This preview has been provided by Mallarmé Chamber Players.
On November 12th at 3:00 pm, Mallarmé players will team up with the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Music to present a unique HIP (historically-informed performance) concert called Haydn's Baryton. A baryton is a gamba-like string instrument with six gut strings in the front that are bowed, and 9 -12 wire strings behind the neck that are plucked. The resulting sound is like a harp and because it takes extreme coordination to bow and pluck the strings, it is a very difficult instrument to play.
The best known works for this instrument are 175 compositions written by Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn for his patron, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy. Mallarmé will present several of these Haydn works, featuring Brent Wissick from UNC-CH and Kenneth Slowik from the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society on the baryton. The concert is dedicated to cellist/gambist John Hsu, a Chapel Hill resident, who revived the playing of the baryton in the
1980's along with this elegantly crafted music by Haydn. Dr. Hsu is also the former teacher of three of the musicians performing including Mr. Wissick, Mr. Slowik and cellist Dr. Stephanie Vial, who studied with John Hsu at Cornell University. The concert will include remarks by Haydn scholar, Dr. James Webster.
Series Concert 2: HAYDN'S BARYTON (Mallarmé HIP)
Saturday, November 12, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Kenan Rehearsal Hall, UNC-CH
125 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn written for the Baryton
Franz Joseph Haydn:
Trio Nos. 9 and 97 in D Major for baryton, viola and cello Hob XI:9 and Hob XI:97
Quintet in D Major for baryton, viola, cello and two horns Hob X:10
Octet in D Major for baryton, strings, winds and horns Hob X:2
Three Cassations for two barytons Hob XII:19
Duo in G Major for two barytons, Hob XII:4
Kenneth Slowik and Brent Wissick baryton
Nicholas DiEugenio and Leah Peroutka violin
Suzanne Rousso viola,
Stephanie Vial cello
Robbie Link bass,
Rebekah Troxler flute
William Thauer oboe
Celeste Holler-Seraphinoff, Rachel Niketopoulos and Rick Seraphinoff horn
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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 concerts that features great, diverse, and multidisciplinary chamber music. Mallarmé performs everything from Bach with period instruments to commission and performing brand new works. In 2010, Mallarmé released, to great acclaim, a cd on Albany/Videmus records of chamber music by African American composers.
Mallarmé is unique in that they do not work with a core of musicians, but instead use the musical talent North Carolina has to offer to perform with the ensemble depending on the needs of the repertoire. Most of Mallarmé's musicians are members of professional organizations like the NC Symphony or are faculty members of the numerous institutions of higher learning.
Mallarmé is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c) 3 organization. The 2016-17 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 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Music takes pride in their role as a musical resource for students, the University, and the broader Chapel Hill community. For those interested in majoring in music, the departments offers B.A., B.M., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. The preeminent Ph.D. program offers graduate students the opportunity to work closely with world- renowned scholars in the field of musicology and ethnomusicology. For those who just want to explore musical offerings, the department offers a wide variety of courses in bluegrass, musical theater, world music, rock, country, hip-hop and much more.