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Mallarmé Players presents North Carolina HIP Music Festival

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h.i.p. = historically informed performance

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the Mallarmé Chamber Players is one of 153 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant. The Mallarmé Chamber Players is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support the North Carolina HIP Music Festival, scheduled to take place from January 27, 2013 – February 3, 2013.

The Mallarmé Chamber Players, in collaboration with four other organizations and two university music departments, are teaming up to present a week-long festival of music performed on period instruments. The newly organized festival, the North Carolina H.I.P. Music Festival (H.I.P. = historically informed performance), will run from January 27, 2013, through February 3, 2013, and will feature performances and workshops by Aliénor (Durham), Baroque and Beyond (Chapel Hill), Ensemble Vermillian (Davidson and Berkeley, CA), Mallarmé Chamber Players (Durham), the Vivaldi Project (Washington, DC) and the music departments of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. All events will take place at various venues in Chapel Hill and Durham.

To help support the festival, Mallarmé is receiving a Challenge America Fast-Track grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability. Projects include commissions, residencies, rehearsals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals and training programs. This year, the NEA will award 153 Challenge America Fast-Track grants totaling $1.53 million awarded to organizations in 41 states. Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts generate, on average, eight dollars from non-federal sources for each dollar awarded.

North Carolina is fortunate to be home to a wealth of talent of musicians who perform on period instruments. After several years of successful Historical Bach concerts, Mallarmé’s artistic director, Suzanne Rousso, starting talking to some of the musicians who performed in these concerts. The group, cellists Brent Wissick, Stephanie Vial and Barbara Krumdieck and harpsichordists Elaine Funaro and Beverly Biggs, hoped to develop a festival of music on period instruments with historically informed practices. With great enthusiasm the North Carolina H.I.P. Music Festival was born!

Mallarmé has taken the lead on this project, soliciting support and input from the other participating groups. Each ensemble is producing their own events independent of the others and taking on most of the associated expenses. However, we are collectively marketing and promoting the events as well as co-producing the educational activities.


  • 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 offer a unique musical experience to audiences by presenting a series of dynamic, historically informed performances at a high artistic level.
  • To strengthen our relationships with schools and the community by offering memorable learning opportunities that blend music and history.

Over the course of the week, five concerts, two workshops, a master class an, informance and in-school events will be presented. Some of these events are free and open to the public and some have a single ticket admission price. However, anyone may opt to purchase a HIPSTER pass for $50, which allows admission to all performances, the master class, as an auditor at the workshops and special invitation to a HIPSTER reception and open rehearsal. Additionally, the NEA grant will allow the festival to give presentations in several Durham and Chapel Hill Schools and throughout the community, including a workshop at the Durham School for the Arts and a master class at UNC-CH with countertenor Michael Maniaci.

Twenty-three total musicians will be participating in activities including a concert by members of the UNC-CH faculty performing French baroque music “discovered” by Henri and Robert Casadesus in the early 20th century (in actuality, the works were written by them), a concert presented by Aliénor of contemporary and early harpsichord music and a performance by Ensemble Vermillian of German and Italian baroque music. The Vivaldi Project will present two performance workshops modeled on their successful Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments held each summer in Washington, DC. The workshops are for modern string players interested in learning authentic, baroque playing techniques; one will be given for string teachers and another for professional players.

Countertenor Michael Maniaci will be featured as a guest artist on the January 27th Baroque and Beyond concert, the opening event of the festival. Ever since his 2007 Metropolitan Opera debut in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Mr. Maniaci has been in high demand as one of the foremost countertenors in baroque opera. In addition to the concert performance, Mr. Maniaci will give a master class for vocal students at UNC-CH while he is in the area. Finally, the Mallarmé Chamber Players will present the closing concert of the festival with great German baroque string works including J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and the Telemann Concerto for recorder and viola da gamba featuring Ensemble Vermillian’s France Blaker on the recorder and UNC’s Brent Wissick on gamba.

Individual tickets for individual events will be available at the door; in addition, tickets for the February 3rd Mallarmé concert can be purchased in advance through their website or by calling 919/560-2788. Those who are interested in obtaining a HIPSTER pass to all events including the Maniaci master class, workshops and reception may do so through the Mallarmé website or any of the individual ensembles’ websites. Registration and additional information for either of the workshops can be found online at

Sunday, January 27, 2013 – February 3, 2013 |The North Carolina H.I.P. Music Festival
Various Locations in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC

Vocalists – Michael Maniaci, countertenor and Jeanne Fischer, soprano
Baroque violin – Elizabeth Field, Peter Lekx, Richard Luby, Sangeeta Swamy, David Wilson
Baroque viola – Peter Lekx, Joey O’Donnell, Suzanne Rousso
Baroque cello – Barbara Krumdieck, Stephanie Vial, Brent Wissick

Viola d’amore – Hugh Partridge

Viola da gamba – Brent Wissick

Violone – Robbie Link

Harpsichord – Beverly Biggs, Elaine Funaro, John O’Brien

Piano – Randall Love

Recorder – Frances Blaker

Theorbo/lute/guitar – William Simms, Dan Smith

North Carolina HIP Music Festival Schedule of Events (does not include in-school events)


  • Sunday, January 27, 2012 3:00 pm Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill | CONCERT – Baroque and Beyond

Italian and German baroque music | single tickets: $20


  • Monday, January 28, 4:00 pm Person Hall, UNC-CH | MASTER CLASS – Michael Maniaci, countertenor HIPSTER event


  • Tuesday, January 29, 8:00 pm Nelson Music Room, Duke East Campus, Durham | CONCERT – Aliénor

music of Poulenc, winners of the 2012 Aliénor composition contest played on harpsichord and piano |FREE


  • Thursday, January 31, 7:30pm Person Recital Hall, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill | CONCERT – UNC Music Faculty

French Baroque, Both Old and New |FREE


  • Friday, February 1, 12:00 noon Beyu Caffe | LISTENING LUNCH – Mallarmé Chamber Players
    FREE with purchase of food or drink


  • Friday, February 1, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Person Hall, UNC-CH | WORKSHOP – The Vivaldi Project

Introduction to Baroque Performance Practice for string teachers
$40 participant / FREE for HIPSTER


  • Friday, February 1, 8:00 pm St. Stephens Church, Durham | CONCERT – Ensemble Vermillian
    Musica Transalpina,works by favorite German and Italian composers of the Baroque Era, including Bach, Buxtehude, Caccini, Castello and Fontana |suggested donation at the door: $15


  • Saturday, February 2, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon Hill Hall – UNC-CH | WORKSHOP – The Vivaldi Project

Introduction to Baroque Performance Practice for professional and advanced student
$40 participant / $15 auditor / FREE audit for HIPSTER


  • Saturday, February 2, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm First Presbyterian Church, Durham | OPEN REHEARSAL Mallarmé Chamber Players | HIPSTER event


  • Saturday, February 2, 7:30 pm Home of Elaine Funaro and Randall Love | RECEPTION
    HIPSTER event


  • Sunday, February 3, 3:00 pm First Presbyterian Church, Durham | CONCERT – Mallarmé Chamber Players

Bach Is Back, with friends! J.S. Bach, Georg Muffat, G. F. Telemann and Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

$18 in advance / $20 at the door / $5 for students with ID

Ticket info, artist bios and programs may be found at

Aliénor promotes new music for the harpsichord through concerts, commissions and a competition. The “Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Competition” was started in 1980 under the aegis of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society (SEHKS). Aliénor is now an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Durham, NC, with harpsichordist Elaine Funaro as artistic director. Aliénor runs the quadrennial harpsichord composition competition, publishes winning compositions, and commission new works for the harpsichord. There have been seven competitions thus far, with over 500 new scores generated from composers around the world. The 2008 competition had 113 entries, with compositions coming from Australia, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Israel, numerous European countries, and 23 states in America.

Baroque and Beyond produces period-music concerts on historical instruments, featuring music of the baroque, classic and early romantic eras. A series of three concerts is offered each season (fall, winter, and early spring) at Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill. The Artistic Director is Beverly Biggs who performs on harpsichord and fortepiano. The series is presented by the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill.

The Department of Aesthetics, Art & Music was established at Duke University in 1942. In 1960, the Department of Music was recognized as an independent department and Dr. Allen H. Bone was appointed the first Chair. The Mary Duke Biddle Music Building, completed in the 1970s, became the Department of Music’s permanent home. It also houses the Music Library and Duke University Musical Instrument Collections. Today, the Department of Music thrives as a presence that is felt throughout campus. With nine performing ensembles (Chamber Music, Chorale, Collegium Musicum, Djembe, New Music, Jazz, Opera Workshop, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony) and hundreds of students enrolled in classes, the Department of Music pursues its mission to enrich the educational experience of all Duke students.

Ensemble Vermillian was founded by sisters Barbara Blaker Krumdieck and Frances Blaker to explore the potential for color and texture possible in the virtuosic compositions for cello and recorder written in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Based in Davidson, North Carolina, and Berkeley, California, the members of EV have traveled to meet, research, rehearse, and perform together since 2000. Having studied at conservatories in Denmark, the Netherlands, Ohio and Indiana, respectively, they use a blended approach to rearrange and reinterpret baroque music to create a sound that’s both resonant and relevant.
The Mallarmé Chamber Players are a flexible ensemble of professional musicians based in Durham, North Carolina, whose mission is to enrich the lives of their 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 is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)3 organization; Suzanne Rousso is the ensemble’s artistic director. The 2012-13 concert season is made possible in part by grants from the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Fund, The North Carolina Arts Council and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

The Vivaldi Project is a premier period-instrument ensemble dedicated to presenting 17th- and 18th-century string repertoire. The name The Vivaldi Project refers not only to the group’s core repertoire―the extraordinary works of the virtuoso violinist and composer Antonio Vivaldi―but also the project of probing into the roots of Vivaldi’s distinctive musical style. The Vivaldi Project’s Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments directed by violinist Elizabeth Field and cellist Stephanie Vial offers professional string players the opportunity to study baroque and classical performance practices using their own modern instruments. As active performers and teachers on both period and modern instruments, Field and Vial share a strong belief in the need to translate early music practices for today’s performers on today’s instruments.

Spread across three buildings in the heart of UNC’s beautiful Chapel Hill campus, the Department of Music offers a superb music education in the context of a top-tier research university. The faculty consists of more than 70 renowned performers, composers, and scholars whose expertise collectively covers continents, millennia, and the gamut of musical styles and scholarly methodologies. UNC’s more than twenty ensembles engage thousands of students annually; a world-class music library serves the needs of students, scholars and performers; and an active calendar of concerts, recitals and lectures enlivens the cultural life of the University and community. The concert, French Baroque both Old and New, has been organized by cellist and gambist Brent Wissick, the UNC-CH Zachary Taylor Smith Distinguished Professor in Music.

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