Baroque & Beyond – North Carolina produces period-music concerts under the nonprofit umbrella of Preservation Chapel Hill. The series was launched in 2008 by Artistic Director Beverly Biggs at the invitation of the Preservation Society, which has a rich history of sponsoring musical performances.
Since 2008, Baroque & Beyond has earned the affection of its audience and the respect of its peers. The Chapel Hill series consists of three concerts per season, focusing on music of the baroque era, with excursions into the classic and early romantic eras. Period instruments and historical performances practices are a hallmark of the concerts, along with interesting and innovative programming. Having outgrown the original performance space at the Preservation Society’s headquarters (the Horace Williams House) and subsequently outgrown some of Chapel Hill’s largest homes, performances are now held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 227 E. Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill. Every-other February we also present a special concert as part of the HIP Early Music Festival in the Triangle; see HIP tab for details.
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October 13, 2019 – Art of Improvisation – 3 pm
Featuring Roseen Giles, baroque flute, in a program of music devoted to the art of ornamentation. Corelli’s florid writing for Sonata Op. 5 no. 1 shows a highly elaborate version written above the simple melody. Telemann’s Methodical Sonatas provide both simple and complex examples to guide musicians in creating their own inspired improvisations. The unmeasured preludes and figured bass sonatas of the harpsichord repertoire offer further ideas. Roseen is joined by baroque cellist Stephanie Vial, violinist Andrew Bonner, harpsichordist Beverly Biggs, and soprano Florence Peacock.
January 12, 2020 – The Enamored Butterfly – 3 pm
Soprano Elizabeth Joyner is featured in music by Handel and Vivaldi that deals with the darts and arrows of love, sweet refuge for the heart, and fury for love unrequited. Our program includes Handel’s poignant Lascia ch’io pianga and his fiery Da Tempeste. William Simms, theorbo, joins Beverly Biggs, harpsichord, in creating a rich and varied continuo, supported by baroque cellist Barbara Krumdieck. The program includes a Handel Suite for harpsichord and theorbo.
March 8, 2020 – Zephyr – 3 pm
Zephyr is a versatile ensemble featuring baroque-era wind and string instruments with harpsichord. The ensemble focuses on the rich repertoire of baroque music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This program, All in the Family, highlights music of J.S. Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann, who were not only professional colleagues but also close personal friends. William Thauer, baroque oboe & recorder; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba and treble viol; and Beverly Biggs, harpsichord.
October 14, 2018 – Couperin @ 350 – 3 pm
Sarah Darling, baroque violist and violinist from Boston, is praised for her ‘spacious musical gesture’ – her remarkable ability to make time stand still. She is our featured guest in this concert celebrating the 350thanniversary of the birth of esteemed French composer François Couperin, a program that includes his monumental La Francoisefrom Les Nations.Sarah Darling is joined by her Boston colleague, baroque flutist Sarah Paysnick; viola da gambist Gail Ann Schroeder; and harpsichordist Beverly Biggs.
January 13, 2019 – Fiery & Wild – 3 pm
“Fiery, wild, and dangerous” – thus did one reviewer comment on the skills of baroque soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh, a rising star in early baroque music. Margaret is joined in this concert by William Simms, theorbo; Barbara Krumdieck, baroque cello; and Beverly Biggs, harpsichord. The concert also features beloved soprano Florence Peacock. The riveting musical repertoire includes works by Barbara Strozzi, Virgilio Mazzocchi, and Claudio Monteverdi.
March 10, 2019 – Dresden’s Golden Age – 3 pm
Dresden enjoyed an unparalleled musical life in the early and mid-eighteenth century, rivaling the cultural might of Louis XIV of France. Music was written for and performed by the finest players in Europe. From Dresden’s musical archives comes a program of music arranged for two harpsichords, intended to be played by the king and his court composer. This program features two ‘quartets’ by Pleyel and one by Haydn, performed by the illustrious harpsichord duo, Elaine Funaro and Beverly Biggs.
October 8, 2017 – Mozart & Haydn – 3 pm
A perfect fortepiano for Mozart! The season opens with the sparkling music of Mozart and Haydn, played on a 1784 Stein replica fortepiano — an instrument rich in clarity and dynamism, one that Mozart loved. John O’Brien is featured, with violinist Leah Peroutka and cellist Stephanie Vial. The program includes Mozart’s Piano Trio (K.496) and a violin sonata (K. 305), along with Haydn’s A-major Piano Trio and a sonata for cello by Anton Kraft, Haydn’s cellist.
January 14, 2018 – Wachet Auf – 3 pm
Baritone Steven Kimbrough is featured in arias from Bach’s famous cantata Wachet Auf and in songs from a 1736 Bach collection. Kimbrough was a leading baritone of the Bonn Opera in Germany, has concertized all over the world and is featured on numerous recordings. He is joined by soprano Florence Peacock and a small baroque instrumental ensemble.
March 11, 2018 – Versailles – 3 pm
Jennifer Streeter, recorder, is featured, along with baroque violinist Gesa Kordes; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba; and Beverly Biggs, harpsichord. The program highlights works of the French baroque with music by François Couperin and his contemporaries. Couperin, called Le Grand, wrote masterful music evoking the sensibilities of the French court. His music includes bird songs, lullabies, and rousing dance rhythms.
October 9, 2016 – Handel to Haydn – 3 pm
Brilliant compositions for two harpsichords, from late-baroque Handel to early-classical Haydn. Music includes works by three sons of Bach: Johann Christian (the London Bach); J.C.F. (youngest of Johann Sebastian’s composer sons); and Wilhelm Friedemann (the eldest), whose two-harpsichord sonata is simply stunning. Harpsichordists Beverly Biggs & Elaine Funaro enjoy a ten-year history of performing together, having done regional performances, touring with baroque programs, and world and national premieres of new works.
January 22, 2017 – Echoes of Love – 3 pm
Beloved sopranos Florence Peacock and Penelope Jensen reunite for this program of music focused on love. Featuring Venus & Adonis by Handel, arias by J.S. Bach, and instrumental works for oboe and continuo by both composers. William Thauer, oboe; Christopher Nunnally, baroque cello; Beverly Biggs, harpsichord.
March 12, 2017 – The Splendors of Italy – 3 pm
Guest artists Frances Blaker, recorder, and Keith Collins, baroque bassoon, are featured in a program of Italian masterpieces by famous composers like Vivaldi, as well as Bononcini, Besozzi, and Veracini, whose works deserve greater exposure. Veracini came from a large family of musicians; survived a shipwreck; and twenty years ago, had an asteroid named for him. Barbara Krumdieck, baroque cello; Beverly Biggs, harpsichord.
Eisenach to the Elbe – Sunday, Oct. 11 3pm
Telemann was one of the most prolific composers of all time. He is a huge favorite with baroque musicians, who take delight in the colorful variety of his music. You will enjoy instrumental sonatas and trios, along with a cantata for each of our sopranos: one encourages us to make good life choices; the other – dramatically – features a dragon. Andrew Bonner, baroque violin; Florence Peacock and Penelope Jensen, sopranos; Stephanie Vial, baroque cello; Beverly Biggs, harpsichord.
Italian Music Through the Ages – Sunday, Jan. 24 3 pm
Experience the sparkling and fiery music of the Italian baroque! Get to know the amazingly inspiring 17th century chamber music of composers Vitali and Castello, as well as the luxurious and moving music of the more familiar Corelli. Duo baroque violins are featured: David Wilson (California) and Allison Willett; with William Simms, theorbo (Baltimore); Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, cello; Beverly Biggs, harpsichord; and a cameo appearance by soprano Molly Quinn. Detailed description is found under “News Releases”.
Mediterranean Baroque – Sunday, March 13 3 pm
We welcome spring with the sunny music of Domenico Gabrielli (Italian composer and virtuoso cellist) and Antonio Vivaldi, representing Italy. Spain is represented by Diego Ortiz, and by Domenico Scarlatti, who served the Spanish royal family. Adding spice, Antonio Pendolfi Mealli wrote very dramatic music, as you might expect from a composer who lived a colorful life and is reported to have murdered a castrato. The rich tones of viola da gamba and baroque cello will be featured (Robbie Link and Barbara Blaker Krumdieck) along with Canadian baroque violinist Peter Lekx, and Beverly Biggs, harpsichord.
CPE Bach & Bros.
October 12, 2014 3:00 pm Chapel of the Cross
Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of CPE Bach. John O’Brien, fortepiano; Rebecca Troxler, flute; Leah Peroutka, violin; Joey O’Donnell, viola; and Chris Nunnally, cello. The program includes CPE’s glorious Piano Quartet in A-minor, one of his sparkling violin sonatas, and music by two of his brothers. The program concludes with Mozart’s arrangement (strings and piano) of a keyboard sonata by J.C. Bach (the London Bach).
Molly Quinn: Pan & Syrinx
January 25, 2015 3:00 pm Chapel of the Cross
New York soprano Molly Quinn is much-beloved in her home town of Chapel Hill. She returns home for this program of French baroque music, featuring Monteclair’s cantata Pan & Syrinx. Also featured are Gail Schroeder, viola da gamba; Gesa Kordes, baroque violin; Rebecca Troxler, baroque flute; and Beverly Biggs, harpsichord. The program also includes Marais’s famous variations on La Folia for gamba and continuo – a tour de force for the viola da gamba.
Bach & Erlebach
March 8, 2015 3:00 pm Chapel of the Cross
Phillipp Heinrich Erlebach was a prolific baroque-period composer, although most of his works were destroyed in a fire in 1735. Only 13 instrumental pieces survive (from more than 120) and one of these – a favorite trio sonata among our musicians – is included on this program of German baroque music. Erlebach shares the spotlight with J.S. Bach (arias and violin sonata) and Buxtehude (Singet dem Herrn cantata). Featuring guest artist Dana Maiben, baroque violin (Boston); gambist Brent Wissick; soprano Florence Peacock; and harpsichordist Beverly Biggs.
2013 – 2014 SEASON
Vanish ev’ry torment October 13, 2013 3:00 PM
Baritone James Weaver & soprano Florence Peacock take the spotlight in J.S. Bach’s Cantata 32, Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen — a beautiful cantata portraying the Soul and Jesus, accompanied by oboe, strings and continuo. Weaver enjoys an international career, performing and recording with American Bach Soloists and other groups world-wide. With Andrew Bonner, baroque violin; Joey O’Donnell, baroque viola, Robbie Link, bass viol, and William Thauer, baroque oboe. Instrumental works include trio sonatas by Telemann and Graun.
Zephyr Gentle Winds January 26, 2014 3:00 PM
An exuberant, talented ensemble of the region’s top baroque wind players join forces to recreate the magic of concertos and chamber works by Telemann, Zelenka, Vivaldi and Boismortier. Everyone is featured, with astonishing results. You will hear Frances Blaker and Jennifer Streeter, playing various recorders; William Thauer, Alicia Chapman and Aaron Reichelt (New York), baroque oboe; Rebecca Troxler, Tom Moore (Miami), Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham and John O’Brien, traverso; and Sally Merriman (Boston), baroque bassoon. The continuo group includes baroque cellist Barbara Blaker Krumdieck and harpsichordist Beverly Biggs. The program concludes with Vivaldi’s show-stopping Follia, variations on one of the most famous themes of the baroque era.
*HIP Festival concert
Waking the Spirit: Andrew Willis & friends March 2, 2014 3 pm
Andrew Willis will play on two fortepianos, after Stein (1784) and Dulcken (1815). Joining him will be Rebecca Troxler, baroque flute, and Stephanie Vial, cello, in trios by CPE Bach and Haydn; and Sally Renée Todd, fortepiano, in the Grande Sonate for four hands by virtuoso composer Ignaz Moscheles. Each instrument is uniquely well suited to awaken the spirit of the compositions on the program.
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Our season brochure is posted under the Brochure tab. Series subscriptions $50 (three concerts). Single tickets $20. Order by phone from Preservation Chapel Hill (919-942-7818) or in advance by mail (610 E. Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514), or online.
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