The Mallarmé Chamber Players are proud to announce the line-up for the 2014 NC HIP Music Festival. HIP stands for Historically Informed Performance, and the entire festival will be performed on Renaissance and baroque period instruments with historical performance

practices. The festival will run from January 21 through February 7, 2014, in various venues in Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh and will feature performances by local and international ensembles. Additionally, there will be a day-long recorder playing workshop, an open rehearsal and a panel discussion. The HIP Festival is a large-scale collaboration of 12 organizations, managed by Mallarmé, which has taken on the responsibility of festival organization and marketing while each ensemble is responsible for their own artistic and fiscal management. 

Those wanting to attend more than 3 events may want to consider purchasing a HIPSTER pass, which gives admission to all events, including as an auditor to the recorder workshop on February 1. A HIPSTER pass costs $100 and will save at least 50% on the cost of purchasing single tickets for each event. Each ensemble will receive a percentage of the HIPSTER income.


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 started discussing the possibility of coming together to collaborate on a festival with musicians who performed in these concerts. The group, 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), hoped to develop a festival of music on period instruments with historically informed practices. With great enthusiasm the North Carolina HIP Music Festival was born! The 2013 festival was such a success that for 2014 the number of events and great musicians has more than doubled, including internationally renowned ensembles like the Hilliard Ensemble and the English Concert. We also welcome several new local groups including Armonia Celeste, Duke Vespers Ensemble, Raleigh Camerata, Triangle Recorder Society and Voices of a New Renaissance, as well as presenters Carolina Performing Arts and Duke Performances.


  • 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.

As a part of the HIP Festival, Mallarmé will be presenting their own concert on Sunday, February 2, at 3:00 pm. Mallarmé will perform the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047, and has commissioned Stephen Jaffe, Duke University professor and member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, to write a contemporary work for period instruments. This work, the HIP Concerto, is based on the same instrumentation of the Brandenburg No. 2. Dr. Jaffe says about the commission:  “I’m excited to be working with the HIP players on a new concerto, the third in a recent series of Chamber Concertos—which means the group as a whole is featured. Here I was stirred to bring together the soaring clarino (baroque trumpet) with the vivacious accents of the string ensemble, and to weave the nuanced singing of baroque oboe and recorder with the harpsichord—which presides, like a spirit, over the whole. The HIP Concerto is a lively, festive work pulsing with rhythmic energy and the improbable joy of dancing antiquities.”

2014 NORTH CAROLINA HIP MUSIC FESTIVAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS (prices listed indicate single ticket prices available from each organization. Links to the individual organization websites and venue directions can be found at )

CONCERT: The Hilliard Songbook
Tuesday, January 21, 8:00 pm, Hilliard Ensemble presented by Duke Performances @ Duke Chapel, Durham | $15-$32

CONCERT: Alla Rustica: Songs of the Peasantry and Pastoral
Saturday, January 25, 7:00 pm, Raleigh Camerata @ Church of the Nativity, Raleigh | $15/$10 seniors/$5 students/FREE kids 12 and under

CONCERT: Zephyr ~ Gentle winds
Sunday, January 26, 3:00 pm, Baroque & Beyond @ Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill | $20

PANEL DISCUSSION: The Theodora Experience: Sense and Sound from the 18th Century
Monday, January 27, 5:30–7:30 pm @ Gerard Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill | FREE

CONCERT: Baroque in English: Music of Purcell and Handel
Tuesday, January 28, 7:30 pm, UNC-CH Faculty @ Person Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill | $15

CONCERT: Viva Viole
Wednesday, January 29, 12:15 pm, Gail Schroeder & Friends @ Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill | $15 suggested donation

CHURCH SERVICE: Music from the Polish Renaissance
Thursday, January 30, 5:15 pm, Duke Vespers Ensemble @ Duke Chapel, Durham | FREE

CONCERT: Handel’s TheodoraThe English Concert with Harry Bicket, conductor & harpsichord
Thursday, January 30, 8:00 pm, The English Concert presented by Carolina Performing Arts @ Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill | $29-$99
   Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano (Irene)
   Dorothea Röschmann, soprano (Theodora)
   David Daniels, countertenor (Didymus)
   John Mark Ainsley, tenor (Septimius)
   Neal Davies, tenor (Valens)
   The Trinity Choir of New York’s Trinity Wall Street Church

OPEN REHEARSAL: Preview of Stephen Jaffe’s HIP Concerto with commentary by the composer and Mallarmé musicians
Friday, January 31, 2:00 pm @ Bone Hall, Duke University, Durham | FREE

WORKSHOP: Recorder Players Boot Camp – technique building sessions for players of all levels.
Saturday, February 1, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm @ Durham Arts Council, Durham | $50 participant/$15 auditor ($35/FREE for HIPSTERS) [call 919/560-2701 for info]

CONCERT: Love and Loss: Human Emotion Put to Voice
Saturday, February 1, 7:00 pm, Voices of a New Renaissance @ St Stephens Church, Durham | $20/$15 seniors/$5 students

CONCERT: Baroque Hipsters
World première of the HIP Concerto (Chamber Concerto No. 3) by Stephen Jaffe written for period instruments
Sunday, February 2, 3:00 pm, Mallarmé Chamber Players @ First Presbyterian Church, Durham | $25 advance/$20 door/$15 K-12 educators/$5 students

CONCERT: Songs of Love and Remembrance
Contemporary music for period instruments
Tuesday, February 4, 8:00 pm, Aliénor @ Nelson Music Room, Duke University East Campus, Durham | FREE

CHURCH SERVICE: Candlemas 1662: An Anglican Evensong Service
Thursday, February 6, 5:15 pm, Duke Vespers Ensemble @ Duke Chapel, Durham | FREE

CONCERT: C.P.E. Bach and his Dramatic Predecessors with John Hsu, conductor
Thursday, February 6, 7:30 pm, The Vivaldi Project @ Hill Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill | $15/$10

CONCERT: Roman Vespers in the 17th century
Friday, February 7, 8:00 pm, Duke Vespers Ensemble/Armonia Celeste @ Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Durham | $10

HIPSTER PASSES ARE ONLY $100, which will give entrance to ALL events, including as an auditor for the Recorder Workshop on February 1. The pass will be valid for exchange for a physical ticket for the 1/21 Hilliard Ensemble (general admission) and 1/30 English Concert (best available) performances at the Duke Performances and Carolina Performing Arts box offices, respectively.

HIPSTER PASSES may be purchased by calling the Mallarmé office at 919/560-2788 or ordering online at

For more information e-mail or call 919/560-2788


Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM | BAROQUE HIPSTERS
First Presbyterian Church – 305 East Main Street, Durham
$20 in advance, $25 at the door | $15 K-12 Educators | $5 Students

Mallarmé’s annual performance on period instruments presenting the music of J.S. Bach and other composers. Part of the North Carolina Historically Informed Performance (HIP) Music Festival.

H.I.F. BiberPartita No. 4 in E-flat major “Harmonia Artificiosa-Ariosa”
J.S. Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
Johann Gottlieb Janitsch – Sonata de Camera in G minor “O Haupt Voll Blut und Wunden”
Stephen Jaffe HIP Concerto (Chamber Concerto No. 3) world première

John Thiessen – baroque trumpet | Geoffrey Burgess – baroque oboe | Frances Blaker – recorder
Elaine Funaro – harpsichord | Martha Perry and Leah Peroutka – baroque violin
Suzanne Rousso – baroque viola | Stephanie Vial – baroque cello | Robbie Link – violone

John Thiessen’s appearance is sponsored by Kathy and Lex Silbiger



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 annually presents a series of five concerts that features great, diverse, and multidisciplinary chamber music. Mallarmé performs everything from Bach with period instruments to brand new works. In this past year alone, Mallarmé has presented two world premières by composers Gwyneth Walker and Katrina Wreede. In 2010, Mallarmé released a cd on Albany/Videmus records of chamber music by African American composers, featuring jazz singer Nnenna Freelon, to great acclaim.


MALLARMÉ CHAMBER PLAYERS 30TH SEASON – Co-produced by George Chandler

Mallarmé is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization. The 2013-14 concert season is made possible in part by grants from the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund, the North Carolina Arts Council and Target.