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North Carolina HIP Music Festival

The Mallarmé Chamber Players is proud to announce the line-up for the fifth bienniel 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.

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