi Project Praised for its brilliant and expressive playing, The Vivaldi Project, co-directed by Elizabeth Field and Stephanie Vial, is dedicated to presenting innovative programs of Baroque and Classical string repertoire that combine scholarship and performance to both educate and delight audiences. A review from Fanfare Magazine (2019) expresses the opinion that “the period instrument world could use more practitioners like The Vivaldi Project.” The period instrument ensemble takes its name from the virtuoso violinist and innovative composer Antonio Vivaldi in recognition of his pivotal position between earlier Baroque and later Classical composers (those wellknown and beloved as well as those rarely heard).  



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