Second season for Mallarmé’s HIP Music Festival

Jan. 02, 2014 @ 10:21 AM

The premiere of a new work by Durham composer Stephen Jaffe is among the highlights of Mallarmé Chamber Players’ second 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.
As a part of the HIP Festival, Mallarmé will be performing in concert Feb. 2, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St. in Durham. Mallarmé will perform the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, and has commissioned Jaffe, Duke University professor and composer, to write a contemporary work for period instruments. This work, the “HIP Concerto,” is based on the same instrumentation of the Brandenburg No. 2.
Listeners will get to hear a preview of the work during a free open rehearsal Jan. 31 at  2 p.m. in Bone Hall, Duke University.
The festival will run from Jan. 21 through Feb. 7, in various venues in Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh and will feature performances by local and international ensembles.
Those wanting to attend more than 3 events may purchase a HIPSTER pass, which gives admission to all events, including as an auditor to the recorder workshop on Feb. 1. A HIPSTER pass costs $100. Each ensemble will receive a percentage of the HIPSTER income.
Here are the main events. Except where noted, events are ticketed. For tickets and more information, visit, or call 919-560-2788.

Jan. 21, 8 p.m. Hilliard Ensemble, Duke Chapel.
Jan. 25, 7 p.m. Alla Rustica: Songs of the Peasantry and Pastoral, Raleigh Camerata at Church of the Nativity, Raleigh.
Jan. 26, 3 p.m. Zephyr, Baroque and Beyond, Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill.

Jan. 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Panel discussion, The Theodora Experience: Sense and Sound from the 18th Century, Gerard Hall, UNC Chapel Hill. Free admission.

Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m. Baroque in English: Music of Purcell and Handel, UNC faculty,  Person Hall, UNC.

Jan. 29, 12:15 p.m. Viva Viole, Gail Schroeder & Friends, Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill ($15 suggested donation).

Jan. 30, 5:15 p.m. Church service: Music from the Polish Renaissance, Duke Vespers Ensemble, Duke Chapel, Durham. Free admission.

Jan. 30, 8 p.m. Handel’s Theodora – The English Concert with Harry Bicket, conductor & harpsichord, Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill.

Jan. 31, 2 p.m. Open rehearsal previewing Stephen Jaffe’s “HIP Concerto” with commentary by the composer and Mallarmé musicians, Bone Hall, Duke University. Free admission.

Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Workshop: Recorder Players Boot Camp – technique building sessions for players of all levels, Durham Arts Council.

Feb. 1, 7 p.m. Voices of a New Renaissance, St. Stephens Church, Durham.

Feb. 2, 3 p.m. World première of the “HIP Concerto” by Stephen Jaffe, First Presbyterian Church, Durham.

Feb. 4, 8 p.m. Songs of Love and Remembrance, contemporary music for period instruments, Aliénor, Nelson Music Room, Duke University East Campus.
Feb. 6, 5:15 p.m. Church service: Candlemas 1662: An Anglican Evensong Service, Duke Vespers Ensemble, Duke Chapel. Free admission.

Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. C.P.E. Bach and his Dramatic Predecessors with John Hsu, conductor,  The Vivaldi Project, Hill Hall, UNC Chapel Hill.

Feb. 7, 8 p.m. Roman Vespers in the 17th century, Duke Vespers Ensemble/Armonia Celeste, Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Durham.